Wednesday, October 17th, 2018



NetJets looks to acquire up to 325 Textron Cessna business jets

NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company, has struck a deal with Textron to acquire up to 175 super-midsize Cessna Longitude aircraft and 150 Cessna Citation Hemisphere aircraft and which Textron anticipates will be firmed up over the next few weeks.

NetJets has operated Cessna aircraft since 1984 and the current deal would see its fleet of Cessna jets increase to approximately 800 over the next fifteen years. NetJets will also be the launch customer for the clean-sheet large-cabin Citation Hemisphere. Delivery of the first Citation Longitude is anticipated for the second half of 2019.

The deal appears to have attracted considerable attention with its announcement taking place in Orlando, Florida on the eve of the 2018 National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE).

Textron Aviation and NetJets are designing a version of the Citation Hemisphere. They are also working with Safran, whose Silvercrest engine will be powering the Hemisphere, to achieve performance characteristics that will enable it to reach far-off destinations with greater speed and reliability.

Brad Thress, Textron Aviation senior vice president, Engineering, commented: “We have worked steadfastly with Safran to understand the development stages of the Silvercrest engine. Throughout our review, we have remained confident that Silvercrest is the best engine choice for the Hemisphere and are pleased to see Safran’s enduring commitment to delivering it on time and on target.”

Development of the already-delayed engine was delayed last year when Safran reported a problem with a compressor during certain types of high-altitude test-flying. Safran has since begun producing redesigned parts and will start assembling them in early 2019, with ground tests taking place during the second quarter to ensure the solution is working.

Werner Aero

Sine Draco selects Ancra as supplier for A321 SDF cargo loading system

Ancra International has been selected by Sine Draco Aviation Technology to provide the cargo loading system and window plugs for Sine Draco A321 passenger-to-freighter converted aircraft (A321 SDF).

Sine Draco is an aviation development company, with office locations in the USA and China, that focuses on developing, managing and executing large scale aviation projects, including aircraft design, modification, certification and investment management.

Sine Draco announced their development of A321 SDF earlier this year.

Ancra is the industry’s leading supplier of aircraft main deck cargo loading system products with its equipment in service in nearly 60% of the world’s freighter fleet - from regional jets to large widebody aircraft.

“The partners involved in the project actively cooperate with each other and have made significant progress to our A321 Passenger to Freighter (A321 SDF) program. We welcome Ancra to our development team. I believe that with this addition, we can further enhance A321 SDF being the right solution/choice for all our customers.” said Alex Deriugin, CEO of Sine Draco Aviation Technology Ltd.

GKN Aerospace and UTAS sign lifetime Repair License Agreement

GKN Fokker Services and UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) have entered into a lifetime Repair License Agreement to support UTAS’ hydraulic flight control components of the Bombardier CRJ200 and CRJ700/900/1000 aircraft in the EMEA and APAC regions.

The agreement includes a technology license, providing access to the technical data needed to maintain the Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) according to OEM standards and to OEM approved repairs; technical assistance, which provides training and assistance to deliver the required high quality standards; a spare parts purchase agreement, which is fundamental to offer a competitive solution based on the use of OEM approved materials.

As a UTAS licensee, GKN Fokker Services supports Airlines, MRO companies and Integrators with flexible, reliable and competitive OEM solutions for the flight controls installed on the CRJ fleet. The support includes OEM parts & warranty, dedicated 24/7 customer service, quick turn-around-time, performance guarantee, reliability monitoring services to ensure top quality and exchange inventory available to support the next removal.


Safran unveils an electric motor from its ENGINeUS range, designed for future hybrid and electric aircraft

Safran is presenting the first electric motor from its ENGINeUS range designed for future hybrid and electric aircraft, at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, Florida.

The ENGINeUS 45 motor has a continuous power of 45kW. It has built-in, dedicated control electronics with an energy efficiency of over 94%. It also has an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 2.5kW / kg at 2,500rpm. The ENGINeUS product line will eventually include a range of electric motors with a power output of up to 500kW.

The motor on display has been tested and validated on Safran's electrical integration benches to verify its performance. Safran has also tested four of these electric motors on the ground on a full distributed propulsion hybrid-electric system, which reflects the demands of hybrid and electric aircraft.

This motor technology optimizes the electrical architecture by consolidating several key conversion, control and battery interface functions. Its mechanical and structural characteristics are also perfectly suited to aircraft structures.

"We are proud to present this cutting-edge equipment that boasts top-level aeronautical performance from an electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical perspective. With this range of engines, we are making a major strategic shift towards the development of VTOL1 and STOL2 aircraft, thus opening up promising new markets for Safran," said Hervé Blanc, Vice President & General Manager of the electrical systems and motors division at Safran Electrical & Power.

SAF expands fleet with order for six light single and light twin helicopters

French Alps-based civil operator SAF Group has ordered six new Airbus’ helicopters for emergency medical service (EMS) operations, mountain rescue, aerial work and passenger transport.

The order includes three light single and three light twin helicopters to be operated in Metropolitan France and in the Reunion Island, where SAF has recently acquired Hélilagon.

Delivery of the six aircraft is planned for 2019.

Beach Aviation Group

Tokyo Century Corporation and All Nippon Airways Trading Company complete acquisition of GA Telesis shares

GA Telesis has announced completion of the previously announced share purchase by Tokyo Century Corporation and All Nippon Airways Trading Co., Ltd. (ANATC) from Global Principal Finance Company.

The transaction provides the Company with shareholders that have a committed longterm growth strategy in the aviation industry.

Tokyo Century and ANATC, respectively, hold a 49.2% and 10% interest in the Company. The Company is now working with its shareholders on the execution of its new engine leasing joint-venture, Gateway Engine Leasing, for launch prior to the end of the year.

Tokyo Century has held an investment in GA Telesis since 2012 and elected to increase their stake to its current level. Tokyo Century has significant existing strategic investments in aviation including a 20% holding in Aviation Capital Group, the world’s premier aircraft leasing company, as well as a 16.7% interest in Jetstar Japan.

Established in 1970, ANATC has evolved from a service provider of aviation serviceable parts to a multinational service and solution provider that centers its business not only around aviation but also in various fields such as food and beverages, electronics, and daily living essentials. Building on a strong customer base in Asia and other regions, ANATC strives to provide customer-centric and value-added solutions and services to its customers.

MTU Maintenance introduces Technical Asset Management Services

MTU Maintenance, a global leader in customized solutions for aero engines, launches Technical Asset Management Services (TAMS) for asset owners. This range of services covers comprehensive technical consulting and fleet management, transitions management and housekeeping support for aircraft engines.

“We are delighted to be launching TAMS, our new, intelligent and customized service, as a response to market demands and to complement our existing services,” says Martin Friis-Petersen, Managing Director MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V. “As a MRO provider, asset manager and lessor, we are in a unique position to understand the individual requirements of operators and asset owners, mitigate risk and optimize residual value.” This includes workscoping, shop visit management, engine exchanges and assistance with engine lease returns as well as engine record reviews. “Asset owners benefit from the comprehensive engine know-how within the MTU Maintenance network paired with the expertise we have gained as an engine lessor,” Friis-Petersen adds.

MTU Maintenance Lease Services’ (MLS) has a team of around 50 experts, who support over 160 transitions per year with a growing pool of engines for lease and sale. The MLS team also draws on the first class, in-house resources of MTU Maintenance, an MRO provider with nearly 40 years’ technical expertise, a worldwide network and MRO specialists on hand to perform physical inspections and in-situ repairs.

TAMS is highly customized and can be integrated into further services as and when desired. Additionally, TAMS is supported by industry leading software that enables the complete digitization of documents, traceability of parts and, through a cloud-based platform, ease of access to up-to-date information for all parties involved.


Bombardier Business Aircraft delivers 31 business jets in third-quarter

Bombardier Business Aircraft has reported strong order and delivery performance for the three months ending September 30, 2018.

For the quarter ending September 30, 2018, Bombardier delivered 31 business jets. Third-quarter deliveries include four Learjet, 20 Challenger and seven Global aircraft, bringing the year-to-date total to 96. This strong performance represents more than 70% of Bombardier’s planned business aircraft deliveries for the year.

The company further announced that its Business Aircraft segment’s backlog rose to approximately US$14.3 billion as at September 30, 2018. The company also confirmed the continued growth of its services offering and international footprint.

Adient Aerospace starts operations

Boeing and Adient released that their airplane seat joint venture Adient Aerospace is operational after securing regulatory approvals.

The companies also appointed Alan Wittman as Chief Executive Officer and named the team that will lead Adient Aerospace in addressing the aviation industry's need for more capacity and quality in airplane seating.

Industry analysts forecast the commercial aircraft seating market to grow from approximately US$4.5 billion in 2017 to US$6 billion by 2026.

The joint venture between Boeing and Adient is developing a portfolio of seats for new airplane and retrofit configurations. Adient Aerospace has opened a customer service center in the Seattle, Washington area, and product development is underway in Kaiserslautern, Germany, as a continuation of work performed under an agreement the two companies signed in 2017. Adient Aerospace is initially developing lie-flat business class seating offerings for widebody airplanes.

Adient Aerospace CEO Wittman was most recently the director of Business Operations for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner program.


Embraer and Western Air sign Flight Hour Pool Program for ERJ-145s

Embraer have signed a Flight Hour Pool Program agreement with Western Air, from the Bahamas, to provide repairable component support for the carrier’s fleet of ERJ-145 aircraft.

Western Air recently purchased three ERJ-145s from Embraer, becoming the first operator of the aircraft in the country, and the operator plans to purchase additional aircraft by the end of the fourth quarter of 2018.

The multi-year Flight Hour Pool Program for the carrier’s fleet of Embraer jets includes material services engineering and advanced component exchanges from Embraer’s spare parts warehouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB and Airbus sign framework contract for six H135s

Airbus Helicopters and air rescue operator Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB, have signed a framework contract for up to six H135s with Helionix.

Additionally, they have activated a first batch of three aircraft to be delivered in 2019 and 2020.

ANWB Medical Air Assistance is 100% owned by Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB and is the sole Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operator in the Netherlands, performing more than 8,500 missions per year, for which it is operating six helicopters of the H135 family.

AviaAM Leasing sells two Airbus A321s to global investor

AviaAM Leasing, a global aviation holding company engaged in commercial aircraft acquisition, leasing, and sales, has announced the sale of two Airbus A321-211 from its fleet.

The aircraft have been sold with lease attached to a global private equity investor. Since May 2018, both aircraft have been in operation, one aircraft under the largest narrow-body ACMI operator and the second one under Lithuanian airline Avion Express, with a 6-year operating lease agreement.

The investor acquiring the aircraft received the contract of ownership for the two Airbus A321’s through a successful transfer on October 15, 2018. Both aircraft are empowered by CFM56-5B 3/P engines and are currently dedicated to the operations of the British air carrier Thomas Cook Airlines.



SOAR and SABENA AEROSPACE have signed a long-term working agreement to offer Aircraft On the Ground (AOG) Heavy Recovery and Field Repair Services to the commercial aviation community.

Services from these quality providers include recovery, evaluation, repair and modification in the field.

SOAR provides turnkey international AOG repair services, combined with dedicated global partners via the SOAR Network™ that are routed to respond quickly to aircraft incidents.

With Partner companies such as SABENA AEROSPACE, SOAR will dispatch a well qualified team 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide repair teams, parts, materials, project planning, engineering, full support logistics, portable hangars and much more as part of its core portfolio offerings.

Barfield "goes live" with Quantum Control ERP software

Component Control announced the successful “go live” status of Barfield.

Barfield is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) and a leader in repair overhaul and support.

Barfield has several locations including Miami, Tempe and Louisville that are now live on the Quantum Control ERP/MRO software.

“We chose Quantum because of the overall product capabilities, aviation knowledge, flexibility, reliability and process support for our MRO business,” said Didier Astic, Vice President of Supply Chain & Asset Management at Barfield.

StandardAero extends long-standing relationship with Dumont Group

StandardAero has extended its long-running relationship with aviation services provider Dumont Group through a follow-on contract for Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) JT15D-5R engine overhauls.

These engines will power a Hawker 400XP light jet which will shortly be entering service with the Dumont JETS division, a premier Part 135 aircraft management and charter provider.

Dumont Group, headquartered in New Castle, DE, is a long-standing customer of StandardAero, having used the company for a variety of overhaul, repair, preservation and teardown services on the P&WC JT15D and PW100 engine families.


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