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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Intelligence: Briefs

Lufthansa Opens Hangar

With the opening of a second wide-body hangar, Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) is expanding its aircraft maintenance capacity in Asia. LTP will now be equipped to provide full technical support for Philippine Airlines’ growing fleet and at the same time meet growing international demand for heavy checks on the Airbus A330/A340 market. Lufthansa is also setting up a new overhaul operation in Bulgaria at Sofia airport. The new facility will offer base maintenance service, D-checks, for the Airbus A320s and for Boeing’s 737s.

Snecma Signs Bulgaria

Bulgaria Air chose Snecma Services to provide MRO services for its CFM56-3 engines. The five-year contract covers the jet engines powering the airline’s Boeing 737 Classic twinjets. Work will be performed in France and Morocco.

USAF Awards LORD Contract

LORD was awarded a $4.5 million system design and development contract by the U.S. Air Force to integrate their electro-magnetic in-flight propeller balancing system into the USAF’s C-130E & H fleet equipped with 54H60 propellers. The EM-IPBS includes a small electronic controller that not only achieves on-line balancing, but also can serve as cost-cutting, predictive maintenance tool.

NACIL Acquires Test Station

The National Aviation Company of India Limited (NACIL) bought an ATEC Series 6 test station and test program sets for the maintenance of the Airbus A319 and A320 fleet of former Indian Airlines. First deliveries are planned for the beginning of 2008. The ATEC Series 6 of EADS Test & Services is the world leading automatic tester for commercial avionics maintenance.

TAP Contracts Iberia

The companies signed an overhaul maintenance contract for the CFM56-5C engines type, equipping Iberia’s Airbus A340s. This agreement is incorporated into a larger project between TAP and Iberia for the exchange of maintenance services. TAP’s A320 landing gears will be performed at Iberia’s MROs.

DART Gains Approvals

DART Helicopter Services announced that their subsidiary, Geneva Aviation, received Transport Canada approval of their P101 Instrument Panel and P125 Pedestal design for AS350 Series Helicopters. FAA approval has been previously received and EASA approval is pending.

PAE Signs Transaero

Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd. announced that its subsidiary, Panama Aerospace Engineering Inc (PAE), has been awarded a $3.1-million contract by Transaero Airlines. The contract is for C-checks and maintenance work on Transaero’s fleet of 10 Boeing 737-500 aircraft.

NTSB Supports Beacons

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has continued its support of 406 MHz personal locator beacons with its recommendation to the FAA this month that all offshore helicopter pilots in the Gulf of Mexico provide flight crews with a 406 MHz personal locator beacon and one other signaling device.

AOPA Donates Thousands

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) presented a $26,000 check to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as a donation to the AOPA Career Pathways Scholarship Fund. Each year, AOPA contributes 10 percent of its member dues paid by Embry-Riddle alumni to the university’s endowed scholarship fund. Since 1999, AOPA has donated $176,600.

P&W Completes Engine

Pratt & Whitney completed assembly of a full-scale geared turbofan engine and sent it to the company’s Advanced Test Facility in Fla. The engine began ground testing last month and flight testing is scheduled to being in mid-2008 on the P&W 747 flying test bed.

VEM Celebrates Sixth Year

The company is celebrating its sixth year of service to the MRO market. This past year, the company received FAA certification for heavy maintenance on Airbus A300-600 and A310 aircraft and has grown its landing gear overhauls.

SII Joins EAQG

The ASD-European Aerospace Quality Group (EAQG) and the Standards Institution of Israel (SII) signed an agreement confirming SII as ASD-EAQG’s partner in Israel. The agreement will enable SII to provide services and training programs to help companies in the aerospace and defense sector improve their operational capabilities, allowing them to deliver products and services within appropriate quality, time and cost restraining, which contributes to increased competitiveness.

AJW Awards Bursary

An Ethiopian engineer, Benyam Seyoum, received a Bursary towards the MSc in the Aircraft Maintenance Management degree. A J Walter sponsored this new course at City University. The course equips aviation engineering and maintenance specialists with the management skills that will help them become more effective in the profession.

HANGXIN Accepts Award

The Air France Industries KLM E&M subsidiary, received the 2007 Best Asia/Pacific Independent MRO Operation award. The award recognizes the company’s growth, capabilities and safety standards.

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