Rossiya Airlines Awards Contract to VD Gulf for Heavy Checks on Four Boeing 747-400 Aircraft

VD Gulf, a VDT subgroup company and one of the largest independent MRO service providers in the Middle East, announced that it has been awarded a contract to conduct heavy checks on four Boeing 747-400 aircraft operated by Rossiya Airlines.

The heavy checks (C-checks) will be conducted by VD Gulf’s engineers in Sharjah, UAE, at VD Gulf’s ultra-modern hangar facility located adjacent to Sharjah International Airport.

The first of the four Rossiya Airlines aircraft covered by this agreement arrived in Sharjah in late November.

“VD Gulf highly values its long-standing relationship with Rossiya Airlines. This agreement underscores VD Gulf’s sector-leading capability to conduct heavy maintenance checks on Boeing 747 aircraft, and I would like to thank Rossiya Airlines for once again putting their confidence and trust in VD Gulf,” Ayrat Gilmutdinov, VD Gulf’s Director Commercial, said.

VD Gulf is an independent MRO services provider approved by multiple regulatory authorities offering unlimited maintenance services on Boeing 747-400/-8, 777, 737CL/NG, and Airbus A320ceo family/A320ceo family aircraft.

Rossiya Airlines JSC, part of the Aeroflot Group, is one of Russia’s oldest and largest airlines. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Russia, and operates a fleet of more than 115 aircraft, including nine Boeing 747s and 10 Boeing 777s.

Leading US Utility Operator adds Axnes PNG Wireless Intercommunication System (WICS) to their Operations

Mission Wireless Intercom innovator Axnes announced today that they have partnered with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a premier organization in the US Energy sector that has identified safety as their top priority. They’ve recently entered a business relationship with Axnes to use the Axnes PNG Wireless ICS (WICS) extension system for their utility helicopter fleet. The AXNES WICS system will be used to improve communication, safety, and situational awareness for their crews during infrastructure service operations, such as Power Line servicing, maintenance, and repair. SDG&E is the first utility operator in the US energy infrastructure sector to adopt the AXNES WICS for their operations, demonstrating their focus on innovation, technology advancement, and their commitment to improving safety within their company and industry.

The Axnes WICS allows crew members/technicians to conduct robust communications and allows for continued handsfree voice activated-VOX communication, eliminating the constant need for hand and arm signals while maintaining real-time voice communications during critical operational situations. Additionally, the PNG system frees the crew from the encumbrance of wired connections to the ICS, minimizing the potential for snag hazards and allowing the ability to move freely within as well as outside the operating aircraft or platform. The PNG WICS system is designed for integration into any communications suite or to be deployed as a standalone mobile system. The system comes standard with AES256 encryption and provides robust, reliable, clear, and secure, full-duplex communications to crew members who are either wired or wireless. The PNG system incorporates unmatched noise cancelling capabilities, which makes it ideally suited for utility aviation roles. It also affords increased situational awareness for crew during ground checks, start-up, and maintenance activities.

The PNG system is a digital full mission wireless intercom solution with the following unique features:
• Robust range with advanced integration into aircraft radios, mission maps and intercom systems allowing for radio repeater and relay functionality
• Full GPS integration and position data of handsets uploaded to aircraft installed mapping systems, ensuring situational awareness of dismounted crew
• Industry leading audio quality through proprietary Noise Cancelling, Non-Interrupted VOX and Echo Cancelling technology
• UHF and VHF frequencies incorporated with a very robust range
• Secure communications with AES-256 encryption standard
• Multiple handset integration and configurations with the ability to switch between aircraft simply and easily during missions
• Advanced battery life with over 40 hours standby and over 10 hours of full operational/continuous use
• Fully waterproof MP50 handset capability with integration into advanced headset and helmet options, including all major aviation off the shelf helmet and headset brands

“Axnes is proud to be a trusted partner on wireless intercom technology for San Diego Gas & Electric,” said Brett Gardner, Vice President at Axnes Inc. “Our PNG system brings unprecedented situational awareness and safety to their air and ground crews, freeing them from having to be connected to intercom drop cords.” Our equipment is easy to operate and enables line-of-sight wireless communications increasing mission capability and operational safety for their challenging mission scenarios, particularly during field operations.”

The PNG WICS frees crew members from the encumbrance of wired connections to the intercom while minimizing the potential for ICS cord snag hazards. Additionally, this wireless solution provides for the ability to move freely within as well as outside the aircraft while maintaining real-time communications with the crew.

The PNG WICS system is designed for integration into any aircraft communications suite, or it can be deployed as a standalone portable system, providing robust, reliable, clear, and secure, full-duplex communications to crew members who are either wired or wireless.

Safran and Albany International Extend Strategic Cooperation on Advanced Composites

Safran Aircraft Engines and Albany International Corp. announced an agreement extending their partnership to the year 2046. Through this new agreement, the two companies declare their intent to work together on the next generation engines and thus contribute to the 2050 net-zero CO2 emissions commitment of the aviation industry.

Albany International and Safran signed the original framework agreement in 2006 resulting in the creation of their joint venture for the development of high technology composite parts (3D woven and Resin Transfer Molded technologies) designed for aircraft engines, landing gears and nacelles.

The 3D-woven composite technology designed and developed by Safran in partnership with Albany Engineered Composites, is a major innovation that plays a key role in improving the performance of the new generation LEAP engine of CFM International, which powers the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Comac C919 aircraft families. This advanced material is used to manufacture the fan blades, fan case and spacers of the LEAP engine, leading to significant weight savings and contributing to reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 15 percent. Safran and Albany have also teamed-up to work on the development and production of the GE9X 3D composite fan case for the Boeing 777X.

In order to address unprecedented LEAP production ramp-up, the partners have built three state-of-the-art production plants in Rochester (New Hampshire, United States), in Commercy (France) and in Querétaro (Mexico). These three sites are dedicated to 3D composite parts and delivered to date more than 130 000 parts of the LEAP engine.

“We are pleased to extend our partnership with Safran, building on the success of Albany’s proprietary 3D weaving technology and our joint efforts on critical components of the LEAP and GE9X engine programs,” said Bill Higgins, Albany International president and CEO. “The goals set for the next-generation of aircraft engines are multi-faceted and technically demanding. Our AEC team is looking forward to further collaboration with our Safran partners to apply our advanced composite technologies to the next generation of aircraft engines that meaningfully raise the bar for fuel-efficiency and contribute to a more sustainable future.”

“Based on the successful partnership we have developed with Albany on the LEAP program, we are looking forward to starting a new chapter of our strategic cooperation,” said Jean-Paul Alary, CEO of Safran Aircraft Engines. “Combining Albany’s recognized expertise in weaving with our innovative composites represents a fantastic asset to address our ambitious sustainable goals through next-generation engine programs.”

CFM will keep exploring composite applications through the RISE (Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines) technology and demonstration program launched in 2021 as a manifestation of its deep commitment for achieving aggressive goals for a sustainable future, including reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by more than 20 percent.

Pratt & Whitney Introduces GTF Advantage for Airbus A320neo Aircraft

Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies business, has unveiled the GTF Advantage engine. They are call it “the world’s most fuel-efficient and sustainable single-aisle aircraft engine.”

The Pratt & Whitney GTF Advantage engine for Airbus A320neo family aircraft further extends the economic and environmental benefits of the existing GTF engine. The GTF Advantage configuration reduces fuel consumption by an additional 1 percent, extending the engine’s lead as the most efficient powerplant for the A320neo family. Pratt & Whitney says the engine decreases fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 17 percent compared to prior-generation engines. Additionally, the GTF Advantage engine will be compatible with 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at entry into service, helping the industry meet its commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. 

This new configuration delivers higher thrust, both at sea level and for “hot and high” airports. With up to 34,000 pounds of takeoff thrust per engine, the Advantage configuration makes GTF the most powerful engine for the A320neo family. The higher thrust rating enables increased range and payload, unlocking more destinations for airlines. 

The current generation of Pratt & Whitney GTF engines for the Airbus A320neo family reduces fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 16 percent compared to prior-generation engines and are certified to operate on 50 percent SAF. 

“GTF engines met or exceeded fuel, emissions and noise commitments from day one and have since achieved a strong record of dependability and low operating cost,” said Carroll Lane, president of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney. “GTF Advantage provides even more value to our customers, both in revenue potential and environmental impact, with lower fuel burn and new route opportunities.”

The GTF Advantage configuration includes technology enhancements throughout the engine core, for which Pratt & Whitney has already completed more than a year of ground and flight testing. The engine will be available for A320neo family aircraft starting in January 2024. For a seamless introduction for operators, this new configuration will be interchangeable with already delivered engines and will become the new production standard for A320neo family aircraft. 

“We always said our geared fan architecture has a long runway for growth and future development, and the GTF Advantage demonstrates this,” said Tom Pelland, senior vice president of GTF Engines at Pratt & Whitney. “Our gear system, and the overall engine architecture it enables, are foundational to unlock the benefits of advanced aerodynamics, materials and systems. We are committed to continuing to invest in these technologies for the next generation of commercial aircraft.”

Since entering service in early 2016, GTF engines have saved operators more than 600 million gallons (more than two billion liters) of fuel and avoided more than six million metric tonnes of carbon emissions. With more than 1,100 aircraft, 58 airlines and three aircraft families – Airbus A320neo, Airbus A220 and Embraer E-Jets E2 – GTF engines have also reduced noise footprint by 75 percent and regulated emissions by 50 percent to the CAEP/6 regulatory standard.

Clarkson University Now Offers Aerospace Engineering with Advanced Curriculum

Clarkson University continues to defy convention and educate the next generation of world leaders, and one way they’re doing that is by making changes to one of the most popular undergraduate majors at the university. Beginning January 1, 2022, Clarkson’s Bachelor’s in Aeronautical Engineering will become an Aerospace Engineering Bachelor’s degree.

“Our decision to change the Aeronautical Engineering major to Aerospace is part of a larger curriculum overhaul to offer more opportunities to our students. The accelerated commercialization of space by companies such as Space-X, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic, as well as Boeing and Lockheed Martin, puts the responsibility on us to provide students with the background and tools they need to be successful in the ever-changing aerospace job market,” said Ken Visser, Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Curriculum Committee Chair.

Aerospace engineering encompasses both Aeronautical engineering (aircraft-focused) and Astronautical engineering (spacecraft-focused) engineering concepts.  Aerospace engineers develop leading-edge technologies and integrate them into aerospace vehicle systems used for transportation, communications, exploration, and defense applications. This involves the design and manufacturing of aircraft, spacecraft, propulsion systems, satellites, and other planetary vehicles. Successful aerospace engineers possess in-depth skills in, and an understanding of, aerodynamics, materials and structures, propulsion strategies, vehicle dynamics and control, and configurational requirements.

Clarkson’s program will retain its strengths in Aeronautical engineering while adding options for students with new classes in Orbital Mechanics, Spacecraft Design, and Space Robotics.  These new additions are supported by faculty recruits with backgrounds in space-oriented research such as Michael Bazzocchi who directs the Astronautics and Robotics Lab at Clarkson and Mohammadreza Radmanesh whose specialty is in autonomous robotics for space missions.

“The undergraduate bachelor’s degree program in aerospace engineering at Clarkson not only prepares students for a technical career in the aerospace industry but provides the social, ethical and environmental context of the global issues in the industry. Our professors have a tremendous breadth of experience that they bring to the classroom and this, combined with their cutting-edge research, enables the integration of real-world problems across the curriculum in the classroom”, said Professor Brian Helenbrook, Chair of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department.

AJW Group Appoints Whitty as Director of Aircraft and Engine Procurement

AJW Group has announced the appointment of Tony Whitty as director of Aircraft and Engine Procurement. Whitty who joined the business on 29th November 2021, will be responsible for aircraft and engine acquisitions across the AJW Group.

The company says Whitty will use his diverse experience in aircraft remarketing for airlines, banks and other aircraft owners to assist AJW Group in its aircraft and engine trading business.

Whitty started his career in aircraft remarketing in 1990 with Fortis Aviation. He has been based both in Europe and the USA and has achieved considerable success in aircraft remarketing on behalf of a variety of airline and financial sector clients. Whitty was one of the founders of Cabot Aviation in 1998 and subsequently worked for Air Partner since 2015.

Whitty will be based at AJW’s Headquarters in Slinfold, West Sussex, UK and will report directly to the Group President and CEO, Christopher Whiteside.

Tony is a committee member and treasurer of The Aviation Club UK and a member of ISTAT.

“At AJW, we rely heavily on the excellent relationships we have with airlines, banks and lessors across the industry to help us source inventory for our business,” said Christopher Whiteside, president and CEO of AJW Group. “Tony’s appointment reflects our commitment to delivering market-leading services as we continue to expand and support our customers in their pursuit of ever-improved efficiency and operational reliability. Tony’s wealth of industry experience will be instrumental to our future aircraft and engine procurement strategy and we warmly welcome him to the business.”

Whitty added: “I am delighted to join AJW as Director of Aircraft and Engine Procurement. As a fast-growing and global business, AJW’s strategic procurement strategy is central to ensuring it maintains the high standards that it is known for around the world.”

Ontario Aerospace Council Selects Red Dot Digital to Develop Aero+B2BeeMatch Platform

The Ontario Aerospace Council announced today it has selected the B2BeeMatch platform to facilitate networking, intelligence-sharing, benchmarking, and other business development activities for the organization’s members. Under the terms of the agreement, Red Dot Digital is creating a custom platform for the global aerospace industry, called Aero+B2BeeMatch, within its B2BeeMatch ecosystem. The move is expected to accelerate the digital transformation seen across multiple sectors, including aerospace, which has been disproportionately impacted by pandemic-related factors such as record declines in commercial aviation. Aero+B2BeeMatch is scheduled to launch December 2, 2021 and will be complementary for year one to current OAC members.

Canadian aerospace is a global industry leader. Canada is the only country that ranked in the top five across civil flight simulators, civil engines, and civil aircraft sub-segments in 2020, yet global competition continues to become ever fiercer. Moreover, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often lack the connections to make the most of their advanced manufacturing and other world-class capabilities. Aero+B2BeeMatch will leverage artificial intelligence to match businesses with each other and promote networking across other industrial clusters, thus diversifying revenue streams and facilitating the cross-border offset requirements common to the aerospace and defence industry. SMEs benefiting from increased revenues and exports are expected to be more inclined to reinvest in R&D, leading to intellectual property generation, training and upskilling, job creation, and the adoption of new technologies.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in fundamental changes to how companies communicate and collaborate, especially at a distance. Adoption of digital technology is particularly critical for SMEs looking to grow and diversify through new business and new markets,” said Natasha Gagnon, senior manager at the OAC. “The Aero+B2BeeMatch platform will be a high-tech, low-cost, 24/7 business development tool to help our companies connect with new clients, collaborate with new partners, and cross-pollinate with other sectors across Canada and beyond.”

Canada is home to approximately 580 aerospace companies, and more than 70% of these are SMEs with fewer than 100 employees. In 2020, despite being faced with the pandemic-related shutdown of the travel industry, the Canadian aerospace industry contributed $22.3 billion to the GDP and exported over 75% of its products to 186 countries across six continents. With investments of $934M in research and development in 2020, aerospace boasts a five-times-higher R&D intensity than the Canadian manufacturing average. Significantly more aerospace firms cooperated on innovation activities with academia and government than the manufacturing average.

“We are excited to add the OAC to B2BeeMatch’s roster of international partners, and to welcome the Canadian aerospace sector as well as the international aerospace sector onto the B2BeeMatch platform,” said Karima-Catherine Goundiam, founder and CEO of Red Dot Digital and B2BeeMatch. “Aerospace is one of the world’s largest and most important industries, and we look forward to opening up opportunities for small and medium aerospace businesses to do business development and networking both within and outside their sector, in over 40 countries and in two languages.”

The OAC intends to concentrate its Aero+B2BeeMatch year-one efforts on onboarding a core group of SME members, with industry champions such as Aviya Aerospace Systems, Brotech Precision CNC, Composite Automation and Coordinate Industries helping to test and promote the platform. It is anticipated that all four Canadian aerospace clusters will join, representing the nation’s industry from coast to coast to coast. Years two through five will see expansion to thousands of users in aerospace and other industries located in the rest of North and South America, as well as Europe, the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East.

Aero+B2BeeMatch is funded in part by Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the industry-led non-profit organization leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster.

Cementex Announces Belt Pouch Combinations

Cementex announces the availability of Cementex Belt Pouch Tool Combinations, featuring all tools designed for safe use in Arc Flash environments. With 13 different combinations to choose from, the company says there is an ideal Cementex Belt Pouch Combo for any technician.

All tools in the Cementex Belt Pouch Combos feature innovative Cementex double insulation technology. The double insulated tools feature a yellow warning layer underneath the outer orange layer; if the outside insulation is damaged, posing a safety risk, the yellow layer begins to show, and technicians can know that they must replace the tools.

The 13 different configurations of belt pouch and tool kits feature a wide range of tools, including Linesman’s universal crimping, needle nose, and diagonal cutting pliers, various sizes of Phillips, Robertson, and Cabinet screwdrivers, nut drivers, and various task-specialized tools. In addition, customized configurations are also available.

Cementex double insulated tools are tested to 10,000 VAC and rated for 1,000 VAC when working on or around live parts. The pliers comply with ASTM F1505 and IEC 60900 standards, and help meet the requirements of OSHA 1910.331-335, MFPA 70E, and CSA-Z462.

Lorin Industries Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Recertification for Meeting High Quality Standards

Lorin Industries announced the recent achievement of ISO 9001:2015 recertification. This accreditation is confirmation of Lorin’s demonstrated and ongoing commitment to consistently meeting high standards for quality processes and continually improving Lorin’s manufacturing and management processes.

“We are very proud that our entire organization has been recognized again for our outstanding and relentless commitment to delivering products and services that meet quality requirements,” said Park
Kersman, president. “We are especially proud that we passed the extensive company-wide audit with no findings of non-conformance.”

ISO 9001:2015 is the most recent standard, and the standard is used by manufacturing organizations to demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet high standards for quality assurance processes, regulatory requirements, and demonstrated continuous improvement. Our quality management process allows us to better provide high quality products and services to our customers.

Magnetic MRO Completes 700th C-Check

Magnetic MRO Completes 700th C-Check

Magnetic MRO has reached a milestone – the successful completion of their 700th C-Check. The company says this milestone emphasizes that, despite the global pandemic, the company is still going strong.

The 700th C-Check has been performed on A320 NEO aircraft, operated by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). The aircraft was delivered to Magnetic MRO hangars in Tallinn, Estonia, on 23rd of October and the C-Check was completed within a few days from the delivery.

“We are delighted to announce this milestone Base Maintenance has passed — it showcases the increase of our pace year-on-year: if previous milestone of 600th check has been achieved after 17 years of Base Maintenance operations in Estonia, then the next 100 checks have been performed just within two years despite all the challenges brought by the recent pandemic. Besides, it is also our pleasure to celebrate this symbolic milestone and 700th C-Check completion on brand new Scandinavian Airline’s A320 NEO aircraft as the operator has been our long-standing client,” said Sergei Shkolnik, director of Base Maintenance at Magnetic MRO.