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Boost for Boeing as 787 Dreamliner deliveries recommence after 15-month delay

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has confirmed it expects Boeing to recommence deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner this week, with American Airlines due to receive the first of these new deliveries es early as today (Wednesday). This will be the first delivery of a Dreamliner since April 2021.

The approval from the FAA comes after Boeing completed inspection and retrofit changes that were essential in order to meet certification standards. Boeing had come under considerable scrutiny with regard to the company's involvement and processes in the Dreamliner's airworthiness certification, while in 2020 the FAA began to investigate certain manufacturing flaws found in the aircraft. American Airlines confirmed on a July earnings call that it anticipates receiving nine 787s in 2022, including two in the earlier part of this month. It currently has 42 Dreamliners on order, excluding this week's Dreamliner due for delivery.

Boeing said it continues “to work transparently with the FAA and our customers towards resuming 787 deliveries.” In July, the FAA approved Boeing’s plan for specific inspections to verify the airplane meets requirements and that all retrofit work has been completed. Boeing has approximately 120 787s awaiting delivery and the FAA has made it clear that it “will inspect each aircraft before an airworthiness certificate is issued and cleared for delivery.”

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Virgin Orbit and J-Space to partner to develop South Korean launch site plan

Virgin Orbit, a leading launch provider, has signed an agreement with South Korean investment group J-Space. The agreement will allow the companies to assess candidate spaceport launch sites in South Korea, with the goal of providing satellite launch services from there using Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne System. The cooperative effort is designed to act as a catalyst to the burgeoning Korean small satellite and space solutions market, stimulate local economic growth and provide the South Korean government with a flexible and responsive launch capability in support of a wide range of mission applications.

In pursuing its mission to transform the space industry in South Korea, J-Space looks to leverage Virgin Orbit’s unique mobile launch system and its capability to offer nations a turnkey small satellite launch capability that can quickly become fully operational, thereby satisfying commercial, civil government and defence requirements.

Drawing on local expertise and funding by J-Space and on launch and mission expertise from Virgin Orbit, the partnership will focus its initial efforts on linking with local South Korean high-tech industries and formulating end-to-end mission solutions that will benefit the nation and broader region. The partners aim to develop a roadmap that will result in launch site identification and operations, delineate specific investor and business objectives and identify key partners in the region. The roadmap will seek to lay out the steps required to enable the first flights of LauncherOne to occur from South Korea in as little as 12 -18 months.

Turkish Technic and Honeywell strengthen cooperation

Turkish Technic, a leading provider of MRO services for commercial and government operators, has signed a ten-year global repair license agreement with Honeywell for Air Data Inertial Reference Unit (ADIRU) of Boeing 737 MAX, 737 Next Generation (NG) and 787 aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement, Honeywell will supply subparts to Turkish Technic and Turkish Technic will operate as the authorized global service centre for Honeywell’s ADIRU components, providing repair services for its local and international customers.

Expanding the channel partnership between both parties, the new agreement supplements Turkish Technic’s existing Honeywell license agreements that cover GTCP131-9A/B APUs (Auxiliary Power Units), CFM56-7B HMUs (Hydro Mechanical Units), Boeing 737 MAXs, 737 NG APU Starter-Generators and hundreds more Honeywell Mechanical and Avionic LRUs (Line Replaceable Units).

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Sumitomo Corporation acquires Werner Aero

Werner Aero has released that Sumitomo Corporation, through Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, has acquired 51% shares of Werner Aero, LLC headquartered in New Jersey, U.S.A. While demand in commercial aviation has taken a hit due to COVID-19, IATA estimates that revenue passenger-kilometres will recover to pre-pandemic levels in 2023 and growth will continue, driven by short and medium-haul routes.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Werner Aero. This acquisition will position us to expand the business and grow our offerings to our customers. We are seeing that demand for spare parts and services growing rapidly. Our joined forces will benefit our customers by bringing more innovative and expanded solutions to them. This transaction will give us greater capacity for full-service aircraft management and support and just-in-time inventory” said Mike Cazaz, CEO of Werner Aero.

Sumitomo Corporation is a Japanese publicly traded diversified conglomerate that operates in various business sectors in Japan, the Americas, Europe, Asia and elsewhere throughout the world. Sumitomo has been ranked for the past 27 years as one of the global companies leading the world’s development in the Fortune Global 500, an annual list complied and published by U.S. Fortune magazine.

Airbus Helicopters delivers very first ACH160 helicopter to Brazilian customer

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the very first ACH160 helicopter to a customer in Brazil on the eve of the 17th edition of the Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) at Congonhas airport, São Paulo.

The rotorcraft will notably be the first H160 to fly in Latin America.

According to data from the Brazilian General Aviation Association (ABAG), more than 2,500 airports and 1,300 heliports in Brazil use corporate aviation services via jets, turboprops, piston aircraft and helicopters. “The growing general aviation market in Brazil is crucial for increasing economic and social productivity, as well for maintaining the country's air connectivity,” said Jean-Luc Alfonsi, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters’ Brazilian customer centre, Helibras.

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C&L Aviation Group receives EASA and UK STC certification for Embraer 135/145 Universal FMS upgrade

C&L Aviation Services, a C&L Aviation Group company, has received both UK and EASA STC certification for its upgrade of the Universal UNS-1K (SCN600 or SCN800) series flight management system (FMS) to the UNS-1LW (SCN1000-series) WAAS enabled unit for the Embraer 135/145 aircraft.

“We’re pleased to follow up our FAA STC certification earlier this year with EASA and UK approval. Having a viable option for European operators to upgrade their FMS systems is critical as these systems continue to evolve,” said Charlie Carroll, Avionics Sales Manager for C&L Aviation Services. “Having our own in-house engineering group allows us to dedicate resources to STC projects like this one that meets customer’s needs.”

C&L has been modifying and upgrading the interiors and systems on ERJs for several years and specialises in converting these aircraft into business-class and luxury jets. C&L also provides on-site engineering, avionics support, aircraft exterior painting and heavy maintenance services.

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East Midlands Aviation consultancy grows and strengthens team

East Midlands-based global engine and aircraft consultants, TGIS Aviation Limited, continues to grow its aviation expertise with the addition of Barry Hirons who joins TGIS Aviation as Technical Director.

Hirons has over 33 years’ experience in aircraft maintenance covering technical operations and providing professional services in support of aircraft leasing and insurance activities. His specialist areas of expertise lie in aircraft asset management, managing complex aircraft lease transitions and modification programmes along with surveying, reporting and adjusting on aviation related insurance claims.

Aviator further strengthens successful partnership with Wizz Air

Aviator Airport Alliance, a full-range provider of aviation services at 15 airports across the Nordics, has strengthened its partnership with Wizz Air by signing a new contract.

Under the new partnership agreement, Aviator will provide Wizz Air with ground handling and de-icing services at Malmö and Göteborg Landvetter airports. The contract will be in effect for three more years. Wizz Air has approximately 36 weekly flights in Malmö and around 18 weekly flights in Göteborg Landvetter Airport.

This new agreement is a continuation of a successful long-term partnership between the companies. Aviator has been working with Wizz Air since 2011.

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Embraer signs service agreement to support Avantto’s executive jet fleet

Embraer and Avantto have announced, during LABACE 2022, the signing of a contract for the Embraer Executive Care Program to support the company's executive jet fleet. A leader in the aircraft sharing business in Brazil, Avantto currently has a fleet of seven Phenom jets, four of which are Phenom 100s and three Phenom 300s. Globally, more than 700 aircraft are currently part of the Embraer Executive Care Programme.

Covering maintenance, parts, freight, labour and even rescue teams, and guided by Embraer’s OEM expertise and support, the programme can be tailored according to one of three coverage options: Prime Parts, Standard and Enhanced. Throughout a five-year cycle, the benefits of the programme include savings compared to the actual costs of scheduled and unscheduled events in the same term, providing a hedge against price inflation and ease of doing business with Embraer and its partners.

First Aviation appoints Robert Takacs Director of Business Development for rotary- and fixed-wing operations

First Aviation Services’ Piedmont Propulsion Systems, Aviation Blade Services and Heliblade International subsidiaries, have jointly announced the appointment of Robert Takacs as Director of Business Development for both rotary- and fixed-wing operations.

Takacs brings a wealth of experience and contacts in the regional airline marketplace from his time at Voyageur Aviation and Av-Reps. His solid experience developing customer relationships and understanding the needs of turboprop operators is an excellent fit with First Aviation Services’ industry leading engineering, quality and technical capabilities.

The appointment will also compliment First Aviation’s continued investment in the rotorcraft marketplace with the recent Heliblade acquisition. Takacs will co-ordinate First Aviation Services’ growth strategy in the rotorcraft marketplace for the company’s three FAA 145 repair stations dedicated to helicopter rotor blades.
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