RUAG EARNS RUSSIAN APPROVAL FOR HELICOPTERS AND PROPELLER AIRCRAFT
20/06/2018

RUAG Aviation is now also approved for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of civil helicopters and propeller aircraft registered in Russia. This is an extension to the existing approvals RUAG holds for business jets issued by the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) in 2016 and includes helicopters and propeller aircraft within the standard […]

RUAG Aviation is now also approved for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of civil helicopters and propeller aircraft registered in Russia. This is an extension to the existing approvals RUAG holds for business jets issued by the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) in 2016 and includes helicopters and propeller aircraft within the standard RUAG type ratings portfolio. The extension specifies RUAG MRO facilities in Switzerland.

“This certification allows us to offer our Russia based customers full MRO and engineering support across their aircraft portfolios,” states Markus Mayer, Regional Sales Director Europe, RUAG Aviation. “At the same time, it also confirms to our current business jets customers that they can continue to rely on prompt aircraft availability and optimized downtimes for their helicopter and propeller aircraft as well. We are keen to extend this trust.”

Dedicated facilities for the newly included aircraft platforms are maintained at the RUAG Aviation sites at Sion, Lugano-Agno and Locarno, Switzerland. More information on the company’s full type ratings portfolio are available on the RUAG Aviation microsites for helicopterspropeller aircraft and business jets. 

RUAG holds Authorized Service Center status from the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for all of the newly approved types. In addition to aircraft MRO, customers are able to take advantage of services that include component MRO, avionics and cockpit upgrades and cabin refurbishment, as well as airframe services for helicopters.

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BELL AND SAFRAN ANNOUNCE SHARED VISION FOR ON DEMAND MOBILITY
19/06/2018

Bell Helicopter announced at the Future of Transportation World Conference a newly formed collaboration with Safran on the development of innovative hybrid electric power system solutions to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept. “Bell is at the forefront of on-demand mobility – ushering a new era of flight where the benefits of […]

Bell Helicopter announced at the Future of Transportation World Conference a newly formed collaboration with Safran on the development of innovative hybrid electric power system solutions to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept.

“Bell is at the forefront of on-demand mobility – ushering a new era of flight where the benefits of aviation are accessible to more people in more places,” said Scott Drennan, Bell’s director of Innovation, while speaking at the Transportation Conference. “This announcement is another proof point of our commitment to providing transportation of people and logistics in new, innovative and more efficient ways; our work with Safran is a historical milestone for future transport solutions.”

For several years, Safran innovation teams have been actively exploring the potential of hybrid solutions for future propulsion systems. Bell and Safran’s shared vision for electric and hybrid electric aircraft is to strive for the successful deployment of Bell Air Taxis and new on demand mobility systems in the future.

“Thanks to the long and sustained technology-development strategy conducted within the Safran group, we can now offer Bell our hybrid electric power solutions for their next generation products that result in improved performance giving more value to our customers,” said Stéphane Cueille, Safran senior executive vice president, R&T and Innovation.

In this collaboration, Bell will lead the design, development and production of VTOL systems, and Safran will bring its technical expertise to bear in the development of a disruptive propulsion system.

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JET AVIATION RECEIVES EASA APPROVAL FOR LEARJET 60 IN VIENNA
18/06/2018

Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility in Vienna has recently received EASA Part-145 approval for the Bombardier Learjet 60 aircraft. The company began its first 120-month inspection on a Turkish-based Learjet 60 earlier in June. With this approval, Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility in Vienna is authorized to support the Bombardier Learjet 60 with line and base maintenance […]

Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility in Vienna has recently received EASA Part-145 approval for the Bombardier Learjet 60 aircraft. The company began its first 120-month inspection on a Turkish-based Learjet 60 earlier in June.

With this approval, Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility in Vienna is authorized to support the Bombardier Learjet 60 with line and base maintenance services up to and including the 120-month inspection.

“We strive to meet the business aviation service requirements of our customers when and where they need them,” says Hakan Tin, managing director of Jet Aviation’s MRO and FBO facility in Vienna. “As a mid-size, medium-range business jet, the Learjet 60 is a popular model in Europe and this approval provides much-needed maintenance support to aircraft owners and operators throughout the region.”

Jet Aviation Vienna was founded in September 2014 when Jet Aviation entered agreements with GATE V and FAME, the previous MRO and FBO service providers at Vienna International airport. From a newly constructed 4,000 square meter hangar facility, the company operates a Cessna Authorized Service Center that provides scheduled and unscheduled maintenance to Cessna Citation aircraft, in addition to off-site AOG services. Jet Aviation Vienna also supports line and base maintenance and AOG services for Bombardier Learjet 60 and Challenger 300/350/604/605 aircraft, as well as line maintenance for Bombardier Learjet 45; Challenger 650; Global 5000/6000, Global Express and Global Express XRS series aircraft; and the Gulfstream GV-SP series. The MRO facility has 2,000 square meters of shops and office space. FBO amenities include an operations office, a crew lounge and access to a VIP passenger lounge. For more information, please see www.jetaviation.com/Vienna.

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TAG AVIATION RECEIVES EBAA’S DIAMOND SAFETY OF FLIGHT AWARD
18/06/2018

TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd and TAG Aviation SA have been honored with the European Business Aviation Association’s (EBAA) Diamond Safety of Flight Award at a special event held during the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE18) which took place in Geneva Switzerland in May. Diamond status is the highest safety award to be […]

TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd and TAG Aviation SA have been honored with the European Business Aviation Association’s (EBAA) Diamond Safety of Flight Award at a special event held during the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE18) which took place in Geneva Switzerland in May.

Diamond status is the highest safety award to be presented by the EBAA to member companies operating business aircraft that surpass 50 years, or over 100,000 hours, of safe flying. Such recognition highlights TAG Aviation Europe’s ongoing commitment to making safety a number one priority.

“TAG Aviation is proud to once again receive this achievement for safety from the EBAA. Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our customers is at the heart of what we do, alongside our diligent attention to security and safe operations which is embodied throughout the entire TAG culture”, said Graham Williamson, President Aircraft Management and Charter Services, TAG Aviation Europe. “We regularly review our safety processes both in the UK and in Geneva to ensure we are implementing best practice and encourage ongoing dialogue between our pilots, crews, operations staff and senior management teams.”

“The EBAA aims to promote the best practices in Safety in Business Aviation across Europe”, said Robert Baltus, Chief Operating Officer, European Business Aviation Association. “Ultimately we see safety as the number one priority in our business and it stands at the core of what the EBAA represents. Therefore, the EBAA is delighted to recognize the efforts of TAG Aviation, crossing the 100,000 accident-free hours mark is a milestone in itself. We wish TAG many more safe flight-hours in the future.”

Photo Caption: Left to right: Erwan Clolery, Safety and Compliance Monitoring Manager, TAG SA, and Patricia Davis, Head of Compliance and Safety, TAG (UK) Ltd receiving the EBAA’s Diamond Safety of Flight Award at EBACE 2018.

 

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BLACKHAWK AND SNC ACQUIRE XP67A KING AIR 350ER
15/06/2018

Blackhawk Modifications’ subsidiary for government and military sales division, Vector-Hawk Aerospace (VHA), has teamed with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to offer the Blackhawk XP67A Engine+ Upgrade Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Kit for the Beechcraft King Air 350ER. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently approved Blackhawk Modifications’ XP67A Engine+ Upgrade for the aircraft at takeoff weights […]

Blackhawk Modifications’ subsidiary for government and military sales division, Vector-Hawk Aerospace (VHA), has teamed with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to offer the Blackhawk XP67A Engine+ Upgrade Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Kit for the Beechcraft King Air 350ER. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently approved Blackhawk Modifications’ XP67A Engine+ Upgrade for the aircraft at takeoff weights up to 17,500 pounds maximum allowable takeoff weight (MTOW), significantly increasing the weight capability and horsepower output for special mission applications.

“This after-market, system-of-systems approach, has been developed specifically for special mission applications,” said Tim Owings, executive vice president of SNC’s Integrated Mission Systems (IMS) business area. “The Mission Enhancement Kit provides users with the most capable aircraft available, providing greater usable power, allowing for increased mission payloads and significantly longer loiter times, while providing increased safety and reduced risk throughout the range of operations and mission locations. It is mission endurance, safety and options combined into one solution.”

The XP67A will provide a 25-30 percent increase in power, which translates into improved climb and cruise performance for King Air 350ER aircraft, especially on hot days at high-altitudes. Although the PT6A-67A will produce a 400 thermodynamic SHP increase over the stock PT6A-60A, the Blackhawk engine will actually reduce the overall weight of the aircraft by about 18 pounds.

“We are very excited about the XP67A upgrade for the King Air 350ER,” said Jim Allmon, president and CEO of Blackhawk Modifications. “The new Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67A upgrade gives the aircraft an amazing increase in performance, especially for aircraft operated in Special Missions roles at 17,500 lbs. gross weight. These aircraft are often outfitted with ISR pods, antennas and camera balls in a high temperature region of the world, possibly in a hostile environment. The mission is often limited by the lack of second segment climb performance produced by the stock PT6A-60A engines, which inhibits the amount of fuel the aircraft can carry. With our new XP67A upgrade, we meet that mission requirement at the max gross weight enabling Special Missions operators to use the 350ER to its full mission potential. It’s a true game changer!”

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EXECUTIVE AIRSHARE OPENING NEW BASE IN DENVER
15/06/2018

Executive AirShare is expanding its first-class service into Denver and surrounding communities within the Rocky Mountains. The EAS fleet will feature Embraer Phenom 300s, the company’s most popular aircraft. Additionally, the new base will be supported by its industry-leading crewmembers and customer service specialists. EAS currently serves Central U.S. business and leisure customers in Dallas, […]

Executive AirShare is expanding its first-class service into Denver and surrounding communities within the Rocky Mountains. The EAS fleet will feature Embraer Phenom 300s, the company’s most popular aircraft. Additionally, the new base will be supported by its industry-leading crewmembers and customer service specialists. EAS currently serves Central U.S. business and leisure customers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Austin, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Wichita.

“Bringing our private aviation solutions to Denver is a natural decision for us,” says John Owen, Executive AirShare president and CEO. “The Denver market is one of the most desirable destinations in the country and has long been a part of our vision for growth. It was the perfect time to make the move. Everyone who flies with us will benefit from the efficiencies and lower costs associated with the opening of our new Denver base.”

Denver expands the Executive AirShare service footprint within the Central United States. Prior to this announcement, the closest operations base to Colorado residents was located in Wichita, Kansas.

“We’ve experienced firsthand the unparalleled level of service Executive AirShare provides,” says Robert Cohen, the Denver-based chairman and CEO of IMA Financial Group. “Since we started together in Kansas nearly 15 years ago, Executive AirShare’s staff and crew have been outstanding partners in handling our travel needs. This welcomed expansion gives other Coloradans an opportunity to discover the advantages EAS gives businesses.”

To support the expansion into Denver, Executive AirShare also announces the addition of Lee Richards, a seasoned sales professional with more than 12 years of experience in the fractional aircraft industry. Richards will serve in the position of sales director, working directly with future customers in the region. Prior to joining EAS, Richards sold fractional aircraft for Flexjet and Flight Options, while most recently serving as vice president of sales for VistaJet.

“Lee’s strengths and experience will greatly benefit the company and our customers in Denver,” says Dylan Haynie, Executive AirShare’s vice president of sales. “He speaks the same business language as our clients and understands the importance of enhancing their productivity. He will do a great job of connecting with people and explaining how the EAS model creates value superior to other travel options.”

 

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ROSS AVIATION ANC EARNS DCA GATEWAY STATUS
14/06/2018

Ross Aviation (PANC) in Anchorage, Alaska, was recently named a gateway FBO through the DCA Access Standard Security Program, granting flights leaving the operation the ability to fly directly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (KDCA) in Washington, D.C. “Our primary focus has always been on exceptional safety standards,” said Laura Charon, Ross Aviation ANC […]

Ross Aviation (PANC) in Anchorage, Alaska, was recently named a gateway FBO through the DCA Access Standard Security Program, granting flights leaving the operation the ability to fly directly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (KDCA) in Washington, D.C.

“Our primary focus has always been on exceptional safety standards,” said Laura Charon, Ross Aviation ANC general manager. “This new designation is a testament to the dedication of our team. We are pleased to offer our ANC guests the convenience of flying directly from Anchorage to DCA along with continued incomparable service while they’re in our care.”

Flight operators can now fuel up for their cross country trip from Anchorage to Washington, D.C., for a more convenient flight plan thanks to the DCA Gateway designation. As an Avfuel-branded location, pilots can further benefit from Avfuel Contract Fuel’s competitive prices and lucrative loyalty rewards with AVTRIP.

Ross Aviation ANC offers a full lineup of professional services and amenities for every guest’s aviation needs, including: a passenger lobby, pilot lounge and VIP lounge; a heated hangar; an executive conference room; office space; a shower; a flight planning center; secure parking; pilot supplies; gourmet catering and dishwasher service; aircraft detailing; ramp-side vehicle access; and 24/7 customs and immigration clearance.

 

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WORLD-CLASS PILOT ANTHONY OSHINUGA EMBARKS ON EPIC JOURNEY
14/06/2018

Sponsored by EPIC Fuels, competitive race and aerobatic pilot Anthony Oshinuga will embark in his single-engine, single-seat Pitts-Special aerobatic aircraft on a journey of more than 3,400 miles north up the Pacific Coast to participate in the Arctic Thunder Air Show at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, this summer. While the journey itself is epic, […]

Sponsored by EPIC Fuels, competitive race and aerobatic pilot Anthony Oshinuga will embark in his single-engine, single-seat Pitts-Special aerobatic aircraft on a journey of more than 3,400 miles north up the Pacific Coast to participate in the Arctic Thunder Air Show at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, this summer. While the journey itself is epic, Anthony has his sights set on making history by becoming the first African-American civilian pilot to perform in an air show in the Arctic Circle. 

Anthony’s past makes this epic adventure and journey even more interesting. His parents immigrated from Lagos, Nigeria, and initially settled in Austin, Texas, in 1980.  As a child of Nigerian immigrants, Anthony was first drawn into the world of aviation at the young age of 5 after watching airplanes take-off and land during father-and-son visits to the local airport, and his passion and ambition have not wavered since.

He credits his resolve and focus to his parents’ guidance and encouragement to set high goals and strive to achieve them while growing up. In 2006, Anthony graduated from the University of California, Riverside, with a degree in mechanical engineering. In the same year, Anthony earned his private pilot certificate and took aerobatic lessons on the side, all while working in consulting jobs to pay the bills. However, his aeronautical ambitions did not stop there.

At the 2014 U.S. National Aerobatic Competition Anthony placed a remarkable 4th out of nine competitors in his category and 25th overall in the total contest. Even more impressive, in 2015, he made history at the Reno National Championship Air Race by becoming the first African-American rookie pilot to hold a first-place position after his 3rd heat. This outstanding achievement allowed him to place 2nd in the overall competition. Anthony has his eyes set on becoming the first African-American Red Bull Air Race Pilot, and his past accomplishments prove that he is on course in making that dream a reality.

Continuing to make his mark on history, Anthony will be performing in the Arctic Thunder Air Show on June 30, 2018. He will be flying his red and white Pitts Special dubbed “Black Hawk,” entertaining crowds alongside the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Kirby Chambliss and Jump Team, and Oregon Aero SkyDancer.

EPIC Fuels has sponsored Anthony since 2016.  See a complete schedule of Anthony’s appearances and a map of his flight path by following Anthony’s EPIC Air Adventure to Alaska on social media including @EPICFuels and @TeamOshinuga with the hashtag #AOEPICadventure.

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P&WC PROVIDING HELP DESK SERVICE TO 3,000 PW300 ENGINES
13/06/2018

Pratt & Whitney Canada now has nearly 3,000 PW300 engines enrolled in its Proactive Help Desk, where data from the engine and aircraft helps aviation technicians and analysts address customers’ needs proactively. More than half of the PW300 engines flying today are benefitting from this proactive service, which includes predictive analysis to drive greater availability. […]

Pratt & Whitney Canada now has nearly 3,000 PW300 engines enrolled in its Proactive Help Desk, where data from the engine and aircraft helps aviation technicians and analysts address customers’ needs proactively. More than half of the PW300 engines flying today are benefitting from this proactive service, which includes predictive analysis to drive greater availability. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation.

“Our PW300 Proactive Help Desk provides a unique predictive and preventive maintenance experience for our customers,” said Tim Swail, Vice President, Customer Programs, P&WC. “We’re taking a tailored consulting approach where our analysts and technicians assess the data to identify possible events in advance and then proactively reach out to our customers to provide meaningful insight and actionable steps to help increase availability, save time and money.”

The Proactive Help Desk is a dedicated team of aviation technicians and data analysts who address customers’ needs through the use of data-driven decision making and preventative maintenance tools and practices. The specialized team conducts daily reviews of customer data from sources such as P&WC’s FAST prognostics solution and develops new engine health “signatures” that allow them to identify and address potential issues well in advance. The team proactively reaches out to customers with recommendations and actions they can take to avoid unplanned events and maximize availability.

P&WC’s services work together to drive performance optimization and mission readiness for business aviation customers.

PW300 Availability through Proactive Pay-per-Hour Maintenance Programs
P&WC has introduced a number of proactive initiatives as part of its ever-evolving pay-per-hour ESP maintenance coverage that can further drive availability and reduce costs.

  • PW307A ESP customers benefit from proactive reliability upgrades of key engine components at the time of aircraft C-Check at no additional charge. This includes the proactive incorporation of four service bulletins as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to move customers to more fully planned environments.
  • PW306D1 customers enrolled in ESP have the option to move to an on-condition maintenance program, which allows flexible maintenance intervals based on digital engine health trending, along with a lower ESP rate.
  • PW307A, PW307D and PW308C customers enrolled in ESP Platinum are provided with complimentary flyaway kits. To date, more than 150 flyaway kits of key components have been delivered providing operators with access to the right part when and where they need it.

“We are delivering exceptional levels of service and a unique value proposition for our operators through a host of proactive initiatives – the synthesis of digital engine health management and a proactive maintenance approach – bringing higher than ever availability and optimization to customers,” said Swail. “What was once seen as the future of advanced digital engine health is now reality for our customers.”

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AIR BP INVESTS IN GROWTH OF AUSTRALIAN NETWORK
13/06/2018

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier has strengthened its Australian network. Following the addition of Bundaberg airport (BDB/YBUD) in Queensland and Busselton airport (BQB/YBLN) in Western Australia in March, the company has now started supplying Jet A-1 fuel at Cloncurry airport (CNJ/YCCY) in Queensland. The three locations will serve both commercial […]

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier has strengthened its Australian network. Following the addition of Bundaberg airport (BDB/YBUD) in Queensland and Busselton airport (BQB/YBLN) in Western Australia in March, the company has now started supplying Jet A-1 fuel at Cloncurry airport (CNJ/YCCY) in Queensland.

The three locations will serve both commercial and general aviation customers and brings the number of Australian airports where Air BP offers refuelling services to 76. Air BP’s commitment to delivering the most comprehensive fuelling network in the country is underpinned by their extensive operational experience in Australia and understanding of the need for safe, fit-for-purpose fuelling services at regional airports.

Alan Wilson, managing director, Air BP Asia Pacific comments: “We will keep investing in our network in Australia to provide fuel and services at thriving airport locations like Busselton, Bundaberg and Conclurry. Whether we are supplying fuel, designing and operating facilities or providing technical advice, it’s about doing more with our existing customers, as well as finding new ones to work with.”

On 1 June Air BP added Jet A-1 to their supply of Avgas at Cloncurry airport following demand from customers such as Virgin Australia and Qantaslink, who operate regular scheduled services from the airport.

Air BP’s operations at Bundaberg airport started on 26 March. Located 400km from the state capital of Brisbane at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, it serves a growing customer base including Qantas and Virgin Australia. It is one of the operational bases of the renowned Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), who recently announced that Air BP had become a National Partner. Expansion plans are currently underway at Bundaberg for an aeromedical precint.

Air BP has invested in two new 110,000 litre jet fuel tanks and a self-serve facility at Busselton airport. Following three months of planning, the new tanks were completed in February and tested ahead of the first fuelling on 13 March. Air BP’s investment will support the airport’s expansion which includes a new terminal and extended runway. Located 220km south of Perth, Busselton serves the popular Margaret River wine region.

 

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RUAG ACCOMPLISHES FIRST OVERHAUL OF PW206 ENGINE
12/06/2018

For the first time, RUAG Aviation has overhauled a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206 engine. The maintenance of the engine that is used in the Airbus H135 and H135M helicopters was carried out in the engine maintenance shop in Stans. The fact that the PW206 engines can now be maintained in-house at RUAG Aviation will […]

For the first time, RUAG Aviation has overhauled a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206 engine. The maintenance of the engine that is used in the Airbus H135 and H135M helicopters was carried out in the engine maintenance shop in Stans. The fact that the PW206 engines can now be maintained in-house at RUAG Aviation will help to increase the availability of the Swiss Air Force’s helicopter fleet.

The Swiss Air Force has more than 20 of these helicopters, which are still listed under their former name “EC635”. Each of these helicopters is provided with two Pratt & Whitney PW206 turboshafts. In the coming years, all of the engines of the Swiss Air Force’s EC635 are to be maintained by RUAG Aviation in Stans.

As the Swiss Air Force’s industry partner and independent center of excellence, RUAG Aviation is tasked with the maintenance of the Swiss EC635 fleet. “It is part of our core mission to ensure the readiness of the EC635. Making sure that our military and civil customers benefit from maximum availability and the shortest possible downtime of their aircraft is our top priority,” says Heinz Scholl, Senior Vice President Military Aviation, RUAG Aviation. The ability to maintain and test the engines in-house greatly contributes to reaching this goal, Heinz Scholl continues: “We no longer depend on outside service providers and are therefore able to substantially reduce the lead time required for the maintenance of the helicopters and to increase the availability of the Swiss EC635 fleet.”

In Stans, RUAG Aviation has a modern engine maintenance shop that is organized according to lean manufacturing principles and that maintains the F-5 and F/A-18 jet engines, Safran’s Makila engines of the Swiss Super Puma transport helicopters as well as the Honeywell TPE331 turboprop engines. The third engine type is used in various aircraft including the Dornier 228, which is built by RUAG. “By extending our range of services to cover other engine types, we strengthen the site’s competitive position sustainably,” explains Volker Wallrodt, Vice President Business Jets, Dornier 228 & Components.

Experts from Pratt & Whitney, the engine’s manufacturer, provided the RUAG Aviation employees with an intensive 3-week training to prepare them for the PW206 maintenance work. In the past, the EC635’s engine had to be sent to Germany or Spain if major maintenance work had to be carried out. Now, all maintenance and servicing tasks applicable to the PW206 engine can be accomplished by RUAG Aviation in Stans.

RUAG Aviation is a leading supplier, support provider and integrator of systems and components for civil and military aviation worldwide.

Servicing aircraft and helicopters throughout their entire life cycle, the company’s core competencies include maintenance, repair and overhaul services, upgrades, and the development, manufacturing and integration of subsystems.

 

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WORLD FUEL SERVICES RECEIVES GULFSTREAM SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD
12/06/2018

Leading fuel and aviation services provider, World Fuel Services (WFS), has received a Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation 2018 Supplier of the Year Award. This achievement was bestowed upon WFS to recognise its continued innovation and investment in Gulfstream’s journey toward environmental sustainability. Since 2016, WFS has provided Gulfstream with more than 375,000 gallons of a renewable […]

Leading fuel and aviation services provider, World Fuel Services (WFS), has received a Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation 2018 Supplier of the Year Award.

This achievement was bestowed upon WFS to recognise its continued innovation and investment in Gulfstream’s journey toward environmental sustainability. Since 2016, WFS has provided Gulfstream with more than 375,000 gallons of a renewable fuel blend that has been used to fly the Gulfstream corporate fleet over 500,000 nautical miles. Each gallon of renewable fuel burned achieves a greater than 60 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a life cycle basis relative to petroleum jet fuel.

WFS has partnered with Gulfstream for two decades, providing fuel and aviation solutions to support the management of its business-critical operations at international and business aviation sites across the US, including Savannah, GA, Appleton, WI, Westfield, MA and Long Beach, CA.

The award, which recognised WFS’ total value chain cost, administrative services, delivery and customer support, was presented at Gulfstream’s 2018 Supplier Conference, hosted at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, GA on June 4th.

Steve Drzymalla, SVP, Business Aviation Bulk Fuel at WFS, said: “We’re very proud to have been named a Gulfstream Supplier of the Year. It’s testament to our continued commitment to innovation at every turn which supports Gulfstream’s quest to offer the most innovative, high quality service available worldwide. We’re especially proud of the great work we’ve carried out to manage Gulfstream’s push toward an environmentally sustainable future through our Biofuel provision.

“Our flexible approach has seen us serve more than 2,400 Gulfstream aircraft with flight operations solutions including contract fuel, AVCARD®, and trip support services in 2017 alone.

“WFS has been working with Gulfstream for almost 20 years, offering a wide variety of flexible fuel and aviation services to support the business’ requirements and objectives. We look forward to continuing the relationship well into the future.”

 

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AIR BP RENEWS CONTRACT AT UK’S BLACKBUSHE AIRPORT
11/06/2018

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, has renewed its fuel supply contract at Blackbushe Airport (BBS/EGLK) in the UK. Air BP will continue to supply Jet A-1 and Avgas 100LL. Customers will be able to use their Air BP Sterling Card to purchase fuel, in addition to ordering and paying for […]

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, has renewed its fuel supply contract at Blackbushe Airport (BBS/EGLK) in the UK. Air BP will continue to supply Jet A-1 and Avgas 100LL. Customers will be able to use their Air BP Sterling Card to purchase fuel, in addition to ordering and paying for fuel via the RocketRoute MarketPlace platform. Air BP has been supplying Blackbushe since 2012 and during this period has invested in the installation of a new fuel storage facility and two new fuel bowsers.

Russell Halley, Air BP general aviation regional sales manager, UK said: “We are very pleased to continue to supply Blackbushe Airport demonstrating our continued commitment to our general aviation customers in the UK. We look forward to deepened co-operation between our team and that of the airport and to welcoming our customers this summer.”

Chris Gazzard, Blackbushe Airport manager, added: “Maintaining a robust and safe fuelling operation is critical for any aerodrome, and I am pleased that this will continue at Blackbushe in collaboration with Air BP.  Their service and equipment quality has been second-to-none.  We were supported in our previous contract, benefitting from the much-needed investment in the fuelling facilities.  We can continue to deliver an excellent quality product.  We are excited to continue to welcome Air BP Sterling Card holders.”

Conveniently, Air BP can provide Avgas from the airport’s fuel storage facility, or both Avgas and Jet-Al on stand from Mercedes mobile bowsers.

Introduced by Blackbushe in late 2017, Rotors Running Refuelling for helicopters is available by prior arrangement, enabling faster and more efficient refuelling.

Customers can refuel at Blackbushe Airport from 08:00 local time, 7 days per week, or at other times by prior arrangement. It offers convenient access to the capital being located just 40 miles from Central London on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey, and Berkshire. Blackbushe handles over 30,000 movements each year comprising a mix of training aircraft, general aviation and business aviation traffic.

Photo caption: Left to right, Chris Gazzard, Blackbushe Airport manager and Russell Halley, general aviation regional sales manager UK, Air BP.

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ST ENGINEERING EXPANDS MRO NETWORK IN USA
10/06/2018

ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector has officially opened a new airframe Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility in Pensacola, Florida, USA. The new facility, which can carry out heavy and line maintenance, as well as aircraft modification work, joins two others that ST Engineering has in the USA, located in San Antonio, Texas and Mobile, Alabama, […]

ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector has officially opened a new airframe Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility in Pensacola, Florida, USA. The new facility, which can carry out heavy and line maintenance, as well as aircraft modification work, joins two others that ST Engineering has in the USA, located in San Antonio, Texas and Mobile, Alabama, increasing its capacity to serve the North America region and its global clientele.

Located at the Pensacola International Airport, the new hangar has been developed at a cost of US$46m. At 173,500 sq ft, it is one of the largest hangars in ST Engineering’s global network of airframe maintenance facilities. The facility has an annual capacity of 600,000 labor hours, and can accommodate at any one time two aircraft of the largest version of the 777 widebody series, or six A321 narrowbody aircraft.

Governor of Florida Rick Scott said, “Florida’s airports create jobs and welcome millions of visitors each year as our state continues to break tourism records. We are working hard to make sure that every Florida family can get a job. Since December 2010, hardworking businesses have created more than 1.5 million jobs in Florida. We are proud to open this new facility in Pensacola today.”

Ashton J. Hayward, Mayor of the City of Pensacola, said: “It’s so great to see this wonderful project come to fruition. We are extremely excited in growing together towards a successful future here in Pensacola. The dream of hundreds of new, sustainable, well-paying jobs in a new industry is becoming a reality.”

Mr Lim Serh Ghee, President of ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector, said, “We are thankful for the tremendous support from the State of Florida and Pensacola City governments, which have enabled us to set up the new facility on schedule and commence operations quickly. Pensacola serves as an excellent base for us to serve the MRO needs of the North America region given its rich pool of highly trained engineering and aviation talent. We are pleased to have United Parcel Service as our launch customer at the new facility, and we look forward to welcoming more customers and supporting them with the same high level of quality and on-schedule redeliveries regardless of where our hangar is located, time and again.”

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), carriers in North America will continue to lead in financial performance in 2018, accounting for close to half of the industry’s total profits with a forecasted net profit of US$15.0b.

The Aerospace sector of ST Engineering is the world’s largest commercial airframe MRO service provider according to Aviation Week Network’s 2017 biennial ranking, a top position it has held since 2002. It has seven airframe facilities spread out across the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe in total.

 

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SIKORSKY ANNOUNCES NEW PARTS SUPPLY SITE
08/06/2018

Sikorsky announced the relocation and expansion of its Brazil-based forward stocking location (FSL) at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local operator CEOs and Sikorsky officials. The strategic decision positions Sikorsky products closer to operators and further bolsters the company’s dedication to maximizing customers’ fleet availability. The new location in Barra da Tijuca, close to […]

Sikorsky announced the relocation and expansion of its Brazil-based forward stocking location (FSL) at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local operator CEOs and Sikorsky officials. The strategic decision positions Sikorsky products closer to operators and further bolsters the company’s dedication to maximizing customers’ fleet availability.

The new location in Barra da Tijuca, close to the Jacarepaguá airport, will house nearly seven times the amount of stocked inventory than at the previous Multiterminais location. The move positions the FSL and Sikorsky aircraft parts in close proximity to Brazilian operators including Líder Aviação, Omni Helicopters International and CHC Helicopter. Turn-around time for receiving parts is anticipated to improve from the current 24 hours to under two hours and will further reduce costs for Sikorsky operators.

Sikorsky also announced today plans to add S-92® helicopter blade repair capability in Brazil.

Composite Technology do Brasil (CTB), a joint venture between Sikorsky-owned CTI and Líder Aviação, has been repairing S-76® rotor blades in Brazil since 1999. Within the next year, CTB will add S-92 blade repair capabilities as well, which will improve repair turn-around time and significantly reduce costs for S-92 operators in Brazil. Having the capability to perform the repairs in-country eliminates taxes and fees associated with export and also removes at least 30 days of transit time from the overall repair schedule.

“Brazil is a key country for us – the heart of our commercial business in Latin America.  Our fleet of S-92 and S-76 aircraft have operational availability rates of greater than 94%.  As the Brazilian economy and offshore outlook recovers, we are listening to our customers, and taking steps to further increase those industry leading availability rates,” said Adam Schierholz, Sikorsky Regional Executive for Latin America.

Eight Brazilian commercial operators currently fly a total of 90 Sikorsky aircraft throughout the country.

The Barra da Tijuca site is one of four Sikorsky FSLs positioned to provide close support for commercial customers. The other sites are in Perth, Australia; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Stavanger, Norway.

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