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MRO News Briefs, Sept. 8-14

A roundup of aviation aftermarket news from the week of Sept. 8-14.

Navair Contract to AAR

AAR won a $118.6 million contract from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to deliver two Boeing 737-700 aircraft and associated support equipment to the U.S. Marine Corps. The aircraft, which will be certified in three configurations (all passenger, all cargo, and a combined passenger-cargo configuration) will be designated C-40A when delivered.

Cabin Lighting

The aircraft cabin lighting market will reach $1.74 billion globally by 2026, growing at 5.2% per year, according to Allied Market Research

GAMECO, 5G

GAMECO has signed a general terms of agreement for strategic cooperation on 5G and a smart aircraft maintenance hangar project with China Telecom’s Guangzhou branch. The 5G network has the characteristics of fast transmission rate, low latency and strong connection, with an internet access rate 10 times 4G’s while its ultimate rate will reach up to 100 times 4G’s. 

AAR Adds WSU Tech to EAGLE Career Pathway Program

AAR has partnered with WSU Tech on its EAGLE Career Pathway program to prepare students for employment in the MRO industry. Under the partnership, WSU Tech students will be eligible to receive job shadowing, mentoring, academic support and financial assistance. WSU Tech says the partnership will enable it to expand its training to include commercial aviation.

Dassault Aviation Acquires Tag Aviation’s MRO Business

Dassault Aviation has acquired TAG Aviation’s MRO organization as part of its ongoing efforts to broaden its global service footprint. The new organization, called TAG Maintenance Services, will operate as a wholly owned Dassault Aviation affiliate.

JAV Technic Gains EASA Part 145 Approval

JAV Technic has achieved EASA Part 145 approval, which the company says will pave the way for a string of new clients. CEO Zuhair Khashman says he is confident JAV Technic will serve more carriers in the Middle East and European markets in the near future.

IBA Launches iQ Engines Module

IBA has launched a new tool for its IBA.iQ intelligence platform called iQ Engines, which analyzes factors such as market and data intelligence to guide stakeholders on engine values. IBA says the module will help customers track engine values over time in response to things like technology changes, performance improvements and maintenance events.

New HAECO CEO

Frank Walschot will become CEO of HAECO on Dec. 1. He most recently was CEO or SR Technics. Summit Chan will continue to serve as interim CEO of HAECO until Dec. 1, at which time he will become group director corporate development. Chan will also retain his existing roles of chairman HAECO Xiamen and its other joint ventures in China.

Seabury Implementation in Argentina

Argentina's National Civil Aviation Administration has elected to implement the Seabury Solutions’ integrated management system to enhance aviation safety inspections. Argentina’s ANAC will implement eAuthority, the company’s integrated management system for civil aviation authorities. eAuthority computerizes information and processes, including aviation safety inspections, making them more agile, reliable, and efficient. 

JetBlue GSE

Semmco has contracted with JetBlue Airways to supply access platforms and ground support equipment to line stations across the U.S. The contract will be delivered over the next 12 months and represents Semmco’s first major order since opening its U.S. office and manufacturing facility in January 2019.

NPRM for GTF

FAA is proposing inspections and replacement of certain Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan oil system components to eliminate an issue linked to at least two in-flight shutdowns.

The draft notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), published Sept. 10, covers PW1500Gs and PW1900G that power Airbus A220s and Embraer E-Jet E190 E2s/E195 E2s, respectively.

Europe’s Engine Retirements 

According to Aviation Week’s Fleet & MRO Forecast, around 6,300 engines associated to retiring aircraft in Europe will leave the fleet between now and 2028.

Connected Cabin

Airbus started inflight trials of its connected cabin technologies project onboard an A350-900 Flight Lab aircraft. The platform, known as the Airspace Connected Experience, is testing a connected iSeat from Recaro, a connected galley from gategroup, a remote wireless cabin management control system and Airbus, and a new “Internet of Things backbone,” which includes an open software platform.

EASA AD Workforce

EASA is hosting its 7th annual airworthiness directive workshop Nov. 25-26 in Cologne, Germany. The agency says the event is applicable to airlines, CAMO, MROs, design approval holders and others interested in better understanding EASA’s processes related to safety publications. Registration is required.

Pratt to Continue Engine MRO Strategy

Pratt & Whitney will continue to rely on aftermarket partners rather than build new engine shops to meet MRO demand, said Paul Finklestein, the company’s director of marketing said at Aero-Engines Europe this week.

CFM56-5B: Hot Property

Engine models such as the CFM56-5B are being sold for higher prices in recent times as demand climbs, noted Brendan McIntyre-Read, AJW’s head of engine material at Aero-Engines Europe.

AerSale Receives New ADS-B STC

The FAA has approved AerSale’s AerTrak ADS-B system for Boeing 737 Classic series aircraft. The AerTrak kit is also approved by the FAA for Boeing 737NG and Boeing 757-200 series aircraft.

AAR Selected As Leach Distributor

AAR has been selected as the main distributor for Leach International, which designs and manufactures power switching and control components. Under the agreement, AAR will stock, promote and sell electromechanical and solid-state switch gears to OEMs for commercial airlines and the military aftermarket.

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