Euravia’s chief executive, Dennis Mendoros, has launched the new production layout and processes, which are now in place to meet Euravia’s growth plans for 2020. The modernized production line incorporates best practices and ergonomics to ensure enhanced productivity and easier flow of parts through Euravia’s 58 different engine types and series production lines.
According to the company, due increased customer demand, Euravia is stepping up production output by more than 50 percent in 2015 by introducing additional MRO facilities, new lines and enhanced capability for PT6A, PT6T and PT6C engines.
“For over a quarter of a century, Euravia has enjoyed a phenomenal growth, which was driven by capacity and capability developments,” Mendoros said. “Over the last few years, all new developments are customer driven due to Euravia’s immaculate reputation for quality, product reliability and effective aftersales support.”
He added: “Euravia’s commitment in working in partnership with our Customers has resulted in quantifiable benefits and added value that no other company can deliver. Euravia is the Specialist MRO PT6 Company and we offer a total support service, ranging from design, manufacturing, MRO, MRT, engine sales/exchange/rental to training and certification. This commitment is greatly appreciated by our Customers and Business Associates; and is the recipe of Euravia’s sustainable success.”
AJW Aviation has partnered with Storm Aviation to further extend their total aircraft support solution that is transforming operational efficiency and cost-savings for smaller fleets and start-up airlines.
Storm Aviation is EASA Part-145 and Part-147, approved. It operates line stations across Europe, Asia and the Commonwealth states and will also provide B1 and B2 engineers and line maintenance staff direct to customers. Storm’s expertise covers a broad range of commercial aircraft types from the Airbus A320 to A380, Boeing B737 to B777, and regional jets.
“It is the Group’s intention to provide airline customers of all sizes with a portfolio of aircraft support services that enable them to maintain competitive operational efficiency,” explains Deepak Sharma, CTO – AJW Group, “Already we have established strategic partnerships with professional service providers such as CAMO4jets and Jet Aviation; and with OEMs like Thales and Honeywell. Our customers know they can come to AJW for a bespoke total solution that is designed to support their business exactly how they want it.
“Encompassing Storm Aviation within the AJW ‘family’ ensures that their long-established credentials and line maintenance expertise, gained across a diverse customer base of leading global airlines such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines, will complement our component support and repair programs. Together we can deliver the fully managed and totally outsourced, cross-fleet, MRO business model that forward-looking airlines are seeking to maximize their profitability and dependability.”
Jet Aviation St. Louis has been chosen by Rockwell Collins to develop the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of its Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) for the Bombardier Challenger 604.
Rockwell Collins announced in August that it is upgrading current flight management systems (FMS) and control display units (CDU) with a new communications management unit. Jet Aviation is developing the STC which must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration before installations can begin for the FANS 1/A aftermarket solution. Once the STC is approved, the FANS 1/A upgrade package, which includes the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) and Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC), will reduce pilot workload and significantly enhance the clarity and accuracy of pilot communications with Air Navigation Service Providers in oceanic and remote airspace worldwide. It will give those aircraft access to preferred wind-efficient transatlantic routes to save both time and fuel.
“The company is pleased to team with Rockwell Collins to prepare the STC and begin installations,” Blake Hogge, senior manager, Avionics Sales at Jet Aviation St. Louis, said. “Jet Aviation St. Louis can install the first FANS 1/A upgrade with minimal downtime and cost, as enabled by design of the system by Rockwell Collins.”
FANS systems have been under development by the aviation industry for years, primarily as a way to provide direct data-link communication between pilots and air traffic controllers.
Boeing and ANA announced they are teaming up to implement operational improvements for ANA’s fleet. The improvements are aimed at reducing costs and increasing efficiency of maintenance operations for ANA’s current and future 777 models as part of the Boeing Optimized Maintenance Program (OMP) service.
“The efficient performance of our 777 and 777X fleet together with Optimized Maintenance Program will be value added to our operations,” said Takeo Kikuchi, director of Engineering, ANA. “We were very pleased with Boeing’s offer of services to center on cost reductions in our 777 fleet maintenance operations, and we look forward to working with the Boeing teams to achieve these improvements.”
ANA recently finalized orders for 20 777-9Xs and six 777-300ER airplanes. The Boeing Optimized Maintenance Program targets improved maintenance costs for ANA’s current 777-300 fleet as well as future deliveries of the 777X airplanes. Improvements will include reduced scheduled maintenance labor costs, lower materials costs and faster airplane maintenance turn times.
The Optimized Maintenance Program provides a competitive advantage to an airline by applying specialized analytics tools as well as Boeing’s unique airplane design and certification knowledge to identify ways to streamline airplane maintenance programs. Boeing Commercial Aviation Services’ Professional Services teams will perform analysis of ANA historical maintenance data and develop a maintenance program for ANA’s 777 fleet.
“The Optimized Maintenance Program is one of the many ways we are giving our customers the Boeing Edge, by combining our team’s experience and knowledge with advanced analytics tools to identify all of the strengths, constraints and opportunities that factor into an airline’s maintenance programs,” said Ken Sain, director of Professional Services, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. “In the span of a few short months, we will work together with ANA and their local regulatory agencies to develop the most effective and efficient maintenance program for ANA’s 777 fleet.”
By evaluating and analyzing a maintenance program, including logbooks, scheduled maintenance data, component maintenance records and other metrics, Boeing develops recommendations for maintenance program enhancements customized to accommodate the unique operating environments and specific operational goals of the airline. Boeing technical consultants also work directly with local regulatory authorities to secure approval and agreement on any recommended maintenance program changes.
Boeing’s OMP services have also recently been adopted by several other airlines, including Ryanair and Cathay Pacific.
Holland & Knight announced that the firm has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in transportation law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in its 2015 listing of the “Best Law Firms.” One firm is selected from each of the nationally ranked practice areas to receive this recognition.
To determine which law firm is most qualified for this honor, the rigorous evaluation process involved collecting client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading attorneys in their respective fields. Only those firms with the most impressive overall performance were chosen.
“We are proud of this honor, but recognize that it would not have been possible without the lasting partnerships with, and opportunities provided by, our clients. As part of your trusted team, we appreciate the close relationships and collaborative work we have achieved together,” a Holland and Knight press release said. “Thanks to all of our clients for entrusting us to handle your constantly changing legal needs in this dynamic industry. Our commitment to providing you the highest quality service will never waiver.”
Professional Aviation Associates celebrates opening of new facility. Pictured left to right: Greenwich AeroGroup Vice President of Sales & Marketing Daniel Lafrance, PAA Director of Operations Lamar Odom, Greenwich AeroGroup SVP of CR&O and Parts Distribution Dave Miller, PAA Controller Chip Gramke, PAA President Brian Dannewitz, PAA Director of Quality Alison Dominguez.
Professional Aviation Associates cut the grand re-opening ribbon and welcomed guests to see their new 46,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution facility.
The new facility close to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has 16,000 square feet more than its previous facility, enabling it to provide additional value-added services for customers and doubles the size of its hose fabrication shop.
Professional Aviation Associates (PAA) President Brian Dannewitz and Greenwich AeroGroup Senior Vice President Dave Miller were joined by customers, suppliers, and Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeffrey Turner and other city officials to commemorate the grand re-opening.
“This expansion represents a significant milestone in the nearly 30 years this company has been supporting its customer’s critical aircraft parts and material requirements,” said Brian Dannewitz, president of Professional Aviation Associates. “We are excited to continue the diversification and expansion of our capabilities while enhancing our tailored support solutions for our customers.”
Dannewitz added, that in addition to increasing the capacity of PAA’s FAA TSO Parker Stratoflex hose fabrication shop, the new building and systems provide world class climate-controlled environments to protect and preserve delicate instruments and avionics and delivers the latest in environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient technology.
The wide range of manufacturing processes being developed by GE in collaboration with the UK’s National Composites Center were displayed during a ceremony marking the facility’s recent expansion to double its size.
Included in GE’s displays at the Center’s latest opening event on October 30 were techniques to produce advanced propeller blades for a new generation of quieter and more efficient regional airliners, the use of automated fiber placement in manufacturing complex aircraft wing panels, along with composite and metallic reinforcing layer technologies for large-diameter flexible pipes in ultra-deep water applications.
“Together with the National Composites Center, GE is exploring innovative manufacturing techniques that will open the horizons for composites in a diverse range of products,” said Steve Walters, the general manager for GE Aviation Mechanical Systems. “As a tier 1 member, we value the Center’s resources and its flexible, collaborative nature.”
The National Composites Center provides a high-quality environment to evolve cutting-edge composite technologies into manufacturing processes, with the aim of delivering innovative composite solutions to UK industry. Located at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, it is one of seven research and technology centers that form the country’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult network.
Building on the National Composites Center’s success through the joint work with industry, academia, and government based on an original £25 million public investment, a further £28 million was announced last December for the doubling of its size – with this building expansion now complete.
Two different GE businesses currently are involved in joint work with the National Composites Center: GE Aviation, Hamble, which is the company’s UK centre for aerostructures activity; and Dowty Propellers, the manufacturer of propeller systems for civil and military aircraft. GE Oil & Gas, the provider of advanced technology equipment and services for drilling and production, pipelines, refining and petrochemicals, is evaluating potential collaboration with the center.
Among the technologies exhibited at the National Composites Center’s October 30 opening event were aircraft wing panels created using hybrid manufacturing processes with the automated placement of composite fibers. One manufacturing challenge being addressed by GE Aviation, Hamble in its work with the center is the need to navigate an automated fiber placement head around complex geometries without causing fiber bridging or colliding with the panels’ honeycomb core.
Dowty Propellers is working with the National Composites Center to produce advanced composite propeller blades that have reduced weight and allow the production of complex shape designs for lower noise output. The collaboration is focused on optimizing blade designs with the most efficient and cost-effective manufacturing techniques.
GE Oil & Gas spotlighted its potential collaboration with the National Composites Center on a program to qualify large diameter flexible pipe for ultra-deep water applications. This approach uses novel hybrid flexible riser technology that applies an optimally-engineered combination of well-understood and mature metallic and composite reinforcing layer technologies. It offers performance advantages that include reduced risk on critical end-fitting technology, superior chemical resistance by using proven thermoplastic materials, as well as an increase in barrier integrity by fusing together the composite pressure armor and fluid barrier layers.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics announced that VistaJet has selected the SmartStem Wireless Tire Pressure Measurement System for their fleet of Bombardier Challenger 605 and Challenger 350 business aircraft. VistaJet currently operates 12 Challenger jets, with plans to expand the fleet up to 50 aircraft to support increased service worldwide.
SmartStem provides an improved method for measuring and recording aircraft tire pressure and managing tire maintenance. Crane’s patented technology offers operators, including pilots, the ability to check tire pressure quickly, accurately and without gas loss. Each aircraft kit consists of high-accuracy tire pressure sensors and a handheld reader, which electronically reads and stores tire pressure and temperature. The sensors simply replace the existing wheel fill stems.
“We have used SmartStem for years on our Learjet 60 fleet,” said Nick Van Der Meer, accountable manager for VistaJet. “Daily tire pressure checks with SmartStem have contributed to the overall safety of our operation, and provided autonomy and comfort to our flight crews when performing the checks. By ensuring that tire pressure is optimized at all times, SmartStem has allowed us to increase efficiency by extending tire and wheel maintenance intervals. We look forward to the same positive results on our fleet of Challenger 605 and Challenger 350 aircraft.”
Rick Jones, Aerospace Group senior vice president for Crane, said, “Operators who are looking to maintain a safe aircraft and maximize tire life will quickly see the advantages of using a SmartStem system. SmartStem is enabling operators to proactively perform preventative maintenance and avoid in-service issues related to low tire pressure.”
Jim Perdue, vice president and manager of sales for SONICO, Inc. in Moses Lake, Wash., was elected president of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association’s (ARSA) Board of Directors at the group’s annual meeting in Montreal.
An ARSA board member since 2006, Perdue previously served as treasurer and then vice president. Outgoing president Gary Jordan, president and CEO of Jordan Propeller Service in San Antonio, Texas, will remain on the board.
“We’re entering an important year for the association,” said Perdue. “We’re going to help Congress reauthorize the FAA, address the challenge of finding and growing a skilled technical workforce, expand our influence internationally and continue to provide the finest regulatory compliance support in the industry.
“I’m glad that Gary [Jordan] will still be around, of course, and I’m thankful to have such great, experienced board members working with me. This is a great time for ARSA and its members.”
Gary Hudnall, general manager of Jet Center MFR in Medford, Oregon, has risen from secretary to vice president. Warner Calvo, quality and safety directory at Coopesa, R.L. in Alajuela, Costa Rica and the board’s newest member, completes the corps of officers as the association’s new secretary.
ARSA says directorship on their eleven-person board – which represents international maintenance interests – will be unchanged for 2015.
Aero Precision announced the finalization of a long-term repair agreement with Cascade Aerospace Inc., an operating unit of IMP Group Limited. This partnership covers repairs on multiple mechanical and actuation components for C-130 aircraft owned and operated by Canada’s Department of National Defense (DND).
“This agreement strengthens an already solid and growing relationship between Aero Precision and Cascade,” said Aero Precision’s director of Business Development Tony Schwarz. “Cementing the support channel with Canada’s Optimized Weapon System Support (OWSS) Manager for Hercules aircraft is a priority for us as we continue to enhance our capabilities to support C-130 operators worldwide.”
“We recognize the significant value of a long-term repair contract with Aero Precision,” said Cascade’s marketing and communications manager Kim Tamminga. “This agreement will enable faster, more economical, and OEM certified repairs for Canada’s C-130H fleet.”
The agreement affords Canada’s DND, via Cascade, the assurance that all CEF Industries manufactured C-130 components will be repaired and certified by the OEM. This repair management model provides efficiency, competitive pricing, and guaranteed quality of work for the end user.