AEI receives Transport Canada approval for B737-300/-400SF conversions

Transport Canada Civil Aviation has approved Aeronautical Engineers’ (AEI) STC (ST01827LA) for the 11-pallet position B737-400SF freighter conversion and the 10-pallet position B737-300SF freighter conversions. Foreseeing an uptick in demand for the B737 Classic freighter programs, AEI initialized the approval process with Transport Canada in the fourth quarter of 2019. In addition to FAA, EASA, and now Transport Canada approvals, AEI’s B737-400SF and B737-300SF freighter conversions are also approved in Russia, Brazil, India, Australia, and China. The AEI converted 11-pallet position B737-400SF freighter offers a main deck payload of up to 47,100 lbs. (21,364 kg), while the 10-pallet position B737-300SF Read more

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APOC Aviation closes on three airframe deals in first- quarter 2020

©APOC Aviation acquires two A319-132 airframes, formerly operated by Air Macau

Part-out activity has commenced this month in Marana, Arizona for two A319-132 airframes recently acquired by APOC Aviation. MSN 1758 and 1790 were formerly operated by Air Macau and the parts are expected to arrive into APOC’s stock during April/May. All of the harvested A319 parts will be assessed, and then APOC’s audited group of US repair stations will return the stock to serviceable status prior to shipment back to the Rotterdam warehouse, to form part of the company’s rapidly expanding inventory of spares for sale and lease. APOC also negotiated the sale of a recently purchased 1999 vintage A321-211 Read more

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EDM installs Air Baltic’s A220 Extended Door Trainer in Riga, Latvia

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EDM, a global provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defense sectors, has completed a project for Air Baltic’s A220 Extended Door Trainer, which has been fully installed at the airlines’ training facility in Riga, Latvia. EDM was tasked by airBaltic to develop its new A220 Extended Door Trainer in response to the airline acquiring its new Airbus A220 fleet. This simulator will enable the airline to train its cabin crew and certify them to the new aircraft type. The Extended Door Trainer is fitted with key features to help simulate a number of scenarios that helps practice Read more

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Airbus to pause majority of production in Spain amid new government restrictions

The Spanish Government announced new measures March 29, in the fight against COVID-19. These measures will take effect from Monday March 30, until Thursday April 9 (included), and will restrict all non-essential activities across the country. Some key activities in Commercial Aircraft, Helicopters and Defence and Space remain essential. Minimum activity in these areas for necessary support functions such as Security, IT, Engineering, will remain under the stringent health and safety measures implemented by Airbus to protect its employees against the COVID-19 pandemic. All other activities in Commercial Aircraft, Defence and Space as well as Helicopters in Spain will be Read more

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Boeing to use 3-D printing capabilities to manufacture face shields

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Boeing is taking additional steps to support COVID-19 recovery and relief efforts. The company released that it would begin using its 3-D printing capabilities at several facilities across the United States to manufacture face shields to help protect those who are on the front lines of fighting the virus. Boeing’s initial production goal is to produce thousands of face shields per week followed by subsequent production increases. Boeing has additive manufacturing machines in St. Louis, Missouri; El Segundo, California; Mesa, Arizona; Huntsville, Alabama and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that will be used for this initial response, as long as those facilities remain Read more

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Airflow Solutions receives enhanced FAA Op-Specs approval

Airflow Solutions (Tulsa, OK U.S.A.) has received enhanced FAA Op-Specs approval for jet engine maintenance in its expanded 65,000 ft² MRO and Engine Storage and RTF Preservation facility, as well as on-wing field team dispatch authority.  Enhancement was expedited to support capacity requirements for engine inspections, preservation and storage as global pandemic has forced the grounding of thousands of commercial aircraft.  Engines supported include CFM56, V2500. Trent 700, RB211-535E & Trent 800.  Ready-to-Fly Storage and Preservation facility is located next to existing 35,000 ft² MRO operations in the centrally located Tulsa, OK facilities complex. Airflow Solutions was founded in 2017 Read more

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Airbus adapts wing production amid COVID-19 outbreak

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While securing business continuity, Airbus, the world’s largest planemaker, has been taking stringent measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its workforce during the current COVID-19 outbreak. On Monday, March 23, production resumed in Spain and France after four-day break for deep cleaning and re-evaluation of the situation, while operations in the U.K., U.S., and Germany continued at normal production rates. Having reviewed completed stock levels and assessed them against demand from the Final Assembly Line, the company has chosen to pare back on wing production at its plants in both the U.K. and Germany, a situation that will Read more

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APOC Aviation establishes new dedicated landing gear division

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APOC Aviation, the innovative leasing, trading and aircraft part-out specialist, has set up a specialist landing gear division to service a growing number of customers across leading airlines and MROs worldwide.  With several A320 and B737 assets already out on lease or in active exchange programs, the company is seeking equipment for a wide range of Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and ATR aircraft types. According to Karolis Jurkevicius, VP Landing Gear Trading – APOC Aviation, creating a dedicated landing gear division was the next logical step for APOC’s expanding asset portfolio. “APOC Aviation has just celebrated its fifth anniversary, we are Read more

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Babcock joins forces to develop new ventilator solution

British engineer Babcock International Group (Babcock) has joined forces with a leading medical equipment company to design, manufacture and supply thousands of critical care ventilators for the NHS in response to the Government’s urgent request for help from industry. A team of Babcock engineers and other specialists have worked round the clock to develop a supply chain solution to produce the ventilators. Positive input from the Cabinet Office has also facilitated engagement with a panel of leading clinical experts, including London’s Royal Brompton Hospital, reputed worldwide for its expertise in respiratory medicine. Modern-day ventilators are composed of hundreds of different Read more

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Vortex Aviation Dublin facility receives EASA certification

Vortex Aviation, a global “On-Wing” turbine engine support company, providing 24/7 AOG support across Europe and neighboring countries, announced that its Dublin facility has received maintenance approval under EASA certification from the competent authorities (IAA) Irish Aviation Authority. Vortex Aviation located in Dublin Ireland, provides engine hospital shop visit maintenance activities to support its global customer base of lessors, owners and operators helping reduce heavy maintenance costs. The maintenance approval covers the majority of narrow-body and wide- body engine-types, for “On-Wing” and “Off-Wing” maintenance and includes Top Case and Engine Modular repairs on limited engine types.   “I am proud Read more

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