MRO News Briefs, Aug. 23-29, 2020
Wizz Air to Install Sustainable Seats
Wizz Air has signed a deal with Recaro Aircraft Seating to install the SL3710 economy class seat on 146 Airbus aircraft starting in 2021. The seat was designed to be sustainable as part of the airline’s existing sustainability initiatives, including a light weight of approximately 8 kg (17.6 lb) and durable parts, which Recaro says is a cost-effective choice for airlines focused on minimizing fuel and maintenance costs.
Magnetic MRO Signs CAMO Contract with BOC Aviation
Aircraft leasing services provider BOC Aviation (Ireland) has signed a Continuing Airworthiness Management (CAMO) contract with Magnetic MRO. As the CAMO service provider, Magnetic MRO will help BOC Aviation reposition and maintain its aircraft, including support with planning of ferry flight, de-registration/registration of aircraft, issuance of work packs and providing maintenance services.
Gulfstream Opens Palm Beach Service Center
Gulfstream has opened a new service center at Palm Beach International Airport, which it says is well-positioned to support customers in domestic and international markets, including South America. The 161,000 ft.2 facility, shared with Jet Aviation, can accommodate up to seven Gulfstream G650ER or G650 aircraft and offers a broad range of services including major inspections, structural modifications and repairs, major avionics installations and system upgrades.
CAE Expands Online Maintenance Training
CAE has expanded its virtual maintenance training program to include Bombardier, Dassault and Gulfstream aircraft types as well as specific helicopter programs. CAE says the courses, which offer real-time teaching online, have helped them continue to support customers during travel restrictions.
Baird Capital Invests in eCube
Baird Capital has acquired aircraft disassembly and recycling specialist eCube Solutions. According to the companies, the investment will support eCube’s continued growth, including its new continental European facility, expanding parking availability and additional disassembly capacity.
ACA Air Purification System Gaining Traction
Satair has signed an agreement with Aviation Clean Air (ACA) to distribute its Air Ionization and Purification System. Meanwhile, Duncan Aviation has obtained an STC to install the ionization system on Bombardier Global Express, Express XRS, 5000, 5500 and 6000 aircraft. It says the installation can typically be completed in less than two weeks, so it can install the ACA air ionizer as a stand-alone event or as part of a scheduled maintenance event.
American Airlines Adopts Virus-Killing Product for Aircraft Interiors
American Airlines announced plans to implement Allied BioScience’s SurfaceWise2 electrostatic spraying solution as part of its multi-tiered Clean Commitment strategy. The product will be applied on aircraft interior surfaces to kill virus cells throughout its entire fleet, including American Eagle regional partners.
STS Aviation Services Ramps Up C Check Services
STS Aviation Services has added new staff and Airbus tooling to grow its C check services. According to STS Aviation Group president Mark Smith, its team in Melbourne, Florida is “turning C checks over very quickly” now that more aircraft are beginning to come out of storage.
airBaltic Launching Mechanic Training Program
airBaltic is launching a new aircraft mechanic training program in partnership with Liepaya State Technical School, which it says is the first cooperation of its type in Latvia. Starting in September, the program’s internships will take place at the Diamond Aircraft service center at Liepaja International Airport. Interested candidates must apply by Aug. 31.
APC Completes Paintwork for Hainan Airlines
HNA Aviation Technik subsidiary APC has completed painting on two Hainan Airlines aircraft. The Boeing 737 and 787 were painted with Hainan Free Trade Port livery.