Tuesday, November 13th, 2018



Fatal Lion Air crash suggests need for further training on 737 MAX

As the investigation continues into the full reasons why a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX crashed on October 29, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board, Indonesian investigators and the FAA have suggested the need for further training.

The focus of attention remains on the likelihood that a false data report forced the plane to adopt a steep downward trajectory and the pilots had insufficient training or experience to deal correctly with such a scenario.

It would appear that no information is contained within the aircraft’s flight manual. The investigation also wants to expand to the clarity of U.S.-approved procedures to help pilots prevent the 737 MAX over-reacting to such a data anomaly. Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of Indonesia’s transportation safety committee of crash investigators (KNKT), said on Monday that Indonesian regulators would tighten training requirements as a result of the findings of the investigation so far.

Information recovered from the jet’s flight data recorder last week led the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), according to Reuters, to issue an emergency airworthiness directive urging airlines to update their flight manuals. The directive warned pilots that a computer on the Boeing 737 MAX could lead to the plane being forced to descend sharply for up to ten seconds, even in manual flight, leading to potential difficulties in controlling the plane.

According to a Lion Air instructor, despite this problem apparently not being covered in the operating manual, pilots did have access to a checklist designed to turn off errant systems when the plane started nosing downwards at the wrong time. It needs to be established if the crew examined this checklist and if so, whether they had time to cut off the automated nose-down system. Pilots on a previous flight are understood to have overcome a similar sensor problem. A search for the jet’s missing cockpit voice recorder is ongoing.


Delta adds Atlanta-Burbank service

Delta will offer 22 daily flights between Atlanta and the LA Basin's four key airports, and more choices to access Delta's global network via its hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

​Long connected by their ties to the entertainment and production industries, Atlanta and the LA Basin will have more connections than ever when Delta launches twice-daily service from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Hollywood Burbank Airport on July 8, 2019.

​The new service will make Delta the only airline to offer service to the southeastern U.S. from Burbank and the only airline to serve Atlanta from the four largest airports in the LA Basin, including Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Ontario International Airport and Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Singapore Component Solutions and Liebherr-Aerospace sign MRO cooperation agreement

Singapore Component Solutions (SCS), a joint venture between AFI KLM E&M and Sabena technics, dedicated to component support for ATR and Airbus A320 aircraft fleets, and Liebherr-Aerospace, a leading supplier of systems for the aviation industry, finalized the signature of a cooperation agreement at the MRO Asia-Pacific event. Under the terms of the agreement, Liebherr-Aerospace will assist and support SCS in developing industrial capabilities dedicated to the A320 heat exchangers manufactured by Liebherr. SCS will thus join the Liebherr worldwide network for heat exchanger maintenance.

Through this partnership agreement, SCS will be qualified to carry out maintenance work on Liebherr-designed heat exchangers - more precisely from cleaning up to repairs, excluding renovation and reconstruction. In exchange, the Air France-KLM Group will make use of Liebherr services for work requiring the "recoring" (renovation, reconstruction) of defective heat exchangers.

In combining the know-how and expertise of a world leader in aircraft maintenance and those of a major OEM, AFI KLM E&M, via SCS its joint venture with Sabena technics, and Liebherr are now able to offer high level dedicated heat exchanger support solutions in terms of TAT and cost, for the benefit of their client airlines.


Rockwell Collins awarded five-year U.S. Army contract to support operational readiness of CH-47F avionics

Rockwell Collins has secured a five-year contract with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Logistics Center (ALC) to provide current component upgrades and additional component repair capabilities for the Common Avionics Architecture Systems (CAAS) on the Army’s CH-47F Chinook helicopter fleet.

Adopted by the U.S. Army as the standard for CH-47F cockpit avionics, CAAS provides flight crews with battle-proven situational awareness during missions. The system integrates multiple communications, navigation and mission subsystems through its flexible Flight2™ open systems architecture design and is currently fielded on over 500 aircraft worldwide.


ATR 42-600 proves its quality in serving high-altitude airports with successful Demo Tour

Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer ATR has finished the successful demonstration of its 42-600 series aircraft’s high-altitude performance in challenging mountainous environments.

The Demo Tour saw the aircraft visit several airports in Yunnan Province, South-Western China, such as Diqing, Lijiang and Kunming. With a specially designed Chinese livery, prominently displaying the words ‘Highland Eagle’ in Mandarin script, the aircraft lived up to its name by taking-off from and landing in Diqing – situated 3,287m, or 10,787 feet, above sea level – the highest-altitude airport that an ATR 42-600 has ever served and for which is it fully certified.

Officials and pilots from local airlines were on board throughout the tour to witness firsthand the operational capabilities and the innovation that drives its market-leading performance.

ATR Chief Executive Officer Stefano Bortoli was present to celebrate the achievement and commented that “the ATR 42-600, after arriving in Diqing, has achieved another record, going up to its highest taking-off and landing levels. The fact that it operates perfectly from challenging airfields offering the lowest operational costs, shows that it is the perfect modern solution to enhance China’s regional connectivity. No other regional aircraft in production could regularly serve Diqing in a General Aviation configuration and this highlights its remarkable versatility and performance, even in ‘hot and high’ conditions, surrounded by challenging terrain. I thank all those that have made this demo tour in Yunnan a success.”


CDB Aviation takes delivery of 100th A320 Family aircraft from Airbus

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., has taken delivery of its 100th Airbus A320 Family aircraft.

The A320neo aircraft, which will be operated by India’s low-cost carrier Go Airlines, is part of a purchase and leaseback agreement signed with the carrier earlier in 2018. The delivery marks the overall 125th Airbus aircraft to join the lessor’s fleet.

The aircraft will join GoAir’s all-A320 fleet and will be operated on the carrier’s network that connects prominent business metros and leisure destinations across the Indian subcontinent. Coinciding with the delivery, CDB Aviation and GoAir announced the signing of a purchase and leaseback agreement for the 14th A320neo, which will be delivered toward the end of the year.

Magnetic MRO paints airBaltic’s A220-300 in special livery

Magnetic MRO has painted Latvian airline airBaltic’s A220-300 aircraft in a unique one-off livery, celebrating Latvia’s 100th birthday.

One of the first A220 aircraft painted outside of OEM, the special project was completed under secrecy in Magnetic MRO’s Tallinn Paint Hangar in cooperation with airBaltic and coatings partner AkzoNobel. The special livery was unveiled at an official ceremony at Riga Airport on Friday, November 9th in the presence of the President of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis, and the CEO of Air Baltic, Martin Gauss.

“We were very honoured and humbled to be trusted with the painting of Latvia’s flag carrier’s aircraft for such a momentous occasion. As it was the aircraft type’s first custom paint job in the world, the project posed minor challenges and our team demonstrated ultimate commitment and teamwork, which lead to excellent final finish, genuine result and very satisfied customer,” stated Kaspars Podins, Operations Manager of Magnetic MRO.

The unique livery, depicting Latvia’s flag colours on the fuselage was applied onto airBaltic’s newest generation aircraft, the A220-300. The one-month-old aircraft registered as YL-CSL will now fly across Europe and Asia, spreading the message of Latvia’s 100th birthday all over the globe.

“airBaltic team is delighted and honoured to present this special gift to Latvia on its centenary, which is a historical event for every Latvian. Now the flag of Latvia will proudly wave above our heads high in the skies and travel around the world. We were very pleased with the work Magnetic MRO had done on this special project and are looking forward to future cooperation,” said Andris Vaivads, DT Technical Department of airBaltic.

“It has been a busy first year for our dedicated paint hangar since opening it 12 months ago. Including regular projects, we also completed a business jet and now the first A220. This latest paint job for airBaltic is a great achievement for us and for the Latvian people,” stated Magnetic MRO’s Painting Department Manager, Rihards Priedkalns.


Kellstrom Aerospace acquires ex-Avion Express A319-100

Kellstrom Aerospace has acquired ex-Avion Express A319-100, MSN1778, powered by CFM56-5B’s. The aircraft is being disassembled in the UK to support Kellstrom Aerospace airline customers with rotable airframe inventory.

Kellstrom Commercial Aerospace is one of the largest supply chain partners to leading OEMs, airlines, leasing companies, financial institutions, air transport operators and MRO’s worldwide.

Leonardo awarded contract for 22 new AW169M helicopter variant by Italy's Guardia di Finanza

Leonardo has announced the signing of a contract with Italy’s Guardia di Finanza for 22 new generation AW169M twin engine helicopters. The contract, valued at €280 million, includes a comprehensive support and training package which could be further extended with optional services valued at an additional €100 million. Deliveries are expected to start in summer 2019 and to be completed by 2024.

The aircraft will be used to perform a range of roles including patrol and reconnaissance, law enforcement, rescue and homeland security, complementing a fleet of 14 AW139 intermediate twins, six of which are already in service and the following eight due to be delivered in 2019.

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Boeing-Safran JV Auxiliary Power Units get regulatory go-ahead

In a joint announcement from Chicago and Paris, Boeing and Safran have confirmed that the 50:50 joint venture to produce Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) has received regulatory approval. This will enable the two companies to commence with designing, building and servicing aircraft APUs -onboard engines that are primarily used to start the main engines and power aircraft systems while on the ground and, if necessary, in flight. The initial team will perform design work in San Diego, California.

Commenting on the news, Philippe Petitcolin, CEO of Safran, confirmed that "Safran is proud to launch this joint venture with Boeing in order to offer state-of-the-art APUs and enhance customer value. Together, we are committed to delivering innovative, highly technological and cost-competitive solutions to global customers. We are confident this joint team will provide first-class products and services within the best integrated industrial organization,"

Safran currently supplies a wide range of components to Boeing commercial and defense programs, including as a partner to produce CFM's LEAP-1B engine for the 737 MAX (through CFM International, a 50/50 JV between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE). Boeing and Safran also are partners in MATIS, a joint venture in Morocco producing wiring products for several airframe and engine companies.
It has also been announced that Etienne Boisseau will become the Chief Executive Officer of the joint venture.


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