Europe’s goal of developing a database that collects aviation occurrence reports from across the region and helps identify broad safety trends is moving closer to reality as both data quality and reporting consistency improve, the European Aviation Safety Agency reports.
Commercial aviation safety among EU operators and at European airports continues to improve in many key areas, including total fatal accidents and serious runway incursion rates, while total accidents edged upward, a new EASA report reveals. (Credit: Eluveitie)
SR Technics and Paris-based carrier Aigle Azur are setting up a line maintenance joint venture (JV) in France that will expand the MRO provider’s presence to four line stations in the country by yearend, the companies report.
The JV, which will be based at Paris Orly Airport, immediately will support Aigle Azur’s four A319s, five A320s and four A321s. Assuming regulatory hurdles are cleared, SR Technics will open line stations in Marseille on July 1 and Lyon “within three months,” an SR Technics spokeswoman tells Aviation Week.
The FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are taking steps to remove certain repaired CFM56-5A low-pressure turbine nozzle guide vanes from service due to “dimensional anomalies” that could, under certain circumstances, lead to uncontained engine failures.
The issue, detailed in an FAA airworthiness information bulletin issued earlier this month, involves vanes repaired by Chromalloy. The repair process used “increases the dimensional variation in the features that provide the primary cooling air to the turbine,” the agency says.
Clamps improperly installed during maintenance visits have been tied to at least three serious in-service fire and smoke incidents on Boeing 737 Classics, prompting the FAA to warn operators and encourage compliance with a Boeing-suggested fix.
The FAA’s repair station oversight process lacks the ability to identify risk, does not provide enough standardized inspection procedures, and is not training inspectors well enough to ensure they can use the tools they have, a government audit concludes.
India’s GoAir has deployed Ramco’s Series 5 maintenance and engineering (M&E) software across its 21-station network, integrating the package with two existing systems and automating several core functions.
FlyBe UK has tapped Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) for line and light maintenance support of its Bombardier Q400s and Embraer 175 and 195 regional jets (ERJs), the companies report.
MAEL will provide line maintenance at Birmingham, Manchester, London Gatwick and East Midlands airports. The deal, which expands upon an existing relationship that includes ERJ line maintenance at Spain’s Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport, also includes light hangar maintenance and logistics support at Birmingham and Manchester.
European and Japanese regulators, following the FAA’s lead, have cleared the way for Boeing 787 operators to resume revenue flights following modification of the aircraft’s battery systems and, in Japan’s case, taking added precautions to monitor the aircraft’s safety.
FAA and UPS are at odds over nine unapproved airframe repairs missed during an extensive audit, which the agency conducted to address what it determined were shortcomings in the carrier’s maintenance records.
The repairs, made to two DC-8s and two MD-11s, were not completed by agreed-upon deadlines, FAA contends. The four aircraft—which FAA allowed to operate with the unapproved repairs during the audit—completed about 400 flights after the deadlines passed. As a result, FAA has proposed that a $4 million fine be levied against the company.
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) dominance of the engine overhaul market is increasing as newer-generation models roll out, putting independent MRO providers under increasing pressure to team up with manufacturers, consultancy TeamSAI reports.
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