Pan Am International Flight Academy concluded its first maintenance training course for 75 TACV Cabo Verde Airlines maintenance personnel on the day that the airline received its first Boeing 737NG. The 80-hr. courses include classroom instruction, simulator training and visits to aircraft.
Bombardier Aerospace signed a comprehensive, five-year component agreement with Luxair Airline to extend its Smart Parts program coverage for Luxair's six Q400 NextGen turboprops. The deal includes scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, AOG support and parts availability.
Goodrich signed an agreement with Rolls-Royce for nacelle maintenance services for British Airways as part of its Total Care support program. The contract will start when British Airways receives its first Boeing 787; Goodrich will complete the work at its facility in Prestwick, Scotland.
Air Corsica selected AFI KLM E&M to complete phase out and C checks on its two Airbus A319s as the carrier prepares to return them to a lessor and replace them with two A320s. The C checks were carried out at AFI KLM E&M's Toulouse-Blagnac facility. AFI KLM E&M also gained several modification projects for Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft from the International Lease Finance Corp., including cabin, avionics and material management services. AFI KLM E&M and ILFC work together under a general terms agreement on modification, engineering and engine overhauls.
Air Maintenance Estonia appointed David Williams as managing director and CEO. Williams has more than 28 years of MRO experience, holding managerial positions at SAS Technical Services, Emirates and Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies.
Aerostar's new maintenance hangar in Bacau, Romania, will double the MRO's capacity and open new opportunities for widebody and regional contracts. Ovidiu Buhai, Aerostar's director of aviation MRO, expected the 5,000-sq.-meter (54,000-sq.-ft.) hangar to open in mid-May. The new building will have four bays with the capacity to hold four narrowbody aircraft at once, but it is also tall enough to house a Boeing 767-sized widebody. The building sits near Aerostar's current four-bay hangar near Bacau International Airport.
Field Aviation received an STC from EASA to install the Universal Avionics EFI-890R display system in Dash 8-100/-200/-300 models. The upgrade includes installation of five identical Universal EFI-890R LCD flat panel displays.
Amavco acquired Field Aviation from Field's parent firm, Hunting PLC. Field Aviation is an aircraft modification and parts manufacturing company with locations in Toronto, Calgary, Seattle and Cincinnati. Amavco says it is identifying sites for its first U.S. modification center.
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft made a variety of MRO services announcements at the Airline Purchasing & Maintenance Expo. Two airlines—Airlink of South Africa and Aerovias of Chile—signed up for BAE's Parts Plus spares service, which is aimed at new operators of the BAe 146/Avro RJ aircraft. Titan Airways, a VIP charter specialist based in London, extended its four-year JetSpares support contract for two more years for its three BAe 146/Avro RJs. BAE also will offer a life extension program for the Jetstream 32.
Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More