BRINKLEY PROPELLER SERVICES APPOINTED BY HARTZELL AS RECOMMENDED SERVICE FACILITY
27/03/2018

Hartzell Propeller Inc. named Brinkley Propeller Services, one of Europe’s leading propeller repair and overhaul operations, as its newest Recommended Service Facility in the United Kingdom. Based 40 miles north of Central London in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, Brinkley’s modern 14,250 sq. foot campus was designed for quality, efficiency and meeting on time delivery schedules. “As a […]

Hartzell Propeller Inc. named Brinkley Propeller Services, one of Europe’s leading propeller repair and overhaul operations, as its newest Recommended Service Facility in the United Kingdom. Based 40 miles north of Central London in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, Brinkley’s modern 14,250 sq. foot campus was designed for quality, efficiency and meeting on time delivery schedules.
“As a Hartzell Recommended Service Facility we are heavily invested in tooling, equipment and training. In addition we are audited on a regular basis by EASA, other international airworthiness authorities, and by Hartzell, so our customers can rest assured their propeller maintenance is being conducted to the highest standards possible,” said Brinkley Propeller Services Director Darren Carter.”Our technicians regularly attend Hartzell training to ensure that they are up to date with all product and technical improvements. They have many years of experience in the overhaul of both piston and turbine engine propellers,” he added.
“We are pleased to have Brinkley Propeller Services as part of our worldwide support team at Hartzell Propeller,” said company President Joe Brown. “Brinkley is known for its excellent service and customer focus, which is very important to our family of customers.”
Over the past 10 years Brinkley has expanded its facilities and capabilities to include an approved Non-Destructive Testing division that supports aviation, motorsport, marine and space and satellite companies.
The addition of Brinkley Propeller Services as Hartzell Propeller’s 27th Recommended Service Facility embodies the company’s commitment to grow facilities around the globe capable of meeting rigorous standards for customer service. In many cases, Hartzell Propeller requirements significantly exceed those of the governing airworthiness authorities.
The company encourages customers to use a Hartzell Recommended Service Facility for propeller repairs and overhauls. As a member of the network, Brinkley provides the highest-quality propeller overhaul and repair work available, reflecting Hartzell’s customer commitment to quality and performance.
It joins a network of Hartzell Recommended Service Facilities located throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This group of affiliated facilities, with factory trained technicians and state of the art equipment, ensures that owners and operators of Hartzell propellers are only a short flight or drive away from the best Hartzell recommended propeller service in the industry.
To achieve Hartzell’s Recommended Service Facility designation, Brinkley met a number of stringent requirements, including on-site quality systems and process audits and use of factory trained and highly qualified propeller experts. In addition, the new Recommended Service Facility is required to maintain Hartzell-approved specialized propeller tools and equipment along with meeting the company’s special process approvals on an ongoing basis.
Beginning its second century, Hartzell Propeller is the global leader in advanced technology aircraft propeller design and manufacturing for business, commercial and government customers. The company designs next generation propellers with innovative “blended airfoil” technology and manufactures them with revolutionary machining centers, robotics and custom resin transfer molding curing stations.
With ASC-II™ composite technology, Hartzell delivers optimal performance, strength and durability with carbon fiber blades. Hartzell Propeller and its sister company, Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, form the general aviation business unit of Tailwind Technologies Inc.

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SMARTSKY INTRODUCES FIRST 4G LTE-BASED CONNECTIVITY FOR LIGHT-JET AND TURBOPROP
27/03/2018

It’s easy for light aircraft operators to feel like all the inflight connectivity focus is on larger-cabin, longer-range jets. Anyone in the industry can tell you, however, that operators of turboprops and light jets have always been vital to business aviation – and that their impact is poised to grow. Today’s announcement of the new […]

It’s easy for light aircraft operators to feel like all the inflight connectivity focus is on larger-cabin, longer-range jets. Anyone in the industry can tell you, however, that operators of turboprops and light jets have always been vital to business aviation – and that their impact is poised to grow. Today’s announcement of the new SmartSky LiTE™ system propels that movement, delivering the power of 4G LTE connectivity to this market for the first time.
“The legacy inflight connectivity providers have forced light-jet and turboprop owners to endure extremely slow inflight internet for far too long,” says SmartSky Networks President Ryan Stone. “We will change that with SmartSky LiTE™, the only streaming-capable 4G LTE-based system tailored specifically for aircraft up to 19,000 pounds max takeoff weight (MTOW). SmartSky LiTE™ makes flying safer, more comfortable and more efficient, while delivering an office-in-the-sky experience to this previously underserved, yet significant, market.”
Turboprop and light-jet operators will have full access to blazing-fast internet throughout the aircraft, providing connectivity for both the flight deck and aircraft systems, as well as in the cabin. Only SmartSky LiTE™ operates with low latency which is crucial for real-time video streaming, voice conversations and messaging applications – and for which there are also no incremental charges from SmartSky (although provider charges may apply).
SmartSky LiTE™ is designed to appeal to pilot owner-operators as well as charter and fractional companies who want fast inflight Wi-Fi in both cockpit and cabin. SmartSky LiTE™ customers will also be able to access Skytelligence™-powered applications from other providers such as those designed to optimize fuel management, maximize flight planning efficiencies, monitor weather or access dynamically optimized re-routing recommendations.
“The pilot will now have the connectivity to see weather in high-definition and optimally adjust the flight plan, in real time, while the family streams the latest movie, surfs the web or video chats,” says Stone.
Pricing has been designed for this value-driven market. By making a $1,000 deposit, initial customers will be signed up for an affordable monthly subscription that allows them to pay for actual usage, while still allowing unlimited access to data. To celebrate the launch of SmartSky LiTE™, SmartSky is offering a special introductory rate of $75 per connected hour. The airborne hardware is projected to cost less than $50,000, and up to six onboard devices will be able to access the internet at the same time.
“Business demands real connectivity,” says Stone. “SmartSky LiTE™ adds to an aircraft’s resale value. Consistent, reliable, fast Wi-Fi isn’t just a good thing to have, it’s table stakes.”
The SmartSky LiTE™ system will operate over the same patented, tested, certified and secure SmartSky 4G LTE-based network currently being launched nationwide later this year. Through its partners, SmartSky plans to secure supplemental type certificates (STCs) for popular light jets and turboprops, and expects SmartSky LiTE™ to be commercially available for installation in early 2019.
“I applaud the effort of SmartSky Networks to extend better inflight connectivity to turboprops and light jets,” says Rollie Vincent, Rolland Vincent Associates. “Our industry welcomes innovations, such as the SmartSky LiTE™ solution, that make hardworking aircraft even more efficient ¬and capable of facilitating business just as if you were on the ground. This is a well-received development, and much needed, to bring the productivity solutions we have come to expect on the ground to this vital segment of the business and general aviation market.”

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UASC TOOL FOR INSIGHT® DISPLAY SYSTEM NOW AVAILABLE
26/03/2018

Universal Avionics has released the External Configuration Editor (ECE) for the InSight Display System. The new web-based configuration tool makes the pre-design and system configuration process simple and intuitive. AEA2018 attendees have the opportunity to view and navigate through the ECE with a Universal Avionics expert during the show in booth number 411. “We are […]

Universal Avionics has released the External Configuration Editor (ECE) for the InSight Display System. The new web-based configuration tool makes the pre-design and system configuration process simple and intuitive. AEA2018 attendees have the opportunity to view and navigate through the ECE with a Universal Avionics expert during the show in booth number 411.
“We are excited to bring this advanced configuration tool to the industry in support of our new InSight product,” said Grady Dees, Universal Avionics Director of Technical Sales. “It will save the installer tremendous time, reducing their workload,” he added. “There are many advanced capabilities of the ECE to allow installers to work efficiently with a high degree of confidence.”
Features
As a cloud-based application, the ECE provides installers the ability to design the configuration from the convenience of a personal computer and share configurations across their organization. Built-in collaboration tools help to streamline workflow among installers.
• Copy/edit existing configurations
• Import configuration data
• Share saved configurations with others in your organization
• Ensure your work is safe with innovative ‘Snapshot’ feature’s built-in redundancy
• Change log to restore previous ‘Snapshot’ configurations
• Export configurations to load into the aircraft system via serial bus
• Import configurations back into the ECE from aircraft (2-way update process)
Access
Authorized Dealers and Integrators can access the ECE by logging in through Universal’s UniNet Online Service Center at uasc.com/UniNet. The ECE Dashboard page is available under the Dealer Resource Center.

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MAINTENANCE COMPANY EME AERO ACQUIRES BUILDING SITE IN JASIONKA IN POLAND
26/03/2018

Starting in May 2018, one of the most advanced maintenance facilities in the aerospace industry will be erected in Jasionka (province of Subcarpathia) in the south-east of Poland. EME Aero (Engine Maintenance Europe), a joint venture of Lufthansa Technik AG and MTU Aero Engines AG, has officially acquired the building site for the planned maintenance […]

Starting in May 2018, one of the most advanced maintenance facilities in the aerospace industry will be erected in Jasionka (province of Subcarpathia) in the south-east of Poland. EME Aero (Engine Maintenance Europe), a joint venture of Lufthansa Technik AG and MTU Aero Engines AG, has officially acquired the building site for the planned maintenance shop in Poland’s Aviation Valley near Rzeszów airport today. The two parties to the joint venture will invest a total amount of around 150 million euros in the region by 2020.
EME Aero sp. z o.o. will have a workforce of around 800 employees in the future and is slated to be up and running in 2020. The planned annual capacity is over 400 shop visits of PW1000G-series geared turbofan engines, which power the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft and other airliners. Says Derrick Siebert, EME Aero CEO: “Today, we have made a big step forward in our project of providing maintenance for an entirely new generation of commercial engines in Europe. We are very pleased. All the more so as the location in Jasionka in Poland’s Aviation Valley offers us the optimum infrastructure for our new MRO company.” And Uwe Zachau, EME Aero COO, adds: “The acquisition of the land marks a key milestone for us. Now we can press ahead at full speed with the construction of the new joint shop.”
MTU Aero Engines has already gained very positive experience with setting up a company in Poland. MTU Aero Engines Polska, a subsidiary of MTU Aero Engines, opened shop in 2009 – quite close to the place where the new shop will go up. In 2013, work on an expansion of the Rzeszów facility commenced. MTU’s Polish sub-sidiary carries out development and production activities and is responsible for the assembly of the low-pressure turbine for PW1000G-series engines, a capability it added to its portfolio in early 2015.
For Lufthansa Technik, the new JV is the second big move in stepping up its activi-ties in Poland: In September 2017, the foundation stone was laid in Sroda Slaska for its joint venture company with engine manufacturer GE Aviation that will overhaul GEnx-2B engines and, later on, GE9X engines. Lufthansa Technik also has many years of experience maintaining Pratt & Whitney engines. In July 2016, Lufthansa Technik became a member of the MRO network for the U.S. engine maker’s geared turbofan (GTF). The network offers the full range of MRO services for PW1000G engines. This additional business has no impact on the workload at Lufthansa Technik’s existing facilities.
Lufthansa Technik and MTU have been partnering in a 50-50 joint venture in Malaysia since 2003. Airfoil Services Sdn. Bhd. (ASSB) near Kuala Lumpur specializes in the repair of low-pressure turbine and high-pressure compressor airfoils.

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GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE EXTENDS SUCCESSFUL STUDENT PROGRAM TO DALLAS-FORT WORTH
26/03/2018

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced it is extending its Student Leadership Program to Dallas-Fort Worth, home of the company’s mid-cabin completions facility and a service center. The multicity student program leverages community and business partnerships to introduce high school students to careers in aviation, manufacturing, science, technology, engineering and math. More than 300 local students […]

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced it is extending its Student Leadership Program to Dallas-Fort Worth, home of the company’s mid-cabin completions facility and a service center. The multicity student program leverages community and business partnerships to introduce high school students to careers in aviation, manufacturing, science, technology, engineering and math.
More than 300 local students each year are expected to attend and benefit from the program, which will include a curriculum focused on developing work readiness, instilling leadership skills, providing in-depth information related to career pathways in aviation and other STEM-related fields, and providing hands-on tours of Gulfstream Dallas and the Frontiers of Flight Museum.
“We hope students participating in the program will learn more about the opportunities that exist for them, whether it’s building or maintaining the next generation of aircraft or developing the next breakthrough technology,” said Robby Harless, vice president and general manager, Gulfstream Dallas. “We are grateful for the support from the community and our partners — the Dallas Independent School District, the State Fair of Texas and the Frontiers of Flight Museum — for making this program a reality for the Dallas area.”
Launched in Savannah in 2008, the Student Leadership Program is designed to equip students with tangible skills to explore options beyond the classroom. Since its inception, more than 1,000 students have participated in the program, and more than four dozen businesses and community partners provide support. In addition to Savannah and Dallas, the program is offered in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Brunswick, Georgia.
To learn more about the program, visit: www.discoverslp.com.

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EURO JET DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS TO SPEAK AT IOC
26/03/2018

Next week, Euro Jet’s Director of Operations, Paul Lourenco will be speaking at the NBAA’s International Operators Conference. Paul will speak on Tuesday, March 27 as a panelist during the Session entitled: Russia, China, and the Stans. The session is hosted and organized by Phil Linebaugh of the Houston based company International Trip Planning Services. […]

Next week, Euro Jet’s Director of Operations, Paul Lourenco will be speaking at the NBAA’s International Operators Conference. Paul will speak on Tuesday, March 27 as a panelist during the Session entitled: Russia, China, and the Stans. The session is hosted and organized by Phil Linebaugh of the Houston based company International Trip Planning Services.
The first part of Paul’s presentation will focus on Kazakhstan, the largest country in the “Stan region” and then he will spend the second part discussing Russia and important things to know and prepare for regarding the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Our esteemed Key Account Manager Attila Papai will also be attending the Conference.
From all of us at Euro Jet, we wish Paul good luck and we thank Phil and his team at International Trip Planning Services for this opportunity.

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SSAMC INAUGURATES NEW MRO FACILITY, ADDS LEAP CAPABILITY
23/03/2018

Sichuan Services Aero Engine Maintenance Company (SSAMC), the joint venture between Air China and CFM International (CFM), has inaugurated a new 43,880 -square meter facility, expanding its maintenance, repair, and overhaul capability for CFM56 and LEAP engines to 300 engines per year. “The expanded capacity of the new facility will further enhance SSAMC’s capability to […]

Sichuan Services Aero Engine Maintenance Company (SSAMC), the joint venture between Air China and CFM International (CFM), has inaugurated a new 43,880 -square meter facility, expanding its maintenance, repair, and overhaul capability for CFM56 and LEAP engines to 300 engines per year.
“The expanded capacity of the new facility will further enhance SSAMC’s capability to provide world-class MRO services to customers from China and around the world,” said Chai, Weixi, senior vice president of Air China and chairman of the board of SSAMC.
The brand-new facility, located in the Chengdu Free Trade Zone, benefits from the latest standards in terms of equipment and lay out, is the largest CFM engine maintenance facility in Asia.
“I am honored to be part of this celebration,” said Olivier Andriès, CEO of CFM parent company Safran Aircraft Engines.  “SSAMC has grown to be a highly valuable asset for our partner, Air China, and for Safran Aircraft Engines, as we support our CFM customers in Asia and around the world.  The quality of the work and turnaround times this facility has achieved prepares it well for future LEAP MRO capability as this engine continues the fastest fleet ramp-up in aviation history,”
SSAMC was officially established as a 60/40 joint venture between Air China and CFM in 2010.  Since then, the company has serviced more than 1,000 CFM56-3, CFM56-5B, and CFM56-7 engines for more than 40 customers throughout China and Asia.  SSAMC successfully combines Air China’s extensive expertise with that of CFM to create a truly world-class maintenance facility that has been certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, and the European Aviation Safety Agency.

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RUAG REPORTS GROWTH IN SALES AND ORDER BACKLOG BUT LOWER PROFIT
23/03/2018

With net sales of CHF 1,955 million (previous year: CHF 1,858 million), RUAG once again topped its record prior-year performance – this time by 5.2%. However, the international technology group was unable to uphold last year’s record result. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) fell to CHF 119 million (CHF 151 million) and net profit […]

With net sales of CHF 1,955 million (previous year: CHF 1,858 million), RUAG once again topped its record prior-year performance – this time by 5.2%. However, the international technology group was unable to uphold last year’s record result. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) fell to CHF 119 million (CHF 151 million) and net profit to CHF 89 million (CHF 116 million). The order backlog at the end of 2017 was a high CHF 1,607 million (CHF 1,556 million). RUAG is proposing that a dividend of CHF 40 million (CHF 47 million) be paid to the Swiss Confederation.
Founded 20 years ago, RUAG has been successfully transformed from a domestically oriented armaments company to an international technology group. In 2017 around 56% (57%) of RUAG’s contracts were in the civilian sector, and 62% (63%) of its net sales came from outside Switzerland. Overall, the Group generated net sales of CHF 1,955 million, representing an increase of CHF 97 million or 5.2%. Alongside organic growth, international acquisitions such as Clearswift also contributed to this further increase. EBIT and net profit declined by CHF 32 million and CHF 27 million respectively. All divisions except for the Defence Division returned a profit. The order backlog rose overall to CHF 1,607 million (CHF 1,556 million) while new orders declined to CHF 1,961 million (CHF 2,036 million). Both numbers indicate once again that there is a sound basis for the further development of the business.
At the Annual Press Conference, RUAG Group CEO Urs Breitmeier had the following to say: “It is gratifying that growth has remained strong. However, profitability decreased because of a number of isolated events. These relate in particular to restructuring in the Land Systems area, to a reassessment of costs and earnings in various projects in the Defence Division, to the delayed delivery of aerostructure components by subcontractors and to a decline in sales of ammunition for sporting marksmen and -women in the USA. Appropriate action has been initiated in all areas and corrective measures taken.” The result was additionally impacted by planned set-up costs at the new production facilities in the USA and Hungary.
RUAG is facing new challenges: according to a resolution passed by the Swiss Federal Council on 21 March 2018, RUAG is to be split into two autonomous group companies. One of these companies (working title: RUAG Switzerland) will concentrate on performing services for the Swiss armed forces. All other business activities (services in the civil sector and in the international defence market) will be amalgamated in a second group company (working title: RUAG International). RUAG will retain its growth strategy focusing on Space, Aerostructures and Cyber Security. However, thought will be given to a further shift of emphasis towards digitalization and to giving the Group the same ground rules as its competitors. The Board of Directors will examine various options for the future development of “RUAG Switzerland” and “RUAG International” which will then be submitted to the Federal Council.

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ROLLS-ROYCE BREAKS GROUND ON NEW TESTBED
23/03/2018

Rolls-Royce welcomed Business Secretary, Greg Clark to Derby to celebrate the start of work on its new testbed facility. The plans for the testbed were announced in June 2017 as part of a wider £150m investment in UK aerospace facilities. The new testbed, which is expected to be commissioned in 2020, will support Rolls-Royce’s ongoing […]

Rolls-Royce welcomed Business Secretary, Greg Clark to Derby to celebrate the start of work on its new testbed facility. The plans for the testbed were announced in June 2017 as part of a wider £150m investment in UK aerospace facilities.
The new testbed, which is expected to be commissioned in 2020, will support Rolls-Royce’s ongoing industrial transformation and will provide important additional capacity as the civil aerospace business continues to ramp-up engine production and deliver on a record order book.
Capable of testing a range of today’s engines, including the Trent XWB and the Trent 1000, the facility will also serve as a base for testing UltraFan®, Rolls-Royce’s engine for the next generation of aircraft.
The new testbed, which will be the largest indoor facility of its type in the world, will harness the latest digital technology to set conditions and obtain evidence from a wide variety of test activities, such as water ingestion and endurance testing. It will also benefit from the latest advancements in test equipment including new x-ray capabilities.
The testbed itself will have an internal area of 7,500m2, making it larger than a Premiership football pitch, and will be surrounded by two concrete walls which measure up to 1.7m thick.
The decision to invest in Derby, the home of Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace division, was underpinned by a constructive dialogue with senior union representatives in the UK and will help to sustain more than 7,000 Rolls-Royce jobs across the East Midlands.
Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “We are proud to welcome the Secretary of State to Derby to celebrate this important milestone with us. It comes at a pivotal moment for our civil aerospace business as we ramp up production to record levels and look forward to completing a hat-trick of new engine launches, with the Trent 7000 set to enter service later this year. This new facility will not only give us the capacity and flexibility to deliver on our growth plans but also sustains employment across the region.”
Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The ground-breaking of this new testbed facility is a reminder of Rolls-Royce’s commitment to Derby and the UK, and signifies the next chapter in Rolls-Royce’s proud history. The highly talented workforce in Derby will spearhead Rolls-Royce’s ambition to increase engine production to record levels and ensure the UK remains at the pinnacle of engineering and aerospace excellence. This revolutionary facility is exactly the type of investment our modern Industrial Strategy will continue to attract.”
Rolls-Royce currently employs around 22,300 people in the UK, across a range of skilled jobs, including more than 600 apprentices, and, through it supply chain, supports more than 40,000 jobs across the East Midlands region.
In addition to the Trent XWB engine, which powers the Airbus A350 and is the world’s fastest selling widebody engine ever, Rolls-Royce assembles the Trent 700, Trent 900 and Trent 1000 engines in Derby, powering the Airbus A330, Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner respectively.
Derby has also been home to the design and development of a hat-trick of new engines: the Trent 1000 TEN which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family and entered service in November 2017; the Trent XWB-97, which powers the Airbus A350-1000 and entered service in February; and the Trent 7000 which will power the Airbus A330neo when it enters service later this year.
The new testbed supports the IntelligentEngine vision recently outlined by Rolls-Royce by bringing together the latest in digital and physical testing technology to ensure Rolls-Royce is best placed to deliver passengers more reliably and more efficiently than ever before. In addition to designing, testing, and maintaining engines in the digital realm, the IntelligentEngine vision sets out a future where an engine will be increasingly connected, contextually aware and comprehending, starting from its time on the testbed.
Rolls-Royce today also welcomed the UK Government’s announcement of support for research projects that will help Rolls-Royce and its partners develop more efficient, technologically sophisticated aircraft engines such as the new UltraFan®. Rolls-Royce will also be investing more than £34m in these new technologies, which include developing advanced control systems for the engine.

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LUFTHANSA TECHNIK CONTINUES TO GROW IN ASIA PACIFIC
23/03/2018

With the recently announced financial results for the Lufthansa Technik AG in 2017, the Group is on solid course to further expand its MRO services and offerings around the world. Its revenue in the Asia Pacific region has grown steadily in 2017 to 601 million euros. Lufthansa Technik and its subsidiaries have made large scale […]

With the recently announced financial results for the Lufthansa Technik AG in 2017, the Group is on solid course to further expand its MRO services and offerings around the world. Its revenue in the Asia Pacific region has grown steadily in 2017 to 601 million euros. Lufthansa Technik and its subsidiaries have made large scale investments throughout the region, including the latest office relocation in Hong Kong, increase of regional material availability, and MRO capability expansion in Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen.
“We are very pleased with the company’s development. In the past year, we have been focusing a lot on customer service, training our employees, and thinking of innovative solutions to help customers save time and money in aircraft maintenance. This has resulted in a high customer retention rate and positive business results”, comments Gerald Steinhoff, Vice President for Corporate Sales in Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Technik.
To accommodate the growth, the regional headquarters for the component division doubled its size by moving into a larger office space this year, together with other Lufthansa Technik colleagues and Lufthansa Group airlines, emphasizing the joint power.
Since the founding of Lufthansa Technik Component Services Asia Pacific in Hong Kong in 2016, more functions have been established in order to focus on serving the needs of individual customers in the region from the region. By now, the majority of components for the Asian customers are being supplied from the regional warehouses. The company continues to grow its headcount in the next years.
“With our customer needs positioned at the core of our business, we are shaping our services and performance to suit their requirements. Creating excellent customer experience has been the driving force for the regionalization of our teams in APAC,” says Burkhard Pfefferle-Tolkiehn, Vice President Component Services at Lufthansa Technik.
Besides Hong Kong, the component division has also invested heavily in developing the capability portfolio at Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen. A recent achievement is the capability build-up for Boeing 777’s main landing gear steering actuator, for which the Chinese facility is one of the very few MRO providers in APAC with such a capability. The shop load events at Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen have doubled for two consecutive years.

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AIRBUS HELICOPTERS STRENGTHENS POSITION AS UK MARKET LEADER
23/03/2018

Airbus Helicopters UK has defied market conditions with a new high of 14 civil aircraft booked in 2017, demonstrating a year-on-year average growth in the civil market of  36% since 2013.  As a result, the company has reinforced its position as UK market leader with 46% of the civil and parapublic market. This follows the […]

Airbus Helicopters UK has defied market conditions with a new high of 14 civil aircraft booked in 2017, demonstrating a year-on-year average growth in the civil market of  36% since 2013.  As a result, the company has reinforced its position as UK market leader with 46% of the civil and parapublic market. This follows the company’s long-term commitment, made in 2015, to invest in increasing its industrialisation in the UK; an Airbus home country.
“As a home country, it is Airbus Helicopters’ role to invest in current and future UK-based rotary wing solutions and technology for the benefit of customers at home and overseas; in this way helping to make the UK and Airbus Helicopters more competitive on the global market” said Colin James, Managing Director Airbus Helicopters UK. “Furthermore, by leveraging on our civil business know-how we are helping to drive efficiencies into the UK defence helicopter market” he added.
CIVIL:
2017 has seen continued growth in the commercial market, including the export to an undisclosed European customer of two H125s in border security configuration, an area where Airbus Helicopters’ UK design team is recognised as having a world-leading capability.  In addition, the company welcomed the order for four, heavily customised H125s for Qinetiq and which will be used as the new single-engine helicopter for the Empire Test Pilot School.
The company also received orders for six new aircraft, a mix of single and twin-engine helicopters, in the private and business aviation segment, a core part of the company’s UK market and the result of the UK team’s expertise and offering in this sector.  Since becoming the European hub for the newly launched Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) last year, the company has set up an integrated sales network across Europe and inaugurated a new private and business customer facility at the company’s Oxford-based headquarters.
DEFENCE:
The company’s success in the defence market was marked by achievements with UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS), where Airbus Helicopters UK delivered 25 H135 Juno – the highest number of H135s ever delivered to a single customer in a year.  As aircraft service provider to UK MFTS, the company has now established its presence at RAF Shawbury, operating out of two hangars and where fully trained personnel are able to provide full maintenance and logistics support for the 29 H135 Juno helicopters.  Similar facilities have been set up at RAF Valley to support the three H145 Jupiter helicopters based there.  In addition, in late 2017 the company signed the £100m Puma 2 Follow-on Support Arrangement contract with the option for an extension until the currently planned out of service date of March 2025. As a result, Airbus Helicopters continues to strengthen its partnership with the UK MoD, ensuring a strong and sustainable base for the future growth of Airbus Helicopters core activities in the UK.
INDUSTRIAL GROWTH:
Since the company’s commitment in 2015 to increase industrialisation in the UK, Airbus Helicopters UK has expanded its teams, services and operations on all fronts.  In support of the growing business and commitment to customers, the workforce has grown by more than 50% over the last four years. New services have been established to support maintenance for the latest, Helionix-equipped Airbus helicopters, while a new Helionix training simulator, at the company’s Oxford-based headquarters, helps pilots familiarise themselves with the full spectrum of advanced avionics and auto-pilot suite.
Furthermore, following the launch of the company’s first UK research and development projects in 2015 (helicopter blade research through the Aerospace Growth Partnership and light, malleable armour through the Defence Growth Partnership), 2017 saw two new UK R&D projects approved, firstly on the use of virtual and augmented reality in maintenance operations and secondly on autonomous deck landings.  The launch of these projects is scheduled for 2018 and will see Airbus Helicopters work closely with UK Government, industrial and academic partners to develop these capabilities
Today, Airbus Helicopters is by far the largest supplier of turbine helicopters in the UK including 100 helicopters operating with the Ministry of Defence, 100 per cent of the UK police helicopter fleet, as well as the majority of aircraft flying in support of the UK’s critical national infrastructure.

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FAA BESTOWS APPROVAL ON SMARTSKY 4G AIRCRAFT SYSTEM
23/03/2018

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to SmartSky Networks’ radio and antenna manufacturing partners, enabling full-rate production of the SmartSky 4G LTE aircraft system and catalyzing STC projects on numerous popular business aircraft. Avidyne secured a PMA for the production of the airborne radio, while AeroAntenna received PMA for the […]

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to SmartSky Networks’ radio and antenna manufacturing partners, enabling full-rate production of the SmartSky 4G LTE aircraft system and catalyzing STC projects on numerous popular business aircraft. Avidyne secured a PMA for the production of the airborne radio, while AeroAntenna received PMA for the manufacture of SmartSky’s aircraft antennas.
“SmartSky has examined every aspect of airborne connectivity, seeking better ways to deliver Wi-Fi performance and capacity to customers,” said Joe Klein, founder and CEO of AeroAntenna. “As their many demo flights have confirmed, SmartSky 4G LTE represents a quantum leap improvement over the incumbent air-to-ground system. Whether it’s through their advanced technical capabilities as evidenced by SmartSky’s 32 granted patents, or utilizing our highly innovative, customized, and active antennas that are now ready for full-rate production, SmartSky is raising expectations for ATG capabilities and consistently delivering.”
The PMAs assure installers, such as Pentastar, Chicago Jet Group, and Clay Lacy, that each of the unique components of the SmartSky 4G LTE aircraft system are manufactured to the same exacting standards. The FAA approval through its Manufacturing Inspection District Offices further facilitates the ongoing supplemental type certificate (STC) process on many popular aircraft models by enabling SmartSky’s partners to more rapidly develop new STCs using the PMA’d components.
“This approval accelerates the full implementation of the SmartSky 4G LTE-based network,” says Brian Campbell, vice president of global sales for StandardAero. “The industry demands more options when it comes to inflight connectivity, and I’m confident SmartSky 4G LTE answers that need. It is hands-down the best performing network I’ve ever experienced. This certification is an important milestone in allowing customers to experience firsthand transformative inflight communication services in both the cabin and cockpit.”

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JETNET CELEBRATES 30 YEARS PROVIDING AVIATION INTELLIGENCE
23/03/2018

JETNET LLC, the leading provider of aviation market information, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The firm has been a leader in using original research and the latest technology to provide timely and accurate intelligence to the business aviation community. JETNET provides information on business jets and turboprops, helicopters, and yachts. “Since 1988, when […]

JETNET LLC, the leading provider of aviation market information, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The firm has been a leader in using original research and the latest technology to provide timely and accurate intelligence to the business aviation community. JETNET provides information on business jets and turboprops, helicopters, and yachts.
“Since 1988, when our father started JETNET, we have pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in getting accurate information to our clients as quickly and conveniently as possible,” said Tony Esposito, JETNET Executive Vice President, who runs the company with his brother Vincent, who is President. “We have always stood apart because we obtain our intelligence with research, and we take advantage of the latest technology.”
JETNET was among the first companies to deliver information using emerging technologies, including DOS on PCs, modems, Windows, email, SMS text messaging, and mobile devices.
“For three decades we have been in daily contact with aircraft owners and operators around the globe,” said Paul Cardarelli, JETNET Vice President of Sales. “From this effort has emerged the most comprehensive database of its kind for corporate and commercial aviation, covering more than 100,000 in-service airframes. We regard it our mission to empower our customers with unparalleled fleet and market intelligence to keep them a step ahead of the competition.”
Mike Foye, JETNET Director of Marketing, added, “We use the safest and fastest technology available, and we’re constantly designing and releasing new programs and capabilities. JETNET maintains more than 100,000 aircraft files that include both business and commercial owners and operators for jets, turboprops, pistons, helicopters, and yachts. We consider literally every sector of the industry when developing our products and solutions, and work to make every aspect of business aviation smarter.”
JETNET employs approximately 50 trained, full-time research professionals—many multilingual—who, in addition to contacting owners and operators on a regular basis, work with registries throughout the world to keep their information current. They have developed an extensive network to stay current on the needs of the fast-moving business aviation marketplace: trade show attendees around the world; customers across many facets of the industry, from sales to support; and top-tier consultant relationships. The result: the most complete and accurate global database of information in the business aviation market.
In addition to their aircraft database services, the company also provides aircraft utilization intelligence, market analysis reports, and transactions histories on aircraft dating back to 1988. In 2011, the JETNET iQ Business Aviation Forecast Service was launched, and is today considered a leading prognosticator for the corporate aviation sector. Under the JETNET iQ brand, the company holds an annual industry summit attended by thought leaders from across the industry. In the same year, it also launched Yachtspot as the first-ever database featuring the ability to identify owners of both aircraft and yachts. Today Yachtspot provides details on some 6,500 luxury yachts around the globe.
“We would like to thank our subscribers and supporters in the industry for a tremendous 30 years,” added Tony Esposito. “We look forward to advancing the health of business aviation for many years to come.”
JETNET, celebrating its 30th anniversary as the leading provider of aviation market information, delivers the most comprehensive and reliable business aircraft research to its exclusive clientele of aviation professionals worldwide. JETNET is the ultimate source for information and intelligence on the worldwide business, commercial, and helicopter aircraft fleet and marketplace, comprised of more than 100,000 airframes. Headquartered in its state-of-the-art facility in Utica, NY, JETNET offers comprehensive user-friendly aircraft data via real-time internet access or regular updates.
For more information on JETNET LLC log on to jetnet.com or contact Paul Cardarelli, JETNET Vice President of Sales, at 800-553-8638 (USA) or paul@jetnet.com; Mike Foye, JETNET Director of Marketing, at 1-315-797-4420 ext. 223 or mfoye@jetnet.com; International inquiries, contact Karim Derbala, JETNET Managing Director of Global Sales, at +41 (0) 43.243.7056 or karim@jetnet.com.

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KING AEROSPACE COMPLETES FIRST BBJ GOGO 4G INSTALLATION
23/03/2018

KING AEROSPACE Commercial Corporation (KACC), http://kacommercialcorp.com/, announces the first installation of the GOGO 4G system in a Boeing Business Jet.  KACC completed this successful upgrade in a VIP BBJ along with performance of a C-Check and SATCOM system upgrade. KACC’s growing Boeing BBJ and 737 series aircraft MRO services is filling a needed role as […]

KING AEROSPACE Commercial Corporation (KACC), http://kacommercialcorp.com/, announces the first installation of the GOGO 4G system in a Boeing Business Jet.  KACC completed this successful upgrade in a VIP BBJ along with performance of a C-Check and SATCOM system upgrade. KACC’s growing Boeing BBJ and 737 series aircraft MRO services is filling a needed role as the gap in competent and customer-focused facilities continues to diminish in the USA.  KACC’s goal is to continue to specialize in the Boeing 737 series of aircraft.
KING AEROSPACE’s demonstrated MRO performance and culture of commitment and accountability are routinely delivered under the leadership of General Manager Chuck Gumbert and VP of Operations, Roy Lischinsky.  Lischinsky’s career of service to the Boeing BBJ community ensures that KACC has the best the industry can offer providing knowledge and leadership in getting projects completed on budget and most often ahead of proposed return to service schedules.
KING AEROSPACE is actively engaged in discussions with additional prospective customers to achieve the same GOGO 4G Wifi upgrade along with accomplishing simultaneous heavy maintenance requirements in 2018. KACC looks forward to providing continued Boeing 737 maintenance support in future years to the customers that have enjoyed the uniquely positive KACC experience. According to Lischinsky, “We are very pleased to have the continued opportunity to serve our VIP BBJ and Part 121 operators. We have worked hard to earn their trust and will continue to do so on any future projects. It is a privilege for us to serve the BBJ and 737 VIP community.”

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AMSTAT ANNOUNCES UPGRADED ADS-B STATUS REPORTING
23/03/2018

AMSTAT, the leading provider of global business aircraft market, fleet and operator information, has worked with ADS-B Exchange, a co-op of ADS-B/Mode S/MLAT feeders from around the world to identify which business aircraft are or are not in compliance with the 2020 FAA ADS-B mandate. The two companies cross referenced their respective global data sets […]

AMSTAT, the leading provider of global business aircraft market, fleet and operator information, has worked with ADS-B Exchange, a co-op of ADS-B/Mode S/MLAT feeders from around the world to identify which business aircraft are or are not in compliance with the 2020 FAA ADS-B mandate.
The two companies cross referenced their respective global data sets and identified aircraft with or without ADS-B DO-260B (required to meet the 2020 mandate).  AMSTAT then added this data to its flagship service, AMSTAT Premier, for use by subscribers.  The data indicates that 39% of US based business jets and 38% of US based business turbo-props tracked by AMSTAT are currently known to be compliant.  The companies will continue to update this ADS-B information going forward.
“The addition of this compliance data to the global fleet tracked in AMSTAT Premier will enable MROs offering ADS-B services to quickly identify which aircraft are not ADS-B compliant and market their services accordingly” said Andrew Young, AMSTAT General Manager.  He went on to add “AMSTAT remains committed to giving our clients a competitive advantage and this is another example of where our data is doing that.”
For more information on using AMSTAT Premier to filter aircraft by ADS-B, please contact Jim Morford, AMSTAT Customer Service Manager on (US) 732-530-6400 x102 or jmorford@amstatcorp.com.  To subscribe to AMSTAT Premier, please contact Chris Skurat, AMSTAT Director of Sales on (US) 732-530-6400 x145 or chris@amstatcorp.com.

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