HILITECH opens new production plant

Official opening of ©HILITECH'S Austrian production plant

HILITECH has officially opened its new production plant in the Austrian town of Kindberg. HILITECH is a joint venture of F. LIST GMBH, an internationally active provider of high-end business jet interiors, and Hintsteiner Group GmbH, a leading expert in lightweight composite technology for motorsports and defense applications. On more than 20,000 ft² in the first expansion stage, over 100 professionals (planned by 2020) develop and manufacture innovative cabin systems, linings and composite components, mainly from carbon fiber. HILITECH’s components count among the lightest on the aircraft market; its portfolio ranges from single components – like sliding doors, tables, toilet Read more

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HAECO Group selects Boeing as supply chain solution provider

Boeing and HAECO Group have signed a consumables and expendables services agreement naming Boeing as an integrated supply chain solution provider for global MRO support. The agreement, managed by Boeing Distribution Services Inc. (BDSI), accelerates availability of Boeing’s parts and products to customers and takes advantage of stock availability and process efficiencies realized through Boeing’s acquisition of KLX Aerospace Solutions, now known as BDSI. Boeing will support HAECO with its portfolio of Boeing proprietary parts, vendor parts and distributed products that are readily available from multiple centers of excellence around the globe.

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Universal Avionics receives STC for InSight™ Touchscreen Control

Universal Avionics (UA) has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the company’s new touchscreen EFIS Control Display Unit (ECDU) for the InSight Display System. Designed for efficiency, the Touch ECDU provides fast, easy access for InSight user control and input.   This latest offering further improves the InSight Display System, providing the ultimate in operator choice; the ECDU is now available in touchscreen or non-touchscreen versions. Both ECDU models combine multiple InSight System controls, including the flight displays, FMS, radios, traffic, and terrain into a centralized control device.

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IFPL’s Power and Bluetooth connects with AIX 2019 visitors

©IFPL integrated seararm concept

Visitors to AIX 2019 in Hamburg experienced the latest products from IFPL who showcased the latest power and Bluetooth connectivity products. This visibly demonstrated its commitment to deliver solutions for the passenger-led trend of wire free Personal Electronic Device (PED) connectivity. These two key products showed how passengers can experience both Bluetooth audio and cable free charging. IFPL’s Head of Business Development Dave Phillips comments,” To address the growing trend of Bluetooth headsets, IFPL has designed the latest 3.5 mm Long Life audio jack to include Bluetooth connectivity, therefore allowing passengers to pair wirelessly or use a wired headset. Both Read more

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GAMECO becomes Boeing supplier for MRO support

Boeing and Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company (GAMECO) have signed an MRO services agreement to work together to provide MRO support in the Asia-Pacific region. Through this agreement Boeing will provide MRO maintenance training and access to maintenance data and technical support, while GAMECO commits to maintaining Boeing’s rigorous quality standards for MRO services. “Working with GAMECO supports our commitment to meeting the needs of our customers in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Ken Shaw, vice president of Supply Chain for Boeing Global Services. “By working with an MRO provider in the region, we can utilize their existing footprint and talent Read more

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Barfield signs major component repair agreement with AerFin

©Barfield and AerFin sign agreement on component maintenance

Barfield, an Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) subsidiary in the Americas, has entered into a longterm maintenance agreement with AerFin to cover the repair of regional and single aisle commercial aircraft components. Under this new agreement, Barfield facilities in Atlanta and Miami will provide support for approximately 170 component part numbers. Today, AerFin already utilizes AFI KLM E&M’s facilities in Europe. Working with Barfield in the Americas is a natural extension to that relationship. The agreement ensures that AerFin will receive services to meet their operational requirements.

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CFM continues to expand LEAP aftermarket network

Since the LEAP engine program was launched more than a decade ago, CFM has committed to both developing internal capability through CFM Services, as well as working with its partners to expand third-party MRO capability to support the industry’s fastest-growing fleet. The LEAP service model is based on the highly-competitive CFM56 model, which has the most open MRO environment in the industry. More than 40 shops including third-party providers, along with CFM parent companies GE Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines, currently perform CFM56 engine overhauls, resulting in about two-thirds of the worldwide shop visits being completed by non-CFM shops. By Read more

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Avianca chooses Safran services for A320neo family jetliner nacelles

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Safran Nacelles has been selected by Avianca Holdings S.A. to provide repair services and spares pool resources for engine nacelles that equip the airline’s growing fleet of Airbus A320neo family jetliners, which are powered by CFM International LEAP-1A turbofan engines. Safran Nacelles’ repair services and spares resources are part of the company’s NacelleLife™ support program, which ensures responsive, cost effective and high-quality services that keep airliners in operational condition while minimizing costs. Avianca Holdings S.A currently operates nine A320neo family aircraft, composed of seven A320neo and two A321neo versions, with 24 additional A320neo family jetliners to be received.

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LBAS receives EASA Part-145 Line Maintenance approval for Bombardier Global 7500 Aircraft

©Bombardier Global 7500 business jet

Whilst Bombardier is delivering its newest and largest aircraft type to the first customers, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) is now ready to offer services for the industry’s largest and longest-range aircraft. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services the approval to perform Line Maintenance Services at its home base in Berlin Schoenefeld. Moreover, LBAS can offer AOG services at any location worldwide for the Global 7500 business jet. “With the EASA approval for Bombardier’s new flagship aircraft, we meet the needs of our clients and we can support them during the Entry into Service phase,” Read more

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Delta CEO highlights long-term TechOps growth

©Delta CEO Ed Bastian at MRO Americas 2019

Delta CEO Ed Bastian outlined the importance of the airline’s maintenance, repair and overhaul business to its long-term future at the annual MRO Americas conference in Atlanta. The business is expected to generate close to US$1 billion in revenue this year, he said, and is on a path to double that figure over the next five years. Bastian highlighted the investments Delta has made in TechOps, particularly the new engine shop and test cell which recently opened. “These are investments in Delta’s future,” he said, noting that the new state-of-the-art test cell is the first built in the U.S. in Read more

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