MRO News Briefs, Feb. 21-27, 2021
ATS Completes 737 Freighter Check
ATS completed its first Boeing 737-800 freighter heavy check at its hangar location in Everett, Washington, in mid-February. It has a follow-on freighter currently in check.
StandardAero Signs Honeywell Component MRO Agreement
StandardAero has signed multiple long-term distribution and license agreements with Honeywell Aerospace, authorizing it to perform OEM approved repairs on Honeywell hydromechanical units, fuel controls, pneumatic valves, actuators, regulators, starters and fuel pumps. The agreements include approximately 75 components for CF6, CFM56, GEnX and LEAP engines, as well as components on other mature fleets. StandardAero is not disclosing the value or terms of the agreements, but it will perform repairs at is Hialeah and Fort Myers, Florida locations.
JetBlue Launches Internal AMT Career Pathway Program
JetBlue plans to launch new internal career development programs that will provide opportunities for crewmembers to pursue careers as pilots or aircraft maintenance technicians. It says the programs will alleviate some of the known barriers to entry for these careers, including financing and fears of leaving a permanent job. The programs are part of JetBlue’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, which also seeks to increase representation of women and race and ethnic minorities in leadership roles.
SIAEC Sets Up Engine Services Division
SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) has set up an Engine Services Division (ESD) to grow its business in the segment. All engine-related services performed by SIAEC will be consolidated and developed under ESD and it will develop and provide a portfolio of services including engine maintenance, parts repair, storage and preservation, material management, on-wing services and engine testing.
GMI Aero Studying 5G Opportunities for Repair Data
Composite repair specialist GMI Aero is participating in the European EVOLVED-5G project to research industrial opportunities through 5G infrastructures. GMI Aero will work on the development of a digital/physical twin of bonded composite repair on aircraft safety critical structures to ensure distant quality control procedures. Its objective is to connect hot bonders used for repair curing to 5G networks and transmit real-time data to aircraft manufacturers, airlines, MROs and/or certification authorities. The EVOLVED-5G project began in January 2021 and is planned to last through mid-2023.
Asset Insight and Air Conformity Collaboration
Asset Insight and Air Conformity have signed a collaborative agreement, under which Air Conformity will provide technical services and support to Asset Insight’s clients, while Air Conformity’s customers will be provided with free access to Asset Insight’s eValues System, which includes maintenance expense planning analytics, current and residual value estimates, and aircraft remarketing potential. Asset Insight says the relationship will help customers better understand the technical condition of their aircraft, how it compares to others in the marketplace and relevant industry regulations.
New 3D Printing Material for Tooling
Additive manufacturing specialist Stratasys has introduced a new acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) based carbon fiber material for its 3D printers, which Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group plans to use for creating manufacturing aids and a variety of tooling applications. The new FDM ABS-CF10 material is scheduled to be available in April and Stratasys is currently taking orders.
Revima Expands Pratt & Whitney APU Agreement
Revima has renewed and expanded its authorized repair facility agreement with Pratt & Whitney on a worldwide basis for a variety of APU models for both commercial and military applications. Under the agreement, it will expand its customer coverage and existing capabilities to include most of P&W’s radial APUs, and the engine OEM will support Revima in training engineers and technicians, transferring inventory, tooling and performing test cell calibrations.
PSA Airlines Signs Landing Gear Support Contract
Professional Aircraft Accessories has signed a five-year exclusive agreement with PSA Airlines for the landing gear overhaul and support of its fleet of 130 Bombardier CRJ 700 and CRJ 900 aircraft. The agreement will run through December 2025.
Rolls-Royce and Uganda Airlines Sign TotalCare Agreement
Rolls-Royce has signed a TotalCare agreement with Uganda Airlines for their two new Trent 7000-powered Airbus A330neos. Rolls-Royce says the agreement will give the airline a secured cost of operating and maintaining their engines through a dollar-per-flying-hour payment mechanism, as well as enhanced aircraft availability thanks to advanced engine health monitoring and the inclusion of product durability and reliability improvements.