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.
Air Services Int’l., (ASI), an FAA and EASA approved Part 145 repair station specializing in Rolls-Royce Model 250 engines and Bell Helicopter component MRO services, announced that it is relocating to a newly constructed 20,040 ft.² facility near the Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. The relocation is currently in process and will be completed in November.
ASI’s newly constructed 20,040 ft.² facility is located on a 1.16-acre site at the Turner Spectrum Ridge development. Inside the building is 1,500 square feet of finished office space. Outside of the building is an additional 16,108 square feet of secured yard space. The new facility provides ASI with the added space it immediately needs for current operations. The new facility also provides the space needed for expansion as ASI develops capabilities for additional powerplant families including the Honeywell T53/T55 series and Pratt & Whitney PT6 series. ASI is also considering expansion into General Electric platforms.
ASI’s 66 year history started when it was established in 1948 at the Chandler Airport. In 1967 ASI relocated to the Scottsdale Airport where it operated for many years. ASI relocated again to the Deer Valley area in 2006 and has chosen to remain in the Deer Valley district, one of the fastest developing markets in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area.
The Deer Valley district is the home to more Fortune 500 businesses than any other district in the Phoenix metro area. According to the City of Phoenix Employment Center, the Deer Valley area has an estimated 380,000 workers living within a 20 minute commute and more than 770,000 workers live within a 30 minute commute. The accessibility of skilled employees is important to ASI as it continues to grow. The new facility is located less than two miles from the Deer Valley Airport, the #1 ranked general aviation U.S. airport according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s 2013 General Aviation Statistical Databook (page 42).
The newly constructed facility provides ASI with significant advantages. The shop floor has been optimized for efficiency, every ASI technician has a dedicated computer workstation with flat panel monitor, allowing them access to the latest technical data. New non-destructive testing and paint shops are in place. Increased storage and warehousing space for engines, modules, components, spares, and consumables all enabling ASI to retain more items on site.
ASI says it is committed to providing continued customer support throughout the relocation to the new facility. The transition is expected to occur with a minimum of disruption to work and customer requirements.
The new facility is located at:
1025 E Salter Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85024 Building F
JC Aeronautics has acquired the CDS/Bus Automated Test Equipment division of Aeroflex and now supplies calibration, repair, certification, manufacturing and sales for CDS/Bus 53a/53b automated test equipment. JC Aeronautics is assisting aerospace and defense users of the product line with legacy support, and working with those customers to create a new generation of automated test equipment to support evolving needs.
Spirit AeroSystems announced its Europe Repair Station in Prestwick, Scotland, has received FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Part 145 Repair Station Certification to perform aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. The FAA certification, received Oct. 8, in addition to the facility’s existing EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certificate, allows Spirit’s Global Customer Support & Services division to work directly with airlines to perform maintenance and repair activity on components; including structures, doors and hatches, and engine/APU.
“Our advanced repair capabilities, combined with the repair station certifications our customers require, provide the reliability and in-region accessibility our customers expect,” said Cecile Houdet, Spirit AeroSystems head of GCS&S business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The FAA certification further expands our ability to provide premier services in all Spirit’s global repair station locations.”
Spirit AeroSystems Global Customer Support & Services also has a repair station in Wichita, Kan., USA, and the joint venture repair station Taikoo Spirit in Jinjiang, China. As a Tier 1 suppliers of aerospace structures, Spirit’s repair station capabilities are supported by extensive engineering design and manufacturing experience.
On the web: www.spiritaero.com/GCSS
On Twitter: @SpiritGCSS
Contact: Ken Evans, Corporate Communications, 316-523-4070
About Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Spirit AeroSystems, with headquarters in Wichita, Kan., USA, is one of the world’s largest non-OEM designers and manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial aircraft. In addition to its Wichita and Chanute facilities in Kansas, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla.; Kinston, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; Prestwick, Scotland; Preston, England; Subang, Malaysia; and Saint-Nazaire, France. In the U.S., Spirit’s core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Additionally, Spirit provides aftermarket customer support services, including spare parts, maintenance/repair/overhaul, and fleet support services in North America, Europe and Asia. Spirit Europe produces wing components for a host of customers, including Airbus.
In “The Tempest,” Shakespeare wrote “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” This was the inspiration for the nineteenth century comment from Charles Dudley Warner that “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”
And what stranger bedfellows could you find in the twenty-first century than the United States and Iran. Yet these two nations have set aside (some of) their differences in order to permit the sale of aircraft parts from the United States to Iran.
With skirmishes between our maritime vessels, disagreement over the Gaza Strip, and differences of opinion concerning nuclear material, it might seem unlikely for the two nations to set aside their differences and permit trade – especially in an area as strategically sensitive as aerospace – yet that is exactly what is happening right now.
In an agreement signed late last year, Iran and the United States agreed that sanctions would be relaxed with respect to certain trade in civil aircraft parts. The Agreement between the United States and Iran provides that the U.S. would license (i) the supply and installation in Iran of spare parts for safety of flight for Iranian civil aviation and associated services and (ii) safety related inspections and repairs in Iran as well as associated services. Licenses applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, though, and there is no guarantee that a license will be issued in any case. Nonetheless, following this agreement, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization head Alireza Jahangirian asked the Iranian National Development Fund to release $400 million to purchase aircraft parts from the West.
Aircraft parts exports from the United States still require licenses from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). Treasury issued guidance on its Iran Licensing Policy that clarified that “license applications will also be evaluated in light of the Iran-Iraq Arms Non-Proliferation Act and any other relevant statutes, as appropriate.
The first iteration of this agreement was short-lived (it was scheduled to expire June 20) but it has already been extended once, through November 24.
Can humanizing hangar design promote safer and better practices?
Development, or redevelopment of hangars and workshops is one of those necessary evils where aircraft maintenance is concerned. During the 30-plus year life of large maintenance facilities, those involved with the specification and ultimately implementation of any hangar or workshop based solution needs to get it right on so many levels. Topping the list is long-term capability planning for the facility. However, when speaking to a number of commentators, a lack of balance in terms of safety protection against production still seems apparent.
Hangar or workshop design, particularly for those aircraft/component MROs that work through the night is “very much neglected.” History has often proven in this regard that if anything does go wrong, the origins of the incident, more often than not, start during the night-shift and in a hangar. Good examples include the BAC 1-11 incident and the engine cowling latches episode, earlier this year. A great number of these incidents can be ironed out through better aircraft and component design, and to a greater extent through the introduction of human factors influenced training.
However, there is a limit to just how much can be designed into an aircraft or a maintenance procedure. If human factors issues are to be further resolved, maintainers and operators must now consider other areas of aviation infrastructure with regard to procedural design as well as concentrating on the actual facility itself.
When it comes to the way we operate and maintain aircraft, good ergonomic design, well thought-out maintenance practices and procedures are already in place, and have had very positive influences on aviation over the years. We have even further studied the effects of fatigue, and have installed effective policies in that regard. Yet, there is little research regarding hangar/workshop development or re-development that considers maintenance human factors as a part of the design specification. Surely, a well thought out hangar/workshop specification, would make all of our lives easier when it comes to combating some, if not all of the “Dirty Dozen”? Not only that a well laid out hangar solution must also promote best maintenance practice, and contribute to the overall safety objective of aviation.
Convenient layout can help reduce the rate of worker fatigue.
With the global market for commercial avionics equipment set to grow at an annual rate of 4.8 percent through to 2019, the industry has not been this buoyant for some time, setting the scene for some active discussions at Aviation Electronics Europe on the future policies, performances and innovations in the aviation electronics and avionics sector.
With industry forecasts $21 billion will be spent on commercial avionics systems for fixed-wing commercial aircraft in 2015, and an order backlog of aircraft, the future for the aviation electronics and avionics industry is looking healthy, as the global economic recovery continues to strengthen.
But as more aircraft are set to take to the skies, it becomes increasingly important for the management of the airspace to continue to improve safety and reliability to accommodate the greater number of aircraft, including military and UAVs.
Aviation Electronics Europe will not simply look at the latest and future for cockpit technologies, where airlines aim to deliver the most up-to-date and efficient systems for their pilots and the safety of passengers, but also updates on the Single European Skies initiative, which enters its third and final phase.
The ‘Deploying SESAR’ session explores the current and future positions for SESAR through to 2020, the main operational challenges and the technical enablers for SES deployment from the commercial airline and business jet perspectives. Speakers from key organisations, including SESARJU, EUROCONTROL and Airbus, involved in the deployment will deliver informative updates on the future for SESAR.
An exciting panel discussion on the ‘Impact of Performance Based Navigation from Alternate Perspectives’ the panelists will look at the impact PBN will have on airpsace from the different perspectives, from the airline to the FSM supplier. Developed by ICAO, Performance Based Navigation (PBN) is an essential component of delivering the objectives underpinning the Future Airspace Strategy and consequential modernisation of the airspace . PBN provides the opportunity for a significant airspace re-design as future navigation developments, such as three-dimensional (3D) and four -dimensional (4D) user preferred trajectories, evolve.
navAero announced recently the acceptance of the signed contract from Aerolineas Argentinas for supplying installation hardware and certification approvals for deployment of the highly integrated navAero Tablet Electronic Flight Bag system on the carrier’s B737, A330 and A340 fleets. Additionally, technology and engineering services will be provided to fulfill the detailed requirements of the airlines EFB program.
Aerolineas Argentinas made the choice for the navAero Tablet EFB hardware solution based upon operational functionalities and retrofit cost savings they will realize through the deployment of the navAero tablet “Smart” Mount system that features the integrated power/data interface module. Incorporated into the EFB system architecture is the navAero Universal Aircraft Interface Device (UAID) which will provide certified connections to ARINC 429 and 717 data buses. With this connectivity, the Tablet EFB system will provide virtual QAR functionality, ACARS connectivity and other capabilities that will be provided with our EFB collaborative partner, SITA.
navAero already has EASA and FAA certifications on all the carrier’s fleet types and will be providing amended certification for the finalized system architecture. First deployments on the Aerolineas Argentinas’ fleets will start during Q4, 2014.
“We are very excited to implement this project which is part of our Main Transformation Program. After detailed evaluation, navAero demonstrated a powerful and flexible solution which fulfilled all our requirements,” Capt. Facundo Gatti, Aerolineas Argentinas ops transformation manager said. “We will use this cutting edge technology as a means to continue improving safety and efficiency at our airline.”
“It is a distinct honor to welcome Aerolineas Argentinas as the newest member of our ever expanding list of commercial operators who have seen navAero EFB technology as the preferred deployment solution,” Simone Giordano, president, navAero Group, stated. “We have worked closely with the EFB team and our partners at Aerolineas Argentinas to document and demonstrate our technology on our offerings meet the very specific needs and requirements of their EFB program. We have proved beyond a doubt that our robust and cost-effective solution will exceed the most demanding operational, environmental and ROI standards. This means our customers are getting an affordable business tool that can help them improve productivity and operating efficiency through access to data on a platform they can depend upon.”
ifrSKEYES announced that it has become an Airbus Customer Services subsidiary as of July 2014.
Following this change, Airbus has appointed Jean-Pierre Gillet as the new president and managing director of its subsidiary. On 1st October 2014, Gillet takes over from Patrick Mathieu who takes other responsibilities within Airbus.
Jean-Pierre Gillet has robust customer experience coming from Airbus Customer Services. He was in charge of the Business Information Management unit within Customer Services. As part of his activities, he recently developed the “Airbus Smarter Fleet” offer in partnership with IBM. “Smarter Fleet” provides an open modular and flexible platform and set of applications integrating new services around aircraft and fleet maintenance and operations.
Jean-Pierre Gillet’s key role will focus on developing and implementing Airbus’ strategy for the e-solution business, ensuring ifrSKEYES operational performance with greater customer proximity in synergy with Airbus.
Welcoming his new challenge, Mr Gillet comments: “ifrSKEYES has a recognized position on the market, and has created strong relationship with its customers. It is my goal and first priority to ensure our customer satisfaction with the present product portfolio and work together to prepare the necessary evolution to face the future challenges”.
With a new CEO, ifrSKEYES will continue to adapt its way of working to better support its customers with quality products and services and to meet new market challenges.
Fort Myers, Fla.-based Flightdocs Inc. announced the release of its Enterprise Inventory Platform, the first module of its new Flightdocs Enterprise Suite of aviation data-management solutions. This new tool for web and mobile-based users allows aircraft mechanics and operations personnel to track inventory, requests for repairs, parts requisition requests, purchase orders and shipping information.
Enterprise Inventory gives customers a complete view of the purchasing and parts management process, in real time, allowing for real-time updates and access to orders, component data, documentation and status.
The new platform comes with an iPad application, giving access to inventory and purchasing data from anywhere. Mechanics can send instant requests for parts needed to carry out maintenance, and managers are able to process approvals, purchase orders and allocations of parts to the locations requested. This aviation inventory management software is anticipated to greatly reduce inefficiencies associated with local server-based software and paper-based tracking systems.
The mobile app also includes barcode and QR code scanning capabilities, which is critical in the overall parts inventory tracking and management process. Users can also upload attachments such as 8130s and other documentation related to the components being utilized. Additionally, operations and maintenance personnel have the ability to enter write-ups completely electronically, entirely paper-free, and report them in real time to home base.
“The QR code and scanning feature offers users a significant advantage over most existing inventory platforms,” said Greg Heine, Flightdocs’ vice president of business development. “Without the need for a dedicated barcode scanner and desktop computer to scan barcodes, the iPad application provides a much easier way to identify, locate and utilize components from inventory.”
Enterprise Inventory Platform is an aircraft parts management software that is easy to set up, requires minimal training time to get up and running, and all data is available from one screen. An easy to use search function is also incorporated. Users will have a vast amount of information available to them at all times, accessible all from a single “Dashboard” page.
“We anticipate the benefits of this development to be substantial, including reducing the manpower required to manage inventory as well as costly errors on stock levels, and eliminating ‘rush’ shipment costs,” Heine added
For more information, please contact Greg Heine, VP of Business Development at (800) 747-4560. Online at www.flightdocs.com