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Thursday, March 24th, 2022

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Morocco and Israel sign MoU in aeronautics field

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the aeronautics sector has been signed during a meeting between the Moroccan Minister of Industry and Trade, Ryad Mezzour and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Amir Peretz. The MoU is part implementation of the Joint Declaration between Morocco and Israel signed on December 22, 2020, in Rabat, whereby the two countries expressed their willingness to promote dynamic and innovative bilateral economic cooperation in the fields of investment and technology.

“The Memorandum of Understanding we are signing today is a further step in creating a new partnership between IAI and the aerospace industries in Morocco. I know the incredible potential that exists in Morocco and this is just the beginning,” Amir Peretz announced.

As part of this partnership, Morocco and IAI will target investment opportunities relating mainly to 3-D printing, the manufacture of cabin interiors and engine and aerostructure parts, plus the establishment of an R&D and engineering centre along with the development of a network of local suppliers through sourcing partnerships with IAI.


GE begins testing on first T901 turboshaft engine for US Army

GE has initiated testing on the first T901-GE-900 engine, GE’s next-generation rotorcraft engine that will power the US Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) aircraft in the future. 

In 2019, the US Army selected GE’s T901 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Improved Turbine Engine (ITE) programme to re-engine its Apache and Black Hawk fleets. The Army also selected the 3,000-shaft horsepower T901 for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme.

The first engine to test milestone is being performed in a recently upgraded test cell at GE’s Lynn, Mass., facility. GE has upgraded three test cells in Lynn to efficiently complete the comprehensive T901 EMD engine test programme. The test cell upgrades include systems to absorb the increased power and allow no-load operation of the engine, improved instrumentation capability and upgraded test controls. T901 EMD engine testing will also be performed at GE’s Evendale, Ohio, facility, as well as government facilities.  

EirTrade Aviation introduces engine disassembly

EirTrade Aviation, the mature technical management and asset trading company, has augmented its dismantling capability with the addition of engine disassembly. The capability, which is available at EirTrade’s facility in Dublin, will complement its existing aircraft disassembly activities which are based in the company’s AFRA accredited facility in Knock, Ireland West. 

“The introduction of the engine disassembly facility in Dublin will enable us to enhance the organisation’s end-of-life product offering to the market and become a complete end-of-life solution provider,” comments Lee Carey, VP Asset Management at EirTrade Aviation. “This vertical integration strategy will enable EirTrade to mitigate third party and logistical costs and enable the organisation to gain access to material quicker to support our global client base.”

Carey confirms that the initial engine disassembly will be carried out under an agreement with Lufthansa Technik by Lufthansa trained engineers who will be responsible for disassembly of the first eight engines in EirTrade’s order book, after which all future work will be carried out by the company’s own engineers.


Aerogility appoints Kenneth Merchant as special advisor

Aerogility, model-based AI provider to the aviation industry, is appointing Kenneth D. Merchant as special advisor in the Americas.

Merchant will play a crucial role in Aerogility’s expansion across the US, advising on market dynamics and supporting growth opportunities within the US defence, aerospace and MRO industries.

Merchant has more than 40 years’ experience working within US air defence, including a distinguished 34-year career in the Air Force. He currently serves as President at Life Cycle Solutions, an aerospace and defence consulting firm. Merchant previously worked with Lockheed Martin as Vice President on the F-35 and F-22 programmes, where his experience included the F-22 Raptor Enhancement, Development and Integration (REDI) Programme. Major General Merchant served as director in the Air Force, with multiple experiences in global mobility programmes and logistics.

EFW receives STC for world’s first A320P2F

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), centre of excellence for Airbus freighter conversions, has received the Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its head-of-version A320 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) aircraft. This prototype unit is the very first A320P2F aircraft to be developed, joining a family of Airbus P2F programmes that include the A330-200P2F, A330-300P2F and A321P2F.

The A320P2F is the second variant in Airbus narrow-body P2F solutions. Similar to the A321P2F variant, the A320P2F is a collaboration between EFW and its parent companies, ST Engineering and Airbus, with EFW leading the overall programme as well as marketing and sales efforts. The prototype A320P2F aircraft is owned by the aviation leasing arm of ST Engineering. It will be the first of several converted freighter aircraft on lease to Vaayu Group, an aviation solutions and services group of companies.


Air Greenland commits to purchasing or leasing a fleet of Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL aircraft from Avolon

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, announces that it has partnered with Air Greenland, the flag-carrier for Greenland, to bring zero-emissions travel to the region and help tackle the issue of climate change. Avolon and Air Greenland will partner to form a Working Group to assess the opportunity to commercialise zero-emissions air travel in the region. The Working Group will also collaborate to identify local infrastructure and certification requirements for eVTOL aircraft.

As part of the agreement, Air Greenland will commit to purchasing or leasing a fleet of VX4 eVTOL aircraft, manufactured by Vertical Aerospace (Vertical), from Avolon. Upon its introduction, the VX4 will be the most advanced and the safest eVTOL in the market and will be built to EASA safety certification standards – the most stringent global requirements and at the same level as commercial aircraft. The VX4 will be near silent when in flight and will have zero operating emissions, transporting four passengers and one pilot distances of over 100 miles at up to 200 miles per hour. The size of Air Greenland’s VX4 fleet will be defined at the conclusion of the Working Group’s assessment of the scale of the market opportunity.


JMC Group and Complete Aircraft Group start B737-400F tear-down

JMC Group’s Fixed Price Team and Complete Aircraft Group (CAG) are close to completing a tear-down on a Boeing 737-400F. Dismantlement is taking place at Exeter Airport, UK and will be complete by the end of this month, resulting in the availability of 250 parts, including full cargo configuration and associated equipment.

This marks the second joint venture project between JMC Group’s and CAG’s specialist teams.

Tear-downs involve a staged process which guarantees the safe removal of aircraft parts in accordance with standard procedures. Once the components are harvested, the remaining aircraft hull is dismantled and shipped offsite for recycling. Complete Aircraft Group, specialists in sourcing and delivering quality recycled aircraft parts and components to the aviation industry, is actively engaged sourcing retired commercial aircraft (airliner and business jets) for tear-downs. The business was bolstered last summer with the appointment of senior industry professional Alan Barnes as Head of Operations.

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