AAR and Lake Superior College Expand Partnership

AAR and Lake Superior College (LSC) announced expansion of their partnership to further enhance instruction and career prospects for students enrolled in the aviation maintenance technician program at the college’s Center for Advanced Aviation. The new AAR EAGLE Career Pathway program will expand LSC’s aviation maintenance technician (AMT) program to include job shadowing and mentoring…

Push-Back Incident Damages 747 and 787

Two KLM aircraft clipped wings on the ramp at Schiphol Airport this morning, February 13. The event occurred during pushback and caused damage to both aircraft. The winglet of a 747 and to horizontal stabilizer of a 787 were damaged. Both flights were cancelled and passengers rebooked onto other flights. A statement from KLM said:…

Skeyos Celebrates First Year

Skeyos, the online marketplace for aircraft components, marks its first-year anniversary. The company says it will use the occasion to introduce the platform’s latest features and celebrate achievements during the past 12 months. They say their online marketplace is transforming the procurement process in the MRO industry by enabling a streamlined one-stop platform for purchasers…

UPS Mechanics Ratify Contract

UPS mechanics, their union, Teamsters 2727, and the company have ratified a five-year contract. They have been negotiating since 2013 and mechanics have not had a raise in that time. According to a report on the Insider Louisville website the contract will give “an immediate 17.72 percent raise for a base pay of about $123,000…

Bristow and Columbia Helicopters Terminate Proposed Transaction

Bristow Group and Columbia Helicopters have announced that Bristow and Columbia have mutually agreed to terminate Bristow’s agreement to acquire Columbia.  In connection with the termination, Bristow has paid $20 million to Columbia.  Bristow, Columbia and Columbia’s shareholders have agreed to release each other from all claims in connection with the purchase agreement and the…

Revima Acquires Chromalloy France

Revima has acquired Chromalloy’s facility in Saint-Ouen l’Aumône, near Paris, France with the objective of reinforcing its component repair offering. The facility specializes in engine parts repairs and special coatings. Revima says it aims to offer its customers, through this acquisition, significantly enhanced component repair capabilities, serving both Chromalloy France’s legacy market, which supports several…

Aircraft Collide on Ramp in Kenya

Two Kenya Airways planes collided during positioning on Saturday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in  Nairobi. The aircraft were undergoing maintenance, according to Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Director-General Gilbert Kibe. The aircraft were Embraer 190 aircraft and no injuries were reported. Kibe said an investigation into the incident will take place. Kenya Airways confirmed…

United Airlines to Invest $33M in New Facility at Tampa

According to a report in the Tampa Bay Business Journal, United Airlines is “seeking to develop a new maintenance facility on the airport’s property.” The report says the airline is proposing to lease 9.5 acres east of the airfield for construction of a two-bay maintenance hangar and apron to accommodate 737 aircraft used in United’s…