MRO News Briefs, Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2021

Upcycled A340 Fuselages Used in Football Stadium Project
Global design firm Populous is using upcycled Airbus A340 fuselages to create a main façade sunshade as part of its €100 million (approximately $122 million) Strasbourg football stadium development project in France.

C&L Aerospace Buys ATR Parts Inventory
C&L Aerospace has beefed up its ATR parts inventory with the purchase of a multi-million dollar ATR Expendable package comprised of thousands of new, OEM certified parts. It says these new parts, combined with its previous parts purchases and seven ATR teardowns over the past 24 months, will provide a significant inventory to support operators. The new parts are stocked in C&L’s warehouses across the U.S., Australia and the UK and are now available for sale.

Wencor Group Subsidiary Adds More Pneumatics Capabilities
Wencor Group’s Accessory Technologies Corporation has expanded its capabilities by opening a new 30,000+ sq. ft. pneumatics facility in Edgewood, New York and added high flow-high heat pneumatic valve and pneumatic starter capabilities. It says the investments will help it reduce turnaround times and costs while providing better MRO support.

New Aviation Sustainability Initiative
A new startup accelerator devoted to aviation industry sustainability initiatives called Sustainable Aero Lab is launching in partnership with the Hamburg Aviation cluster network and ZAL Center of Applied Aero Research. It is currently seeking participants for its first cohort of startups, which will work with mentors that have served at companies such as Bombardier, Lufthansa, Ampaire and Facebook.

Satair and Honeywell Sign Airbus Components Contract
Satair and Honeywell Aerospace have signed a multi-year commercial agreement covering the exclusive worldwide distribution of mechanical and air thermal components for use on the Airbus A320/A330/A340/A380. The agreement also covers the A350 on a non-exclusive basis.

Satena Signs ATR Global Maintenance Agreement
ATR and Colombian airline Satena have signed a global maintenance agreement covering onsite stock, standard exchange, LRU repair and propeller blades. Satena says the agreement will ensure it has the right infrastructure in place to optimize its operations.

Qatar Airways Upgrading B787-8s with Thales AVANT IFE
Qatar Airways is enhancing its Boeing 787-8 fleet with an upgrade program developed by Thales to adapt its existing legacy inflight entertainment system (IFE) to incorporate new AVANT IFE screens and servers into the existing seats and aircraft infrastructure. The upgrade program includes delivery of full seat modification, hardware and all required certifications.

ST Engineering Launches New Antimicrobial Coating Solution
ST Engineering has launched an antimicrobial coating solution called Plasma ResoShield that uses fusion resonance technology to neutralize pathogens before they land on coated surfaces. It says Plasma ResoShield is non-corrosive, non-flammable, non-toxic and provides protection lasted up to a year upon application. The product, which ST Engineering says is the first solution of its kind to fully meet aviation requirements, has been tested and approved for use in aircraft cabin interiors under EASA design organization approval.

Bombardier Offering Free Smart Link Plus Installations
Bombardier has announced enhancements of its Smart Link Plus connected aircraft program, which allows operators of Challenger 300 and 350 aircraft to reserve an appointment for free installation of a Smart Link Plus box at a Bombardier Service Centre as early as mid-2021. The product enables customers to make real-time, data-driven decisions inflight to effectively dispatch, troubleshoot and track their aircraft service needs.

DC Aviation Launches New Wheel Shop in Stuttgart
DC Aviation has launched a new wheel shop at its Maintenance Center at Stuttgart airport in Germany. The shop will offer comprehensive services including repair and maintenance of main landing gear wheels and nose gear wheels on larger business jets, including the Bombardier Challenger 300/604/605/850 and Global 5000, Cessna Citation XLS and Gulfstream G650.