MRO News Briefs, March 7-13, 2021
LHT and MasAir Sign Component Support Agreement
Lufthansa Technik and Mexican carrier MasAir Cargo Airline have signed a comprehensive Total Component Support contract covering repair and overhaul of components for MasAir’s Boeing 767F fleet. The contract covers supply for up to 14 aircraft over a period of five years.
GracoRoberts Acquires Silmid
Aerospace specialty chemicals distributor GracoRoberts has entered into an agreement to acquire UK-based Silmid, which provides access to aerospace specialty chemicals through its ecommerce platform. GracoRoberts says the platform will offer new procurement opportunities and a simple, fast buying experience for its customers. The companies will continue to operate independently from their headquarters in Arlington, Texas and West Midlands, UK.
Vallair Plans New Chateauroux Facility
Vallair has signed a Letter of Intent for a new, purpose-built aircraft MRO and cargo conversion facility adjacent to its existing aerostructures repair and logistics facility in Chateauroux, France. It says the new 8,500 m2 (approximately 28,000 ft.2) facility will be able to accommodate four Airbus A321s or a combination of A330s and A321s. Vallair plans to create 200 jobs at the facility, which is scheduled for completion by summer 2021.
CSAT Signs Base Maintenance Agreement with Air Corsica
Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT) has signed a new base maintenance agreement with Air Corsica covering two Airbus A320 aircraft that will undergo overhauls in CSAT’s hangar at Vaclav Havel Airport Prague in the first quarter of 2021. The agreement includes the performance of complex scheduled base maintenance checks and repairs based on the manufacturer and operator guidelines.
Sabena Technics Expands Honeywell Partnership
Sabena Technics has expanded its partnership with Honeywell by extending the duration and scope of their component repair agreement on ATR 42 and 72 platforms through December 2030. Under the extended agreement, Sabena Technics will carry out repair and overhaul services and handle purchasing and inventory on a large amount of stock. It will also take on additional internal repair and overhaul capabilities in the coming months with the goal of reaching full scope on all of Honeywell’s products fitted on the ATR 42 and 72.
C&L Aviation Services Launches Apprenticeship Program
C&L Aviation Services is launching a three-year apprenticeship program that will provide paying jobs to apprentices while they receive on the job instruction to prepare for their FAA certification examination. C&L says applicants with previous experience and/or a military background may qualify for its accelerated one-year apprenticeship program. It plans to hire and start the first class of six in the April and an additional six in the fall at its Bangor, Maine MRO facility.
MRO Contract for Aerial Firefighting Provider
Aerial firefighting service Babcock Canada has chosen Antavia Ametek MRO to provide Viking Canadair CL-215/-415 landing gear maintenance services. Antavia says it has nearly 20 years of experience supporting the waterbomber aircraft and that the contract will expand the number of worldwide customers actively participating in aerial firefighting.
MHD-Rockland Signs MRO Contract with Goodrich Aerospace
Fixed-wing aircraft services supplier MHD-Rockland has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Collins Aerospace subsidiary Goodrich Aerospace, which manufactures flight control actuators and components for Bombardier CRJ 100/200 and Fokker F28/F70/F100 aircraft platforms. Under the agreement, MHD-Rockland will have the exclusive license to repair, overhaul and manufacture flight control actuator assemblies and their components from its new division MHD-Rockland Tech Ops in Burlington, Ontario.
Inter-Tec Opens New European Base
Aviation engineering and design specialist Inter-Tec Group has opened a new European base in Sligo, Ireland. The new business, Inter-Tec Aero Limited, secured EASA Part 21J Design Organization Approval in February and will become the principal site of business for Inter-Tec’s EASA approvals. According to Inter-Tec, the creation of the new company will provide continuity of EASA-approved design services to overseas customers in the new post-Brexit environment.
Wizz Air Becomes Aviatar Technical Logbook Launch Customer
Wizz Air has become the first customer of Aviatar’s Technical Logbook solution, which replaces manual entries into paper books with prefilled text blocks and automated input masks to capture technical issues of the aircraft during flight and on ground. Wizz Air will use Technical Logbook to replace manual and paper-based capture of technical issues for crews and maintenance. The airline says it will integrate the solution with its AMOS software to enhance its technical and operational performance.