Southwest Airlines expanded its OnPoint solution agreement with GE Aviation to cover a total of 196 CFM56-7B engines which power its Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and up to 100 CFM56-7B engines, that power recently acquired Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
“Having our engines maintained by GE Aviation provides Southwest Airlines with the peace of mind that our fleet is receiving the highest-quality maintenance, repair and overhaul services available straight from the manufacturer,” said Mike Van de Ven, executive vice president and COO of Southwest Airlines.
“Southwest Airlines is one of our biggest customers, and we take great pride in ensuring its engines receive the best services and support,” said Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of GE Aviation’s Services organization. “OnPoint solution agreements enable our customers to focus on their operations, while we work to ensure their maintenance needs are met and their engines are ready to fly.”
GE says OnPoint solutions are customized service agreements tailored to the operational and financial needs of each customer for any size fleet and adds the agreements are designed to help lower the customers’ cost of ownership and maximize the use of their assets.
On June 30, 2014, Johann Panier officially took up his duties as chief executive officer of Barfield Inc., a new Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance subsidiary following its recent acquisition from Sabena Technics.
Barfield is a supplier of MRO services specializing in component support, and providing services ranging from repairs to flight hour solutions including spares support, the design of test equipment, and the distribution of spare parts. The company employs 230 staff at three U. S. facilities in Miami, Phoenix, and Louisville.
An alumnus of the Ecole Nationale des Arts et Métiers, holding an MBA from France’s HEC business school and Six Sigma Green Belt, Johann Panier began his career with Dedienne Aerospace, a company specializing in Ground Support Equipment (GSE), in Toulouse and then in Miami. In 2002, he moved to Air France Industries where he held various positions, such as head of department for equipment and engine purchasing. Subsequently he was appointed head of the External Repairs product line. Since 2012, he was leading major projects for AFI KLM E&M Business Development.
“I am proud of this appointment and delighted to be able to count on staff who are dedicated to their company and to their customers, and enthusiastic at the idea of joining the network of a world-renowned MRO,” Panier said. “I am confident in the company’s growth prospects, and convinced that the impact of synergies within the network will propel the combined Barfield/AMG to the rank of major, competitive player serving the whole Americas market.”
Aviation Technical Services (ATS) formally opened its newly‐ renovated 607,000‐square‐foot MRO complex at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) with a ribbon‐cutting and positive customer news on July 24, 2014.
The private celebration welcomed Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Airport Director Mark VanLoh, other community leaders, invited guests, employees and their family members and business partners.
Two of those business partners, Hawaiian Airlines and Air Canada, officially committed programs to the ATS‐KC facility. Hawaiian’s agreement for Boeing 767 heavy maintenance was formally signed earlier last week. This contract initially involves two nose‐to‐tail heavy checks beginning in September 2014 and has the opportunity to turn into a longer term, exclusive agreement. ATS recently completed a series of Airbus A330 interior modifications for Hawaiian Airlines at its facility in Everett, Washington, adding to the partnership. ATS was awarded Air Canada’s exclusive agreement for Boeing 787 modifications before the event’s formal program. The four‐year contract solidifies and extends a previous version that had three 787s completed at the ATS facility in Everett, Wash., earlier this year. The remaining 34 events will be inducted into the Kansas City facility starting in September 2014 and extending through 2018.
“Selecting Aviation Technical Services for these 767 heavy checks was a natural fit for our network and fleet given ATS’s extensive knowledge of the 767 as well as our recent success on the A330 modifications,” said Lorrin Sardinha, vice president of Maintenance and Engineering at Hawaiian Airlines. “We look forward to our continued partnership.”
Air Canada’s vice president of Maintenance, Alan Butterfield, added, “Working with ATS on this next generation of technology is reassuring, and we are looking forward to continuing this important partnership.”
`“This is a great day for ATS, our customers and the extended Kansas City community. The ATS team, the Aviation Department and Metropolitan Community College aligned well to get this operation up and running in just a few months—including a complete renovation of this hangar,” said Matt Yerbic, president and CEO of ATS.
“I’d like to sincerely thank Governor Nixon, the State of Missouri, including the Missouri Partnership and the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Kansas City Missouri Economic Development Corporation, Platte County Economic Development Council and the Kansas City Area Development Council and many others for coming together to reignite the tradition of aviation in this area for airline customers and skilled aerospace workers, alike. Since we took the keys to the building, I’m proud to report that over 70 technicians and support folks have joined the ATS‐KC team and we’re continuing to hire. The fact that these flagship carriers [Hawaiian and Air Canada] have confirmed their commitment to this facility today is very exciting,” he added.
As a Boeing Authorized Service and Warranty Center, Jet Aviation Basel’s team is adding the B777 series to its portfolio of services, including line and base maintenance, refurbishment and completions. The company says its dedicated Boeing maintenance team has a proven track record on all Boeing models and has performed numerous C-Checks, fuel tanks modifications, 9- and 12-year inspections and major cabin refurbishments since 1999.
“The addition of the B777 to our capabilities was driven by customer demand and now allows us to serve the entire family of Boeing operators,” says Johannes Turzer, vice president and general manager of Maintenance at Jet Aviation Basel. “Having a dedicated Jet Aviation Boeing maintenance team on site provides customers with peace of mind when looking for a reliable partner and one-stop-shop operation for maintenance, refurbishment as well as completions services,” he adds.
Blackhawk Modifications announced the installation of its 500th new engine upgrade, a key milestone in the company’s 15-year history of growth and success. The historic upgrade included installation of two new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-52 engines by Ballard Aviation of Newton, Kansas.
The new engines from Blackhawk were part of an overall refurbishment program Ballard Aviation completed on a 1998 King Air B200 in preparation for sale by Ballard Aviation.
The newly upgraded aircraft will be on display in the Blackhawk exhibit at outdoor display #318 throughout EAA AirVenture 2014, July 28 – August 3 in Oshkosh, Wis.
“This 500th engine upgrade is an important achievement and point of pride for all of us at Blackhawk,” said company president and CEO Jim Allmon. “Five hundred Blackhawk customers are now enjoying aircraft performance and reliability increases only possible with more powerful new engine upgrades. Breathing new life into existing airplanes is what our business is all about. You can bet we’ll continue to help our customers get the most from their airplanes and their investments for years to come.”
“For 15 years, Blackhawk and Pratt & Whitney Canada have teamed up to provide engine upgrade packages that continue to benefit valued operators and pilots who fly PT6A-powered aircraft,” said Denis Parisien, vice president, General Aviation, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “With its fleet of single and twin-engine turboprop STC upgrades, Blackhawk is the largest non-OEM buyer of new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engines in the world. We congratulate Blackhawk on this impressive milestone and thank them for their long-standing collaboration.”
Photo: Members of the Banyan avionics team recently received the Garmin Platinum Award presented by Joe Stewart of Garmin. Shown here are Russell Otowchits, Nathan Hernandez, Craig Chin, Don Campion, Joe Stewart, Pedro Artidiello, and Lynn Juengel.
Banyan Air Service recently received the 2013 Garmin platinum award for excellent sales performance as part of the Garmin International avionics distributor network. Banyan has received similar recognition over the past 12 years for consistently ranking among the top distributors of Garmin aviation products.
Joe Stewart, Garmin International aviation regional sales manager, presented the award to Don Campion, president of Banyan, and the Banyan Pilot Shop team. Then in a second ceremony to the Banyan Avionics team. “Banyan has been among the top tier of authorized Garmin sales and service centers for many years and it is my pleasure to recognize them with this award,” says Stewart.
“Our avionics team and our pilot shop team are extremely honored by this award,” says Don Campion. “Garmin products are very popular. Customers want the latest Garmin products such as the D2 GPS pilot watch and the VIRB action camera available in our pilot shop and they also want aircraft upgrades such as the Dual Garmin 600 Glass Cockpit upgrade that our avionics department recently completed on a Pilatus PC-12.”
Photo: Western Aircraft Celebrates Expansion with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Pictured with scissors: President of Western Aircraft Jeff Mihalic, President and CEO of Greenwich AeroGroup Jim Ziegler. Photo courtesy of Western Aircraft.
Western Aircraft welcomed guests and held a ribbon cutting celebration today in honor of its most recent expansion.
The company added two new buildings totaling 26,000 square feet to its 18-acre leasehold. The new construction includes an expanded parts facility as well as a two-story infill building that houses support shops for Western Aircraft’s services operation.
“This day has been made possible through the collaboration of the public and private sector as well as the support of our parent company Greenwich AeroGroup,” said president of Western Aircraft, Jeff Mihalic. “We started this journey nearly four years ago with tremendous support from the City of Boise and the State of Idaho and today we thank all our partners for their efforts and contribution to our vision.”
“Western Aircraft is an important partner to the Boise Airport and a growing part of Boise’s resurgent economy,” said City of Boise Mayor David Bieter. “Western Aircraft has seen amazing success in recent years, and with that success has come a need for better facilities. I’m thrilled that the City of Boise and the Boise Airport are in a position to assist that expansion and help create more jobs and more opportunity here in the City of Trees.”
Mihalic added that Western’s business expansion was driven in large part by the sales tax exemption on installed parts passed by the Idaho legislature in 2012 and the growth of Western’s capabilities and sales force.
“Ninety-five percent of our customers are based outside of the state of Idaho. We’re now capturing customers from as far south as San Antonio, Texas and as far east as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”
The overall expansion includes more than $2.3 million in new facilities and more than $2.4 million in facility improvements and specialized tooling. Additionally, due to the added business, Western Aircraft has increased staffing from 150 to 200 employees.
Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) is a $60 billion business and growing and right now the industry is at an inflection point. The aircraft industry is building a fleet of younger, more reliable, more maintenance-friendly aircraft. Today, the average aircraft is 15 years old and the fleet is only going to get younger. Since younger aircraft require less maintenance, the demand for MRO services will also drop. At the same time, our existing MRO infrastructure is benefiting from economies of scale. Consequently, the industry will require less diversity among parts, tools and shops. This means less capacity is required to deliver the same MRO services. In spite of these factors, we are adding MRO capacity worldwide at a furious pace, particularly in emerging markets. The current demand for MRO services is strong, but its growth is slowing. On the other hand, the capacity to deliver MRO services is sufficient, yet it is increasing.
Just Add Innovation
Addressing this supply and demand issue is going to require the industry to incorporate innovation in new ways to meet and exceed customer needs in a challenging environment.
Historically, the MRO industry has been slow to adopt new technologies. Walk into any MRO facility, including those at Pratt & Whitney, and you see mountains of paper, job tickets, boxes of inventory and hardbound engine manuals.
Over the past decade, engine turnaround time across the industry has actually increased from 62 days to 71 days—a 15 percent erosion. But more rapid adoption of technology will enable the MRO industry to drive productivity. We have access to great resources like electronic work instructions, real time feedback from tools and visual recognition technology. We also need to commit to paperless environments, truly integrated supply chains, and data sharing across the value stream.
Today’s aircraft and engines are generating more real-time data than ever before. MRO providers can capture and share this data in a fashion never before thought possible.
Pratt & Whitney is using the increase in data to predict engine in-flight shutdowns.
Gary Cooper passed away on 18th July. Starting his career in the RAF as an Aeronautical Engineer before working for FR Aviation where he specialised in maintaining Aircraft Fuel Systems and fuel tank repairs both on military and then commercial aircraft. In 2000 he established what developed into the highly successful “Tank Devils” which operates as an emergency fuel tank repair service which he and his wife Portia nurtured into a global business before selling it to an international aviation group. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the USA for his contribution to Fuel Quality Management, along with several business awards and in 2008 he gained recognition and was included into the definitive directory of “Who’s Who”. Before joining Scarletts in 2011 he acted as a consultant and served as Engineering Specialist advisor to IATA. He leaves behind his wife Portia. The Funeral will be held on 31 July 2pm at Poole Crematorium, Dorset.
At 12:15 EST on July 22, 2014, the FAA issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) informing U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours. The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport on the morning of July 22, 2014. The NOTAM applies only to U.S. operators, and has no authority over foreign airlines operating to or from the airport.
The FAA immediately notified U.S. carriers when the agency learned of the rocket strike and informed them that the agency was finalizing a NOTAM.
The FAA will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation. Updated instructions will be provided to U.S. airlines as soon as conditions permit, but no later than 24 hours from the time the NOTAM went into force.
The text of the NOTAM reads:
!FDC 4/3630 ZZZ PART 1 OF 2 SECURITY ISRAEL POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION—ISRAEL AIRSPACE DUE TO THE POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY THE ARMED CONFLICT IN ISRAEL AND GAZA, ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS TO/FROM BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LLBG) BY U.S. OPERATORS ARE PROHIBITED UNTIL FURTHER ADVISED. A. APPLICABILITY. THIS NOTAM APPLIES TO ALL U.S. AIR CARRIERS OR COMMERCIAL OPERATORS, ALL PERSONS EXERCISING THE PRIVILEGES OF AN AIRMAN CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE FAA EXCEPT SUCH PERSONS OPERATING U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT FOR A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER, AND ALL OPERATORS OF AIRCRAFT REGISTERED IN THE UNITED STATES EXCEPT WHERE THE OPERATOR OF SUCH AIRCRAFT IS A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER. B. PERMITTED OPERATIONS. THIS NOTAM DOES NOT PROHIBIT PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A FROM CONDUCTING FLIGHT OPERATIONS WITHIN THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF ISRAEL WHEN SUCH OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED EITHER BY ANOTHER AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE FAA OR BY AN EXEMPTION ISSUED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR. 1407221615-1407231615EST END PART 1 OF 2
!FDC 4/3630 ZZZ PART 2 OF 2 SECURITY OPERATORS SHOULD CALL THE DOMESTIC EVENTS NETWORK (DEN) AT 202-493-5107 FOR AUTHORIZATION. C. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. IN AN EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE DECISION AND ACTION FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FLIGHT, THE PILOT IN COMMAND OF AN AIRCRAFT MAY DEVIATE FROM THIS NOTAM TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY THAT EMERGENCY. THIS NOTAM WILL BE UPDATED WITHIN 24 HOURS, OPERATORS SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR U.S. NOTAMS FOR CHANGES OR UPDATES. 1407221615-1407231615EST END PART 2 OF 2