Icelandair expands maintenance partnership with MAEL

Independent MRO provider Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL), has won an expanded maintenance commitment from Icelandair. Icelandair, which has been a MAEL customer since 2003, has increased its current maintenance commitment to include base maintenance for a fifth aircraft – a Boeing 757 heavy check to take place at MAEL’s Luton facility. MAEL has carried out a check for Icelandair’s B757 freighter aircraft last November and currently has the second of three planned B767-300 aircraft in maintenance at its Luton facility. Since becoming an independent MRO provider in October 2017, MAEL has announced a wide range of new agreements with airlines. Read more

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MBA promotes Lindsey Webster from Director to Vice President

Morten Beyer & Agnew (mba), a consulting leader in the aviation industry, has promoted Lindsey Webster from Director to Vice President of Asset Valuations. In this role, Ms. Webster will lead a team of ISTAT Certified Appraisers in valuing aircraft, spare parts, engines and helicopters. Ms. Webster will also perform industry research and economic analysis, model value trends, and forecast future asset values and economic lives. Ms. Webster will be responsible for the management of mba’s European office in addition to heading the US asset valuations team. Ms. Webster is an ISTAT Certified Appraiser with a Bachelor of Science degree Read more

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Robots driving innovation at SR Technics

SR Technics is partnering with Invert Robotics to implement an innovative robotics solution to enhance its aircraft maintenance inspections. Developed by Invert Robotics, the robot employs a patented mechanism that explores the airframe surface to assess the required maintenance needs. Equipped with a high-resolution inspection camera, the robot records and transmits video images to a ground-based screen, which are then analyzed by SR Technics engineers. The use of this new solution enables efficient visual inspections both on the tarmac as well as in the hangar. In addition, the inspection images can be used for more detailed repair assessments and as Read more

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Record U.S. Passenger Numbers Recorded – Satisfaction Levels Drop

While a record number of U.S. passengers were recorded in 2017, an increase of 4.5% compared to 2016 figures, the resultant increase in volume has seen a drop in the level of satisfaction experienced by passengers. The result of an annual Air Travelers in America Survey has revealed that of those passengers questioned, only 81% were satisfied with their overall experience, down from 85% recorded in 2016. This drop is not seen as surprising given an increase in crowding at airports and on flights, mainly due to an improved economy and low fares. All age groups and household income bands Read more

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GE Aviation opens pneumatics laboratory

GE Aviation, Rockford commissioned a world-class facility that enables the company to test jet engine components under a full range of temperatures, pressures and other conditions. The Advanced Engineering Pneumatics Test Laboratory, known as AdEPT, represents a US$13m investment, and will help fuel continued growth at the Rockford plant. The new facility is dedicated to testing of complex, high-precision components including engine pneumatic valves, starter systems, turbo machinery, heat exchangers, and bleed air systems. The 20,000-ft² AdEPT lab is capable of simulating a wide variety of conditions, combining pneumatic temperature, pressure and flow to simulate real-world conditions. The Rockford facility Read more

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hullo Aircrew celebrates online platform launch at London Oxford Airport

Following the successful introduction of the hullo Aircrew brand at EBACE last year, the technology start-up has officially launched its industry-first software platform designed to connect operators with aircrew for freelance and contract flights. Run by former Hangar8 and Gama Aviation executives Keiron Blay and Steve Payne from their base at London Oxford Airport, hullo Aircrew aims to reduce the labour-intensive task of vetting aircrew to just a few clicks and to eliminate expensive agency fees for both operators and freelancers. The platform works in two ways: Aircrew can apply for jobs or operators can request work from them directly Read more

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PPG awarded heated windshield contract for Bell 525 Relentless helicopter

PPG has been awarded the contract by Bell Helicopter to produce heated pilot and co-pilot windshields for the Bell 525 Relentless commercial helicopter. The PPG windshields will be available for customer specification on helicopters operating in mountainous areas and cold environments and for off-shore rescues. Bell has completed critical design review and approved PPG’s design for the composite windshields, which will have an outboard ply of stretched acrylic with a scratch-resistant coating and an inboard polycarbonate ply for enhanced strength. The windshields will meet Bell’s bird-strike requirement, which is to withstand the impact of a 2.2-pound bird at 185 knots. Read more

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Iberia’s first A350 in final assembly stage

Iberia’s first A350-900 is in the final assembly stage at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, with its wings now attached to the fuselage and the engine pylons and horizontal and vertical stabilisers being installed now, as the first electric system tests are also being carried out. Iberia’s first A-350-900 will undergo numerous tests on the ground before the full cockpit and passenger cabin are installed, the engines attached and the entire aircraft painted. Next come flight tests before the aircraft is delivered to the Airbus Delivery Center. Iberia, which flies only Airbus aircraft, has ordered 16 A350-900 that will Read more

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Sébastian Imbourg named new CFM Executive Vice President

CFM International announced that Sébastien Imbourg has been named executive vice president, replacing François Bastin. Bastin, who had served in the role since February 2015, has been appointed executive vice president of Commercial Engine Programs for Safran Aircraft Engines. As part of the CFM Executive Team, Imbourg is responsible for overseeing programs carried out by the CFM joint venture. Along with his counterpart at GE, Allen Paxson, he will also serve as the primary interface between the two companies. Within Safran Aircraft Engines, Imbourg is general manager of the CFM project department. Sébastien Imbourg began his career at Snecma, now Read more

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Finnair extends the operating period for its Chicago and San Francisco routes

Finnair is extending the operating period for both its Chicago and San Francisco routes during the upcoming fall. The Helsinki-Chicago route will be extended until December 3 with two weekly flights. Originally, the route was set to operate from April 19 until October 27. Chicago is the largest city in the American Midwest and a global hub for business, leisure and the arts. Finnair started a seasonal service to Chicago during the summer of 2015. The Helsinki-San Francisco route will now be extended until December 5 with two weekly frequencies. Originally, the route was to be operated from May 3 Read more

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