Tuesday, October 16th, 2018



Aerion’s GE-powered supersonic business jet will meet U.S. noise regulations

On the eve of the NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando Florida, Aerion Supersonic (Aerion) and General Electric (GE) have announced that the US$120 million supersonic AS2 business jet will operate without the need for regulatory changes to noise levels. The Aerion jet will be powered by GE’s Affinity turbofan engine.

The Affinity is a new class of medium bypass ratio engines that provide exceptional and balanced performance across supersonic and subsonic flights. GE’s Affinity is a twin-shaft, twin-fan turbofan controlled by a next generation Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) for enhanced dispatch reliability and onboard diagnostics. It is purposefully designed to enable efficient supersonic flight over water and efficient subsonic flight over land, without requiring modifications to existing compliance regulations. The engine is designed to meet stringent Stage 5 subsonic noise requirements and beat current emissions standards.

After two years of a preliminary study, GE Aviation and Aerion launched a formal process in May of 2017 to define and evaluate a final engine configuration for the AS2 supersonic business jet. A GE Project team, supported by a dedicated Engineering team, continue to work with Aerion in a formal and gated process. The next design review is targeted 2020, signaling beginning of detailed design and test article production. Aerion is collaborating with GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin and Honeywell to develop the AS2.

According to Aerion Chief Executive Tom Vice: “We’re on track to fly in 2023, and before that year is out cross the Atlantic at supersonic speed, which will be the first supersonic crossing since the Concorde’s retirement 20 years earlier.”

NBAA-BACE is the third-largest trade show in the U.S. Running between October 16 and 18, approximately 25,000 industry professionals will be attending what is “the most important three days of business aviation.”


Boeing Business Jets delivers first BBJ MAX airplane

Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) has delivered the first BBJ MAX airplane to a customer, the company announced on October15, at the National Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). The aircraft is scheduled to fly to an interior finishing center.

Customers from around the world have placed orders for 20 BBJ MAX airplanes. Most recently, Seacons Trading Ltd announced in July it is purchasing a BBJ MAX 7 at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow.

To commemorate the first delivery, Boeing Business Jets unveiled a new interior concept by award winning aviation design firm SkyStyle. The concept, named Genesis by SkyStyle Co-Founders Max Pardo and Lucas Colombo, represents the company's debut in BBJ MAX design.

Ryanair appoints new handler at London Stansted airport

Ryanair has chosen OmniServ as its new handler at London Stansted Airport, following an extensive tendering process.

From February 1st, 2019, OmniServ (operating as Blue Handling) will provide all of Ryanair’s check-in, baggage and ground operations handling at Stansted, Ryanair’s largest base, with over 40 based aircraft and more than 200 daily departures.

OmniServ will replace Swissport at Stansted, who will continue to handle Ryanair’s operations at over 40 other airports across the UK and Europe and all current Swissport staff at Stansted will be offered contracts with OmniServ from February 1st, in order to minimise disruptions.

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GA Telesis announces large-scale ramp-up in Helsinki, GATES Engine MRO Operation

GA Telesis Engine Services (GATES), a wholly owned subsidiary of GA Telesis, a leader in integrated aviation services, intents to ramp up its engine MRO operations in 2019. With record engine slot inputs in 2018 across all engine models coupled with major commitments from existing and new customers of the CF6-80C2, CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines over the next 3 years.

GATES is seizing on the opportunity to increase its production capability. The Company is also investigating the potential of adding capabilities for three other engine models. The growth will come in the form of hiring additional technicians and support staff, along with a significant cap-ex spend for additional tooling machinery as well as upgrading the company’s ERP system. Commencing immediately the initiatives will continue over the next five years, growing slot capacity by 150%.

“Since the acquisition of GATES, we have doubled the size of the workforce and have made significant cap-ex investments in the business,” said Jukka Laurila, President of GATES. “It is our intention to continue down this track and grow our existing customer relationships, while also expanding our customer network,” he added.

ACI Aviation Consulting and Airliner Price Guide expand leadership team

Washington, D.C. based ACI Aviation Consulting (ACI) and Airliner Price Guide (APG) expand its leadership team with the addition of its new Director of Valuations, Andy Krantz and the promotion of Matt Stripp to Director of Analytics.

Andy Krantz joins ACI as Director of Valuations, providing clients with critical business aviation expertise. Krantz will oversee valuations and support ACI’s leadership across company operations. Andy is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.

As ACI’s Director of Analytics, Matt Stripp will not only play an integral role in supporting the increasing client base and growing assignment workload but also in the continued expansion of ACI’s big data analytics and forecast modeling. Prior to joining ACI, Stripp attended Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business, specializing in Finance.


Kuwait Airways becomes newest customer of the A330neo

Kuwait Airways, the national carrier of the state of Kuwait, has signed a Purchase Agreement (PA) for eight A330-800 aircraft. The agreement was signed by Yousef Al-Jassim, Kuwait Airways Chairman and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse.

Yousef Al-Jassim, Chairman Kuwait Airways said: “The A330-800 will seamlessly fit into our fleet expansion and growth plans. Its unbeatable operating economics and performance in addition to best in class passenger comfort make it a sound investment. We are confident that the A330-800 will support us to compete effectively on our expanding route network. Our relationship with Airbus extends beyond aircraft acquisitions and we look forward to further collaboration on technical fields.”

The announcement marks an important step in Kuwait Airways’ fleet renewal and expansion strategy. The national carrier of Kuwait also has A350 XWB and A320neo Family aircraft on order. The delivery of the new Airbus fleet will start in 2019.

AAR launches new cloud-based solution AIRVOLUTION™

AAR, a global leader in aviation services and integrated customer solutions, will present AIRVOLUTION™, a revolutionary new cloud-based solution for component repairs, at MRO Europe.

Intelligent and flexible, AIRVOLUTION™ combines the best of AAR’s Digital Services and Airinmar’s 30-plus years of expertise in repair cycle management. Integrated analytics and business intelligence tools throughout the system bring actionable data to the point of use. AIRVOLUTIONTM is designed to get each person using it to their next most efficient action. It features unlimited document and digital asset storage, allowing for all materials related to a given repair to be stored in a centralized, easy-to-access location. In addition, the ability to streamline the end-to-end repair cycle process will be possible through proactive workflow management tools.

Process quotes, manage suppliers and contracts, capture warranty claims, and ensure competitive pricing — using automated price checks leveraging historical and market benchmarks — all in one tool. Full-service support, ongoing or on an ad-hoc basis, is also available via Airinmar, AAR’s component repair division, and comes fully integrated with AIRVOLUTION™.

AIRVOLUTION™ is fully secure, integrates seamlessly with existing business systems, and offers scalability for ongoing systems development and easy endpoints for integration.


Comlux completes 11th VIP cabin interior on a BBJ

Comlux Completion, Comlux's completion and service center based in Indianapolis IN, accomplished their 11th VIP interior outfitting on a BBJ aircraft for a private customer based in the Far East.

The luxurious cabin features at the front a spacious executive compartment, with four sets of Club-4. Instead of the traditional Hi/Lo tables, there are large pull out tables with easily attachable extensions newly designed and installed specifically for this aircraft.

In the center section, a private dining/conference room features a massive table surrounded by six executive style seats. The overhead area portrays a grand ceiling dome with a handmade mother of pearl pattern. Decorated with a similar ceiling dome, the master suite at the rear includes a tranquil master bedroom and a spa-like private master lavatory. The entire aircraft has an infusion of an Asian inspired atmosphere.

There is a cohesive blend of contrasting color palettes achieved by the use of supple white leather, rich warm mahogany veneer, plush taupe carpet, textured fabrics and gold accents throughout- inspiring luxury and relaxation.

ST Engineering's Aerospace Sector secures new contracts worth about S$590 million in 3rd quarter 2018

Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has announced that its Aerospace sector secured new contracts worth about S$590 million in the third quarter (3Q) of 2018 for services ranging from airframe, engine and component maintenance to engine wash.

A number of the contracts secured in the third quarter 2018 are multi-year agreements, including a 4-year ATR 72 landing gear overhaul agreement from an Asian airline, a 5-year contract extension to maintain the PW4000 thrust reversers and inlets of an European operator’s A300-600 fleet and heavy maintenance agreements from American freight operators.

The Aerospace sector redelivered a total of 208 aircraft for airframe heavy maintenance and modification work in the third quarter 2018. Additionally, a total of 11,992 components, 35 landing gears and 45 engines were processed, while 2,644 engine washes were conducted.

The sector continued to expand its aftermarket services in nacelle systems by successfully setting up MRO capabilities for A320’s V2500 and CFM56-5B nacelles. It is currently developing aftermarket capabilities in new-generation flight control and nacelles systems used in aircraft platforms such as Boeing 737MAX and Boeing 777.

In China, the sector expanded its airframe maintenance portfolio when its Guangzhou facility obtained approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to carry out base maintenance for the Boeing 767 platform.


Spatial commissioned by Pegasus Airlines to build A321NX Over Wing Exit Trainer

Spatial, provider of cabin crew training simulators, was commissioned by Pegasus Airlines to build an A321NX Over Wing Exit Trainer.

Manufactured to replicate all the functionality of a real A321NX semi-automatic door, the high-fidelity simulator will enable Pegasus Airlines’ cabin crew to become fully proficient in all normal, abnormal and emergency situations that may be encountered with this Airbus aircraft door type.

Custom-built to the highest standards within just 6 weeks at Spatial’s 50,000 ft² in Dubai, the trainer was shipped and installed at Pegasus Airlines’ crew training centre in Istanbul in October.

Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies agree to combine in all stock merger

Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies have agreed to combine in an all stock merger of equals to create a global defense technology leader, focused on developing differentiated and mission critical solutions for customers around the world.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, which was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, L3 shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 1.30 shares of Harris common stock for each share of L3 common stock, consistent with the 60-trading day average exchange ratio of the two companies. Upon completion of the merger, Harris shareholders will own approximately 54% and L3 shareholders will own approximately 46% of the combined company on a fully diluted basis.

The combined company, L3 Harris Technologies, Inc., will be the 6th largest defense company in the U.S. and a top 10 defense company globally, with approximately 48,000 employees and customers in over 100 countries. For calendar year 2018, the combined company is expected to generate net revenue of approximately US$16 billion, EBIT of US$2.4 billion and free cash flow of US$1.9 billion.

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