MRO News Briefs, Oct. 11-17, 2020

AMTES Increases Wheel and Brake MRO Capacities
Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Service GmbH (AMTES) has announced that it will increase capacity for wheels and brakes repair and overhaul at Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany. It will add new types of wheels for Airbus A330 and Boeing 757/767/777 aircraft to its capability list along with what it calls a new improved setup of logistics services.

Signature TECHNICAir Becomes Textron Aviation Authorized Service Facility
Signature TECHNICAir has been named as a Textron Aviation Authorized Service Facility for Cessna Citation and Hawker maintenance in the United Kingdom. It will provide line and heavy maintenance services, avionics upgrades, aircraft modifications and mobile AOG support throughout the UK and mainland Europe from its facilities at Bournemouth Airport, London-Luton, London-Biggin Hill, Farnborough and Manchester.

321 Precision Conversions Nears Certification of A321 Converted Freighter
321 Precision Conversions has completed its first post-conversion maintenance test flight of its Airbus A321-200PCF freighter. According to the company, a joint venture between Air Transport Services Group and Precision Aircraft Solutions, all primary and secondary systems functioned as designed and it looks forward to “a brisk progression to full certification.”

MEKCO Group to Install Airfi IFEC for Eastern Airlines
Miami-based repair facility MEKCO Group has been named as the North/South American distributor for Airfi’s IFEC system and will operate as AirFi America. Its launch customer is Eastern Airlines and it will install the Airfi system in the airline’s entire fleet of Boeing 767s and 777s.

EngineStands24 Adds Widebody Engine Stands to Portfolio
Magnetic MRO subsidiary EngineStands24 has entered the widebody market with its recent purchase of PW4000-94 engine stands for Boeing 747 and 767 aircraft, manufactured by AGSE, and Trent 700 engine stands for Airbus A330 aircraft, manufactured by Hydro Systems KG. According to EngineStands24, its expansion of the stands pool was spurred by an increase in demand due to widebodies being converted for cargo operations. The stands are being delivered to EngineStands24’s hub in Amsterdam and can be leased to any worldwide location.

TAT Piedmont Aviation Signs APU MRO Agreement with Honeywell
Component repair provider TAT Piedmont Aviation has entered into a 10-year agreement with Honeywell to support global MRO activities for the GTCP331-200/250 auxiliary power unit. The agreement transitions Honeywell’s 331 APU MRO activities to Piedmont, which will provide enhanced support to Honeywell customers and operators using relevant fleets.

STS Mod Center Begins Major Wi-Fi Installation Project
STS Mod Center has kicked off a major aircraft connectivity project in Melbourne, Florida during which it will install Thales Wi-Fi systems on more than 100 commercial aircraft over the next 12 months. According to STS Mod Center, the target turnaround time for each aircraft Wi-Fi installation package will be 3-6 days for narrowbodies and 4-6 days for widebodies.

eCube to Recycle Final British Airways B747
eCube Solutions will recycle the final British Airways Boeing 747, which recently landed at Bro Tathan airfield. The disassembled aircraft will be utilized for spares and eCube managing director Peter Dunsford says it is “highly recyclable and will be continue to be utilized in many different ways for many, any years to come.”

WizzAir to Install New Seats with Recycled Leather Upholstery
Wizz Air has entered into a partnership with ELeather to dress 32,000 seats across 146 new Airbus aircraft in sustainable, high-performance materials. The new Recaro lightweight seats with recycled leather upholstery will be installed in 2021. According to ELeather, its materials are lightweight, durable and easy to maintain.

JSSI Offering Virtual Courses on Aircraft Inspection and Appraisal Processes
JSSI Advisory Services has joined forces with the American Society of Appraisers to offer an online continuing education initiative for aircraft appraisers, lenders, insurers and maintenance professionals. Tailored to the needs of professionals involved in the aircraft inspection and appraisal process, the four-part virtual series will open with a detailed review of gas turbine engines and inspection thresholds, including requirements for continued airworthiness. The first course takes place on Oct. 27 with subsequent courses scheduled in November and December.