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The Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) is taking place next week, April 14-16, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Fla., during MRO Americas 2015. AMC brings teams together from all over the world to compete in a skill-based competition. Teams consist of either certified Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, international and domestic Armed Forces personnel involved in aircraft maintenance, and students enrolled in either FAA, EASA or CASA schools. All teams are divided into categories of General Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Space, Military, MRO/OEM and School. These teams compete in a timed competition by testing their knowledge and skills in 16 scheduled events that highlight the principles of the AMT and AME craft and profession.

RF System Lab, manufacturer of the VJ-Advance video borescope, is proud to be a sponsor of AMC 2015. RF System Lab is donating a VJ-Advance to the winning school team and is excited to be providing the winning students an opportunity to enhance their studies through hands-on learning with the tools regularly used in the aviation maintenance industry.

Another AMC sponsor is the Aeronautical Repair Station Association. The ARSA is a repeat sponsor of AMC and is an extremely important part of the aviation maintenance industry. Director of Maintenance (D.O.M.) Magazine and Helicopter Maintenance Magazine are also sponsors of AMC. As the only magazines totally focused on the business of aircraft maintenance, they are ideal sponsors for this competition.

RF System Lab is proud to stand alongside other companies and organizations who are an integral part of the aviation community. Interested parties can help these and many other sponsors support the teams competing next week by stopping by the Aerospace Maintenance Competition at MRO Americas 2015.

More information about the Aerospace Maintenance Competition can be found at the event website. More information about RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance video borescope can be found at http://www.rfsystemlab.us or by calling 855-787-3091.

Stephen P. Farrell Sr. has joined Aviation & Marketing International, Inc. ( AMI ) to serve as the company’s vice president of technical services.Farrell has 28 years of experience in the aviation industry, starting his career in the United States Air Force as a jet engine mechanic. He transitioned into Business Aviation engine MRO as an overhaul/heavy shop technician with line maintenance experience on many types of business aviation aircraft and rose through the ranks to management.
He comes most recently from StandardAero, with well over two decades of becoming an expert on the TFE731 engine. He is the recipient of the company’s 1st C3 challenge coin for breaking the glass ceiling on TFE731 heavy maintenance and pioneering the FastLane process to significantly reduce engine turnaround times to an industry leading level.
Stephen currently sits on the Global Customer Committee (GCC), an independent group of business aviation professionals that works jointly with Honeywell to bring about improvements in aircraft, equipment, operations and services.

 

AeroVision International (Muskegon, Michigan) announced the acquisition of an additional 6 ERJ-145 / 50-seat aircraft. The aircraft will be added to the existing 36 ERJ-145 LR aircraft AeroVision has previously acquired and will be either returned to service via outright sale / lease or “reduced to spares” as part of AeroVision’s ongoing support of the Embraer ERJ fleet.

AeroVision says it was among the first to enter the ERJ airframe parts business with the 2012 acquisition of 10 ERJ-145 LR’s formerly operated by Mesa Air Group and has become the largest independent supplier of ERJ material / major subassemblies (landing gear / APU’s / AE3007 engines) in the world, supporting both regional airlines and corporate / shuttle operators. Additionally, AeroVision has managed the refurbishment and return to service of numerous ERJ-145LR’s to date and has several additional refurbishment projects to be announced shortly.

For further information, please contact Monica Holmes at mholmes@aerovi.com.

Nasmyth Group announced the opening of its new regional North American headquarters this month.

The Group has acquired a 25,000 sq. ft. facility in Burbank, California – located immediately adjacent to the premises of subsidiary, Nasmyth TMF – which will become the focal point for Nasmyth Group and its corporate activities in the USA.

Chairman and CEO of Nasmyth Group, Peter Smith, commented:
“The opening of our regional Headquarters is an important milestone in the implementation of our global investment strategy. We see a high level of ongoing demand in North America for the full range of precision products, engineering services and metal treatments that Nasmyth Group offers across a range of market sectors. Having a permanent regional headquarters office will undoubtedly help us to expand our current business operations in the USA and Canada, especially in the aerospace sector.”

 

Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) has announced this year’s skills event will be co-located with MRO Americas in Miami, Florida on April 14-16, 2015.

The 2015 competition promises to be bigger and better with more teams competing and a larger audience, making this competition a battle of the best skilled maintenance professionals in the industry. Current and future maintenance professionals compete and test combined abilities against their peers.

The AMC’s sole purpose is to raise awareness of the training and skills needed to provide safe and airworthy aircraft worldwide. Competition categories include commercial aviation, general aviation, MRO/OEM, school, military and space.

All attending the MRO Americas conference in Miami are encouraged to come to the AMC space on the show floor to watch the industry’s leading certified mechanics, engineers armed forces and students enrolled in either FAA, EASA or CASA compete in more than 30 different skills tests. The Honorable John Goglia, former board member of the NTSB and staunch advocate for the aviation maintenance industry and mechanics, is heading up the competition. Limited sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information about sponsoring this event, contact

Beth Eddy or Mimi Smith at Aerospace Marketing Group at betheddy@aviationexhibits.com or mimismith@aviationexhibits.com or +1 561 279-4646. To sign up a team for competition contact Ken MacTiernan at jetdoctor69@gmail.com or +1 619-395-6681. www.aerospacemaintenancecompetition.com

On March 13, 2015, Aircelle (Safran) formally inaugurated the Aircelle Services Americas facility at Indianapolis, Indiana, and began maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for jet engine nacelles.

Aircelle says the 17,000-square-ft. MRO shop reliable maintenance solutions matched to customers’ needs, having started with Aircelle-manufactured nacelles for regional aircraft and business jets – and now expanding to nacelles for single-aisle and widebody airliners. This facility marks the latest expansion of Aircelle’s global MRO network, and is the company’s first dedicated facility in the United States. Its area of responsibility covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. Aircelle Services Americas also specializes in composites work.

“As one of the world’s leading suppliers of engine nacelles, Aircelle understands the importance of establishing full MRO capacity in the proximity of major markets,” explained Martin Sion, president of Aircelle. “Our Indianapolis operation brings proven capabilities into the Americas for our current and future nacelle products—both for in-shop servicing and on-wing repair.”

Aircelle Services Americas currently is certified for nacelle maintenance, repair and overhaul on the following twin-engine regional jetliners: Embraer’s ERJ135 and ERJ145, equipped with Rolls-Royce AE 3007 engines; along with the Embraer E170 and E175, which utilize GE CF34-8E powerplants.

In addition, the facility is qualified for MRO work on business jet engine types that include: the Rolls-Royce BR710 for Bombardier’s twin-engine Global 5000/6000 and the Gulfstream G550; the Honeywell HTF7000 on Bombardier’s twin-engine Challenger 300/350, the Embraer Legacy 450/500 and Gulfstream G280; as well as Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW307 for the Dassault tri-jet Falcon 7X.

Aircelle Services Americas’ MRO capabilities are quickly expanding to other Aircelle-produced nacelles, beginning with CFM International CFM56-5 engines that power Airbus’ A320 family of twin-jet airliners, the Pratt & Whitney PW6000 for Airbus’ A318, the PowerJet SaM146 powerplants on twin-engine Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional aircraft, and Rolls-Royce Trent 700s for Airbus’ A330 twin-engine widebody jetliner.

Future coverage will enable the Indianapolis operation to handle other Aircelle-produced nacelles, such as those for CFM International LEAP-1A powerplants that will equip the future Airbus A320neo (new engine option) jetliners, along with Rolls-Royce Trent 7000s for Airbus’ in-development A330neo version.

With the current and forthcoming activity, Aircelle Services Americas is preparing to ramp up its business volume and increase the company’s staffing. This builds on the already established, proven and certified MRO capabilities of Aircelle Services Americas – having previously been Applied Composites Engineering’s (ACE) nacelle repair division. The operation was acquired by Aircelle after seven years of successful cooperation with ACE on nacelle maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions at the site in Indianapolis.

Aircelle’s purchase from ACE involved the nacelle repair division’s tooling and MRO resources, along with the transfer of qualified staff members, who have become Aircelle employees.

Arcam Q20 FiltonGKN Aerospace has entered a strategic partnership with additive manufacturing specialist, Arcam AB, to develop and industrialize one of the most promising of the new ‘additive’ processes to meet the needs of the expanding future aerospace market. The joint technology development (JTD) partnership is focused on developing electron beam melting (EBM), a process in which metal components are built up, layer-by-layer, using a metal powder that is melted by a powerful electron beam. EBM is able to produce very precise, complex, small to medium-sized components that require very little finishing. As part of this agreement, GKN Aerospace has ordered two ARCAM Q20 EBM machines to be installed at GKN Aerospace’s Bristol, UK additive manufacturing (AM) center.

GKN and ARCAM engineers will then work together to create the next generation of EBM equipment, able to manufacture complex titanium structures at the high volumes required to meet future demand, GKN says. “We have been working with Arcam for some time exploring what we believe to be one of the most promising of the additive processes,” Russ Dunn, senior vice president Engineering & Technology, GKN Aerospace explains. “Our aim has been to fully understand how EBM can be applied to our future aero structures and aero engines portfolio. Through this new strategic partnership with ARCAM our combined additive manufacturing teams will now take the next steps towards fully industrializing this AM technology.”

He adds: “We believe the array of processes that fall under the ‘additive’ umbrella will revolutionize manufacturing across every industrial sector—particularly in aerospace where cost, weight and performance are critical. Drawing on GKN Powder Metallurgy’s experience and our own extensive aerospace expertise we aim to develop a roadmap that will industrialize additive manufacturing for this sector.”

The agreement forms part of the GKN group’s major AM research and development initiative. Within the GKN Aerospace business, four dedicated global AM development centres have been established in North America and Europe each focused on progressing specific additive processes and technologies.

GKN says it feels additive processes have huge potential for the future aerospace sector.

Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO of FL Technics251FL Technics announced the signing of a base maintenance agreement with Turkmenistan Airlines. Under the agreement, FL Technics will provide C-check support for the carrier’s five Boeing 737 NG aircraft. The first Boeing 737-800 operated by the national airlines of Turkmenistan has already reached FL Technics premises in Vilnius, Lithuania. According to the contract, FL Technics engineers will provide a comprehensive set of maintenance works covered by the C-check program.

The scope of works will include, but are not limited to functional and operational systems checks, repair, overhaul and exchange of internal components, inspection and repair of structure and composite elements, NDT, seat repairs, defect rectification, etc. In addition to the already delivered aircraft, FL Technics will serve four other Boeing 737s operated by Turkmenistan Airlines, which are to reach Lithuania later this year.

“Having won the public tender held by Turmkenistan Airlines in 2014, we are extremely glad to welcome the carrier's first aircraft in our hangars under the contract to service its fleet,” shares Zilvinas Lapinskas, the CEO of FL Technics. "We see this cooperation as yet another proof of the exceptional quality of our MRO solutions as well as the trust carriers from different world regions place in our services.”

AFI KLM E&M has been providing support for Air Madagascar's operations with its two A340-300s since September 2012. The airline has recently decided to renew with AFI KLM E&M. "We are pleased to renew this agreement based on AFI KLM E&M's proven ability to cover our maintenance needs with a full support contract,” says Roger Rakotozafy, industrial director for Air Madagascar.
AFI KLM E&M has been providing Total Care maintenance support for the two aircraft, covering engineering, airframe, engine, and component support, since 2012. "The renewal of this commercial agreement illustrates and confirms AFI KLM E&M's ability to deliver comprehensive, competitive solutions with maximum responsiveness and service quality," Franck Terner, executive vice president AFI KLM E&M, says.

AMOSmobile - Dashboard_480-251Swiss-AS is pleased to announce AMOSmobile a touch-optimised mobile package that will compile a suite of modules for use on mobile devices. Last year the proof-of-concept phase for AMOSmobile was performed and the prototype completed. A dedicated development team was formed in order to focus on implementing the mobile suite, which is optimised for mobile and touch usage. At the end of last year the company invited a select number of AMOS customers to a workshop in Basel to conduct a gap analysis of the new add-on application with Swiss-AS and to include the customers’ in-the-field experience. As a result, the next development steps were defined. The company says it is convinced that “the close cooperation with members of the AMOS community will be beneficial to this value-adding and user-friendly application.”

AMOSmobile is a set of dedicated modules, each to be separately licensed. In the first phase the mobile application will concentrate on covering functions related to maintenance execution. Initially, the main user group will be technicians who do not work on a desktop but still need to interact with the MRO system on a frequent basis – here the benefit of mobile device systems is clear.

AMOSmobile will support the use of electronically signed documents in order to secure the mobile process flow and avoid the printing and signing of paper documents. Currently the following functions have been developed or are being developed: ,Approval Control, Dispatch of Workorders and Taskcards, Documentation search (AMM, S1000D, MEL etc.), E-Signature for Workorders, Handling and deferring of Workorders, Stock information and parts requests via pickslip, Fleet status and overview and Structural Damage.

At a later stage, SwissAS envisages widening the functional range as well as integrating management/KPI functions and providing functions to cover additional base maintenance requirements in AMOSmobile.