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MRO News Briefs, Sept. 29-Oct. 5

A roundup of aviation aftermarket news from the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5.

Gail Baker Appointed VP Aftermarket Services at Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace has appointed Gail Baker as Vice President, Aftermarket Services, where she will succeed Ajay Agrawal. Baker has worked within United Technologies Corp. for more than 30 years, most recently leading the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance & Space Solutions segment for Mission Systems. In her new role, Baker will lead Collins’ worldwide aftermarket business and customer service organizations, including long-term aftermarket programs, spares, part repairs, asset management and technical support.

ACTSI Opens Philippines MRO Facility

Aviation Concepts Technical Services, Inc. (ACTSI) has opened a new MRO facility at Subic Bay International Airport in the Philippines which will service business aircraft. ACTSI holds Cayman and Bermuda approvals and is currently working toward expanding capabilities to include FAA Part 145 approval. According to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, the new facility is a step towards its goal of making the airport “a regional player in the MRO business.”

Aircraft Lighting International Expands LED Reader Capability

Aircraft Lighting International has expanded its line of PMA certified LED Readers to include more aircraft types, including Airbus A319/A320/A321s and Bombardier Challengers. The company says its LED Readers are intended as a plug-and-play replacement for incandescent bulbs with no rewiring or new assemblies, switches and plating required.

Jetaire Receives AS9100 Certification

Jetaire has received AS9100 certification, which it says demonstrates to regulators and the marketplace that it “maintains a comprehensive system of monitoring its processes and procedures to ensure consistent adherence to industry-best practices and quality management systems.” Standards for AS9100 are identical and accepted worldwide.

AIM Charlotte Now Enrolling for AMT Program

Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Charlotte, North Carolina campus is now enrolling for its Aviation Maintenance Technician program, which it says was designed to address the global demand for aviation technicians. The school says its AMT program will prepare students to pass the FAA A&P certification for employment in aviation maintenance and that graduates have gone on to work for carriers such as JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines.

Ontic Signs Licensing Agreement with GE Aviation

Ontic has signed an exclusive license agreement with GE Aviation’s Integrated Systems unit for several Lockheed C-130 products at the line replaceable unit level. The products include a winch, flap brake and shock mount tray which are used on all variants of the C-130.

FACC Secures Order From Bombardier Belfast

FACC has received what it calls a three-digit million order from Bombardier Belfast for the production of thrust reverser trans cowl components for the Airbus A320neo aircraft family. FACC says the order, which is its first with Bombardier Belfast, expands its A320 market share.

FACC Reaches Modification Milestone

FACC Solutions has performed its 1000th Split Scimitar Winglet modification, which will be delivered to Southwest Airlines for the upgrade of a Boeing 737NG. The modification is part of FACC’s project to convert Blended Winglets into Split Scimitar Winglets on 737 aircraft, which was introduced at the company in 2014.

TAM Cargo Conversion

Täby Air Maintenance is offering Saab 340 Cargo Generation II, a thorough upgrade of its cargo conversion program. The new cargo conversion package focuses on weight savings. Extensive use of carbon fiber paneling has allowed the redesign of the main cargo compartment. Total savings on aircraft basic empty weight amounts to up to 400 lbs.

Avcorp Labor Agreement

Avcorp Industries has reached a new six-year labor agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers at its Delta, British Columbia, facility.

XEOS Officially Opens New Aircraft Engine Service Center

GE Aviation and Lufthansa Technik joint venture XEOS has celebrated the official opening of its new aircraft engine service center in Sroda Slaska, Poland. The center accepted its first commercial engine for repair in April and XEOS says a total of 20 engines will have been inducted for service at the location by the end of 2019.

Volga-Dnepr Technics Receives EASA B777 Approval

Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow has received EASA approval for maintenance of Boeing 777-200/-300 aircraft at Sheremetyevo Airport. The Russian MRO currently maintains three of the aircraft type for Royal Flight airlines received B777-200/-300 approval from the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority earlier this year. 

Magnetic MRO Training Opens Facility Expansion

Magnetic MRO Training has reopened after its recent facility expansion in Tallinn, Estonia, which the company says has resulted in a nearly 50% capacity increase for theoretical type training programs. The facility, which currently performs type training for future aircraft mechanics on Airbus A320, Boeing 737 and Bombardier CRJ700/900/1000 aircraft expects to add four additional aircraft types to its training portfolio by 2020.

Safran Nacelles Delivers 100th A330neo Nacelle System

Safran Nacelles has delivered its 100th nacelle system for the Airbus A330neo, which it says marks a milestone for the engine component. The delivery took place 13 months after the initial production nacelle system was supplied to Airbus in August 2018.

Airbus to Develop Skywise Data Center in China

Airbus has signed an agreement with Alibaba Cloud to cooperate on the development of a Skywise Data Center in China. By partnering with the data intelligence arm of the Alibaba Group, Airbus says it will be able to utilize the local data center and provide tailored services, features and tools for data compliance to Chinese airlines.

AFI KLM E&M Signs Component Support Agreement With GMF

AFI KLM E&M and Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) have signed a collaboration agreement for component support of the Airbus A330. Under the agreement, AFI KLM E&M will provide repair and parts pooling services for Garuda Indonesia’s fleet of 24 A330s along with solutions to enhance training and development of GMF’s industrial capabilities.

KAEMS Receives FAA Certification for B737 MRO

Korea Aviation Engineering & Maintenance Service (KAEMS) has been certified by FAA for maintenance of Boeing 737s. KAEMS first began providing maintenance for the aircraft type earlier this year for Jeju Airlines.

StandardAero to Pursue STCs for Thales TopMax HUD

StandardAero has signed a long-term partnership agreement with Thales for the certification and distribution of Thales’ TopMax wearable Head-Up Display for use in business aviation aircraft. StandardAero plans to use its in-house Organizational Delegation Authorization to gain the approval of several STCs for the system.

GA Telesis Component Solutions Acquires Engines, Airframes

GA Telesis Component Solutions Group has acquired one CFM56-5B, six CFM56-5As, two CF6-80C2Bs, two Boeing 777-200ERs and two 737NGs to support its SNAP, ACCESS, and flight hour programs and day-to-day replenishments. The company says that its fourth-quarter production might exceed its announced third-quarter scope

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