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MRO News Briefs, Oct. 27-Nov. 2

A roundup of aviation aftermarket news from the week of Oct. 27-Nov. 2.

AES Global Receives Zero Passenger Configuration STC

Aerospace Engineering Solutions (AES Global) has been awarded an EASA STC for its Zero Passenger Configuration. The STC applies to Boeing 737 and 7757 aircraft and allows AES Global’s customers flexibility of flying aircraft with an incomplete cabin.

Spirit AeroSystems to Acquire Some of Bombardier’s Aftermarket Services

Spirit AeroSystems has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire select assets of Bombardier’s aerostructures and aftermarket services businesses in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The acquired operations will include three sites employing more than 4,000 people with a backlog of work that includes long-term contracts on the Airbus A220 and A320neo, as well as Bombardier business and regional jets. Spirit AeroSystems says the addition of the entire work package for the A220 wing and its technology are “critical for the future of next-generation aircraft” and will align with its growth strategy of increasing Airbus content and growing aftermarket business.

Air Astana, AJW Extend PBH Agreement

AJW Group has extended its power-by-the-hour contract (PBH) with Kazakhstan national carrier Air Astana. The extension to the contract sees AJW continue to provide support for the airline’s Boeing aircraft fleet. In addition to PBH support, AJW is providing a lease package to Air Astana which will give the airline immediate access to high-priority aircraft parts.

ST Engineering Q3 Results Due Mid-November

Singapore Technologies Engineering will release its financial results for third quarter ended September 30, 2019, on November 11, 2019, before the Singapore trading market opens. The results briefing and webcast will be held on the same day at 11.00 am, Singapore time.

ARSA Names New President

The U.S.’s Aeronautical Repair Station Association board of directors has elected Ian Cheyne as president.

Magnetic MRO Offers B737NG Flight Control Kit

Magnetic MRO has created a Full Flight Control Kit for Boeing 737NG operators, owners and MROs, which includes a “ready-to-go” list of primary and secondary flight controls available for worldwide delivery. The kits are available for sale, loan and exchange from Magnetic MRO’s hub in Warsaw, Poland and the company says they can reach all major world locations within 24-48 hrs.

Cape Air Picks StandardAero for PT6A Engine Support

StandardAero has been selected to provide Pratt & Whitney PT6A engine support fleet services to U.S. regional carrier Cape Air’s fleet of Cessna Caravan aircraft. StandardAero has previously supported the PW100 platform to support Cape Air’s ATR 42 fleet and will perform PT6A MRO services from its network of overhaul facilities and service centers in North America.

Swiftair Digitizes Maintenance Documentation

Spanish carrier Swiftair has selected TRAX eMobility Apps as part of its plans to mobilize maintenance and switch to paperless operation. The carrier is planning to digitize manuals and documents used by its maintenance teams and mobilize its mechanics’ work transactions.

We Need You

The Aviation Technician Education Council is surveying U.S.-based educational institutions with aviation technical programs to assess key trends in aviation maintenance education, support industry recruitment programs and initiatives, and guide future association priorities. Industry is encouraged to engage with educational partners to ensure schools are aware of the initiative and that they participate. Results will be published in the 2019 version of the ATEC Pipeline Report in December.

Frontier Goes Paperless

Frontier has gone paperless with TRAX eMobility Apps. Frontier has rolled out most of the suite of apps including: web applications production and line control; ios apps quickturn, taskcontrol, and aerodox; with plans for visualcheck and ezstock next.

Joramco Pens Tooling MoU

Joramco and Testia, an Airbus company, have entered into a memorandum of understanding to explore opportunities of utilizing Testia smart inspection tools, SmartUE1 and ThicknessTool.

Aeroco Unveils New EPA, PMA Panels

Aeroco Group have launched EPA and PMA Airbus and Boeing cabin and cargo panels, approved alternative to expensive OEM panels, which usually have long lead-times. Parts are applicable to Airbus A319s, A320s, A321s and Boeing 737s and 757s, with 767 and 787 capability soon to follow. The installation is approved using a Part-21 minor design change and new parts are released with EASA Form 1.

Airline Conference Meets to Discuss Parts Pooling

More than 480 airline and associate members attended the 120th International Airline Technical Pool conference in Rome Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 2019, receiving updates on Airbus A220s, A320Neos, A321XLRs and Boeing 777‐9s and 777Xs. Four new airlines, Juneyao Airlines, TATA SIA Airlines operating as Vistara, Flynas and Zipair joined IATP, member meetings finalized pooling agreements for spare parts, aircraft recovery equipment and line maintenance, and training was conducted on IATA’s standard ground handling agreement.

S7 Completes Sukhoi Audit

S7 Technics’ production facility at Novosibirsk’s Tolmachevo airport has completed its latest audit by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company, manufacturer of the Superjet 100, and the Novosibirsk site was granted approval for design and production of leather covers for passenger seats on the SSJ100. Positive results of SCAC’s audits paved the way for S7 Technics to launch a competence center for elaborating designer documentation and producing components for Russian-made SSJ100s.

AJW Extends Tigerair Contract

AJW Group has strengthened its long-term partnership with Tigerair in Australia with an extension to its power-by-the-hour contract covering Airbus A320s. AJW will satisfy the airline’s material requirements across a variety of component groups including airframe and engine LRUs, major assemblies, wheels and brakes, auxiliary power units, thrust reversers and consumables.

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