MRO News Briefs, May 15-21, 2022

FEAM Gets FAA Part 145 Approval at CVG
FEAM has been awarded FAA Part 145 repair station approval at its base maintenance facility at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. FEAM has operated a maintenance facility at CVG since the beginning of 2020 and announced plans in March to double its capacity there with a second $40.2 million hangar.

Egyptair Orders AEI B737 Freighter Conversion
Egyptair has signed a contract with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. for its B737-800SF freighter conversion. The aircraft is scheduled to begin modification in October, with touch labor for the conversion and maintenance requirements performed by Commercial Jet, an authorized AEI Conversion Center in Miami.

CFM56 USM Consignment Agreement
Aftermarket supplier Next Level Aviation has signed a multi-year used serviceable material consignment agreement with Aero Engine Solutions (AES) covering CFM56 family engine accessories. Under the agreement, AES will consign engine accessories off its CFM56 teardowns to Next Level Aviation, which will handle repair management for the consigned inventory.

Alaska, Hawaiian Airlines Extend Boeing Digital Tool Usage
Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have extended agreements with Boeing to use its digital Maintenance Performance Toolbox product to manage maintenance information for their entire aircraft and engine fleets. Boeing says a growing number of airlines have deployed the full-fleet capabilities of the product for maintenance of both Boeing and non-Boeing aircraft.

Ryanair Maintenance Agreement with STS Aviation Group
Ryanair has announced a new winter maintenance agreement with STS Aviation Group, under which it will undertake two lines of heavy maintenance at STS’s MRO facility in Birmingham. The airline says the agreement will help ensure maintenance flexibility as it grows its fleet to over 600 aircraft in the coming years.

Italian MROs Pick Rusada Software
Italian line maintenance specialist EU Wings and CAMO and engineering services provider AliPlan have signed up to use Rusada’s Envision software for their airworthiness and maintenance. Rusada’s European team is beginning work on the implementation project and plans to go live with the software at both companies later this year.

Horizon Air Technicians Ratify New Contract
Horizon Air aircraft technicians have ratified a new two-year contract that includes increases to the wage scale, retroactive pay to January 2022 and other compensation increases. The contract was approved by 91% of the employees who voted on it.

Syphax Airlines Signs Onto Envision
Tunisian carrier Syphax Airlines has signed up for Rusada’s Envision software for airworthiness, RO and flight operations. The airline selected seven of the software’s modules, including Fleet Management, Line Maintenance, Inventory Management and Vlight Operations

Lufthansa Technik Sees Special Aircraft Services Boom
Lufthansa Technik has reported that demand it saw during the pandemic for VIP, government and business aircraft technical support has remained high and its “current order situation is one of the best in the company’s history.” It says it has added staff and adjusted structures and processes to meet high demand.

Carolina GSE Rebrands to Pilot John International
Carolina GSE has rebranded to Pilot John International. It plans to continue growing its new and existing relationships with OEMs, as well as its used parts business. It has also launched a new e-commerce platform for ground support equipment, tooling, test equipment, consumables and aircraft parts.