ATR receives EASA approval for extension of type C maintenance visit intervals by 60%

©ATR has received EASA approval to extend intervals between Type C maintenance checks from 5,000 to 8,000 flight hours

Regional aircraft manufacturer ATR has received approval from EASA to extend the intervals between Type C maintenance checks from 5,000 to 8,000 flight hours for all of its aircraft series. Through this 60% increase in intervals, ATR operators will benefit from a significant reduction in aircraft maintenance costs and increased availability.  With a global fleet of over 1,200 aircraft, flown by 200 operators in 100 countries, ATR is constantly looking for ways to reduce direct maintenance costs and increase revenue potential for its customers. In February 2019, ATR had already received certification from EASA to extend the intervals between Type Read more

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RECARO Aircraft Seating SL3710 economy- class seat takes off on Cebu Pacific Air’s first Airbus A330neo

Cebu Pacific SL3710 economy class seat yellow ©Recaro

Recaro Aircraft Seating’s (Recaro) SL3710 seats are taking off on Cebu Pacific Air’s (Cebu Pacific) first Airbus A330neo. Through the end of 2025, a total of 16 A330neo aircraft will be delivered to the Philippines-based airline, with 459 pax of the SL3710 installed on each aircraft. The Cebu Pacific A330neo has a very unique layout with a high-density seating arrangement, which enables Cebu Pacific to serve nearly 500 economy-class passengers each flight. Recaro collaborated closely with Cebu Pacific for this product launch. The Recaro SL3710 provides more space through the slim design and pre-recline, more freedom of movement and thus Read more

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RBI Hawker Australia appointed rotor blade repair service centre for Leonardo Helicopters

©RBI Hawker Australia, rotor blade repair service centre for Leonardo Helicopters

RBI Hawker Australia has been appointed a rotor blade repair service centre for Leonardo Helicopters. The Brisbane-based facility has been operating in Australia since receiving its Part 145 maintenance organisation approval from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in June 2021. It was appointed a customer service facility for Bell in July 2021. With this latest approval, RBI Hawker Australia is authorised to offer OEM-approved helicopter rotor blade repair services to Leonardo AW139 and AW109 models from its 1,000 m² maintenance facility in Eagle Farm, Brisbane. RBI Hawker has been providing maintenance support to both commercial and military helicopter Read more

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First Airbus A321neoLR for the German Air Force arrives at Lufthansa Technik

The first A321neoLR from the German Air Force has arrived for cabin conversion at ©Lufthansa Technik

The first of two Airbus A321neoLRs (Long-Range) for the German Air Force  arrived at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg on December 9. The aircraft bears the military registration 15+10. Its sister aircraft 15+11 will follow in the coming weeks. This marks the start of the cabin conversion of the two aircraft, carried out by the Original Equipment & Special Aircraft Services business unit, for various mission types such as troop transport, parliamentary flight operations and a MedEvac (medical evacuation) role. Delivery of the converted aircraft is scheduled for the second half of 2022. With the Airbus A321neoLR, the German Air Force Read more

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CTT receives Anti-Fuselage-Condensation System order from Pobeda Airlines

Pobeda Boeing 737 aircraft equipped with CTT's anti condensation system ©CTT

CTT Systems AB (CTT), a market leader of aircraft humidity control systems, has received an anti-fuselage-condensation system order from Pobeda Airlines (Pobeda), a low-cost carrier in the Aeroflot group, for retrofit installation in 20 Boeing Next Generation 737-800 aircraft. Based on list price, the order value is approx. 14million SEK (£1.12 million). Deliveries are scheduled to begin in Q1 2022 and will be completed during 2022. The CTT anti-fuselage-condensation system removes trapped water in blankets, keeps the crown area dry and prevents unwanted excess weight caused by water accumulation. This enables airlines to operate with lower energy needs and less Read more

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Airbus to develop new hydrogen technologies in Spain

ZEROe_concept aircraft formation flight ©Airbus

Airbus is increasing its presence in Spain with the launch of an Airbus UpNext entity, a wholly owned innovation subsidiary, and a Zero Emission Development Centre (ZEDC) for hydrogen technologies. This complements Airbus’ existing footprint in Spain and reaffirms Airbus’ commitment to remain a strong player in the Spanish aerospace ecosystem. Airbus has long been a pioneer in composite technologies in Spain, both in materials and manufacturing processes. The Airbus UpNext entity will initially be accountable for the study and demonstration of hydrogen-powered non-propulsive energies as well as future tanking operations applying advancements in vision-based technology. This new presence will Read more

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Heart Aerospace and Garmin partner up for all-electric ES-19 fully integrated flight deck

©Heart Aerospace ES-19 all-electric airliner

Heart Aerospace, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, has announced that it has entered into a long-term agreement with Garmin International (Garmin) for the provision of the Garmin G3000® integrated flight deck for its ES-19 all-electric nineteen-passenger airliner. The first ES-19 is scheduled to be in service by 2026 and this first-generation aircraft will have a 400 km maximum range, driven entirely by lithium-ion batteries and electric motors. The main advantages of the ES-19 are its zero carbon emissions, low noise and appreciably lower operating costs when compared with similar-sized gas-turbine aircraft. The modular Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck is light in Read more

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Lufthansa Technik provides engine services for Frontier Airlines

©Frontier Airlines A320 aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines

Ultra-low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines has chosen Lufthansa Technik to repair and overhaul 21 CFM56-5B engines as well as to supply mobile engine services. In the next five years Lufthansa Technik will perform overhauls and surgical repairs on the engines which fly under Frontier’s fleet of 112 Airbus A320 family aircraft. Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Germany, will overhaul the engines, whereas surgical repairs can be done locally at Lufthansa Technik’s facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma. To this end, major investments were made at the Tulsa engine shop: new tooling was acquired, mechanics were trained and the existing test cell was upgraded to Read more

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Daher lays cornerstone for the Shap’In innovation center

©Daher Shap’in Technical Center, Nantes, France

Daher’s new 1,600 m² Shap’In TechCenter will bring together the company’s full spectrum of aerostructures and composites expertise in a single facility to be located on Daher’s existing site at Saint-Aignan-de-Grandlieu in the Jules Verne industrial innovation cluster near Nantes, France. Its operational startup is planned in October 2022. This €7.5-million project is supported by €800,000 in funding from the French Aerospace Industry Modernization Fund and will respond to technical, economic and environmental challenges faced by the industry – while also training young talents. Shap’in will employ 160 people, half of whom will work on research and development projects. Advanced Read more

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Kellstrom Aerospace and Elliott Manufacturing sign commercial aftermarket distribution agreement

Kellstrom Aerospace, a global commercial aftermarket OEM Distribution leader providing a comprehensive range of aircraft lifecycle solutions, has been appointed as worldwide aviation commercial aftermarket distributor of Elliott Manufacturing, a CentroMotion Company.  This commercial aftermarket partnership will allow Kellstrom Aerospace to support the material requirements of international airlines and MRO customers with factory-new Elliott Manufacturing flexible shaft assemblies, which are installed as standard equipment on most thrust reverser actuation systems (TRAS) on a broad-range of commercial aircraft engine applications as well as wing-flap and slat actuation and indicator units, wing-sweep and feedback systems, cargo door drives and many more applications Read more

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