MRO News Briefs, April 12-18, 2020

HAECO Adds GE90 Fan Case Repair Capability
HAECO Composite Structures has added capability for preventive maintenance inspections and associated repairs on fan stator modules for GE90 engines on Boeing 777 aircraft.

Alitalia Develops DOA For Passenger Cargo Ops
Alitalia’s maintenance division has developed a design organization approval (DOA) project for medical protective equipment transportation in the passenger cabin. The DOA aims to support carriers operating humanitarian flights and allows the airline to upload bulk cargo material to the aircraft. The carrier says the DOA can be applied to all major aircraft types, and Alitalia is able to develop in-house DOA projects applicable to whomever needs to perform cabin adaptation for bulk cargo transportation. It has already used the DOA project for its Boeing 777 and Airbus 330 and has also sold the service to two Italian carriers, which adapted their 767 and 787 cabins for cargo transportation.

MTU Plans Restart Of German Operations
The restart at MTU Maintenance’s facilities in Hannover and Berlin will commence on April, 27.

Fokker Services Gains FATA Modifications Approvals
Fokker Services has received several approvals from Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA) for its ADS-B Out, underwater locator device (ULD) and electronic flight bag (EFB) modification solutions. Fokker Services will work directly with local Russian operators to offer the solutions on aircraft registered or operating in the country.

Pacific Propeller International Adds New Repair and Overhaul Capability
Pacific Propeller International (PPI) has signed an agreement with Dowty Propellers to become authorized repair and overhaul facility for Dowty propellers on Casa 212, British Aerospace Jetstream 31 and Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner and Merlin airframes. To assist PPI with establishing the new capability at its Kent, Washington facility, Dowty has begun providing training, technical data and equipment, and will continue to provide ongoing engineering and technical assistance.

Embry-Riddle Students Fabricate PPE Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s (ERAU) campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona are fabricating masks and face shields to help protect healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Students and staff are pitching in to provide materials and labor to produce the protective equipment, which is being distributed to local hospitals.

Air Canada To Reconfigure 777s For Cargo
Air Canada is re-configuring the cabins of three of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to give them additional cargo capacity. The first aircraft conversion has been completed and is now in service, with the second and third aircraft soon to follow.

Lufthansa Technik Makes Board Changes
Lufthansa Technik has appointed Detlef Kayser as the new chairman of the supervisory board. He will take over from Carsten Spohr as chairman. In addition, Thorsten Dirks was elected as a new member of the supervisory board.

Atitech Adjusts Operation
Italian MRO Atitech has been working with a limited workforce since mid-March until April 13, in accordance with health and safety rules due to the novel coronavirus. However, it is planning to increase activity in the coming weeks.