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Honeywell Upgrade for 131-9A APU Increases Time-on-Wing and Lowers Fuel Burn

Honeywell has released a high-efficiency mode upgrade for its 131-9A auxiliary power unit for single-aisle Airbus aircraft. This high-efficiency mode, which is enabled by a software encryption key, is expected to increase the average time-on-wing by 1,200 flight hours and reduce fuel burn by two percent, according to Honeywell. An auxiliary power unit (APU) provides electrical power and air conditioning while the plane is on the ground to ensure increased passenger comfort, and supplies the air source when a pilot is ready to start the main engines. Honeywell says their 131-9A is known for its reliability and lower maintenance costs over the course of its entire life cycle, resulting in significant fuel savings each year. “Now, more than ever, our airline customers are concerned with cost savings and operational efficiency. This upgrade is an easy, one-time modification enabled with software and will be available first for our Maintenance Service Plan customers, and later for all…

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BORN TO RUN: HOW ENGINE OEMS AND MROS ARE HELPING OPERATORS THROUGH COVID-19

BORN TO RUN: HOW ENGINE OEMS AND MROS ARE HELPING OPERATORS THROUGH COVID-19

The catastrophic travel slump caused by COVID-19 has resulted in thousands of aircraft being grounded worldwide. This unprecedented situation has substantially disrupted aircraft maintenance and overhauls, including in the critically important engine sector. Mindful of the severe economic challenges their customers continue to face during the pandemic, engine OEMs and…
INSIDER’S GUIDE TO NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING AND INSPECTIONS

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING AND INSPECTIONS

With global passenger traffic still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s painfully obvious that airlines are going to be postponing aircraft replacements well into 2021 and beyond. That means that the current fleet is going to be extended beyond their operator’s original plans. As a result of operators putting higher…
MRO INSIDER: THE AMAZON OF BIZ JET PARTS AND SERVICES?

MRO INSIDER: THE AMAZON OF BIZ JET PARTS AND SERVICES?

Andy Nixon, founder of MRO Insider says their online portal is an easy to use resource for sending your aircraft maintenance/upgrades needs out for quote to multiple facilities at once. Wait a short while and multiple sources could come back with their quote saving much leg work and time. Then,…
Back to the (Electric) Future Howard Fuller

Back to the (Electric) Future Howard Fuller

There is an ancient Chinese curse that I’ll paraphrase: “May you live in interesting times.” In aviation right now, we are indeed living in such an era. The airlines are largely grounded and being an A&P Mechanic is not the guarantee of industry respect or lifelong employment it once was.…
European MROs Struggle Against the Pandemic

European MROs Struggle Against the Pandemic

Europe’s maintenance, repair and overhaul businesses have entered uncharted territory in 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic severely hobbles the aviation industry with plummeting aircraft capacity and shrinking fleets, experts agree Europe’s MROs will be among the hardest hit globally. The next few years will likely be challenging at best, forcing…

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BY JOY FINNEGAN

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Where We Are Right Now

We can’t just not talk about it. The elephant in the room as they say. The thing that impacts every move you make but no one talks about because it is too painful. That is where we are right now. No matter what your beliefs or stand on masks and public health, we are in the middle of a health crisis that is impacting aviation to the highest degree since its inception as…