Monday, February 11th, 2019


U.S. lawmakers push bill for greater cockpit safety

U.S. lawmakers are introducing a bipartisan bill pushing for the installation of a secondary door between the cabin and cockpit on passenger airlines. This increase in onboard safety is intended to ensure there can be no attack using commercial aircraft as witnessed with the September 11, 2001 attack. The bill comes a year after Congress successfully imposed the requirement for a second
door on all newly manufactured passenger aircraft to avoid an instance where a would-be hijacker could take advantage of instances where pilots take bathroom breaks or meals.

The new bill was introduced by both Democrat and Republican parties, extending the new
requirement to all passenger jets. The second door will allow for the closure of one door to or from the cockpit before opening the second to maximize security. Currently either a flight attendant or food cart are in front of the single cockpit door. As reported by Reuters, a study by the Federal Aviation Administration concluded that cockpits are vulnerable when pilots step out and cited secondary doors as the most efficient, cost-effective form of protection, according to the news release issued on Wednesday. Lawmakers estimate the cost of retrofitting a secondary door at between US$5,000 and US$12,000 per aircraft.

The pilots’ union, The Air Line Pilots Association, supports the legislation and called on the FAA to immediately implement the language required by Congress last year on new passenger aircraft “to help ensure the security of our cockpits.” Airlines for America - an industry trade group representing large commercial carriers like American Airlines Group Inc, Southwest Airlines Co and United - said
individual airlines should be the ones to decide whether to install such systems.

The new bill for secondary barriers is called the Saracini Enhanced Aviation Safety Act after pilot Victor Saracini, who was killed when his plane was hijacked during the 9/11 attacks.

Magellan Group

Revima Widens Engine Parts Repair Service Portfolio, Acquires Chromalloy France

Revima has acquired Chromalloy’s facility in Saint-Ouen l’Aumône, near Paris, France with the objective of reinforcing its component repair offering. The facility specializes in engine parts repairs & special coatings.

Revima aims to offer its customers, through this acquisition, significantly enhanced component repair capabilities, serving both Chromalloy France’s legacy market, which supports several main engine platforms and extending its APU component repair capabilities for various APU platforms already supported by Revima as well as other main engine development opportunities. Chromalloy France will adopt the brand Revima and its services will be marketed under the commercial brand name Revima Engine Parts Repair.

The Saint-Ouen l’Aumône facility employs around 80 people, with annual sales of approximately US$15 million.

Magnetic MRO targets Saudi MRO market, signs MoU with FPSS

Magnetic MRO, a global provider of Total Technical Care for aircraft operators and lessors, and Saudi MRO company First Premium for Support Services (FPSS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint EASA-compliant MRO operations in Saudi Arabia and the Region. 

The two companies agreed to jointly establish and develop Wheel & Tire, Brake, Oxygen Refill, and Battery shops in Jeddah. At later stages of the cooperation, Magnetic MRO and FPSS also consider launching an engine stands hub, operated by Magnetic MRO’s subsidiary EngineStands24, as well as an EASA 147-compliant technical training school and EASA 145-compliant line and base maintenance facilities in a Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah.

GA Telesis

Boeing Forecasts Middle East Aviation Services Market at US$745 Billion

Boeing projects the Middle East will require US$745 billion in aviation services through 2037 to keep pace with growing passenger and freight traffic in the region, according to a new report released today at MRO Middle East in Dubai.

The high value services market is largely driven by the demand for nearly 3,000 new commercial airplanes in the Middle East over the next twenty years, more than tripling the existing fleet. The growing fleet requires aviation services, including supply chain support (parts and parts logistics), maintenance and engineering services, and aircraft modification.

The Middle East will drive more than 8% of global demand for aviation services, representing US$745 billion, and growing at a projected 4.6% annually. Nearly 218,000 new personnel – 60,000 pilots, 63,000 technicians, and 95,000 cabin crew – will be needed in the Middle East over the next 20 years.

"The Middle East is an unmatched location to connect the growing markets of Asia, Europe and Africa. This feeds the appetite in the region for new commercial airplanes and the services to operate and maintain those jets," Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company.

SIA Engineering Group Posts Profit of SG$33.1 Million for 3rd Quarter FY2018-19

SIA Engineering Group has posted a profit attributable to owners of the parent of SG$33.1 million for the third quarter of FY2018-19, a decrease of SG$22.2 million or 40.1%. SG$20.9 million of the decrease was mainly due to one-time events from the associated and joint venture companies.

Operating profit of SG$15.9 million was SG$2.9 million or 15.4% lower year-on-year. Revenue of SG$255.9 million was lower by $15.1 million or 5.6%, mainly from lower airframe and fleet management revenue, partially mitigated by higher line maintenance revenue. Expenditure at SG$240.0 million decreased at a lower rate of 4.8%, mainly due to lower material costs in line with the lower workload.


Revima’s Asia-Pacific landing gear MRO facility underway

Revima has held its ground breaking ceremony in Chonburi, Thailand.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of this new state-of-the-art landing gear overhaul facility took place on February 8, in presence of a large high-level delegation of Thai official representatives as well as Revima executives.

The facility will focus on Airbus A320, Boeing 737 and ATR family landing gears. It will be equipped with the latest state-of-the-art machines and will include all necessary special processes for full in-house repair & overhaul of landing gears.

Digitally connected from its machines to its technical documentation, warehouses, monitoring and customer communication systems, it will also be environmentally friendly, with zero rejection waste water management systems and advanced fire detection and suppression technology. The 12000 m2 facility will employ up to 300 employees, and represents an investment of over US$30 million.

HAECO Cabin Solutions Appoints Uwe Salzer as VP of Product Development

HAECO Cabin Solutions has appointed Uwe Salzer as Vice President of Product Development. His initial focus will be on the company’s new seating product development initiatives.

Salzer’s career began at Dornier Flugzeugwerke, where he was responsible for primary structure designs, including design and development pressurized doors and emergency exits. He later joined Recaro, holding several positions in design and management before being appointed president of its seating division. Most recently, Mr Salzer was vice president of research and development for economy and premium seating at ZIM FLUGSITZ.


Kellstrom Aerospace now Exclusive Distributor for AMERON Mass Systems

Kellstrom Aerospace has been appointed as exclusive distributor for AMETEK AMERON LLC DBA MASS SYSTEMS complete line of Fire Extinguishers, Oxygen Cylinders, Crew Masks and related components to customers located in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

“AMERON Mass Systems is happy to provide best in class aftermarket solutions to our valued customers, and as such, we have partnered with Kellstrom Aerospace to provide EMEA market penetration and 24/7/365 support to our valued customers.” states Adam Brammer, Divisional Vice
President/Business Manager.

Honeywell and Curtiss-Wright give boost for airline accident investigations

In a major boost for airline accident investigations, two aviation leaders, Honeywell and Curtiss-Wright, have partnered to develop an entirely new way for airlines to monitor and analyze flight data. Honeywell and Curtiss-Wright will use real-time connectivity to reinvent the Cockpit Voice Recorder and Flight Data Recorder — commonly referred to as “black boxes” — for the commercial airline, cargo transport and business jet markets.

The companies have signed an agreement to develop the next generation of mandate-compliant
Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVRs) and Flight Data Recorders (FDRs), essential equipment in helping accident investigators, regulatory agencies, aircraft manufacturers and airlines determine the cause of an accident and making aviation safer. As part of the new agreement, Curtiss-Wright will be the
exclusive supplier for Honeywell’s next-generation recorders for the air transport and business aviation markets.

The new recorder will serve as a “black box in the sky,” meaning owners, operators and
manufacturers will have the option to always access the critical aircraft data, resulting in the potential for improving maintenance and operational insight through data analytics. In addition, in the event of an emergency, the data on board will be quickly and more easily accessible to investigators.

The companies will jointly develop the hardware for the new black boxes, and Honeywell will
modernize the software capabilities for easier access to real-time data during flight. This will provide owners, operators and aircraft manufacturers with new cockpit voice and flight data recording options to help decrease aircraft downtime and, in the event of an emergency, help with the accompanying investigation. Operators will benefit from real-time information streaming and
server storage capabilities, enabled by Honeywell’s Connected Aircraft software, which allows for the swift and remote retrieval of data from the aircraft for storage or analysis.


WestJet's January Load Factor down 2.1 Points

WestJet has released January 2019 traffic results with a load factor of 80.5%, a decrease of 2.1 points year over year. Traffic increased 2.7% year over year, while capacity grew 5.4% over the same period. WestJet welcomed an additional 28,000 guests in January, a year over year increase of 1.4%.


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