Elevate MRO, Elevate Jet, Expand to Denver, Boosting Western U. S. Presence

Elevate MRO, a division of Elevate Aviation Group (EAG), has announced the opening of a new aircraft maintenance center at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC) in Denver. This expansion includes increased staff and maintenance teams to support the existing client base and enhance aircraft maintenance service availability while supporting Elevate Jet’s management, charter and aircraft sales capabilities.

The 17,000-square-foot facility provides essential hangar and office space, allowing Elevate to expand its MRO aircraft maintenance and management. Notably, the MRO will introduce much-needed avionics services, including custom installations and maintenance. Elevate MRO was recently selected by SpaceX as an approved dealer and installer of Starlink for business aircraft.

With other companies closing their Denver operations, Elevate aims to tap into the region’s talented pool of aviation technicians and industry veterans, offering aircraft owners a new local management option. With a mobile AOG team capable of quickly restoring an aircraft to service, Elevate provides support to the Denver metropolitan area and surrounding resort airports.

“In addition to expanding our MRO footprint, this new facility will provide Elevate clients a home for owners who are looking for aircraft management services,” said Jim Slack, president of Elevate MRO. “With its savage client-centric approach, Elevate MRO maintains a wide array of current airframes representing 43 unique aircraft models across 11 manufacturers. This expansion underscores our commitment to delivering top-tier services and innovative solutions to the private jet community.”

Air India Selects Lufthansa Technik for Component Supply for Boeing 777 Fleet

Lufthansa Technik takes over the Total Component Support (TCS) for Air India’s entire Boeing 777 fleet. The multi-year agreement that the MRO provider and the airline signed this Thursday in Gurugram, 
India, encompasses services for a total of 27 aircraft. With this first contract, both companies are laying the foundations for long-term cooperation.

Starting in July 2024, Air India receives Lufthansa Technik’s proven Total Component Support. The now concluded agreement includes the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft components and 
provides Air India access to Lufthansa Technik’s global component pool and logistics services. The close partnership between the two companies will enable the airline to maximize efficiency in its 
technical operations and ensures the best possible availability of the spare parts it needs.

S.K. Dash, chief technical officer at Air India, said: “The partnership with the well-experienced Lufthansa Technik for the component support of our entire Boeing 777 fleet of 27 aircraft is a significant milestone in our collaborative journey. Lufthansa Technik demonstrated professional ad-hoc support for our Boeing 777 fleet and we are delighted to strengthen this relationship further by way of this long-term agreement.”

Dennis Kohr, senior vice president corporate sales Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Technik, commented: “We would like to thank Air India for their trust and for awarding Lufthansa Technik to provide comprehensive Total Component Support. As the airline continues on its growth path in the next years, we look forward to supporting them with our services and eagerly anticipate expanding our new 
partnership further.”

Besides Air India, Lufthansa Technik has been associated with Tata group airline companies Vistara in the field of Boeing 787 components since 2020 and with Air India Express in the area of engine 
maintenance service since January this year.

AAR Selected by Airhub Aviation and Partner GetJet Airlines to Provide Repair Cost Oversight

AAR CORP. subsidiary Airinmar, a leading independent provider of component repair cycle management and aircraft warranty solutions, signed a new multi-year services agreement with Airhub Aviation, a prominent asset management and fleet support services provider, to support its partner GetJet Airlines, a Lithuanian-based aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance provider.

Airinmar will provide Airhub Aviation with cost oversight services to ensure compliance with GetJet Airline’s contracted component repairs and the cost evaluation of time and material quoted repairs. The services provided by Airinmar will complement Airhub Aviation’s current repair management activities and improvement initiatives.

“This agreement marks another significant step in Airhub Aviation’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and maintenance cost reduction initiatives for GetJet Airlines,” said Oleg Novak, managing director for Airhub Aviation. “Airinmar’s extensive knowledge and experience managing the component repair cycle and ability to maximize value from effective cost management practices will help Airbub Aviation position ourselves for future growth and expansion.”

“Airinmar is excited about the opportunity to bring value through our long-established repair cost oversight services and contribute to the overall sustainable growth Airhub Aviation has been experiencing,” said Greg Zuikovs, senior director of sales and business development for Airinmar. “We see great drive from their partner GetJet Airlines to operate in an effective and efficient manner, and we are fully committed to supporting them with our services.”

Liebherr-Aerospace Expands Service Capacities in the U. S.

Liebherr-Aerospace Saline, Inc. is enhancing its aftermarket service capacities with the fifth expansion since 1993. Spanning 33,000 ft² (3,065 m²), the new expansion will adjoin the existing heat transfer facility, which commenced operations in 2016.

The new facility will cater to Liebherr-Aerospace Saline’s growing heat transfer aftermarket demand of testing, repair, overhaul, and recore capacity for Liebherr products installed on Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Mitsubishi, and Bombardier aircraft. Additionally, the new facility will accommodate the internal movement of certain other products, thus increasing the required landing gear processing capacity at the main facility.

Recognizing Liebherr-Aerospace Saline’s as well as the global success of Liebherr’s heat transfer activities, Alex Vlielander, chief customer officer at Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS, said: “The positive and overwhelming acceptance by our customers of the heat transfer servicing set-up in Saline has allowed us to expand our offerings worldwide, thus validating our strategy to be close to our customers. Furthermore, by expanding the network we are shortening the overall Turn Around Time by eliminating transportation time, cutting down on cost and lowering our carbon footprint.”

Will Dew, managing director commercial at Liebherr-Aerospace Saline, Inc. added: “It’s also imperative that we recognize the sustaining contributions of our employees. This impressive milestone combined with our summer employee appreciation event acknowledges their resilience and innovation which continues to anchor the success of the company.”

Getac’s Next Generation F110 Tablet for Field Professionals

Getac has launched the next generation F110 tablet, which combines fully rugged reliability with a host of powerful new upgrades for exceptional performance and efficiency in the field.

Getac’s flagship F110 model has long been at the forefront of rugged tablet design, making it incredibly popular with customers across multiple sectors and industries. The new F110 builds on this legacy, offering upgraded processing power, brightness, and connectivity, alongside excellent energy efficiency, for full-shift performance in a variety of challenging indoor/outdoor working environments.

Powerful and Versatile

Key features include an upgraded Intel Core 13th Gen i5/i7 processor, with Intel UHD Graphics offering new levels of processing speed and graphical performance. Elsewhere, the ultra-bright 1,200 nit LumiBond screen, with multitouch modes (touch, glove, pen) – the brightest ever available on the F110 – optimizes productivity in weather conditions ranging from full sun to rain and snow. For maximum mobility and productivity, the F110 can be used with a wide range of Getac accessories, including detachable keyboard, hard carry handle, and secure vehicle docks. 

Connectivity Options

Fast and reliable remote communication is a critical part of field operations in industries such as defense and oil & gas production/exploration, which is why the next-generation F110 offers a wide array of outstanding connectivity options as standard. These include Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211, 802.11ax, and Bluetooth 5.3, enabling personnel to quickly communicate with colleagues and share data as needed. Connectivity can be enhanced even further with optional 4G LTE and 5G Sub-6 modules (dual sim design including a physical sim and an e-sim), while a 5MP webcam provides clear and detailed pictures during video calls and remote guidance activities.

Energy Efficient and Reliable

Field professionals in industries like utilities and manufacturing need digital devices they can rely on for the full duration of shifts, even when access to power points or recharge facilities is limited. The next generation F110 features DDR5 memory (up to 32GB), which offers higher base speeds and lower power consumption than previous generations, making it ideal for full-shift operation. Its user-friendly hot-swappable batteries can also be easily replaced in the field if needed. If even more operation time is required between charges, the F110 is compatible with Getac’s optional high-capacity Li-ion batteries as well.

The F110 also boasts rugged reliability. MIL-STD-810H and IP66 certification, a 6ft operating drop rating, and optional salt fog resistance make it ideally suited to operations in challenging work environments where the risk of accidental knocks, drops, and spillages is much greater.

“The F110 has been a mainstay of our fully rugged tablet portfolio for a long time, and for good reason. Its combination of laptop-level performance and tablet convenience makes it the ultimate field device for customers across sectors and industries where challenging operating environments are par for the course every day,” says James Hwang, president of Getac Technology Corporation. “The next generation F110 boasts new features and enhancements that help field professionals get the job done at first time of asking, even when faced with adverse conditions and locations.”

CPaT Announces New Partnership with Lithuanian-Based ACMI and Charter, GetJet Airlines

CPaT Global, a provider of distance learning for the airline and aviation industry, has been awarded a new contract with GetJet Airlines. CPaT will be providing GetJet Airlines with their Pilot Training Suite consisting of Aircraft Systems and General Subjects, FMS Skills Trainer, 3D Cockpit Trainer and 3D Walk Around Trainer for their Airbus A 320 CEO and Boeing B737 NG fleets. Additionally, CPaT will be proving GetJet with their Airbus A320 CEO and Boeing B737 NG cabin Crew Training Suite.

“We are thrilled to partner with GetJet Airlines, providing advanced learning solutions,” said Capt. Greg Darrow, vice president of sales. “Our comprehensive training programs are designed to improve operational efficiency and safety, ensuring their pilots and cabin crew are well-equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge for their roles.”

“We are excited to partner with CPaT to elevate our crew training programs,” said Vasilijs Kazaks, VP crew training at GetJet Airlines. “GetJet prioritizes safety as a core value. This partnership with CPaT strengthens this commitment by offering a tailored training program that addresses the specific needs of GetJet’s fleet and operational environment.”

GetJet Airlines is based in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Boom Supersonic Completes Construction of Overture Superfactory 

Boom Supersonice held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Overture Superfactory, celebrating the completion of construction. Located at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Overture Superfactory is the first supersonic airliner factory in the United States. Overture is Boom’s supersonic airliner, capable of flying twice as fast as today’s commercial planes on up to 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). 

 “Construction of the Overture Superfactory represents a major milestone toward ensuring the United States’ continued leadership in aerospace manufacturing,” said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic. “Supersonic flight will transform air travel, and Overture provides a much-needed innovative alternative for airlines across the globe.” 

This first assembly line has the capacity to produce 33 Overture aircraft per year, valued at more than $6 billion. Boom plans to build an additional assembly line, scaling to produce 66 supersonic airliners annually. The Overture Superfactory campus will also include a delivery center where airlines including United, American, and Japan Airlines will receive their supersonic aircraft. 

“As the state that was first in flight, North Carolina is excited to see Boom’s progress toward delivering the world’s first sustainable supersonic airliner,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “Our state has the skilled workforce, infrastructure and perfect location to help Boom revolutionize air travel.”

North Carolina economists estimate that the full Boom manufacturing program will grow the state’s economy by at least $32.3 billion over 20 years, with the Superfactory directly adding more than 2,400 jobs. 

“The Piedmont Triad region is an economic powerhouse, helping solidify North Carolina’s place as the top state for business. Boom’s Overture Superfactory, which will produce a paradigm-changing airliner, showcases the new and innovative projects that are bringing jobs and investment here,” said North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger.

Built by BE&K Building Group and designed by BRPH, the Overture Superfactory will be LEED certified and is expected to be at least 40% more energy efficient compared to similar manufacturing facilities. 

With the building now complete, Boom will focus on operationalizing the production floor. In partnership with tooling supplier Advanced Integration Technology (AIT), Boom will begin procuring and installing tooling into the Superfactory, beginning with an advanced test cell unit. As the first major piece of equipment to be installed, the test cell will be used to develop manufacturing processes, optimize the flow of the assembly line, and prepare staff for Overture production. 

“We look forward to Boom’s success in its mission to bring back commercial supersonic flight and help the U.S. maintain its leadership in aviation innovation,” said Paul Mengert, chair of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority. “We’re grateful for our partnership with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, elected leaders, and the local community who will continue to give Boom a warm welcome to the Triad.” 

The construction completion event came shortly after the inaugural flight of XB-1, the supersonic demonstrator aircraft for Overture, which represents a major milestone toward the return of supersonic air travel. XB-1 has received a first-of-its-kind Special Flight Authorization (SFA) to Exceed Mach 1 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The XB-1 flight test program continues to progress in Mojave, California, and will confirm the aircraft’s performance and handling qualities up to and through supersonic speeds. 

AAR Expands Electronics Distribution Relationship with OTTO Engineering 

AAR has signed a territory expansion agreement that expands its Americas-based electronics distribution relationship with OTTO Engineering, Inc. (OTTO) into the APAC region.  

Under the agreement, AAR will distribute OTTO’s extensive line of electromechanical switches, grips, and joysticks to the commercial and defense markets. The agreement leverages AAR’s international presence and market expertise to deliver a broader range of products. 

“OTTO is excited to embark on this channel expansion with our existing partner,” said Angelo Assimakopoulos, Director of Sales at OTTO.  “AAR’s ability to service the global market with our extensive aerospace control products offering is the right alignment to proliferate and grow our business in the APAC region.”

“AAR is pleased to grow our relationship with OTTO and expand our electromechanical product offering into APAC,” said Darren Spiegel, vice president and general manager of AAR Electronics. “Pairing AAR’s customer-centric aerospace focus with OTTO’s design expertise will drive further innovation as the industry places a growing emphasis on electrification.”

flydocs Appoints Smith as CCO 

flydocs has appointed Andy Smith as its chief commercial officer and a member of the flydocs leadership team. Smith, an international sales and marketing professional, joins flydocs with more than 27 years of strong business development, leadership, and customer-centric experience.

Smith’s career spans across his leadership roles with global responsibilities includes creating and implementing customer engagement and revenue-generating strategies, displaying leadership acumen in complex solution sales, pipeline management, new business development, and marketing strategies. In the role of CCO, Smith will lead flydocs’ commercial and marketing team, focusing on devising the business growth strategy, orchestrating resources to support customer needs and requirements, and identifying growth opportunities for the business, the company says. He will work with the flydocs’ leadership team to establish its position as a preferred partner in aviation digital asset management.

“We are delighted to welcome Andy toflydocs and our leadership team. His rich experience in strategic leadership and sales & marketing will be instrumental for us in executing our organizational plans, forging stronger partnerships with our customers, and driving growth at flydocs,” said André Fischer, CEO flydocs. “As we navigate through the future and advance our strategic roadmap, with Andy’s widespread vision for growth we look forward to taking flydocs to new heights.”

Smith, added “I am truly excited to join flydocs as it continues to evolve on its journey ofgrowth and transformation. With my extensive global expertise in providing strategic and tactical direction to commercial departments across organizations, I look forward to shaping the next phase of our journey, delivering superior results for customers, and generating value for our stakeholders.”

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in technical communication.

Vallair Appoints Fermaut to BD Manager –Aerostructures and Engines

Vallair announced that François Fermaut has assumed the role of sales and business development manager for the aerostructures and engines divisions based in Châteauroux, France. Fermaut will be responsible for expanding awareness of Vallair’s expert repair capabilities with a team that has grown from two technicians to a skilled workforce of 125 in the past eight years.

Fermaut joined Vallair in 2016, just as the organization gained approval for its aerostructure component repair facility and he has overseen its transition from a solely internal service to one that now provides more than 90% of its repair capabilities to external customers – airlines, parts traders and lessors alike.  The shop also broadened its scope to include A330 widebody components alongside its proven expertise with the A320 family.

“It has taken time to build from zero into a highly competitive repair shop” explains Fermaut. “This makes me very proud as I take on the challenging new role which encompasses our new engines shop.  I have been in the aviation sector for more than 25 years and it is rewarding to see more and more opportunities as customers begin to recognize the cost advantages offered by Vallair’s total repair capability, aligned with AFRA accredited disassembly options all in one place.”

Fermaut goes on to say that one of the main strengths of the Vallair facility is the team’s extensive parts knowledge which enables the business to closely match the market value for repairs of specific parts. “Our aim is to work in partnership with customers to find the best economical solutions for their aircraft and engine assets.  It helps that we have access to technical specialists who determine whether it is best to repair or dismantle a component.”

Vallair recently opened its engine shop offering a range of MRO services for CFM56 – 5A and -5B and V2500 series engines. Services include the disassembly and reassembly of modules; minor repairs & inspections; borescope inspections; preservation; leasing of engines, APUs and engine bays.  Borescope capability will soon include Trent 700, PW 4000, CF6-80, Leap, and PW1100 engines.

“From parts distribution, to dismantling, through to materials recycling, Vallair is continuously working on new strategies for the management of end-of-life aircraft” continues Fermaut. “However, it remains a challenge to secure the parts and manpower that we need. As requests for our services continue to increase, we are stepping up our aircraft engineer training programs in partnership with Aircraft Academy, part of the Vallair Group. We are also working closely with local schools and colleges to develop courses for skills and qualifications – this is vital to the central region of France, and also to Vallair.”

Fermaut’s previous experience includes senior roles at SA Composité Industrie, director of MRO operations at RUAG Aerospace (Suisse), and manager at Latécoère Aéroservice responsible for aerostructure composites and painting.