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MRO News Briefs, Oct. 20-26

A roundup of aviation aftermarket news from the week of Oct. 20-26.

Embraer Signs E-Jet Repair Management Contract with Azul

Embraer has signed a multi-year flight hour repair management program contract with Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras to provide materials support for the carrier’s E190 and E195 fleet. The agreement covers more than 300 repairable part numbers and includes materials and engineering services, which will be supported from Embraer’s spare parts facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

LHT Automates Procedure for Diagnosing Flight Control Actuators

Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has developed an automated, non-invasive diagnostic procedure called HyDiag for the initial examination of primary hydraulic flight control actuators. The procedure follows a strictly data-centric approach to prevent human errors, providing a more comprehensive diagnosis of wear and tear on actuator systems. The HyDiag project will run until the end of 2020 and LHT hopes it will make diagnoses for the systems more precise, speed up maintenance and extend service life.

Spairliners Expands E-Jet Parts Network

Spairliners has expanded its MRO network with the addition of new partners. These include UK-based Inflite MRO Services and Ateliers Bigata, a French company specializing in the maintenance of pressurized safety components. Spairliners says the new partners will extend its repair capabilities and add more flexibility and agility to its existing supplier network.

New ARSA President

The Aeronauatical Repair Station Association’s board of directors selected Ian Cheyne as its new president. He is the chief technical and regulatory officer for Dallas Airmotive and will serve as the president, a voluntary position, for one year. This is his second stint as ARSA president. Cheyne has served on the board since 2002.

The MAX’s Return

Boeing remains confident that the Boeing 737 MAX will be cleared to fly in at least some parts of the world by year end, even as it acknowledges that regulatory reviews are taking longer than its return-to-service timeline assumes.

Airinmar Pens JetBlue Parts Agreement     

AAR subsidiary Airinmar has signed a three-year agreement with JetBlue to provide component value engineering cost oversight services for the airline’s Airbus and Embraer fleets. Under the scope of the services, Airinmar will assess repair costs to assure compliance with JetBlue’s contracted pricing terms, under either component flight-hour or fixed-pricing terms, as well as the cost evaluation of time and material quoted repairs.

CSAT Completes Finnair Wi-Fi Retrofits

Czech Airlines Technics has completed a two-year cabin modification and Wi-Fi network installation project for Finnair’s Airbus narrowbodies. CSAT completed the cabin modification and connectivity installation on 24 Finnair aircraft in Hangar F at Václav Havel Airport Prague. The aircraft underwent a modification of the cabin, called Spaceflex, consisting of cabin reconstruction, increasing the number of passenger seats and replacement of the galleys and lavatories. At the same time, CSAT had to reinforce the fuselage to install the satellite antenna and its cover on top of the fuselage and distribute cables throughout the aircraft, including cockpit and passenger cabin.

Newbow Aerospace to Supply GSE for British Airways

Newbow Aerospace, which makes ground support equipment, has received a significant order from British Airways for customized ground support equipment at London Heathrow Airport.

SR Technics and Liebherr Renew MRO Partnership

SR Technics has renewed its partnership with Liebherr-Aerospace by signing a five-year global services contract. Under the agreement, the companies will provide services on air management and flight control systems to support a fleet of more than 500 aircraft worldwide, including the Airbus A320/A330/A340 families and the Embraer E-Jet.

Frontier Selects TRAX eMobility Apps

Frontier has rolled out TRAX eMobility apps as part of its efforts to go paperless. The software will give the carrier’s maintenance engineers online and offline access to tasks, job cards and manuals via tablet. TRAX says the airline has selected most of the eMobility suite of apps and plans to roll out its VisualCheck and EzStockapps next.

StandardAero Reaches BizJet MRO Milestones

StandardAero has completed two business aviation milestones. The MRO completed its 400th major HTF7000 maintenance event and recently expanded its test cell capability in Augusta, Georgia to include the engine model. StandardAero also completed its 10,000th Falcon airframe service event on a recently acquired Falcon 7X.

TP Aerospace’s New Software

TP Aerospace, an aftermarket supplier of wheels and brakes, will implement software from Ideagen as it expands its global quality management operations. TP will adopt Ideagen’s Q-Pulse quality management software as the company rolls out its growth plan to be closer to customers through more locations around the world.

Triumph Launches Rotable Trading

Triumph Group has launched Triumph Rotable Trading, expanding the services offered by its Triumph Product Support business unit. The new business will be based out of Product Support headquarters in Arlington, Texas, and will draw on the expertise of Triumph's maintenance, repair and overhaul subsidiaries for part-tagging services.

Turkish and Satair Spares

Turkish Technic and Satair have signed a strategic general terms agreement to facilitate further business growth of the two entities. Satair will support Turkish with consumable and expendable spares for the expanding Airbus aircraft fleet that is maintained by Turkish. This agreement supports both Airbus standard hardware supplied from the Airbus warehouses in Hamburg and material from Satair’s global warehouses. Aircraft part numbers can be added and removed from the agreement in a dynamic manner to reflect real-time planning and forecast input.

Inflight Connectivity Retrofit

AirNet Technology, an in-flight solution provider of connectivity, entertainment and digital multimedia in China, announced its subsidiary Air Esurfing Information Technology has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Lufthansa Technik to provide inflight connectivity retrofit packages to aircraft in China.

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