Kellstrom Aerospace partners with Valcor Engineering and its subsidiary Electroid

Kellstrom Aerospace, a global commercial aftermarket OEM distributor, providing a comprehensive range of aircraft lifecycle solutions, has announced an aftermarket partnership with Electroid, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valcor Engineering Corporation, to offer a 100% yield overhaul exchange program for OEM Air Separation Module (ASM) Part Number 2030157-102, which is the original equipment installed on production Boeing 737NG aircraft manufactured after 2008.    The Air Separation Module is an integral component of the On-Board Inert Gas Generator System (OBIGGS) for fuel tank inerting to protect against explosions by sources of ignition such as electrical shorts, bonding failures, mechanical failures of Read more

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IndiGo and AFI KLM E&M extend cooperation for component support

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The Airline-MRO AFI KLM E&M and India‘s leading airline operator IndiGo have signed an agreement to extend their component support contract covering over 350 aircraft. The range of services to be delivered by AFI KLM E&M includes component repairs, dedicated pool access, provision of a Main Base Kit (MBK) at the hub of IndiGo‘s airline operations in Delhi, as well as logistics support. By signing this long-term contract, the two companies are extending and strengthening a business relationship that began with the creation of IndiGo in 2006 and has been growing significantly over the past years, driven by the strong Read more

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GA Telesis receives orders for four additional 737-800 freighter conversions with Aeronautical Engineers

GA Telesis (GAT) has received four additional firm orders for 737-800SF freighter conversions with Aeronautical Engineers (AEI). The contract was executed by GAT’s LIFT (Leasing, Investments, Finance & Trading) Group. The first of the two originally contracted passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions was completed in March and delivered to Ethiopian Airlines. The second freighter aircraft is expected to be completed in May 2021. The additional order will be comprised of three conversion slots in the second half of 2021, with the remaining conversion slot reserved for early 2022. All work will be performed by authorized AEI Conversion Center, Commercial Jet, in Dothan, Read more

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APOC partners with Bonus Tech to complete third engine teardown

APOC Aviation is collaborating with Bonus Tech, part of the Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance network, to disassemble its third engine in recent months. The CFM56-7B engine components will be integrated into APOC’s stock in April, ensuring the leasing, trading and part-out specialist is well positioned to support customers as market recovery ramps up.

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“Big Twin” midway through development

The “Big Twin” Boeing 777-300ERSF ©IAI

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have passed the planned halfway phase of the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Development Program for the 777-300ERSF. This is a key milestone for the “Big Twin”, the GECAS-IAI Co investment for the passenger-to-freighter conversion program of the GE-90-powered 777-300ER, as it now moves beyond planning into the phase of physically modifying the aircraft. Rich Greener, SVP and Manager of GECAS Cargo, explains “We’ve begun executing on the dedicated freighter design developed by the IAI and GECAS Cargo team towards manufacturing the kits, and the actual conversion phase under a licensing Read more

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Jet Aviation gains FOCA approval for thermography testing in Basel

Thermography testing at Jet Aviation facility ©Jet Aviation

Jet Aviation has received approval from the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) to use infrared thermography for non-destructive testing (NDT) in Basel. This is the company’s sixth NDT technique approved in Basel. The Basel NDTshop was established in 1991 and further supports liquid penetrant, X-ray, magnetic particle, eddy current, and ultrasonic testing. Used to detect heat or thermal energy emitted from an object, infrared thermography is a highly sensitive and reliablemethod of non-destructive testing that converts heat energy to a temperature, which can then be depicted asan image of temperature distribution. It is the same technology used in Read more

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ITS and TAG Aero finalize definitive strategic partnership agreement

TAG Aero and ITS have finalized the definitive strategic partnership agreement to support the 737 New Gen and A320 market with 131-9B and -9A APU solutions. ITS’ strategic fleet retirement solutions combined with TAG Aero’s extensive APU repair and overhaul capabilities will establish reliable, global support for 737 New Gen and A320 operators. Together, TAG Aero and ITS will provide solutions for 131-9 series maintenance, leases, flat-rate exchanges and outright APU sales. “We could not be more pleased to have now completed this joint venture with TAG Aero and be able to fully support the global market on 131-9B/9A APU Read more

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Farsound signs lease on new facility in Toronto, Canada

As part of its international growth program, Farsound’s Canadian team has signed a lease on a larger facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The company will lease close to 20.000 ft² of premises starting in the fourth quarter of 2021 that will better serve and represent Farsound in the Americas. The new facility is nearer to the airport, has more public transport accessibility, closer access to ancillary operations, and is better purposed to meet Farsound’s corporate and environmental objectives. Curtis Pump, President of Farsound, commented: “After spending close to thirty years in our current facility with expansions that were not really Read more

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Qatar Airways opens new state-of-the-art engine facility

Official opening of Qatar Airways' new engine facility ©Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has opened a new state-of-the-art engine facility as part of the vision to streamline the cost of its technical maintenance operations by more than US$2.2 million per year, further supporting the airline’s growth despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Located in the Qatar Airways Technical Maintenance complex, the new 9,000 ft² engine facility was officially opened on April 7, 2021. It is estimated the new facility will enable the airline to improve workflow by over 1,800-man hours per month, or 23,400-man hours per year, by centralizing its engine production and engine parts storage processes, increasing the number Read more

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TrueAero Asset Management partners with Air Lease Corporation

TrueAero Asset Management (TAAM) has announced the commencement of a leasing and part-out consignment relationship with Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The inaugural aircraft is a CFM56-5B powered A320-200 owned by Air Lease’s Thunderbolt managed aircraft platform. One engine will join TAAM’s diverse and sizeable fleet of managed lease assets, while the other engine will be dismantled alongside the airframe. TrueAero’s materials division will manage the teardown and consignment of ALC’s material. TrueAero is a global aviation investment platform offering investors, lessors, and operators a suite of solutions across capital deployment, asset management, technical services, and material consignment. Its corporate headquarters Read more

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