MRO News Briefs May 23-June 12, 2021

GA Telesis Signs Engine Disassembly Agreement
GA Telesis has signed an agreement with ATSG subsidiary Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) to provide repair, disassembly and inventory management services for CF6-80A/A2 engines. GA Telesis’ Flight Solutions Group will induct the engines for disassembly starting this month, the removed material will be routed for repair via its approved MRO vendor base, and the used serviceable material will be made available to customers and to CAM for use on their engines.

Vietnam Airlines Extends StandardAero Engine Contract
Vietnam Airlines has awarded StandardAero a new contract to support the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M engines powering its fleet of ATR 72-500 regional turboprops. StandardAero will provide services to Vietnam Airlines from its OEM-authorized PW100 Designated Overhaul Facility in Gonesse, France, where it has supported the airline’s fleet since 2013.

TDA Secures Airbus A330s for Part-Out
TDA has secured consignment of its first Airbus A330s for part-out. The first of the two aircraft was disassembled by Ascent Aviation Services and TDA says it plans to harvest around 1,000+ parts from the second aircraft, which will become available at its Miami and Amsterdam warehouses.

Pratt & Whitney USM Agreement
Pratt & Whitney’s serviceable materials business unit, Pratt & Whitney CSA, has signed an agreement with Next Level Aviation for the of used serviceable material (USM) for aircraft engines. Next Level aviation will support and supply both companies’ global customer base for their used serviceable engine accessory requirements, while Pratt will consign USM to Next Level Aviation to meet customer requirements.

Flair Airlines Picks EPCOR for APU Maintenance
Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier Flair Airlines has signed an APU maintenance agreement with AFI KLM E&M subsidiary EPCOR for its fleet of Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The contract covers repair and maintenance of the Honeywell GTCP131-9B APU.

Xfly Launches Stockholm Line Maintenance Station
Xfly, an Estonian capacity provider for European commercial airlines, has opened a line maintenance station at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. It will primarily use the station to maintain its own fleet of ATR72, Bombardier CRJ900 and Embraer E195 aircraft, but it plans to offer line maintenance services from the facility to other airlines in the future.

PW206B2 Overhaul Pricing
Dallas Airmotive introduced a pricing cap program for Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B2 overhauls. These engines power Airbus Helicopters H135s.

HAECO Americas Work Scheduling
HAECO Americas introduced a standard Monday-Friday 40-hr. work schedule that is designed to allow employees to have weekends off and be more family friendly. In some areas, it will off a four day, 10-hr. work option.

Military MRO Approval
RUAG received source approval request (SAR) approval from the U.S. government to maintain and repair J85-GE21 engines, which power F-5 fighter aircraft. SAR approval allows suppliers to perform work for the Department of Defense.

Connected Aircraft Partnership
Avionica and SmartSky Networks, which is launching later this year, formed a partnership to bring Avionica’s onboard data collection technology together with SmartSky’s new high bandwidth connectivity to and from the aircraft. The partnership intends to improve aircraft data gathering and sharing.

Epcor, Flair Airlines Pen APU Agreement
Epcor, a subsidiary of AFI KLM E&M, will provide Canadian low-cost carrier Flair Airlines with auxiliary power unit repairs on its Boeing 737 fleet. The contract covers the repair and maintenance of the Honeywell GTCP131-9B APU model. Flair currently operates three 737-800s, but plans to add 13 737 Max aircraft to its fleet from this year.

TDA Takes First Airbus Widebody
TDA has secured a consignment of two Airbus A330 aircraft for part-out - the first A330 project in its history. The disassembly of one of the aircraft, an ex-Cathay Pacific aircraft manufactured in 1995, was recently completed by Ascent Aviation Services in Marana, Arizona. The second, also an ex-Cathay aircraft but built in 1998, is due to undergo teardown shortly. Once complete, TDA says it’ll have more than 1000 parts from the widebody.

Cobham Gains 737 Fuel Tank Inserting System Customer
Cobham Mission Systems secured a fifth U.S. airline customer for its air separation modules, which will be used in the operator’s Boeing 737s to prevent build-up of explosive conditions in fuel tanks. Cobham has delivered 885 Boeing 737 air separation modules since 2015.

CASA Part 66 License Deadline
The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority plans to make changes to the CASA Basic exams for the Part 66 license on July 1. The existing exam and schedule of experience self-study pathway will be replaced by a new Part 66 pathway to qualify for an aircraft engineer license, so for those people studying for the license now and want to obtain the license under the current requirements, all documents must be submitted by June 30.

ACIA Aero Acquires Two ERJ145s
ACIA Aero Leasing purchased two Embraer ERJ145s from Jetcraft Commercial. The aircraft sourced from HOP! Air France will be ferried to Johannesburg, South Africa and Toulouse, France for pre-delivery maintenance before entering service with ACIA Aero’s airline customers.

Barfield to Support GlobalX A320 Family Fleet
Barfield has signed an agreement to become a power by the hour (PBH) repair and pool support center for Global Crossing Airlines Group, which will be operating as GlobalX upon finalization of FAA and DOT approvals. Under the agreement, Barfield will support the airline’s Airbus A320/A321 fleet.

KlasJet Selects Atitech for B737 Checks
Italian MRO Atitech has been selected by European charter carrier KlasJet to perform 12-month and 24-month checks on a Boeing 737-500 and to conduct a modification to its ice and rain protection system.

MTU Maintenance Extends CF34 Support Agreement
MTU Maintenance has signed an eight-year GE Branded Service Agreement extension for CF34 engines with GE Aviation. The extension enables it to continue serving as an authorized service provider through 2030 for CF34-3/-8C/-8E/10E engines and perform OEM maintenance, overhaul workscoping, component repairs and comprehensive materials support.

PAG Acquires Keystone Turbine Services
Precision Aviation Group (PAG) has acquired Keystone Turbine Services, which specializes in providing OEM-approved MRO services for operators of Rolls-Royce M250 series of gas turbine engines and related Honeywell and Triumph accessories, plus components, spare parts and field service support. The acquisition increases PAG’s repair stations to 12 worldwide and expands its capabilities into the M250 engine.

Skyways Technics Expanding Asia-Pacific MRO Hub
Skyways Technics Group and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), under which Skyways Technics will expand its component repair hub at Subang Airport with what it calls “full-fledged end to end MRO facilities.” The facilities will include a line and base maintenance airframe MRO hangar, component repair workshops, a parts distribution center and AOG services.

BAA Training Establishes MRO Subsidiary
BAA Training has established an MRO at Lleida-Alguaire International Airport in Spain called Avia Repair Co. It will provide MRO services to BAA training for its fleet of 22 aircraft and other corporate clients upon receiving certification. Avia Repair Co is looking for qualified engineers and mechanics, with plans to recruit at least 10 employees in 2021.

Collins Extends Air China Support Deal
Collins Aerospace has signed a 10-year contract with Ameco and Air China to expand its power by the hour program supporting the airline’s fleet. Under contract, Collins will support avionics, sensors and fire protection equipment onboard Air China’s fleet, as well as provide OEM-quality repairs, parts and upgrades.

LOTAMS Plans New Widebody Hangar
LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services (LOTAMS) is planning to construct a new widebody hangar in Jasionka, Poland starting in the first quarter of 2022. The facility, which is expecting to begin service in mid-2023, will provide base maintenance services for widebodies such as the Boeing 787.

Bombardier Enhances AOG Parts Capabilities
Bombardier has announced a collaboration with Sterling Global Aviation Logistics to enhance worldwide dispatch of parts for its customers. Under the collaboration, Bombardier will have access to a network of aircraft across five continents, which will be used to deliver parts to customers quickly in AOG situations. It says the enhanced parts delivery capability complements its rapidly growing customer service network, which is expanding by more than 50%.

SriLankan Maintenance Cooperations
SriLankan Airlines announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Boeing to explore airframe maintenance, component maintenance, training and other strategic opportunities. Earlier this month, its maintenance arm, SriLankan Engineering, partnered with Avensis Aviation to provide MRO services for Airbus A320 and A330 passenger to freighter conversions.