MRO News Briefs, Feb. 2-8, 2020

MRO News Briefs

StandardAero Reaches CF34 Milestone

StandardAero has completed its 3,000th workscope on GE Aviation’s CF34 turbofan engine. The milestone was reached on a CF34-8C5B1 powering a CRJ700 regional aircraft operated by SkyWest Airlines.

Panasonic to Equip Kuwait With IFE

Panasonic Avionics will provide inflight entertainment for Kuwait Airways’ new fleet of eight Airbus A330-800neo aircraft.

Magnetic MRO Graduates Inaugural Apprenticeship Class

Magnetic MRO and Estonian Aviation Academy have graduated their first group of students after launching an aircraft mechanic apprenticeship program in 2018. The ten graduates will continue on as mechanics for Magnetic MRO and the company says it is still taking applications for the next apprenticeship program, which begins this spring.

Able Aerospace Upgrades Component Repair Equipment

Component repair specialist Able Aerospace Services has added new equipment for large-scale part repair work, including what it calls a state-of-the-art machining center, next-gen lathe and mill technologies and enhanced grinding capabilities. According to Able, the upgrades enable it to service new sizes and categories of parts, including large-scale commercial fixed-wing components and full helicopter transmission cases.

FAA Selects TRAX eMRO Software

FAA has selected TRAX eMRO software to replace its existing MRO and fleet operations software for its Flight Program Operations fleet. TRAX says the software will provide web-based and mobile solutions to FAA users for missions such as aviation safety training, flight inspection, critical event response, and research and development.

Pattonair Deploys Agile Vending Solution at UMW Aerospace

UMW Aerospace has selected Pattonair’s Agile Vending solution for its Serendah, Selangor facility in Malaysia. According to the engine component manufacturer, Agile Vending will make parts replenishment more efficient while providing clear traceability to control the usage of each part number.

Aviall Charge

Boeing incurred a $293 million charge in the fourth quarter related to its decision to start retiring the Aviall brand name. Boeing is making the change to further unify its broader distribution services.

CAS Begins Carbon-Offsetting Efforts

In an effort to support JetBlue in its carbon offsetting initiatives, Certified Aviation Services (CAS) has replaced four carbon vehicles used by its interior crew to service JetBlue’s fleet with electric-powered vehicles. CAS is planning three more electric-powered vehicles and says the addition is the “first step forward in producing long-term solutions for CAS to be eco-friendly.”

737 Conversion

Aeronautical Engineers has signed a contract with New Zealand-based Airwork to provide an additional Boeing 737-400SF freighter conversion. All modification touch labor and maintenance will be performed by Commercial Jet’s facility in Miami, Florida, and will commence in early February.