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Inside MRO News Briefs And Contracts August, 2019

New MRO training program for U.S. military veterans, EASA approvals for two China-based MROs are highlights in News Briefs this month.

Embry-Riddle Launches Military Bridge Training

As part of a U.S. Defense Department Career Skillbridge program, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has launched a nine-week aviation maintenance technology program for transitioning military personnel. The first group of 13 students started classes Aug. 5 at Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina. They will earn 18 credit hours in aviation maintenance, take AAR’s Boeing 737 familiarization course, and are guaranteed interviews with AAR Corp. or Pratt & Whitney. The program lasts nine weeks and includes 40 hr. of instruction each week. “We also bring in our career services team to teach soft skills including how to interview and write resumes,” says Kenneth Witcher, dean of the university’s College of Aeronautics. He says Embry-Riddle is also in discussions with the U.S. Navy and Air Force to offer similar transition programs.

Atlantic Aviation Adds 767 CAMO Approvals

Atlantic Aviation Group has added Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) approvals from two industry regulators related to the Boeing 767 aircraft.

The certifications from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) will enable Atlantic Aviation’s CAMO and Technical Services department to commence services for the 767-200 and -300 variants of the widebody aircraft.

This will involve the company helping aircraft operators keep assets airworthy by aiding inspection management and handling the associated paperwork to ensure regulatory requirements are met for the 767.

Two Chinese MROs Gain EASA Approvals

Two of Asia-Pacific’s biggest MRO providers have obtained approvals from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

China-based maintenance specialist Ameco has received Design Organization Approval (DOA) from EASA, becoming the first aviation maintenance provider in China to obtain the EASA DOA.

With the EASA DOA, Ameco will be able to conduct independent engineering design, technical analysis, evaluation, experiments and airworthiness approval for aviation products within the scope of work approved by EASA and in an effective design-support system.

Meanwhile, another Chinese MRO company, Gameco, has obtained EASA Production Organization Approval. It took nearly two years to gain the approval since the process began in August 2017, followed up by numerous video conferences, site audits, communications and corrective actions.

There will be a two-year continuous monitoring period, during which Gameco will receive regular audits by the audit team. The scope of this approval for Gameco is for parts manufacturing, which means that Gameco can supply its self-manufactured parts to EASA-registered aircraft.

This will reduce Gameco’s maintenance costs and broaden its revenue-generating channels. 

CONTRACTS

BII.Aero has selected Chromalloy to repair, overhaul and inspect CFM56-3 engine material from the phased teardown program of Boeing 737-300 Classics and CFM56 spare engines formerly operated by Southwest Airlines.

Embraer has signed a long-term pool program agreement with Mongolian Hunnu Air to support repairable components for its recently leased fleet of E190 aircraft.

Fabrica Argentina De Aviones (FAdeA) won a three-year JetSmart Argentina contract to provide Airbus A320 maintenance.

MTU Maintenance has won a new exclusive JetBlue Airways contract to provide IAE 2500 maintenance in 2020-33.

Northern Aerotech, Denmark, contracted Adria Airways to provide maintenance services for its A319s and CRJs.

Sabena Technics has won an Air Europa contract to perform heavy maintenance checks on two Boeing 787-8s at Bordeaux.

Samco Aircraft Maintenance has completed the first nose-to-tail Airbus A220 heavy maintenance program for Swiss.

SR Technics was selected by Swiss/Edelweiss Air to provide A320ceo maintenance, including proprietary inlet cowl repairs.

Standard Aero received a five-year contract from Sierra Nevada to provide PT6A/PW100 maintenance out of Summerside, Canada.

ST Engineering, Singapore secured S$809 million ($583 million) in new contracts in 2Q19, including heavy maintenance deals from AirAsia X (A330s), Beibu Gulf Airlines (A320/E-Jet) and an undisclosed customer (Boeing 717).

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