Thierry Dubois

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Airbus Offers On-Wing Engine-Maintenance Shelter 
Airbus Customer Services is offering an inflatable tent for engine maintenance to provide better working conditions to perform an on-wing job in adverse weather when the conventional hangar is occupied.
MRO Sector Must Adapt As Composite Repairs Grow

The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry is gearing up to service an increasing number of airliners employing a much higher share of composite materials. The introduction of the Boeing 787, the Airbus A350 and—less expectedly—the A320neo and the 737 MAX is causing MRO service providers to invest in new equipment and technician training. The changes, however, remain evolutionary rather than revolutionary, as many MROs have developed a high level of expertise since the 1970s.

Solar Impulse To Unveil New Aircraft in April
Human factors could be a bigger challenge than technology.
Solar Impulse Building Aircraft For Around-The-World Flight 

ZURICH — Solar Impulse is well into the final assembly process of HB-SIB, the aircraft that is to fly around the world using solar power only.

Solar Impulse Assembles Aircraft For Around-The-World Flight 
ZURICH - Solar Impulse is well into the final assembly process of HB-SIB, the aircraft that is to fly around the world using solar power only.
Arrival Procedures Redesigned For Better Sequencing 

Making arrivals more efficient has been a key target of air traffic management activities for years. Paris is now introducing a new procedure for Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) that may go a long way toward reaching that target.

The Paris area control center (ACC) is preparing to implement a new sequencing procedure for arrivals, called Point Merge. So far it has been in active operation at three smaller airports around the world—this marks the first time it will be used at a major hub.

Quieting Avionics Maintenance 

A Lufthansa Technik employee has created a muffler that cuts the noise that avionics ventilation can cause in a hangar. The device, dubbed Silencer, is now being produced by maintenance equipment specialist Franke Care System for widebody and soon narrowbody aircraft. Employee Gunther Adamczyk was rewarded under Lufthansa Technik's “Impulse” internal premium scheme.

Research On New Electric Architectures Speeds Up 

The jigsaw pieces are coming together for a future “all-electric” commercial airliner by the second half of the 2020s. Seeking higher efficiencies, lower costs and easier maintenance, airframers and equipment manufacturers alike are pushing ahead with development of electrically powered replacements for today's pneumatic, mechanical and hydraulic systems.

Helo Industry Creates Own MSG-3 Methodology 
Helicopter manufacturers explore next version of Maintenance Steering Group (MSG-3) methodology for scheduled maintenance.
 
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