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Compiled by Elyse Moody

Compiled by Elyse Moody
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SR Technics 

SR Technics extended its 10-year agreement with the Airberlin group with financing services and an engine contract that covers more than 300 engines. These include CFM International CFM56-7Bs, CFM56-5Bs and Pratt & Whitney PW4168s. It also includes financing for life limited parts and spare engines via SR Technics’ sister company Sanad Aero Solutions.

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Avic Electromechanical Systems 

Avic Electromechanical Systems and Hamilton Sundstrand plan to begin developing a facility in Xian, western China, in June, following the formation of a joint company on March 3. The partnership will supply the electrical system for the Comac C919 airliner and also support programs outside of China. All foreign suppliers to the C919 program are required to work in China; most have chosen to do so with Chinese partners, usually subsidiaries of Avic. Avic Electromechanical is one of two aircraft system subsidiaries of the Avic conglomerate. The other is Avic Avionics.

JDA Aviation Technology Solutions 

JDA Aviation Technology Solutions added a training institute to be led by James Hobart, VP of training programs. The institute will offer courses in safety management systems, regulatory affairs, auditing, emergency response planning, advanced qualification programs and certification.

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Aeronautical Engineering Inc. 

Aeronautical Engineering Inc. is converting six Boeing 737-400s into 11-pallet freighters for Muskovia Airlines. The first is expected to begin conversion activities at AEI’s Miami conversion center Commercial Jet by the end of the first quarter.

Aviation Technical Services 

Aviation Technical Services received certification from Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation, allowing it to pursue work in heavy maintenance and interior furnishings installations, entertainment systems, antennas and cameras on Boeing 737 aircraft flying under Saudi registration.

GE Canada and StandardAero 

GE Canada and StandardAero signed an agreement to build a $50 million aircraft engine research and technology development center in Winnipeg. The facility, slated to open later this year, will develop advanced testing methodologies and equipment for GE commercial and military aircraft engines; it will include test cell capabilities for engines up to 150 in. in diameter and up to 150,000 lb. thrust. It also will be equipped with a large wind generator for crosswind, ingestion and icing certification testing.

Derco Repair Services 

Derco Repair Services and Universal Synaptics teamed together to offer a new product for detecting intermittent faults, called the Intermittent Fault Detection System. The device monitors electrical paths in the chassis of the unit under test to detect, log and isolate intermittent events then graphically displays the failing circuits to enable quicker, more efficient repairs.

International Communications Group’s 

International Communications Group’s NxtLink ICS-400 completed Iridium-compatible equipment certification testing and now is approved for operation on the Iridium constellation and network.

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Scandinavian Avionics Greece 

Scandinavian Avionics Greece extended its capabilities on aircraft galley equipment, including sales, certification, installation and MRO services.

Timco Aviation Services 

Timco Aviation Services began manufacturing its FeatherWeight 3500 aircraft seats in Greensboro, N.C., in February. The seats, which are headed to customers in Asia and the Middle East, were produced on a new Lean assembly line that is expected to continue to operate after Timco launches its new production facility nearby.

Corena USA 

Corena USA released version 2.0 of its S1000D software-as-a-service, which features Citrix support and installed Corena configuration kits for all major S1000D programs. The service targets tech pub companies and sub-suppliers that must deliver S1000D-compliant content.

Lufthansa Technik 

Lufthansa Technik gained Cameroon’s Camair-Co start-up as a line maintenance and component services customer. Under the two-year line maintenance contract, Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International will provide initial staff to service the carrier’s Boeing 737NG and 767 aircraft at Douala, Cameroon; it subsequently will hire and instruct up to 10 local employees to take over the work.

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft 

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft embarked on a maintenance program for the Avro RJ to extend its operational life by at least 20 years. It will require detailed analysis of Avro RJ and BAe 146 operations to derive a maintenance program that validates their continued operation. This should result in an update to the existing supplementary structural inspections document (SSID), which aims to extend the airframe life to 60,000 cycles.

Etihad 

Etihad formally signed an agreement to buy Engine Alliance GP7200 engines to power its fleet of 10 Airbus A380s, a deal with a list price of $1.5 billion; it was originally priced at $1.3 billion when the agreement was preliminarily signed in June 2009. At that time, the aircraft were to enter service in 2012 but are now set to begin operations in 2014. Etihad also will use a long-term fleet management agreement for engine MRO.

GE Capital Aviation Services 

GE Capital Aviation Services sent two aircraft to SR Technics in Zurich for C checks in February and March.

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