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Attention to aviation’s’ green credentials continues to be of relentless focus. Especially those that are involved in the manufacture, maintenance and ultimately replacement of aircraft cabin interiors. According to Tony Seville, the means of recycling complete cabin interiors is already here and his company, SD Aviation is fully capable of recycling these components to such an extent, that 100 percent of the aircraft cabin interior completely avoids land-fill.

Yet, when approaching some of the industry’s leading aviation organizations, the response more often than not is a negative one, citing the cost of re-cycling as higher than that of sending aircraft cabin interior components & materials to land-fill sites, and does absolutely nothing for the ‘Green Credentials’ of the world’s operators, maintainers and OEMs

Modern commercial aircraft have to be complete with complex and commercially and aesthetically attractive cabin interior environments. A large proportion of the on-board equipment uses very exotic plastic solutions that include polycarbonates. Up until now, this equipment only really had two ways to go at the end of their service lives. They were either sold via secondary markets or found their way into land-fills. As an industry, aviation is constantly being derided by its critics for not really taking its green responsibilities seriously.

However, the aviation industry has expended considerable time developing advanced processes that can completely recycle 100 percent of a passenger seat (integrated avionics included), as well as other interior components like floors, side panels and ceilings. According to Tony Seville of SD Aviation,“Few operators even realize that on fuel alone, current recycling processes can off-set their carbon footprint by as much as 66 percent.” In other words, for every fifteen tonnes of cabin interiors recycled, the operator can off-set its’ fuel-burn by up to the equivalent of ten metric tonnes. How’s that for radically enhancing your green image?

 


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by Joy Finnegan, Editor-in-Chief

With healthy growth projected in air travel, the FAA has a tremendous opportunity to make a major difference in the industry,” FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta said recently in conjunction with the release of their annual forecast. “As the system becomes more complex, we’ll look to new technologies to meet the growing demand for safe and efficient air travel here at home and around the world.”

The FAA Forecast warns, per usual, that shocks can impact the accuracy of the forecast. These shocks include things such as the terror attacks of September 11, skyrocketing fuel prices, and global recession. It says these recent shocks have caused air carriers to manage this period of extreme volatility by fine-tuning their business models by lowering operating costs, eliminating unprofitable routes and grounding older, less fuel efficient aircraft.

The report says passenger demand shows minimal growth in 2014, but projects an upturn in growth for the 2015-19 period. Over the same time period, the report says, system capacity growth averages of 3.3 percent per year. “For the overall forecast period (2014-34), system capacity is projected to increase an average of 2.7 percent a year. Supported by a growing U.S. and world economy, system RPMs are projected to increase 2.8 percent a year, with regional carriers (up 2.3 percent a year) growing slower than mainline carriers (up 2.8 percent a year).” By 2034 the report says U.S. commercial air carriers are projected to fly 1.75 trillion ASMs and transport 1.15 billion enplaned passengers a total of 1.47 trillion passenger miles.

One bright spot noted is growth in air cargo with air cargo traffic, as measured by Revenue Ton Miles (RTMs – one ton of cargo flown one mile) expected to more than double by 2034 at an average growth rate 4.1 percent.

The 2014 FAA forecast says as “the economy recovers from the most serious economic downturn and slow recovery in recent history, aviation will continue to grow over the long run.” The FAA Aerospace Forecasts FY 2014-2034 can be found here: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/apl/aviation_forecasts/aerospace_forecasts/2014-2034/
VZM Management Services has released their VZM Market Outlook 2014 for commercial aviation and maintenance. The group’s report “looks back at how the aerospace market evolved through the Great Recession and provide our thoughts regarding future developments.”

Marcel Versteeg, owner of the consultancy says, “Increasing OEM dominance in both airframe and engine aftermarkets is forcing the independents to review their business strategies, putting pressure on MRO management to identify and implement cost effective initiatives throughout the aftermarket supply chain. The VZM Management Services report can be found here: http://www.vzm.net/Infopercent20Center/VZMpercent20Publications

Focusing more intently on MRO, comes the ARSA/Team SAI 2014 Global MRO Market Economic Assessment, released last month as well. The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) is a Virginia-based trade association that represents aviation maintenance and manufacturing companies and Team SAI is an aviation consulting services firm.

Their report says the aviation maintenance business is a vibrant $57.7 billion global industry that is expected to grow to $86.8 billion in the next decade. The study also stresses that the commercial and business aviation MRO and parts manufacturing/distribution industries combined generate $44.4 billion in economic activity in the United States and employ 244,000 workers across the country.

Other issues addressed in the report include the flow of trade between various regions and market conditions in specific maintenance sub-sectors such as airframe, engine, component and line maintenance. Some highlights from the report:
• Airframe MRO is forecast at $11.5B for 2014. Nearly 30 percent of this spend is for aircraft based in North America.
• Engine MRO is expected to be $22.1B in 2014.
More than 30 percent of this value is tied to
North American operators.
• Component MRO is forecast to be $12.2B in 2014. Upwards of 35 percent of this spend is for North American aircraft.
• Line MRO is pegged at $11.9B in 2014. North America represents 27 percent of the market.

You can download the entire report at http://arsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ARSA-TeamSAI-EconomicReport-20140307.pdf
Additionally, in this issue, we have leaders from around the globe giving their input in our annual “State of the Industry” feature starting on page 22. We hope these insights help give you the information you need to understand our unique, dynamic and challenging industry.

 


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Greg Biffle Airplanes and helicopters for Sherwin WilliamsBack before the TSA took it away, one of my favorite pass times was to hang out at a local FBO just to look at the different private aircraft and their paint schemes. I’ve seen some pretty cool stuff and some pretty, well, not very pretty, stuff. The Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder…kind of paint schemes.

But, like ‘em or not, it doesn’t matter if it’s Matterhorn white with a thin lipstick red strip or copy of Van Gogh’s Starry Night on the fuselage–VIP aircraft owners want their paint scheme to be a reflection of who they are. And that’s probably more evident today than ever.

“Today, many owners don’t want white with stripes. They want bold colors and graphics,” stated Guy Amico, president, Global Jet Painting (www.globaljetpainting.com). “They want to use their imaginations to create what they want on their airplanes.”

“John Travolta wanted to stay with the original vintage look. It’s classic Boeing/Quantas and it still looks as fresh and new today as it did when the 707 was new, 50-years ago,” he said. “Others like Canadian fashion executive, Peter Nygard, wanted his 727’s scheme done to reflect his corporate and personal image. It has three shades of metallic blue stripes and his name in a chrome decal–it’s pretty wild and was an exciting job to do.”

While, obviously the owner’s personality has a lot to do with the design, today’s new-generation paint formulations do play a role in achieving the intended level of wow factor.

“The revolutionary technology change in the aerospace paint industry has been the move away from the single-stage systems to new-technologies like the SKYscapes basecoat/clear coat technologies,” explained Julie Voisin, global product manager, Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings (www.swaerospace.com). “Its formulation allows painters the ability to put down several colors in a smaller window of time.”

“The basecoat/clear coat paints are helpful, especially when there are multiple colors or fade effects. It lets you put one down and move on to the next color faster,” Amico added. “With the old paints, you may have to wait until the next day, or longer.”

The unique SKYscapes process features specially formulated resins that deliver richer color and higher gloss retention, while providing improved hiding with thinner films on bright, multi-colored schemes.

 


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Jahrespressekonferenz“In spite of the generally satisfying development of global aviation, the difficult situation of many airlines, particularly in Europe, and the increasing availability of MRO services around the world continue to challenge our industry and increase price pressures,” said August Wilhelm Henningsen, chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik, on March 18 in Hamburg. “Against this backdrop, the Lufthansa Technik Group has developed very well. Our good order situation and our successful cost reductions have enabled us to boost our operating result significantly.”

Currently Lufthansa Technik says it has 770 customers and a total of 2,800 aircraft. In 2013, the company won 47 new customers and concluded more than 450 new contracts, as reported at their annual press conference to release company data.

LHT said 2013 was also marked by the expansion of their service portfolio, particularly for the Boeing 787, as well as significantly extended partnerships with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and preparations for the new Boeing 777-9X and Airbus A350 aircraft types and their engines and components.

“In addition to the good order situation, it was above all the significant cost reductions resulting from the SCORE (the company’s stringent restructuring efforts) program’s measures that made our excellent result in 2013 possible,” said Dr. Peter Jansen, Lufthansa Technik CFO, at the press conference. He emphasized that a restrictive approach to new appointments and offers of early retirement for special groups of employees as well as the closure and sale of companies led to a reduction in the average number of employees to 19,927, down 2.2 percent.

As the most important package of measures in the future, Jansen mentioned the remaining SCORE projects, which will be implemented in 2014 and 2015 and are expected to contribute an additional 350 million euros. “We’re now halfway through the program and have achieved almost 50 percent of the planned impact on earnings, but sustaining improvements in efficiency in the long term is more difficult than achieving initial successes.”

The company closed Lufthansa Technik Switzerland due to a collapse in demand, and the closing of Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland in Dublin was initiated at the end of the year due to strongly declining revenues and inadequate market opportunities.

In contrast, Lufthansa Technik Budapest expanded its capacities and Lufthansa Technik Malta extended its capacity for parallel work on several long-haul aircraft through a hangar enlargement. In Asia, Lufthansa Technik Philippines is expanding its portfolio of services for the A380 and Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen has opened two new hangars in order to be able to offer new component, engine and logistics services. And in Hamburg, the newest Lufthansa Technik network company, Lumics, a joint venture with McKinsey, has begun its consulting activities, which are not limited to the aviation sector.

 


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by Jason Dickstein

The long-awaited TSA Repair Station Security Rule—a rule a decade in the making—was finally issued in January of this year. The new rule was authorized by Congress under the repair station security statute (49 U.S.C. § 44924). As with any new rule, the TSA repair station security rule will mean a number of changes about which repair stations will need to be aware.

One of the primary effects of the repair station security statute was to bar the FAA from issuing any new foreign repair station certificates until TSA security audits were completed for existing stations. But because TSA had not issued its rule, TSA was unable to conduct any audits because it did not have any standards to audit to. Now that the rules are out, TSA has begun auditing repair stations for compliance with the new security rules. After TSA has completed its audits of all existing repair stations, the FAA may once again start issuing foreign repair station certificates. The FAA has been prevented from issuing foreign repair station certificates for more than five years, so the ability to begin issuing certificates could mean good news for non-US repair stations as well as for U. S. repair stations seeking to expand their operations overseas.

With the advent of new audits and the issuance of new foreign repair station certificates, there are several issues about which business owners and employees should be vigilant.

First, the new security regulations apply quite broadly. The regulations apply to those repair stations certificated by the FAA under Part 145 that are on or adjacent to airports and that have means of access permitting aircraft of 12,500 MTOW to move to the repair station. The exception to this rule is for repair stations located on a U.S. or foreign government military base. Additionally, the rule is applicable to all aircraft over the threshold, not just N-registered aircraft. The key element is access; although all repair stations are subject to inspection as provided in the rule and to Security Directives should there be a security need, the rule text requires only certain repair stations to carry out security measures on a regular basis.

 


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FL Technics was recently accepted to become a member of the European Aviation Maintenance Training Committee (EAMTC). By joining the EAMTC the company says it has expressed its commitment towards supporting the organization on its mission to promote European aviation safety standards through training both regionally and globally.

EAMTC is a Netherlands-based non-profit association which comprises various aviation maintenance training organizations from Europe and other regions across the world. It is the only organization of the kind in the Old Continent, and the only non-U. S. association of aviation maintenance training organizations in the world. Being a member of EAMTC, FL Technics Training will use the opportunity to contribute and share its technical training experience while taking part in various workshops, round tables and other expert discussions hosted by the organization.

“Ensuring the daily safety of flights requires the devotion of all individuals involved in aviation, whether it is a technician, an engineer or a manager. That is why we clearly understand the importance and the impact the training segment has on the entire industry. Becoming a member of the Committee is an important step for us as it allows us to be even more involved in the ongoing development of European aviation and, along with our colleagues, to support the spread of European safety standards both inside and outside the region,” comments Kestutis Volungevicius, head of FL Technics Training.

“We are delighted to see FL Technics Training amongst the members of EAMTC. We are certain that their experience and expertise will bring a valuable contribution to the mission and goals of our organization. By uniting the key players of the European aviation training segment, we aim to establish a stronger cooperation within the industry thus ensuring more effective development of new safety standards and practices as well as their implementation in every aspect of the aviation business, starting from training,” shared Ian Williams, the president of EAMTC.

The aviation test equipment market is projected to worth $7.15 billion by 2020. This is according to the new market research report called “Aviation Test Equipment Market by Segments (Electrical, Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Power), Application (Military and Commercial) & Geography (North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa & ROW) – Forecasts & Analysis 2014-2020 and published by MarketsandMarkets.

The report scrutinizes the in-depth analysis of the present industry size and growth prospects for the forecast period, including highlight of key growth stimulators. The report further benchmarks the industry against key global markets and provides a detailed understanding of emerging opportunities in the specific areas.

The report also dissects the analysis of the market for military and commercial Aviation Test Equipment during the review period from 2014 to 2020. The report also incorporates the factors that persuade a country’s expenditure on test equipment to cut or invest. It provides detailed expectations of growth rates and projected total expenditure.

The report also provides information about the leading competitors in the global Aviation Test Equipment Market. Apart from the general overview of the companies, it focuses upon their financial position, key products, SWOT, and markets.

The report can be found here:

http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/aviation-test-equipment-market-139453393.html

The Champion Company, a diversified group of companies with expertise in chemical mixing and compounding, metal and plastic fabrication, automation, metal stamping and machining, electroplating and painting, unveiled the new brand identity for its special products division: Champion GSE.

“For the past 60 years, our special products division has engineered and designed engine stands and containers for aviation, military, power generation and space programs,” said Todd DeVore, vice president and general manager. “Renaming the division after the ground support equipment professionals we serve will better connect our customers to our brand and the tradition of excellence that’s been established through this 136-year-old, family-owned business.”

The name change precedes an announcement for a new product for the company’s Stronghold brand of ground support equipment. The announcement will take place during a press conference at MRO Americas, in the Champion GSE booth, No. 2801. The Stronghold product, which will be the first of its kind in the industry, will support GEnx engines.

“As we relaunch the special products division as Champion GSE, we want to showcase our new line of products, which places an increased emphasis on higher personnel and payload safety and greater usability,” DeVore said. “Look for the Stronghold brand as the symbol for durable, high-quality engine stands and containers.”

Champion GSE also announced it is bringing new machining capabilities in-house to manufacture affiliated ground support equipment products, allowing Champion to continue to meet demanding lead times and stringent customer qualifications.

More information about Champion GSE and its Stronghold ground support equipment products can be found at the company’s new website, www.ChampionGSE.com.

 

Aviation Pros Media Advisory – PinPoint™ Tool Control System Demo

When: March 25-26, 2014
Where: Booth 525 – Aviation Pros Live – Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas
Time: 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. (Both days)
What: Hands on demonstration of the PinPoint™ Tool Control System. Learn how this unique tool control system decreases FOD, increases efficiency and lowers costs. Find out why the PinPoint™ Tool Control System was designed by aerospace experts for aerospace experts. See why this is right for maintenance and flight operations throughout the aerospace and aviation communities. Get up close and view in-depth the features and benefits of four different models in the PinPoint™ line. AeroCREW™ – the perfect choice as a portable toolbox container on the flight line and for deployment on aircraft. AeroMASTER™ – a stand-alone tool cabinet designed for use in manufacturing, MRO and line maintenance operations where up to 600 tools are located at a workstation. AeroRACK ™– semi-stationary unit designed to hold larger items like test sets and kits. AeroVIEW™ – a portable or fixed point of use tooling cabinet designed to work with bench top work stations.
Who: Demonstrations given by Brian Montanari, Jeff Kretzmer and Travis Davidson. All are executives of HABCO, a company that is building on its well established test and ground support heritage to become an increasingly significant presence in asset management and “innogration” across aviation and defense business segments.

PPG Industries’ aerospace business is expanding its participation at the 2014 Aerospace Maintenance Competition in Las Vegas by sponsoring an event with four transparencies and sealants maintenance skill tasks and by donating prizes.

The PPG Aerospace cockpit and wing sealant event will challenge teams in four maintenance skill tasks: cockpit window hump seal repair, SURFACE SEAL(R) hydrophobic coating application, wing section sealant application of PRC(R) seal caps, and fillet sealing in a wing fuel tank using SEMCO(R) specialty-application nozzles. The winning team will accomplish the tasks in the best time and with the best quality.

The annual competition is hosted this year by the Aerospace Maintenance Council in conjunction with AMTSociety for certificated Aircraft Maintenance Technicians; Aircraft Maintenance Engineers; students enrolled in Federal Aviation Administration, European Aviation Safety Agency, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority or equivalently authorized schools; and armed services aircraft maintenance personnel. Sixteen events will be held at the Sands Expo Convention Center, March 25-26, along with the AviationPros Live Expo.

According to Aaron Anderson, PPG global segment manager for aerospace transparencies, PPG returns as a sponsor for the third year and is expanding the number of skill tasks in its event from two to four because of the educational benefits provided.

“This is an opportunity for PPG to support the aircraft maintenance industry through the Aerospace Maintenance Council and AMTSociety and to work directly with aircraft maintenance professionals, students and military personnel,” Anderson said. “By sponsoring this event, we provide valuable training that will benefit the participants so that they are able to get the best performance from PPG products. PPG Aerospace sees this as a ‘win’ for everyone involved.”

In the PPG Aerospace event, contestants will compete in four maintenance skill tasks. They will be challenged to repair the hump seal on a commercial aircraft cockpit window using PPG’s hump seal repair kit. Participants will apply SURFACE SEAL hydrophobic coating to a commercial aircraft windshield using PPG’s quick application kit and then demonstrate the coating’s ability to provide water shedding for visibility without wipers. Contestants will seal dome-style fasteners by traditional hand-sealing methods and with PRC seal caps on a wing section. Teams will apply two overlapping and two triangle fillet seals to joints in a wing fuel tank using different SEMCO application tools.

PPG is donating payment of the entry fee for 2015’s competition as well as a set of five SEMCO sealant dispensing guns to the grand-prize winners. A second set will be presented to the winners of the PPG-sponsored event or to the second-place team if the first-place team also wins the top spot.

PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer of aerospace sealants, coatings, and SEMCO packaging and application systems.