AVIAA adds UK regional FBO group Global Trek Aviation to supplier network

Global Trek Aviation at Belfast International Airport ©AVIAA

AVIAA, an independent global group purchasing organization specializing in business aviation, has added privately-owned Global Trek Aviation to its network.   Global Trek Aviation, headquartered in Prestwick, Scotland, opened jet handling facilities on the south side of Cardiff Airport two months ago, investing in a brand new facility featuring a dedicated passenger lounge, private offices, crew briefing centre and flight operations facilities, plus an integrated security suite.  The new FBO mirrors its award-winning handling facility at Belfast International Airport, which has been operational for five years.

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C&L Aviation Group provides ADS-B solution for Berry Aviation Fleet of EMB-120 aircraft

C&L Aviation Services (C&L), a C&L Aviation Group company, has been awarded the contract to provide the ADS-B solution for Berry Aviation’s fleet of EMB-120 aircraft. The program will see C&L provide the Garmin solution to comply with the FAA Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast-Out (ADS/B-Out) mandate requiring compliance before January 1, 2020. C&L’s Production Planning Manager Chad Jones along with a team from ARM International completed the successful prototype installation in April of 2019, with the other 9 aircraft being scheduled for completion by the end of July. Kits are currently being assembled at C&L’s facility on Bangor, ME in preparation Read more

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Sea Lion completes mission demonstration

The NH90 Sea Lion for the German Navy successfully completed mission demonstrations ©Airbus Helicopters/Patrick Heinz

The NH90 Sea Lion successfully completed mission demonstrations for its relevant roles in the German Navy, including SAR missions, in July. Representatives of the Navy and the procurement agency BAAINBw participated in the tests that covered operations using a rescue hoist, checking navy reconnaissance capabilities, and dropping off commandos and Special Forces equipment, including an inflatable boat. Delivery of the first Sea Lion helicopters is scheduled for the end of 2019. Altogether 18 helicopters are on order.

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StandardAero and Robertson Fuel Systems deliver two AS350 Crash-Resistant Fuel Tanks to Oklahoma City Police Department

StandardAero and Robertson Fuel Systems have delivered two of their AS350/EC130 crash-resistant fuel tanks (CRFT) to Hangar One Avionics, which will soon be installed on the Oklahoma City Police Department’s (OKCPD) AS350 B3e (H125) helicopters. The OKCPD received budget approval in May 2018 to purchase crashworthy fuel systems for their two AS350 helicopters and conducted a thorough review of the available retrofit options to determine the best solution to meet their requirements. The StandardAero/Robertson AS350/EC130 CRFT is fully compliant to the latest FAA FAR Part 27.952 fuel system crash resistance requirements, including with underbelly equipment installed. In March 2017, the Read more

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S7 Technics finds new method to produce plastic components

S7 Technics, Russia’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider has begun to manufacture plastic products using vacuum thermoforming. The new method will allow the company to considerably expand the range of items it is able to produce for aircraft interiors. S7 Technics’ specialists at Novosibirsk’s Tolmachevo airport have been producing plastic components since 2015, with pressure casting techniques using before. Now production of serial parts using the new vacuum thermoforming method has been organized. The technology of vacuum thermoforming involves heating of a plastic sheet, which is stretched over the mold with a vacuum. After this, the molded part Read more

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Columbia Manufacturing having record year in MRO business

Columbia Manufacturing, a privately held manufacturer and supplier of precision metal components for domestic and international turbine engines, has announced that its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) business is on track to achieve record revenues for fiscal 2019. Year-over-year growth is expected to be at least 30%.  Columbia Manufacturing’s FAA and EASA certified repair operation offers a comprehensive range of in-house turbine engine and repair solutions to its customers both domestically and internationally. Based on deliveries during the first half of 2019, its current backlog, and expected new business, the company expects that 2019 will be the highest-grossing revenue year Read more

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GKN Fokker Services and Spectralux sign exclusive distributor agreement

GKN Fokker Services and Spectralux Avionics have combined forces to ensure sufficient availability of capable systems to satisfy the demand of CPDLC systems and installation. There are less than 250 days left to comply with the February 2020 mandate to install Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) capability on all civil aircraft flying in European airspace at FL285 and above. The DLINK+ system was recently upgraded to Mod status 5, which makes it fully compatible with the EU requirements for CPDLC. The DLINK+, which is compatible with the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), is available for installation on Read more

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FL Technics implementing next generation mechanics training using VR

©FL Technics is implementing VR training modules

FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul service, which is part of Avia Solutions Group, has begun implementing VR modules for the basic training of aviation mechanics.  The company has presented its first VR module, which covers the opening of the reverse thrust engine of a Boeing 737NG, and is set to expand its list of modules in the coming months to cover the full scope of maintenance training. Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO at FL Technics, explains what inspired this innovative approach to training: “Our main goal is to reduce the time it takes new mechanics Read more

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IAG Engine Center USA receives FAA PW4000 engine series certification

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved IAG Engine Center USA’s Pratt & Whitney 4000 engine series certification. Strategically located near the Miami International Airport, IAG Engine Center USA will be providing engine MRO repair services ranging from hospital repairs to full overhauls for the PW4000 series of engines.   The recent IAG Engine Center Europe CFM56-5B certification paired with the IAG Engine Center USA PW4000 certification demonstrates each company’s continued growth in the breadth of IAG Aero Group’s commercial aircraft engine services. IAG Engine Center USA is an IAG Aero Group company. IAG Engine Center USA is a world-class engine Read more

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Lockheed Martin confirms 15% workforce expansion at Milwaukee plant

U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp has confirmed that it anticipates expanding its 300-strong workforce by 15% at its Milwaukee, Wisconsin plant. The announcement was made at the time of President Donald Trumps visit to the facility, run by Lockheed Martin subsidiary Derco. Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson also made it clear that as a result of President Trump’s pro-growth policies on tax reform and regulatory reform, the company would hire an additional 18,000 staff this year. The relationship between Trump and Lockheed Martin would appear to be a strong one with Hewson announcing last Wednesday that at the request Read more

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