Airbus increases UK innovation footprint to develop new hydrogen technologies

ZEROe formation flight ©Airbus

Airbus is strengthening its presence in the UK with the launch of a Zero Emission Development Centre (ZEDC) for hydrogen technologies. A priority for the UK ZEDC will be the development of a cost-competitive cryogenic fuel system required for the successful entry-into-service of Airbus’ ZEROe passenger aircraft by 2035 and to accelerate UK skills and know-how on hydrogen-propulsion technologies. The UK ZEDC will benefit from the recent commitment by the UK Government to guarantee £685 million of funding to the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) over the next three years to support the development of zero-carbon and ultra-low-emission aircraft technologies. Technology Read more

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StandardAero announces expanded support services for operators in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Following its recent acquisition of Global Engine Services (GES), StandardAero has now completed the first stage of building a new Mobile Service Team (MST) to support its customers in the UK and the EMEAI region. Combining the experience of H+S Aviation’s UK-based Regional Turbine Centre (RTC) and StandardAero’s existing local capabilities in the UK, France and the Netherlands, the MST will deliver expanded on-site engine support to business aviation customers when and where they need it most. StandardAero’s MST teams in the UK and Europe are on standby to deploy around the clock, thus providing the customer with the confidence Read more

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SaxonAir signs AW109SP GrandNew helicopter order for Q1 2023 delivery

Official contract signing at EBACE for one AW109SP GrandNew helicopter ©SaxonAir

SaxonAir, the independent UK business aviation operator, confirmed its order for an Agusta AW109 GrandNew helicopter on the opening day of EBACE, Monday May 23. The latest variant, to be delivered in the first quarter of 2023, with the registration G-KLNA, replaces SaxonAir’s 2016 AW109SP, which was delivered new in 2016. Norwich-headquartered SaxonAir, which also has bases at London Stansted,  London Biggin Hill Airports and Denham Aerodrome for helicopter operations originally committed to the helicopter in December 2021.  Leonardo AW109 GrandNew is a top-of-the range, premium, light twin-engined helicopter with high performance.  With its sizeable and well-appointed cabin, it can comfortably accommodate Read more

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Bombardier increases maintenance and repair capacity at its Le Bourget line maintenance station

©Bombardier has increased its maintenance and repair capacity at Le Bourget Airport

Bombardier has expanded its Line Maintenance Station (LMS) at Le Bourget Airport near Paris to increase its maintenance and repair services for European customers. The facility is strategically located at one of Europe’s busiest airports for business aviation and the expansion is another step in the company’s drive to lead the industry in aftermarket services by bringing best-in-class OEM service, parts and know-how closer to its customers. Bombardier recently boosted its workforce at the Le Bourget LMS, established in 2018, and has added more than 30,000 ft² (3,000 m²) of hangar space, capable of accommodating up to three Global 7500 Read more

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FL Technics Engine Services ventures into next stage of business development

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at FL Technics Engine Services new facility in Kaunas ©FL Technics

Following ISO EN 9110:2018 certification, FL Technics Engine Services ventured into the next stage of business development as operations moved to a new purpose-built facility. The necessary shift of location was made to meet the growing demand of the market as Lithuania is becoming one of the most appealing destinations for aircraft engine redeliveries, repair, and maintenance, with an established MRO infrastructure, including a fully-fledged aircraft redelivery hub near the new FL Technics Engine Services location. Ongoing repair and maintenance projects were moved along with dedicated equipment and tooling to a brand-new facility in Kaunas FEZ (Free Economic Zone), next Read more

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GA Telesis and Air Transport Services Group announce Wilmington Air Park as location for engine maintenance joint venture

GA Telesis and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), a leading provider of aircraft leasing and air cargo transportation and related services, have reached an agreement with the Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA), JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Development to locate their 72,000 ft² Specialised Procedures Aeroengine Hospital (SPAH) at the Wilmington Air Park in southwestern Ohio. The new SPAH is projected to be operational by September 2022 and will be capable of inducting more than two hundred engines per year, focused on those manufactured by General Electric and CFM International. “We are thrilled to be taking the next step Read more

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Textron Aviation adds mobile service location in Madrid

©Textron Aviation service centre Valencia, Spain

Capitalising on its continued growth in Europe, Textron Aviation has opened a new mobile service location in Madrid, Spain. The Madrid-Barajas Airport location will act as an extension of its factory service centre in Valencia, to initially support in-region customers who own Cessna Citation jets and Caravan turboprops. This new location will offer additional flexibility to customers and complement the company’s Aircraft on Ground (AOG) response. The mobile service location can conduct minor service tasks including troubleshooting and AOG support at any given time. With this expansion, Textron Aviation is increasing its team support in Madrid with the addition of Read more

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FAI Technik completes another complex Bombardier Global Express refit project

Interior of the newly refitted Global Express jet ©FAI Technik

Nuremberg, Germany-based MRO, FAI Technik GmbH, part of the FAI Aviation Group and subsidiary of German special mission operator, FAI rent-a-jet has completed another Bombardier Global Express refit project, following the successful completion of its award-winning Project Pearl in 2020. The project also included 30/60/120/240-month inspections and new paint. Following 20,000 manhours of work, it is anticipated that this latest Global Express (D-AFAU) will be available for charter and lease from June 2022. The multi-million-euro project which received its EASA STC certification in April, marks the first and only installation of an original Global XRS cabin into a classic Global Read more

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MTU Maintenance Hannover puts extension buildings into operation

MTU Maintenance Hannover has inaugurated its extensive plant expansion with an opening ceremony. The new extension consists of a workshop for engine maintenance and a modern office building. The construction time was about two years in each case. Construction of the factory hall began in autumn 2019. MTU gradually ramped up operations from November 2021 to April 2022. Ground-breaking for the office building took place in March 2020 and first employees moved in during March 2022, the expansion having become necessary because of the growing demand for engine maintenance. “This expansion will allow the Hannover site to continue its decades-long Read more

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GA Telesis announces V2500, CFM56-7B, CF6-80C2 and PW4000 engine disassemblies

GA Telesis has announced another expansion to its inventory of Used Serviceable Material (USM) with the disassembly of two IAE V2500-A5s, two CFM56-7Bs, two General Electric CF6-80C2s and one Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine. GAT’s Component Solutions team will fully manage the distribution of the USM parts from these asset teardowns, building on its reputation as a leading independent aftermarket used serviceable material supplier. The Component Solutions team, part of the Flight Solutions Group (FSG), has scheduled a record number of engine and airframe teardowns throughout 2022. With significant changes in airline and leasing companies’ upcoming asset and material needs, Read more

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