Magnetic MRO Training expands training facility

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Magnetic MRO Training, an EASA Part-147 approved type training organization, has re-opened its training facility after the most recent expansion. The new premises were opened on Thursday, September 19, 2019 and are aimed to be used mainly by Magnetic MRO and Estonian Aviation Academy for theoretical technical training for future aircraft mechanics. The recent expansion to almost 400m² of space results in a nearly 50% capacity increase in Tallinn for theoretical type training programs. As type training is lengthy and on average takes between 1.5 – 2 months, the facility not only helps to accommodate the growing needs of professionals Read more

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Fraport and AeroGround Flughafen München develop virtual reality training tool for ground operations

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Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, and AeroGround Flughafen München, a wholly-owned ground handling subsidiary of Flughafen München (the operator of Munich Airport), have developed a joint virtual reality (VR) training tool for ground handling operations. New digital training content was created for the joint VR tool. One training module, for example, serves to practice the ground handling processes required right after an aircraft has assumed its parking position. Other planned modules include apron safety training or a dedicated training course for baggage sorting. The training modules, which are available in German and English, can be used by both new Read more

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JetBlue introduces electric Ground Service Equipment (eGSE) fleet at JFK International Airport

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JetBlue, New York’s Hometown Airline®, is converting its fleet of baggage tractors and belt loaders – the largest part of its ground service equipment fleet at New York’s JFK International Airport – to electric powered. With support from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York Power Authority (NYPA), JetBlue is rolling out the largest fleet of electric ground service equipment (eGSE) at JFK. JetBlue is constantly looking for more-efficient technologies and sustainable fuel options. Electric bag tugs and belt loaders will replace the previous vehicles which were powered by gasoline. The new eGSE equipment Read more

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Spatial’s ATR Emergency Evacuation Trainer for Cebu Pacific passes FAT

Spatial, a provider of cabin crew training simulators, has announced that its ATR Emergency Evacuation Trainer for Cebu Pacific successfully passed its Factory Acceptance Test. This is the third device Spatial has manufactured for Cebu Pacific and covers all of the cabin exits in the aircraft. Spatial Composite Solutions in an ISO9001-certified provider of cabin crew training equipment, specializing in the manufacture of cutting-edge emergency evacuation, cabin service and door trainers. Additionally, the company provides consultancy services in relation to the design and fit-out of cabin crew training facilities.

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IAI North America expands presence in Washington DC

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) North America has opened a new government relations and marketing office in Washington, DC near the US Capitol. The facility significantly expands the company’s presence in Washington, DC and creates a new space to highlight the company’s innovative technologies.  Swami Iyer, CEO of IAI North America said, “IAI North America is executing a strategic growth plan that includes M&A and organic growth in line with IAI’s growth strategy and will necessitate an expanded US manufacturing footprint in the world largest defense market. The Washington office will showcase the innovative technology developed, often in partnership with the Read more

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MTU Maintenance opens new office in Singapore

MTU Maintenance, a global leader in customized solutions for aero engines, has opened an office in the heart of the aviation leasing hub Singapore. The new office is located in the Central Business District and its grand opening is being celebrated during the on-going MRO Asia. Luc Morvan has taken on the role of Chief Representative of MTU Maintenance’s activities in Singapore. He will be responsible for building up business in the Asia-Pacific region. “This move is a natural next step in our global yet local growth strategy and enables us immediate proximity to the aviation and leasing scene in Read more

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United Steelworkers at five Alcoa U.S. locations ratify new labor agreement

Alcoa Corporation, a global leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products, has reported that members of the United Steelworkers (USW) have ratified a new labor agreement, covering approximately 1,700 active employees at five U.S. locations. The Company and the union leadership tentatively agreed on August 30 to the terms of the four-year contract, subject to ratification by the union’s members. The USW announced the outcome of that vote on Thursday, Sept. 19. The new agreement, which is now in effect, covers employees represented by the USW at Warrick Operations in Indiana, Massena Operations in New York, Gum Springs in Arkansas, Read more

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New BAA aviation training centre in Vietnam ready to train pilots

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BAA Training, Vietnam’s brand-new aviation training center, has announced it is officially ready for training, as the training centre has received Approved Training Organization (ATO) status and the first Airbus A320 full-flight simulator is fully assembled and has been approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam. BAA Training Vietnam currently offers an Airbus A320-type rating training as it is one of the first training providers in the region to add competency-based training and assessment system into its program. The training and assessment system is based on nine competencies. Developing pilot competencies is needed to demonstrate a good performance against Read more

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Heathrow braces itself for climate change drone protest this Friday

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London’s Heathrow Airport is on high alert as climate change protestors look to fly drones in proximity to the airport’s runways this Friday. The protesters, Heathrow Pause, are an offshoot of the larger Extinction Rebellion climate change group. They are protesting principally against the proposed third runway necessary for Heathrow’s expansion. Extinction Rebellion’s co-founder, Roger Hammond commented on the Heathrow plans, saying it would be the: “biggest carbon-intensive infrastructure project in Europe”. Recent changes to drone flight laws, introduced after the chaos caused by drones at Gatwick Airport prior to Christmas 2108 which saw over 100,000 passengers’ flight affected, now Read more

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IAMA welcomes first Advisory Member to the alliance


IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, has announced that aviation supplier EURO-COMPOSITES® has signed a Letter of Intent to join as IAMA’s first Advisory Member. EURO-COMPOSITES, a leading parts supplier and EASA 21J Design Organization in the aviation aftermarket, has operations in Luxembourg, Germany and the United States. IAMA, which was launched in early April by EAD Aerospace, Envoy Aerospace, Etihad Airways Engineering and Lufthansa Technik, advocates for trustworthy STCs (Supplemental Type Certificates) in the aviation retrofit market. “Our recent achievement as a Design Organization (EASA Part 21J Certification) was an important milestone for us, and becoming an Advisory Member Read more

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