MRO News Briefs, August 15-21, 2021
Aircamo Expands Approvals, Facilities
UK based aircraft technical services provider Aircamo has added Trent 1000 and PW1100G engines to its scope of approvals. It has also opened a second facility at Hawarden Aviation Park to meet expanded demand for its engine maintenance, off-wing preservation and storage activities.
Hangar 51 Startup Accelerator Applications Open
International Airlines Group (IAG) is still accepting applications for its latest cohort of the Hangar 51 accelerator until Aug. 31. The accelerator is looking for startups that offer solutions to solve some of aviation’s biggest challenges in areas, such as connected operations, sustainability, post-pandemic travel restart, and data and AI. Interested companies can apply at www.hangar51.com
Direct Maintenance Supports China Southern in Africa
Magnetic MRO subsidiary Direct Maintenance has expanded its partnership agreement with China Southern Airlines by taking over full technical handling of its fleet maintenance services in Nairobi, Kenya. It says this is the first time a Chinese aircraft has been fully handled by an authorized third-party line maintenance provider in Africa.
Launch and AIM Partner on Workforce Initiatives
Launch Technical Workforce Solutions has formed a strategic partnership with the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) to collaborate on several workforce initiatives. Launch and AIM plan to develop programs to provide on the job training options for new graduates, supplemental courses to further skills and curricula for military service members transitioning to civilian careers.
APOC Expands in North America
APOC has opened a new stock hub in Miami as part of its plans to expand its global footprint. It says the new warehouse facility will help it serve North American and Latin American customers and that it may consider adding additional warehouses. APOC recently announced plans to triple the size of its European facility and it launched a Singapore base in November 2020.
Bombardier Signs Rolls-Royce Engine Maintenance Agreement
Bombardier has signed an agreement with Rolls-Royce to bolster maintenance service capabilities for Global aircraft powered by BR710 engines. Customers will have access to a pool of Rolls-Royce owned lease engines in the U.S., Europe and Asia and will have their engine maintenance needs supported at various Bombardier service centers.
Inflite The Jet Centre Signs Onto Beacon Platform
European MRO component support provider Inflite The Jet Centre has joined Embraer’s Beacon maintenance coordination platform. It plans to use the digital tool to gain efficiencies in returning aircraft to service. Inflite The Jet Centre says it answers more than 800 AOG and line maintenance cases per year.
Saab 340B+ Cargo Conversion Deal
C&L Aviation Services has completed what it says is the world’s first cargo conversion of a Saab 340B+ from its Bangor, Maine MRO facility. The conversion, based on an EASA- and FAA-approved conversion kit provided by Taby Air Maintenance, is the first of six total conversions it will complete on the aircraft type for an unnamed operator in 2021 and 2022.
Cargo Carrier Upgrading B767 Flight Decks
Thomas Global says a major international cargo operator has selected its TFD-7000 Series LCD displays to upgrade its Boeing 767 flight decks. The displays are a drop-in replacement for all legacy CRT displays in 767/757/737 flight decks and Thomas Global says the plug-and-play design enables installation overnight or at the gate.
LHT Signs Honeywell Engine MRO Components Agreement
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has signed an extensive collaboration agreement with Honeywell for the maintenance of Honeywell components installed on CFM LEAP series engines. Under the agreement, LHT will develop MRO capabilities for the components, which are used in Airbus A320neo family, Boeing 737 MAX and COMAC C919 aircraft.