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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

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Airbus and CFM to join forces for hydrogen propulsion programme

Airbus has announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with CFM International (CFM) for the two companies to work on a hydrogen propulsion system. CFM is a 50:50 joint company created by General Electric and Safran Aircraft Engines. The aim of the two companies is to both ground and flight test a hydrogen-fuelled direct combustion engine with the aim of bringing it into service by 2035 as part of a zero-emissions aircraft.

The demonstration programme Airbus and CFM will initially work on will involve the use of an A380 flying testbed which will be equipped with liquid hydrogen tanks that will be made ready at French and German Airbus facilities. Airbus will be responsible for the hydrogen propulsion system requirements, overseeing all flight testing, and providing the A380 platform to test the hydrogen combustion engine in cruise phase. CFM will be responsible for modifying the combustor, fuel system and control system off a GE Passport turbofan engine that will run on hydrogen.

The US-built engine, which already exists, was chosen for this programme for its physical size, advanced turbo machinery and fuel flow capability. It will be mounted along the rear fuselage of the flying testbed to facilitate the monitoring of engine emissions, including contrails, separately from those of the engines powering the aircraft. CFM will also carry out a comprehensive ground test programme ahead of the A380 flight test.

“This is the most significant step undertaken at Airbus to usher in a new era of hydrogen-powered flight since the unveiling of our ZEROe concepts back in September 2020,” said Sabine Klauke, Airbus Chief Technical Officer. “Hydrogen combustion capability is one of the foundational technologies we are developing and maturing as part of the CFM RISE Program,” said Gaël Méheust, president & CEO of CFM.


GKN Aerospace-led Skybus collaboration project completes successful feasibility studies

The Skybus collaboration project has reached a key milestone by completing the initial feasibility studies. The research project has explored the potential for a six-rotor, 30-person eVTOL concept to help decarbonise and decongest urban landscapes. The studies have identified significant opportunities for air ‘buses’ to feasibly operate alongside air taxis in future air mobility transport networks. The Skybus consortium also developed a Thames-based Vertiport concept as well as economic models and demand forecasts for a London-based intra-city use case, with further analyses now to be carried out.

GKN Aerospace is one of the leading Tier 1 airframe suppliers for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) platforms and leading the Skybus project has helped develop further understanding of the emerging UAM sector.

Skybus was launched in January 2021 in order to explore the feasibility for mass transit eVTOLs of this size to operate from Vertiports on scheduled journeys in the future, akin to bus network on today’s roads. These would operate alongside air taxis to help bypass road congestion in major cities - reducing travel time and emissions - and potentially improve access to more remote areas, such as islands and mountainous regions.  A successful zero emissions mass transit system in the air would also ease congestion on the road network, reducing overall travel time, cost and emissions for all travellers.

IAI delivers first F-16 wing and vertical fin to Lockheed Martin for new F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has delivered the first F-16 wing and vertical fin to Lockheed Martin, following the reopening of the F-16 wing assembly line at IAI. As a result of increased worldwide demand for the F-16 Block 70/72, IAI re-opened the assembly lines that had been established in the 1980s to continue production of the F-16 aerostructures assembled at IAI. The F-16 wings and vertical fins will be shipped to the F-16 production and final assembly line in Greenville, South Carolina, USA.

Prior to re-opening the F-16 assembly lines, IAI invested in modernising infrastructure, improving the work environment, and introducing new tools to produce fully compliant F-16 aerostructures. IAI also successfully re-established the supply chain of hardware suppliers to support the assembly lines, checked and verified tooling, carried out necessary first article inspections and conducted training programmes for the F-16 team.


Joramco expands maintenance agreements with GetJet Airlines and Corendon Airlines

Amman-based MRO provider Joramco, the engineering arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), has announced the extension of two maintenance agreements with GetJet Airlines and Corendon Airlines.

The collaboration with GetJet Airlines began in summer 2021 with the successful delivery of C-check on GetJet Airline’s Airbus A330 aircraft. The new agreement covers six-year nose to tail checks on another three of the airline’s A320 fleet, which started in December 2021 and will continue through March 2022.

The second agreement is a continuing maintenance agreement with Corendon Airlines. The agreement, revealed at the MRO ME 2022 tradeshow, follows the one the two companies first signed in 2019. This contract covers a C-check which was performed over 17 days in February on one of the airline’s Boeing 737 Next Generation narrow-body aircraft.

FL Technics adds two new extensions to MRO capabilities

FL Technics has received two extensions within its current Part-145 approval. First – to provide line maintenance services for Boeing B787 aircraft and the second expansion of capabilities – for borescope inspections of Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM-series engines.

The capability to service Boeing’s B787 Dreamliner opens new opportunities within the global market for wide-body aircraft in perfect synergy with FL Technics global, large, independent line maintenance network. At the same time, its team will now leverage certified services of borescope inspection of one of the most popular engines currently in the market, typically mounted on the Airbus A320 aircraft family.

Each of these two developments significantly boosts FL Technics' flexibility and opens new opportunities to provide services that are in high demand across the aviation industry.


Globe Air Cargo Miami partners with Azul Cargo, Brazil

Brazil’s largest cargo transportation company, Azul Cargo, a subsidiary of Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, has selected Miami-based Globe Air Cargo as its exclusive GSSA within the US.

ECS Group’s US-subsidiary, Miami-based Globe Air Cargo is now responsible for all cargo sales and administrative services connected to Azul’s entire US business and will assist Azul with flight operations. Azul operates an A330 passenger and passenger-to-freighter fleet out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO), to Viracopos-Campina International Airport (VCP), Brazil, nine-times a week and is licenced to carry all commodity types. In addition to steering and growing Azul’s cargo business out of its online gateways, the GSSA has clear plans to also develop the airline’s business from offline US destinations with dedicated Azul sales representatives.

Nasmyth Group announces investment from Rcapital

The Board of Nasmyth Group, the provider of specialist precision engineering services to the aerospace, defence and related industries has completed a comprehensive recapitalisation that will give the business the stable foundation it needs to drive ingenuity and continue to serve the needs of its customers around the world. 

Under the terms of the recapitalisation Rcapital, the provider of investment, commercial expertise and hands-on support to businesses, will take a significant equity investment in Nasmyth Group, alongside the existing management team and will also deliver long-term debt facilities with its partner, Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance. Nasmyth Group will continue to be led by its existing management team, headed by Peter Smith and Simon Beech who will work alongside Rcapital to implement a strategy to grow the Group further.

This recapitalisation will give Nasmyth Group a stable financial platform to seek opportunities to grow the business and capitalise on what is expected to be a major rebound in demand over the coming months.


Turkish Technic and AMROS Global collaborate on base maintenance for Airbus-type aircraft

Turkish Technic and Swiss-based aviation and aerospace advisor, AMROS Global, have signed a commemorative certificate for the C-Check and lease-out operations of two Airbus A330 aircraft. The maintenance will commence in the first quarter of 2022.

Turkish Technic has been a trusted partner for airlines, OEMs and lessors for decades, supporting many local and international customers around the globe. This brand-new cooperation between Turkish Technic and AMROS Global further strengthens the MRO’s leading position in the maintenance, repair and overhaul market.

Arajet Airline opts for TRAX eMRO

Despite the ongoing Covid-pandemic worldwide, startup airlines continue to launch. Dominican Republic aviation regulatory authorities (JAC) have recently approved 30 routes for the newly re-branded Arajet Airline, formerly Flycana, as the country’s first ultra low-cost carrier.

Arajet will operate scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo service with a fleet of five Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Arajet is set to begin operations at its hub based at the Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo, the second busiest airport in the Dominican Republic. Routes will include international flights to the United States, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Netherlands (Netherlands Antilles), and France (French Caribbean Antilles).

The airline has inked a deal with TRAX to implement the web-based eMRO system to manage maintenance activities on its Boeing fleet of aircraft. Implementing the eMRO cloud solution with its leading-edge technology will bring many advantages to Arajet. Users can have maximum mobility while accessing required documentation and electronic data, viewing assigned maintenance tasks, receiving real-time updates on planned and completed work, tapping into integrated materials modules and an overall increase in cost savings, enhanced productivity and efficiency.

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