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Summit Aerospace of Miami and American General Supplies, Inc. (AGS) of Gaithersburg, Md., have formed a new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) alliance.

“We’ve wanted to expand our product and services offering into Africa for some time,” according to Jorge Fernandez, managing partner of Summit Aerospace.

“We’ve known AGS chairman and president Kassa Maru for many years,” said Allan Jiron, Summit’s other managing partner. “We also knew that AGS has been successfully serving the needs of African commercial aviation for more than 30 years, so it was a no brainer for us to approach AGS about representing us in the African market,” he said.

“It’s a natural tie-up for both our companies – Summit has the MRO expertise and capability while AGS has the customer relationships, engineering understanding and market experience needed to help us establish a foothold in the African market,” said Mario De La Torre, Summit’s senior vice president, sales and marketing.

“Companies operating in the commercial aviation space in Africa face daunting obstacles, including regulatory constraints, access to capital and easy access to proven, international MRO support,” said AGS CEO Kassa Maru. “Since AGS currently operates in the capacity of purchasing and financing agent to a few African airlines, we know our financial strength and experience in the marketplace will work to the benefit of our customers and our MRO partner, Summit Aerospace.”

DAC International has received AS9120A and ISO 9001:2008 certification. The AS9120A standard quality management systems (QMS) certification builds on the ISO 9001:2008 certification with more than 100 additional requirements that are specific to aviation, space and defense distributors. AS9120A certification requires rigorous purchasing, handling, storage, and traceability controls to prevent counterfeit and non-conforming parts and components from entering the supply chain.

“Attaining these certifications required substantial effort and commitment on the part of all of our employees,” said Cisco Hernandez, DAC International’s general manager. “It shows DAC’s commitment to ensure our quality system and procedures meet the highest standards.”

Hartzell251Hartzell Propeller Inc. received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration for the company’s new state-of-the-art lightweight Scimitar prop for all Cessna 172RG Cutlass aircraft.

The newly designed and aggressively shaped Scimitar swept tip aluminum compact blended airfoil two-blade propeller and light-weight carbon fiber, all composite spinner assembly enhance standard-equipped propeller performance. More than 1,100 172RG aircraft have entered service.

“This new Cessna 172RG swept tip Scimitar propeller along with its robust aluminum compact hub gives the maximum lifetime and performance that aviators flying with Hartzell props have come to expect,” said Joe Brown, Hartzell Propeller President. “This two-blade lightweight prop has better tolerances and corrosion resistance than previously available.”

The newly engineered propeller from Hartzell has a globally acceptable takeoff noise profile of 84.9 dB(a), and a number of foreign STC validations are pending. The new propeller, part of Hartzell’s Top Prop conversion program, has a 2,400-hour, six-year recommended time between overhaul. Kit pricing for the new prop, spinner and STC is $9,500.

For the STC program, Hartzell Propeller was permitted to fly a Cessna 172RG Cutlass on loan from the Aeronautics Division at Kent State University’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. The Kent State Aeronautics Program is home to the largest fleet of university operated aircraft in Ohio and is based at the Kent State University Airport in Stow, Ohio. The program has more than 500 students seeking degrees in Flight Technology, Aviation Management, Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology, Aeronautical Studies and Air Traffic Control.

AndrewCoombes150Dr. Andrew Coombes, head of Marketing and Engineering Services at Rapita Systems, will be presenting at Aviation Electronics Europe in Munich, Germany on Wednesday 25th March on 'Worst Case Execution Time for DO-178B/C Applications: Current practice, state of the art and future developments'.

Dr. Coombes has been has been involved in the development and commercialization of software tools for embedded, real-time applications for the past 18 years and will share some of his experience and knowledge about determining worst-case execution time (WCET) as a recommended activity for avionics systems developed according to the DO-178B or DO-178C guidelines.
One approach to determining WCET that is widely used and currently accepted by certification authorities is manual analysis and measurement. Manual analysis and measurement is an effort-intensive task and requires an extremely high level of care to ensure measurements are correctly captured. Much of the effort required by the manual process occurs because of the need to predict worst-case paths through the source code.

In his presentation, Dr. Coombes will address how an automated tool can minimize this effort, and proposes an iterative process whereby an extremely accurate WCET can be obtained through a combination of testing and analysis. A beneficial side effect of this process is the identification of WCET “hotspots” – places in the code where the return on optimization effort is maximized.

For further details of this presentation click here or to register for the event click here.

liebherr-aerospace-251Liebherr-Aerospace officially opened its new logistics center in Dubai (UAE) at an event held on February 3, 2015. Liebherr-Aerospace says this logistics center in Dubai, which is located on the premises of Liebherr Middle East FZE in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, puts it in an ideal position to support airlines based in the Middle East by offering them optimized spare parts availability.

The logistics center offers 1,000 m² of floor space and houses a storage, an area with state-of-the-art equipment for receiving and shipping as well as offices for the management of piece parts and line replaceable units. Liebherr-Aerospace’s original equipment inventory is also available for sale and exchange there. Storage and logistics processes are managed by OEMServices.

“We are continuously developing our capabilities in order to further support our customers in the Middle East that operate Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer aircraft as well as other aircraft depending on market needs”, says Charles Thoyer-Rozat, EVP Customer Services Aerospace of Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS. “The opening of our logistics center is an important milestone in our strategy of developing enhanced support for our customers.”

Lufthansa Technik has developed a new product for optimal care of older engine types through to their end of life in flight operations.

smart.life sets out to minimize the increased overhead requirement of aircraft engines, which experience shows occurs at their end of life, by taking advantage of various product components and synergy effects in maintenance.

"Engine repairs and overhauls are essentially approached in a different way with smart.life in the second half of their life cycle," says Bernhard Krüger-Sprengel, Senior Vice President Engine Services of Lufthansa Technik. "Instead of a traditional overhaul, we follow the approach with smart.life of delivering thrust during this phase of the product life cycle - with the aim of making optimal use of an engine's, modules or engine parts remaining life span."

smart.life includes various technical and commercial elements: On one hand, this includes creating an individual workscoping for every engine as well as producing a reliable engine from two defective engines. Added to this are leasing models as well as the purchase of customer engines and immediate lease-back as well as pooling of the customer's own spare engines.

Combining the existing opportunities in an optimized and tailored manner should allow synergy effects to be achieved and therefore savings to be generated for the customer. The respective customer situation, the fleet size, the required remaining life span and legal requirements are all considered in this context.

The need for more flexible management of engine maintenance for older engine types is also being driven by the current market situation. Various engine types are set to reach the end of their product life cycle in the short to medium term. The GE CF6-80, Pratt & Whitney PW4000, as well as the CFM56-5A/-5C from CFMI are initially in the new product's focus. However, all engines that are entering the second half of their life cycle will be ultimately addressed in the long term by smart.life.

HighWater Innovations, makers of Personal Electronic Device (PED) onboard aircraft fire containment products, announced the introduction of a larger version of their PlaneGard PED Fire Containment Case. The PlaneGard PG350 has been designed to handle laptops with screens up to 17” diagonal.  “Since the introduction of the PlaneGard 250 in 2014, PlaneGard continues to be the best option for dealing with an on-board PED fire," says HighWater Partner, Michael Gilchrist. "PlaneGard is the only 'capture and contain' technology available that allows a quick, safe and repeatable process to control the fire event and in almost all cases with no physical contact.”

The company says sales of its standard case, the
PG250, are growing, and it became apparent in late
2014 that corporate operators needed to
accommodate larger size laptops that are not
normally carried on-board commercial aircraft.
“There are those business passengers than just cannot work on a small computer screen, and that is where the PlaneGard PG350 is the perfect solution, ”says Partner George Brilmyer. This new PG350 model features the same revolutionary capture device (aka 'the scoop') that is an integral part of the PlaneGard technology but has been increased to an internal size of 16” x 12” x 2”. The smoking/burning PED is simply 'scooped up' and safely dropped into the insulated PlaneGard case where the flames, smoke and toxic fumes are isolated and contained.

Whether water is then added, or not, the event is safely contained.

Lithium ion fires are particularly vigorous and normal methods of fighting them are ineffective. In addition to the fire there is the potential for explosion. Copious amounts of toxic organic vapors will be released as well. These vapors irritate the eyes, nose and throat and even more dangerous is that they can be ignited. PlaneGard is the only technology that completely contains the fire, explosion, toxic vapor, heat, and odor involved in such a fire event. With the fire completely contained, the flight crew can make a better decision as to whether the flight has to be diverted. Flexible bags do not contain the toxic organic vapor or smoke or odor.

Conservative sources indicate that there have been close to 200 such fire events related to Personal Electronic Device (PED) batteries over the last ten years. The rate of these incidents is increasing in the more recent years as the number of PEDs (laptop computers, smart phones, Tablet PC’s, e-readers, MP3 players, etc.) that passengers carry on board aircraft has grown significantly. The airline industry recently estimated that since the typical passenger carries multiple PEDs, they each bring an average of 4.5 Li-ion cells onto each flight. (NOTE: a typical single aisle, narrow body aircraft with 100 passengers will have about 500 lithium ion cells on board). The risk is growing. PlaneGard is the solution to mitigate the risk.

For more information related to PED fires see the PlaneGard website at www.PlaneGard.com.

Baker Aviation, a full service aircraft maintenance, management and charter company in North Texas, is the exclusive distributor for the HOT-STOP 'L' Fire Containment Bag product line joins Industrial Energy Products (IEP) to announce that 1500 units are now aboard aircraft based around the world.

“Exceeding 1500 bags is a major milestone for us,” Tom Connolly, president of IEP, the manufacturer of the HOT-STOP ‘L’ bags, says. “Our HOT-STOP L customers are Fortune 100 flight departments, international airlines and aircraft manufacturers’ that recognize the value of our tested and burn certified products. Now we will accommodate users that feel the need to follow the water application philosophy. Our bags will safely contain potential in-flight battery runaway without water, and now we have a process to accomplish this with a water application. Keep in mind that many mobile devices today are waterproof and in many situations an overheated device may not be in full runaway nor require full water saturation. Once the HOT-STOP bag is soaked with water, the layers of fire containment materials will be compromised so the customer will need to replace it,” added Connolly.

The HOT-STOP 'L' Fire Containment Bag safely contains fires, explosions and smoke emissions from Lithium Ion powered devices as well as any combustible item aboard an aircraft. These distinctive HOT-STOP ‘L’ bags have been successfully tested twice in live fire evaluations at the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey and further independently fire tested by flight departments.

“This is an exciting 1500 milestone and the response we are seeing from the business aviation sector is impressive,” stated Ray Goyco, Jr. President and COO at Baker Aviation. “The recommendation to use water to cool down these devices, originated many years ago with limited validation but we can accommodate this philosophy with our proven technology. The HOT-STOP ‘L’ bags help flight crews be proactive when dealing with a potential runaway, before there is smoke, fire or an explosion. Our product is tested without the need for water, which minimizes life-threatening smoke emissions and provides a time-saving means to safely contain a device in question, without hesitation and without prematurely destroying the passenger’s device with water,” added Goyco.

The distinctive fire containment bag is different from other products on the market and can be used to store a laptop, tablet, or smart phone when not in use, contain an overheating device, or contain one that is in full thermal runaway. The bags are made up of multiple durable fabrics with a felt inner core that has a 3200ºF melting point which is sandwiched between two outer layers that have a 2080ºF melting point and are proven to absorb the energy and fire while minimizing the escape of smoke, sparks and flames.

The HOT-STOP line of fire containment bags can be customized to fit the operator’s need and is currently offered off the shelf sizes for smart phones, passenger or flight deck tablets, and laptop computers. Tailored defibrillator device covers are also available to safely contain these lithium ion battery powered devices. Due to larger devices being brought on board, the new oversized bag was recently introduced. At 25” wide x 22” high, it is designed to contain laptops and all-in-one portable computers up to 19” wide x 14” wide x 2” in thickness.

Recently, Baker Aviation announced a surrender rebate program for other competing bags. Baker is offering a $100, discount when customers surrender any other fire containment brand of bag at time of purchase of a new, proven and tested HOT-STOP ‘L’ lithium ion fire containment bag. For more details please contact Ray Goyco, Jr. at Baker Aviation at Ray@Baker-Aviation.com.

Butler National Corporation announces the availability of two new component solutions for sale for Learjets. Incorporating new technologies, Butler National designed, manufactured and obtained Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval of a replacement rate sensor for use by the autopilot on the roll axis and yaw axis of the applicable Learjet 31/35/35A/36/36A/C-21A and 55 Series airplanes, and on the yaw axis on the Learjet Model 24/25/28/29 Series airplanes. The replacement rate gyro sensor is approved for installation under STC number ST02416SE. The new rate gyros are available for immediate sale and shipment.

Butler National also added another new STC to replace the existing stall warning accelerometer for the Learjet 24/25/28/29 Series airplanes and Learjet 35/35A/36/36A airplanes with the FC-200 autopilot. The new vertical accelerometer is STC (STC number ST02417SE) approved as an alternate means of compliance for airworthiness directive 82-01-05. The new vertical accelerometer is currently available for sale and shipment from Butler National.

Parts obsolescence is a never ending battle in the airplane business. Many aircraft, like Learjet 20 and 30 series airplanes are reaching their 40th plus year of operation. This makes replacement part acquisition a significant challenge. One Butler National research and development focus is providing new part alternatives to obsolescence issues with cost-effective new replacement parts for the Learjet airplanes.

The new Butler National rate gyro sensor solution uses an upgraded solid-state technology and provides a noticeable improvement in yaw damper operation compared to many of the old and tired oil-filled rate gyros.

"We are pleased to continue achieving our goals to offer new components and system upgrades for sale to operators of legacy Learjets. We believe the new replacement rate sensor gyros will offer enhanced reliability and improved performance," says Clark D. Stewart, President and CEO. "An operational yaw damper is required for dispatch of Learjet 20 and 30 series airplanes, unless they are equipped with our Avcon Delta Fins. The new yaw damper sensor provides a noticeable and quicker damping response to turbulence inputs than is experienced with the classic oil-filled devices. We believe passengers will have a better ride experience with the new Butler National yaw rate gyro sensors. The replacement yaw rate gyro may be used in either the primary or secondary yaw damper system with the applicable model Learjets. Through Butler Avionics, we are offering a special introductory price to exchange an existing rate gyro for the new solid state Butler National Rate Gyro at a price of $ 4,500.00."

"We have an FAA approved STC solution for a new replacement stall warning vertical accelerometer in the Learjet 20 and 30 series airplanes, " Stewart says. He added: "We have had numerous requests to assist with technical obsolescence solutions in Learjets, and the replacement vertical accelerometer is another prime example of combining our aviation experience with our technical expertise. We are working to provide Learjet customers new parts with new technology."

"We stepped up to provide reasonable solutions to keep these aviation 'workhorses' operational. We offer noise solutions, avionics solutions, and parts obsolescence solutions. We believe in these aircraft, and we will continue to support these Learjets in the future," says Stewart.

Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) will be holding the Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR) InfoExchange and the Maintenance and Engineering Safety Forums the week of February 10, 2015 in Singapore. FSF and the Singapore Aviation Academy are jointly organizing these events.

The ALAR InfoExchange, scheduled for February 10 and 11, will provide a platform for the discussion and sharing of information of ALAR-related issues including stabilized approaches, go-around decision making and execution, air traffic management (ATM) contribution to go-around safety, safe landing guidelines, technology and other runway safety strategies.

On February 12-13, the inaugural Maintenance and Engineering Safety Forum will focus on some of the key safety issues and challenges faced by the MRO industry relating safety as perceived and managed by maintenance organization,; identifying workplace challenges both for the aviation industry regulators associated with human factors in aviation maintenance; and harnessing of new technologies to enhance maintenance and engineering safety.

"Both of these meetings provide an excellent opportunity for a sharing of the latest ideas in two key focus areas in the industry," stated FSF president and CEO, Jon L. Beatty. "An event like this allows for a robust discussion between different segments of the industry - allowing a better understanding of how all the pieces can work together."

Both meetings will be held at the Singapore Aviation Academy. Full information, including registration, hotel and travel information can be found on the FSF website at www.flightsafety.org/Singapore2015