AERO-DIENST IS PROUD OF ITS APPRENTICES: GERMANY’S BEST AIRCRAFT MECHANIC COMES FROM NUREMBERG
15/12/2017

Already for the fourth time, an apprentice from the full-service provider in the business aviation has been singled out as Germany’s best aircraft mechanic by the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). With 96% in the final examination, Christian Bierlein was the most successful of a total of 384 aircraft mechanics who completed their […]

Already for the fourth time, an apprentice from the full-service provider in the business aviation has been singled out as Germany’s best aircraft mechanic by the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK).
With 96% in the final examination, Christian Bierlein was the most successful of a total of 384 aircraft mechanics who completed their apprenticeship. So on December 4, he traveled to the annual ‘celebration of the best’ hosted by the DIHK in Berlin. During the ceremony, C. Bierlein received a certificate and a trophy from European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther H. Öttinger and the DIHK President Eric Schweitzer as well as their personal congratulations.
As in previous years, around 1000 guests attended the award ceremony – in addition to the parents of those who did best, this included representatives of the training companies, vocational college teachers, members of parliament and the Presidents and General Managers of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Three other apprentices completed their training as aircraft mechanics with Aero-Dienst with the top grade at the same time: Tim Weinzierl, Timo Fischer-Menzel and Matthias Lösch. Two of them were awarded the Bavarian State Prize by the Oberpfaffenhofen Vocational School.
“We are extremely proud of our young talent,” says Viktor Peters, CEO of Aero-Dienst. “A company that wants to provide top quality needs staff with top qualifications. The fact that our apprentices regularly get top grades shows that we know what we’re doing when it comes to recruiting junior staff.”
“With the four apprentices who started their training in September we are currently accompanying and promoting 27 young people on their way towards embarking on an attractive career in the highly interesting aviation industry,” says Technical Trainer Christian Steininger.
At Aero-Dienst, the young aircraft mechanics get to repair, check and maintain business jets from the Global, Challenger, Falcon, Hawker, Learjet, Dornier and King Air companies as well as ambulance aircraft of the automobile club ADAC.
Pictured: National award ceremony for the best apprentices in 2017: Christian Bierlein, aircraft mechanic and Heike Kummer, Chairwoman of the DIHK Education Council (Photo: DIHK / Schicke / Ebner)

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MENTE GROUP CEO’S HONEST ADVICE WELL RECEIVED AT CJI MIAMI
15/12/2017

Mente Group CEO Brian Proctor educated delegates on how to improve the ownership experience of business aircraft with a candid presentation at this year’s Corporate Jet Investor (CJI) conference in the US. As part of the event, which took place at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami from November 28-29, Proctor used his speaker slot to […]

Mente Group CEO Brian Proctor educated delegates on how to improve the ownership experience of business aircraft with a candid presentation at this year’s Corporate Jet Investor (CJI) conference in the US.
As part of the event, which took place at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami from November 28-29, Proctor used his speaker slot to dissuade potential buyers from taking advice from non-professional advisors such as pilots, claiming, “Would you let a doctor build a hospital for you?”
Proctor also warned attendees to use caution with management companies which present financial proformas that show a profit from chartering. He boldly submitted the opinion that chartering never makes money, stating, “If aircraft made money, everyone would own one.” Furthermore, he reminded everyone that the aircraft brokerage space is currently unregulated.
He advocated buyers focus on value rather than price, and outlined some common mistakes, such as not checking whether the value-add items on the specification are included in the purchase. Other potential errors he highlighted included buyers not carrying out their own pre-purchase inspection or taking pending maintenance into account.
Finally, Proctor shared with delegates his ultimate ingredient for ensuring a successful aircraft transaction: A dedicated team including a reputable broker, aviation legal counsel, a technical consultant and finance advisor, amongst others.
“The aircraft buyer’s landscape is full of potential stumbling blocks,” Proctor declared following his presentation. “At Mente, we pride ourselves on our business aviation expertise, and look forward to continuing to work with the rest of the industry to ensure that acquisitions always run as smoothly as possible.”
Proctor will also be speaking as part of the Corporate Jet Investor conference in London, which is taking place at the Landmark Hotel from January 29-30, 2018. His presentation on ‘The market in 2018’ will begin at 09:50 on Monday 29th.
With a BA degree in International Studies in Politics and Diplomacy from the University of Richmond and an MBA from Southern Methodist University, Proctor has served the industry for more than 15 years and been involved in over $5 billion worth of aircraft transactions and over $6 billion worth of aviation business planning. He was recently announced as the new Chairman of the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA).

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P&WC’S PUREPOWER® PW800 ENGINE SELECTED TO POWER THE NEW FALCON BUSINESS JET
15/12/2017

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced that a member of P&WC’s PurePower PW800 engine family has been selected to power the new Falcon Business Jet, which was announced earlier today by Dassault Aviation. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The PurePower PW800 engine is optimized for high-flying, fast, long-range business jets and […]

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced that a member of P&WC’s PurePower PW800 engine family has been selected to power the new Falcon Business Jet, which was announced earlier today by Dassault Aviation. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
The PurePower PW800 engine is optimized for high-flying, fast, long-range business jets and shares the same proven, rigorously-tested core technology used in Pratt & Whitney’s award-winning PurePower family of geared turbofan commercial engines. The advanced common core technology, employed in 15 different PurePower engine applications, has amassed more than 400,000 in-service hours.
“We are honoured that Dassault Aviation has once again put its trust in P&WC for its new aircraft and we look forward to further develop our long-standing relationship with them on this new platform”, said Irene Makris, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Pratt & Whitney Canada.
The PurePower PW800 engine incorporates the latest generation of technologies in every aspect; delivering double-digit improvement in fuel efficiency, setting a new “green” engine standard for emissions with the advanced TALON™ X combustor, and its low-noise design and low vibration levels will result in an exceptionally quiet cabin, enabling a more comfortable passenger experience.
Thanks to its robust design, exceptional maintainability, and advanced diagnostics capabilities, the PurePower PW800 engine will deliver best-in-class availability and dispatch reliability to operators. This will be coupled with the PurePower PW800 family’s enhanced service offering tailored for today’s operator needs.

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JET AVIATION’S 3RD HANGAR AT SELETAR AEROSPACE PARK IN SINGAPORE GOES OPERATIONAL
15/12/2017

Jet Aviation is pleased to announce that its third hangar project at Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore is now in operation. The official opening ceremony will be held during the Singapore Airshow in February 2018. Bringing much needed aircraft service capacity to the region, the 3,850-square-meter hangar began operation in early December. The MRO facility […]

Jet Aviation is pleased to announce that its third hangar project at Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore is now in operation. The official opening ceremony will be held during the Singapore Airshow in February 2018.
Bringing much needed aircraft service capacity to the region, the 3,850-square-meter hangar began operation in early December. The MRO facility is currently providing scheduled base maintenance to an ACJ, a BBJ and a Gulfstream G550 from the new hangar.
“We built this new hangar to help meet strong demand for local business aviation services, especially for more mature long-range aircraft” says John Riggir, vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation’s MRO and FBO facility in Singapore. ”Our investment in the future with this new hangar clearly demonstrates our commitment to meeting the needs of our customers.”
Jet Aviation’s third new hangar in Singapore features a larger, upgraded Interior Shop, including a 300-square-meter extension for drying rooms, a new soft goods area and Wood Shop. The facility has also recently been approved as an Upholsterer of Rockwell Collins (formerly B/E Areospace) 16G seating. As the first and only approved 16G seating center in Asia, Jet Aviation is now authorized to re-foam and re-style 16G seats, including that of China-registered aircraft.
The new hangar can accommodate up to two BBJs or Airbus ACJs or five Gulfstream G550 aircraft.

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A DAHER TBM 910 OWNER SURPRISED WITH FORMATION FLIGHT
15/12/2017

  A DAHER TBM 910 OWNER SURPRISED WITH FORMATION FLIGHT Dr. John C. Taylor, OBE, owner of a Daher TBM 910 very fast turboprop aircraft, received a special present for his birthday last month: a formation flight with one of World War II’s most renowned fighter aircraft: the Spitfire Mark 1a. This unique photo shoot […]

 

A DAHER TBM 910 OWNER SURPRISED WITH FORMATION FLIGHT
Dr. John C. Taylor, OBE, owner of a Daher TBM 910 very fast turboprop aircraft, received a special present for his birthday last month: a formation flight with one of World War II’s most renowned fighter aircraft: the Spitfire Mark 1a.
This unique photo shoot was arranged by David Fabry, the Chief Executive Officer of Flying Smart –Daher’s TBM authorized distributor for U.K. and Ireland, who sold the TBM 910 to Dr. Taylor earlier this year. The legendary Royal Air Force (RAF) warbird belongs to the Imperial War Museum, based at Duxford Airfield in the U.K.
The birthday formation flight underscored Dr. Taylor’s family connection with the Spitfire and the RAF. His father, Eric, spent much of his after-work hours during World War II helping young men learn the basics of airmanship by flying gliders – with the most skilled pilots going on to fly Spitfires. Eric Taylor’s daytime job was developing the Taylor electrically-heated flight suit, gloves and boots for crews of bomber aircraft, particularly those aboard long-distance Lancaster bombers on which the gunners had to survive in their turrets for hours at 25,000 ft in very low temperatures.
Dr. Taylor maintained the family relationship with aviation by soloing in a glider at the age of 16. Having continued to fly for 65 years, he has logged a total of more than 5,000 flight hours and is an instrument-rated pilot.
“I have flown almost 2,000 hours in TBMs,” Dr. Taylor explained. “It is the ideal business aircraft to fly around Europe, with occasional trips to – and around – America. The aircraft’s economy, reliability, speed and range are legendary, but I believe the main advantage is being able to use the smaller airports that are not subject to delays so prevalent for business travelers today in using scheduled flights.”
He is one of the most faithful TBM customers, having owned five different TBMs to date. Dr. Taylor took delivery of his first TBM – a TBM 700A version – in 1991, followed by a TBM 700C2, the TBM 850, a TBM 900, and his current TBM 910.
“We join with David Fabry and Flying Smart in wishing a happy birthday to Dr. Taylor, an accomplished TBM pilot, with this unique flight that also highlighted the exceptional performance of our TBM aircraft,” commented Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of Daher’s Airplane Business Unit. “For the photo mission, the crews benefitted from the unique characteristics of the Daher TBM 910: it can fly as fast as the famous Spitfire fighter, while also performing maneuvers at low speeds to follow the camera chase aircraft.”

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HAI’S SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE ROLLS ROYCE EXCELLENCE IN HELICOPTER MAINTENANCE AWARD
15/12/2017

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” Hagen, sales, training and field service manager at Aeromaritime America, Inc., is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Rolls Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award. This award honors those who have excelled in conducting or managing maintenance operations in the helicopter industry, […]

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” Hagen, sales, training and field service manager at Aeromaritime America, Inc., is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Rolls Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award. This award honors those who have excelled in conducting or managing maintenance operations in the helicopter industry, and will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas.
In the field of helicopter engine repair services, Hagen is known and respected for his expertise, trouble-shooting skills, and commitment to excellence and safety for his customers. Hagen is known to drop everything to focus on a specific maintenance issue, leveraging his own experience with a significant professional network of trusted peers. He has even been known to drive six hours to help a U.S.-based customer, or fly for 15 hours to support the requirements of an international client. As a result, he is the recipient of numerous letters of gratitude from customers, and his nomination package included eight letters of support from helicopter professionals who recognize and appreciate his abilities and service to customers.
Chuck’s career in helicopter maintenance began when he received his A&P license in 1992, followed by six years of service in the U.S. Army, working as a 68B10 Turbine Engine Mechanic where he worked in both depot level and line maintenance units servicing all U.S. Army turbine powered aircraft. He joined Aeromaritime America, Inc., part of the ITP Group, in 1996 as a technician/test cell operator, gradually working his way into higher levels of responsibility. He has served as Production Manager, worked in the Quality Department, before moving to Sales and Field Service. He has served as production manager, and worked in the company’s Quality Department as a representative for Return to Service.
The award will be presented at the annual Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner during HAI HELI-EXPO 2018. HAI HELI-EXPO®, the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exhibition, will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, North and Central Halls, February 26 – March 1, with the Exhibit Hall open February 27 – March 1.

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AERO STAR AVIATION ANNOUNCES WHEEL ASSEMBLY EXCHANGE PROGRAM FOR EMBRAER PHENOM
15/12/2017

Aero Star Aviation is pleased to announce it has acquired a set of Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 wheel assemblies, and will begin offering to customers through an exchange program. The wheel program will allow Aero Star to offer reduced downtime for AOG and overhauled wheel repair at a competitive price with in-stock units. The […]

Aero Star Aviation is pleased to announce it has acquired a set of Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 wheel assemblies, and will begin offering to customers through an exchange program.
The wheel program will allow Aero Star to offer reduced downtime for AOG and overhauled wheel repair at a competitive price with in-stock units. The exchange program reduces time needed for the change to about 4 hours.
“Aero Star remains dedicated to expanding our specialized capabilities on Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 aircraft. The addition of a wheel and exchange program means yet another service Aero Star customers can take advantage of to reduce cost and downtime,” said Chris Grinnell, President, Aero Star Aviation.
Aero Star Aviation is an aircraft maintenance company that specializes in Embraer Phenom 100 & 300, with added capabilities on Cessna Citation 500 & 600 series aircraft. Founded in 2013, with two locations in Dallas TX, and an MRT located in south Florida, Aero Star Aviation offers aircraft maintenance including, scheduled maintenance, pre-purchase inspection, engine change, line maintenance and AOG support.

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BELL DELIVERS 20TH HELICOPTER EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES CONFIGURED BELL 429 TO EUROPEAN CUSTOMER
15/12/2017

Bell Helicopter announced the delivery of a Bell 429 to Heliand. The delivery took place at the Bell Helicopter’s Prague facility. The aircraft is configured to support Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) in Andorra. This marks the 20th HEMS configured aircraft delivered in 2017. “We continue to see strong growth […]

Bell Helicopter announced the delivery of a Bell 429 to Heliand. The delivery took place at the Bell Helicopter’s Prague facility. The aircraft is configured to support Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) in Andorra. This marks the 20th HEMS configured aircraft delivered in 2017.
“We continue to see strong growth for the Bell 429 in Europe, particularly for HEMs and SAR mission segments,” said Patrick Moulay, executive vice president, Commercial Sales and Marketing. “The Bell 429 offers the best readiness rate of any aircraft it its class making it the choice aircraft when minutes matter.”
Designed with the future in mind, the Bell 429 meets or exceeds today’s airworthiness requirements to enhance occupant safety, with the adaptability to remain at the forefront as mission requirements evolve. Innovation is at the heart of the Bell 429 light twin helicopter. The use of metallic and composite parts in its construction creates the perfect balance between rigidity and flexibility, safety and durability. An advanced avionics and systems monitoring suite ensures outstanding maintainability and aircraft readiness.

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DEDICATED TRAINER RECEIVES HAI’S SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE W.A. “DUB” BLESSING FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
15/12/2017

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that John W. Williams, of Fort Worth, Tex., is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award (sponsored by H. Ross Perot, Jr. and the Perot family). The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards […]

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that John W. Williams, of Fort Worth, Tex., is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award (sponsored by H. Ross Perot, Jr. and the Perot family). The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas.
Williams’s career as a certificated flight instructor (CFI) spanned more than 35 years, all with Bell Helicopter. Following military service that ended in the 1970s, Williams first joined Bell as a production test pilot. He also worked in the Experimental Flight Test Department before becoming a CFI at the Bell Flight Academy, where he trained countless pilots in 19 countries. As an instructor, he was known for stressing safety both in the helicopter and on the ground. He later became pilot training safety manager for Bell and was a Part 141 night-vision goggle (NVG) instructor. Of Williams’s 12,500 flight hours, more than 4,000 hours were earned during flight training. Williams received multiple nominations and letters of recommendation for this award, including one from the namesake of the award, W.A. “Dub” Blessing.
Williams has also led an extraordinary career away from the training department. He participated as a U.S. Precision Helicopter Team pilot (Bell Crew) in the World Helicopter Championships in the former U.S.S.R. in 1978, and again in 1981 in Poland, where the team won the gold medal for the first time. He currently holds five international helicopter speed records, including the Around the World (westbound) record with Ron Bower. He is a lifetime member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and was president of the Helicopter Club of America.
The award will be presented at the annual Salute to Excellence Awards dinner during HAI HELI-EXPO 2018. HAI HELI-EXPO®, the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exhibition, will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, North and Central Halls, in Las Vegas, February 26 – March 1, with the Exhibit Hall open February 27 – March 1.

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QUEST AIRCRAFT CELEBRATES 10 YEARS SINCE FIRST CUSTOMER DELIVERY
15/12/2017

This December marks the tenth anniversary of the first Kodiak 100 delivery for Quest Aircraft, the Idaho-based manufacturer of the 10-seat turbine STOL aircraft. Over the course of the past ten years, the Kodiak has earned a reputation as a highly rugged and technologically advanced single-engine turboprop. By the end of this year, 235 Kodiaks […]

This December marks the tenth anniversary of the first Kodiak 100 delivery for Quest Aircraft, the Idaho-based manufacturer of the 10-seat turbine STOL aircraft. Over the course of the past ten years, the Kodiak has earned a reputation as a highly rugged and technologically advanced single-engine turboprop. By the end of this year, 235 Kodiaks will have been delivered to customers worldwide.
The Kodiak has made considerable advances during the past decade, thanks to a consistent outflow of upgrades and enhancements to each new model year. The mission of the aircraft has evolved as well. Originally designed to be the ultimate humanitarian workhouse, the unique combination of robust construction and remarkable payload capability has resulted in many additional applications for the Kodiak, including float (amphibious and straight) operations, special missions, medevac, skydive and more. The owner-flown segment continues to gain momentum as well, particularly in the North American marketplace.
Company CEO Rob Wells remarked, “The Kodiak design was born out of a passion to do good in the world, and better within our own industry. It is that passion and dedication that has brought us here today, celebrating ten years since our first customer delivery. I’m proud to celebrate alongside our employees, partners and customers as we all look forward to many more years of growth and success.”
Over the past decade, Quest Aircraft has grown to employ over 300 workers, and has expanded their facility by 27,000 square feet. Quest honored the achievement during their annual employee Christmas party event on December 13th at their headquarters in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Video: Quest Aircraft has come a long way in 10 years; 235 aircraft delivered, the largest employer in Sandpoint, Idaho, and  just getting started!

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JET AVIATION APPOINTED A BBJ FACTORY AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER IN SINGAPORE
14/12/2017

Jet Aviation’s MRO facility at Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore has been designated a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) Authorized Warranty Repair Facility and BBJ Factory Authorized Service Center (ASC), joining the company’s previously appointed BBJ ASCs in Basel, Dubai and Geneva. The MRO facility in Singapore has also received EASA approval for the Gulfstream G650. […]

Jet Aviation’s MRO facility at Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore has been designated a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) Authorized Warranty Repair Facility and BBJ Factory Authorized Service Center (ASC), joining the company’s previously appointed BBJ ASCs in Basel, Dubai and Geneva. The MRO facility in Singapore has also received EASA approval for the Gulfstream G650.
The Boeing Factory Authorized Service Center and Warranty Repair Facility designation permits Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility in Singapore to provide warranty line and base maintenance support to the Boeing BBJ series. The company’s new EASA approval authorizes the Singapore facility to further extend line and base maintenance support to owners and operators of G650 aircraft that are registered in EASA member states.
“Jet Aviation has been supporting Boeing Business Jets for many years and has a long and trusted relationship with the aircraft manufacturer,” says John Riggir, vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation’s MRO and FBO facility in Singapore. “We are pleased to further improve our capabilities to extend warranty support to BBJ owners and operators in the region. These new approvals demonstrate our steadfast commitment to our customers to uphold the highest business aviation standards.”
Last month, Jet Aviation was named Best MRO (Singapore / Hong Kong) at the Asian Business Aviation Association’s (AsBAA) Icons of Aviation Asia Awards ceremony and charity gala dinner held in Hong Kong on November 10.

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MTU AERO ENGINES DEVELOPS NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR GEARED TURBOFANS
14/12/2017

As the geared turbofans (GTFs) of the first generation are busy clocking up mileage in revenue service, MTU Aero Engines engineers already have their hands full working on the second generation: Under the European Union’s Clean Sky 2 research project, Germany’s leading engine manufacturer continues to enhance the fuel-efficient, low-emission, low-noise propulsion system, developing new […]

As the geared turbofans (GTFs) of the first generation are busy clocking up mileage in revenue service, MTU Aero Engines engineers already have their hands full working on the second generation: Under the European Union’s Clean Sky 2 research project, Germany’s leading engine manufacturer continues to enhance the fuel-efficient, low-emission, low-noise propulsion system, developing new technologies for two of its modules, the low-pressure turbine and high-pressure compressor. Two demonstrators are being built to validate the new technologies.
“Under Clean Sky 2, we are paying special attention to the interactions of the components sitting on the low-pressure and high-pressure shafts,” explains Dr. Stefan Weber, Senior Vice President Technology and Engineering Advanced Programs at MTU Aero Engines. Investigations into the low-pressure turbine will also take the inlet and exit case designs into consideration, and the optimization of the high-pressure compressor will also involve improvements to the low-pressure compressor and inter-turbine case. The efforts aim to further enhance the aerodynamics and to develop new, lighter-weight and more temperature-resistant materials. Among the materials that hold the greatest promise for low-pressure turbine applications are among others ceramic matrix composites, or CMCs for short.

MTR390 engine demonstrator
An MTR390 engine will be used for the validation of the new low-pressure turbine technologies. This propulsion system was made available to MTU by the German Armed Forces’ Technical Center WTD61; it had already been in service on a Tiger helicopter. “We received the engine in October, inspected it and, jointly with WTD 61 representatives, conducted a test run to verify the performance parameters,” reports Dr. Gerhard Kahl, Chief Engineer, Technology Demonstrators and Rigs at MTU. The test run demonstrated that the temperatures in the turbine get as high as is required for the planned material tests.
The engine is now being converted into a demonstrator, for it will be necessary to design and build a complete new power turbine and assemble it to the core engine for the integration of the newly developed materials. “Plans are to get the demonstrator up and running and tested by 2020. We expect the evaluation of the results to be concluded in 2021.“ An analysis of the behavior of the materials in an engine environment will then provide proof of the maturity of the technology,” says Kahl.

Compressor rig at DLR
To further enhance the compression system, the ICD rig is being built and tested at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)) in Cologne. ICD stands for the inter-compressor duct located between the low-pressure and high-pressure compressors. Weber adds: “Our goal is to precisely fine-tune the low-pressure compressor, ICD and high-pressure compressor to leverage new potential for even more fuel-thrifty engines.” An important step in this direction is the systematic mapping of the flow conditions in short, steep ICDs. To this aim, an entirely new wind tunnel rig was built at DLR in Cologne, MTU’s Center of Compe-tence (CoC) for propulsion systems. “Over the course of next year, three different ICD configurations will be tested,” announces Kahl. Based on the ICD rig test results obtained, a two-shaft rig will be designed in 2019 and built one year later. Af-ter that, the low-pressure and high-pressure compressors and the ICD will be tested as one entity. “The technologies validated could already go into the next generation of geared turbofan engines starting in 2025,” reports Weber.
Launched in 2014, the Clean Sky 2 technology program is part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Program for Research and Innovation and is slated to run through 2024. Its primary aim is to make aviation even more environmentally friendly and efficient. MTU is one of 16 lead partners and is responsible for an engine demonstrator and a rig. Core partners are the DLR German Aerospace Center and British-Swedish manufacturer GKN Aerospace. “We are the lead party,” explains Dr. Gerhard Ebenhoch Director, Technology Management at MTU Aero Engines. “The collaboration between DLR, GKN and MTU combines the partners’ respective strengths in an extraordinary way – GKN’s expertise for large stationary components, the DLR’s experience in testing, and MTU’s expertise in compressors and systems.”

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JONATHAN ROEBUCK RECEIVES HAI’S SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE AIRBUS HELICOPTERS GOLDEN HOUR AWARD
14/12/2017

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Jonathan “JR” Roebuck, remote access project manager for Lifeflight of Maine and MedComm, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas. Roebuck is […]

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Jonathan “JR” Roebuck, remote access project manager for Lifeflight of Maine and MedComm, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas.
Roebuck is being honored for his work in the creation of the Remote Access Project. Quickly locating and evacuating critically ill and injured patients in the remote areas of Maine is essential to survival. With an extensive Atlantic shoreline, hundreds of coastal islands, dense forests, mountains, and extreme temperature, LifeFlight of Maine operates in one of the most complex aviation environments in the country. In many cases, it previously took up to eight hours for a patient to reach a hospital. Roebuck oversaw the creation of more than 120 remote access landing zones (LZs), all on private land, that provide sites where helicopters can land to assist in rescue operations. In dire situations, minutes literally make a difference between life and death, and the Remote Access Project LZs provide helicopters with space to land in remote areas.
The importance of the LZs was proven during the rescue of an injured snowmobiler. The patient, a woman, had crashed her snowmobile into a 40-foot ravine and sustained critical injuries. Following the 911 call, responders dispatched a helicopter to the nearest Remote Access Project LZ, changing the destination during flight as more information became available. The LifeFlight of Maine helicopter landed just 50 yards from the patient, carrying vital emergency supplies. This would not have been possible if it were not for the strategically placed Remote Access Project LZ. Flight nurses treated the patient during the flight to the hospital. The patient survived the horrific ordeal, and has returned to work and snowmobiling.
The award will be presented at the annual Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner during HAI HELI-EXPO 2018. HAI HELI-EXPO®, the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exhibition, will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, North and Central Halls, in Las Vegas, February 26 to March 1, with the Exhibit Hall open February 27 to March 1.

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ORIENS AVIATION MOVES INTO PILATUS PC-12 MRO SUPPORT
14/12/2017

Oriens Aviation, the exclusive British Isles Pilatus Centre, has reinforced its commitment to the world’s best-selling single engine turboprop (SET), the Pilatus PC-12 and the growing SET commercial operations’ market in Europe by acquiring Avalon Aero’s business aviation MRO facility at London Biggin Hill Airport. The business will be formally renamed and inaugurated as Oriens […]

Oriens Aviation, the exclusive British Isles Pilatus Centre, has reinforced its commitment to the world’s best-selling single engine turboprop (SET), the Pilatus PC-12 and the growing SET commercial operations’ market in Europe by acquiring Avalon Aero’s business aviation MRO facility at London Biggin Hill Airport.
The business will be formally renamed and inaugurated as Oriens Aviation Limited effective immediately, with a view to becoming the principal authorised PC-12 Service Centre in the UK by 29th January, 2018.   (Oriens’ activity extends to an agreement with Goodwood Engineering, who will act as a satellite service centre).
Oriens will also have the expertise, as a result of the acquisition, to support other aircraft types for all line and base maintenance activity. These include:
• Cessna 421/550/551/560
• Hawker Beechcraft BAE 125 Series 1000
• Piaggio P180 Avanti
The deal between the owner of Avalon and the Oriens Aviation Board was ratified on 1st December, 2017, including the transfer of the existing Avalon Aero lease on its 18,000 sq ft hangar.  Ahead of the deal Oriens appointed an additional member of its senior management team in October 2017 to work alongside the existing seven-strong team which Oriens is absorbing.
Newly appointed Director of Engineering Dave Plumpton brings significant aviation and strong customer support experience from the challenging airline and VIP aircraft environment for almost 40 years.  Steve Westran from Avalon Aero will work alongside him and continue to be responsible for the daily operations of the hangar and maintenance services.
“We are delighted to have ratified this purchase and further grow our relationship with Pilatus Aircraft, which first began in early 2015,” commented Oriens Aviation CEO Edwin Brenninkmeyer.   “Expanding our offering means we can further assist new customers in helping them plan and budget for their maintenance support, provide technical record keeping on the PC-12 and offer hangarage too.   The ability to offer line and base maintenance complements the support we currently provide our customers.”
Avalon’s founder and Chairman John Glancey had been seeking to exit the business aviation support arena after 17 years at Biggin Hill and concentrate activity at Cranfield Airport, where Avalon supports line and base maintenance for the BAe 146 family.
“We are very pleased that the Avalon business at Biggin Hill is being passed to Oriens Aviation.  The PC -12 and in the future, the Pilatus PC-24, newly EASA and US FAA certificated, are an excellent fit for the existing facility and we are particularly pleased that the core of loyal Avalon engineers have been trained on the PC-12 and will be stay on under the Oriens banner.”

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ODYSSEY AVIATION KISSIMMEE JOINS THE PARAGON NETWORK
14/12/2017

Odyssey Aviation Kissimmee (KISM) at Kissimmee Gateway Airport will be a member of the elite Paragon Network™ as of January 1st, 2018. Odyssey Aviation Kissimmee’s first-class FBO offers an executive lobby, private pilot lounge, flight planning office with WSI weather briefing, and more! Their ramp can handle up to a 737-400 and has 100,000 sq. […]

Odyssey Aviation Kissimmee (KISM) at Kissimmee Gateway Airport will be a member of the elite Paragon Network™ as of January 1st, 2018.
Odyssey Aviation Kissimmee’s first-class FBO offers an executive lobby, private pilot lounge, flight planning office with WSI weather briefing, and more! Their ramp can handle up to a 737-400 and has 100,000 sq. ft. of hangar space. If you’re headed to Disney World or Universal Studios, they are only 30 minutes away making this the perfect location to fly into. They are also the closest FBO to the Orlando Convention Center making them the best location for all your business and vacation needs. Odyssey Aviation Kissimmee is owned by the Quantem FBO Group, LLC, an FBO acquisition and aviation consulting company. They announced their partnership with Odyssey Aviation Bahamas in February 2017.
“We provide excellent service with a great facility at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM). Our Detroit location at Willow Run Airport (KYIP) has experienced growth through the Paragon Network™,” stated Ken Allison, CEO of Quantem FBO Group. “The exceptional value we have seen made bringing this location into Paragon Aviation Group an easy decision.”
“We are thrilled to add Odyssey Aviation Kissimmee to our steadily growing network,” stated Mike Delk, President & CEO of Paragon Aviation Group™. “The greatest compliment we at Paragon can receive from our members is having them add additional FBO locations. It tells me we are executing on the services we provide, and they value what we do. I’ve worked with Ken and his team for many years and I know they have a passion for delivering excellent customer service. Our team is looking forward to promoting this FBO and working together to help them grow.”
The Paragon Network™ is a distinguished membership of independent FBO’s that provide an elite experience to general aviation travelers around the world. Paragon Aviation Group™ performs a comprehensive audit of the facility and services offered to ensure the quality of the member base before any FBO joins The Paragon Network™. Each member FBO must comply with a set of strategically developed core standards to remain in the group. Paragon Aviation Group™ facilitates The Paragon Network™.
Paragon Aviation Group™ is a family business comprised of Mike Delk, Megan Barnes and Molly LeBlanc. With their combined industry experience of over 75 years they have introduced an exciting new industry platform for premier aviation service providers.

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