Alabama Aircraft Industries announces C-130 depaint contract award

Alabama Aircraft Industries, Birmingham, has been awarded a contract from the United States Air Force to perform depaint and safety of flight repairs on Air Force and Navy / Marine C-130 aircraft. The contract carries a term of one base period of six months and one option period of six months. It is expected that a minimum of 22 aircraft will be inducted during the first 6 months of the program.

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Flightstar re-delivers 15th 757-200PCF conversion

Flightstar Aircraft Services (Flightstar), a leading provider of heavy aircraft maintenance and modifications, has re-delivered its 15th, full fifteen pallet 757-200PCF for Precision Conversions. The converted 757-200PCF is owned by Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group. Flightstar began converting B757-200 aircraft for Precision Conversions in November of 2006 with the commencement of a seven aircraft conversion agreement and has since continued to serve Precision Conversions

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Pratt & Whitney Canada announces slew of helicopter service deals

Pratt & Whitney Canada has announced deals with Canadian, U.S. and German companies to provide support and services for helicopter fleets. The Quebec-based company announced that it has signed a five-year contract with Canadian heli-skiing firm Alpine Helicopters of Kelowna, B.C., for repair and overhaul of 20 PT6T-3B Twin-Pac(R) engines, plus spares, installed on Alpine’s fleet of Bell 212 helicopters. Also announced was a fleet management program agreement with Air Methods Corporation of Englewood, Colo., to provide engine support for Air Method’s fleet of helicopters used for emergency air medical transportation services. The agreement covers approximately 125 PW200 series engines, Read more

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German Government awards GE company with aviation research grant

The German government has awarded GE Aviation and GE’s Global Research Center with an aviation research grant valued at more than $1 million to develop an advanced “cold-spray” manufacturing technology for jet engine components. Development begins this year at GE’s Global Research Center Europe in Munich working with Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg and leading German technology companies, and continues from 2009 through 2011. GE’s objective is to begin producing engine components with the new technology in 2012 at GE Aviation’s pilot manufacturing site in Regensburg. This research grant, awarded through Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, is the Read more

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Airbus revises production rates

Airbus is adapting production rates of its A320 Family programme from 36 to 34 a month from October 2009 onwards. Production rates of the A330/A340 family will be paused at the current level of 8.5 a month, and not increased further as previously planned. This decision reflects Airbus

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