Monday, September 1, 2008
Cessna Expands Coverage
Wichita, Kan.-based Cessna is planning to offer around-the-clock service for aircraft on ground (AOG) situations and unplanned maintenance at its European Citation Service Center at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France. Mobile service teams will travel throughout the region to assist with unplanned maintenance and AOG situations. The units will carry a specialized parts inventory and arrange for parts delivery. Cessna has also broadened its ProTech maintenance program to include the Citation CJ3. Part of the company’s ProAdvantage group of maintenance and engine offerings, ProTech, which offers parts and engine support for a monthly fee, started with the first deliveries of the Citation Mustang in April 2007.
Parts Network Grows
Gulfstream has appointed Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Morro Vermelho Taxi Aereo (MVTA) as the latest branch of its international product support network. Under the agreement, MVTA will distribute spare parts to Gulfstream operators within and flying through South America. According to Gulfstream President of Product Support Mark Burns, the partnership allows more than 80 aircraft that are based in the region to get parts "whenever and wherever they need them." The new distribution center joins an international network made up of the Gulfstream London – Luton Service Center, Metrojet’s maintenance operation in Hong Kong, China and Jet Aviation facilities in Dubai, Moscow and Singapore.
Composite Recycling Explored
Boeing and Alenia Aeronautica plan to jointly establish Italy’s first composite recycling facility. They will work on the project with ENEA (Italy’s national agency for new technologies) and Karborek, and with the UK’s Milled Carbon. The project will combine the efforts of two ongoing programs. Boeing and Milled Carbon have been working on a pilot plant to process cured and uncured composite parts, while ENEA has been working with Karborek to develop ways of recovering carbon and glass fiber from composite materials. Scheduled to be operational in mid 2009, the recycling center will be located near Alenia Aeronautica’s plant in Italy’s Puglia region. Boeing and Alenia plan to have it process about 1,000 metric tons of composite scrap annually. Alenia Aeronautica will produce the composite fuselage barrel sections and horizontal stabilizer for Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner.
EEI Install at Grand Junction
West Star Aviation has installed a Universal Avionics EFI-890R electronic engine indication (EEI) on a Dassault Falcon 50. Equipping the Falcon 50 represents West Star’s first installation of the system at the company’s facility in Grand Junction, Colo. FAA issued an STC on July 16 to West Star’s East Alton, Ill. location for the Universal EEI system, which includes a fifth EFI-890R display, two engine interface units and reversionary switches.
DUS Becomes Avanti Center
Italian manufacturer Piaggio Aero has appointed Jet Aviation’s facility in Düsseldorf, Germany as a P.180 Avanti/Avanti II authorized service center. Düsseldorf has been offering Avanti services for more than 10 years and earned a reputation for working on P.180s, according to Johannes Turzer, senior VP and general manager. The designation allows Jet Aviation to conduct maintenance on Avantis, up to and including D-checks.
BBA Finalizes HBC Deal
Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC) has completed the sale of its fuel and line service operations to BBA Aviation. According to HBC, the deal allows Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) to focus on its core businesses of maintenance, repair, modifications and avionics, and invest in its existing service center network. The sale involves fuel and line operations at seven U.S. locations. HBS will continue to operate its maintenance and customer support facilities at those locations, as well as in Little Rock, Ark., Chester, England and Toluca, Mexico.
RR500 Targets Turboprops
Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has launched its RR500, the newest member of its small engine family. Intended to power turboprop aircraft, the engine is based on the RR300, which Rolls-Royce introduced in 2007 to serve the Robinson R66 helicopter. The RR500 will feature an electronic engine monitoring system and extended time between overhauls. Manufacturing is scheduled to occur at the Rolls-Royce facility in Indianapolis, Ind.
GE, SAFRAN Form Joint Venture
GE Aviation and SAFRAN have formed a joint venture company to develop, manufacture and support engine nacelles for future single-aisle aircraft. The agreement, announced at the Farnborough Air Show in July, combines the expertise and resources of Aircelle, a SAFRAN company located in France’s Normandy region, and GE’s Middle River Aircraft Systems subsidiary, based in Baltimore, Md. The two entities will share 50 percent ownership in the joint venture, which will seek business from all single-aisle aircraft manufacturers. SAFRAN companies also include Snecma, Turbomeca, Messier Dowty, Messier-Bugatti and Sagem.
CRS Offers E-mail AOG Service
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based CRS Jet Spares has established a dedicated e-mail address for 24-hour AOG problems. Customers can send a message to email@example.com to receive immediate communication from a company representative, including details such as pricing, documentation, sharing, airway bill information and other written requests. CRS offers support for Beechjets, Bombardier Challengers and Learjets, Dassault Falcons, Gulfstreams and Hawkers.
Support Company Launched
AgustaWestland has founded a new Portuguese subsidiary that will provide helicopter support services. Among the initial tasks of AgustaWestland Portugal will be to supply maintenance repairs, technical assistance and spare parts for 12 Portuguese Air Force AW101s. Under a full in service support (FISS) contract worth 53 million euros, the agreement covers the first five years of a 15-year deal for the new company.
GP7200 In Commercial Flight
When, in early August, Emirates Air made its maiden flight of the first of 55 Airbus A380-800s it has on order, it also logged the first commercial flight of the Alliance Engine GP7200 powerplant. The flight took place Aug. 1, from Dubai to New York’s JFK Intl Airport. The GP7200, once intended for Boeing’s canceled 747X, was subsequently developed jointly by GE and Pratt & Whitney to power the 555-passenger A380, in competition with Rolls-Royce’s Trent 900. The GP7200, certified at 81,500 lbs of thrust, blends features from the GE90 and PW4000 engines. The Trent 900 powers the aircraft operated by Airbus’ initial A380 customer, Singapore Airlines. Currently, Alliance Engine and Rolls-Royce are close to splitting the number of engines for the A380s on order. An Alliance Engine official told AM the manuals accompanying the GP7200 are complete and in electronic form, and Alliance Engine’s overhaul facility for the GP7200 will soon open, in Cardiff, Wales. The official added that EASA certification of the facility "is imminent." Technicians have been trained at P&W’s East Hartford, Conn., facility. A P&W facility also will serve as the parts distribution hub. "We will have a Web portal for customers to order parts, so it will be transparent whether they come from GE or Pratt," said the official.
Tracking System Garners Orders
SkyBOOKS of Jacksonville, Fla. has secured service contracts with various operators to supply its electronic-based system that includes maintenance programs, flight and pilot logs, and other tracking systems. The Bell Helicopter/Textron company has received orders from Houston, Texas-based Gulf Coast Aviation, RVR Air Charter in Fort Worth, Texas, Helicopter Express of Atlanta, Ga. and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Gulf Coast operates eight aircraft in its fleet, RVR flies 12 aircraft, Helicopter Express flies 19 Bell and Eurocopter helicopters, and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office uses two Bell 206s, a Bell 207 and a Piper Saratoga.
New Engine MRO in Turkey
Turkish Airlines Technic, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, and Pratt & Whitney broke ground in July on a new engine overhaul facility for CFM56 and V2500 engines. A joint venture company — called the P&W Turkish Technic Aircraft Engine Maintenance Center — will have a 269,000-square-foot (25,000-square-meter) facility that will employ 550 people at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Intl Airport. The new center is scheduled to be in business by the second half of 2009. It is expected to overhaul up to 200 engines annually.
Qatar Chooses TotalCare
Qatar Airways has adopted Rolls-Royce’s TotalCare support for the Trent 500 engines powering its fleet of four Airbus A340-600s and one VIP-configured A340-500. TotalCare provides a range of services, from logistics management to engine overhaul. The agreement follows Qatar Airways’ order for 80 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, powered by the Trent XWB. Rolls-Royce and Qatar also are working jointly on research to determine the benefits of gas-to-liquid synthetic jet fuel. Other participants in the project are Airbus, Shell Petroleum, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Fuel Company and the Qatar Science and Technology Park. Qatar Airways plans to be the first commercial carrier to use the synthetic fuel.
Blue Sky Is Airbus Distributor
Airbus has signed an agreement with Blue Sky Alliance, naming it a preferred partner to distribute consumables, expendables and standard hardware for Airbus aircraft. Blue Sky Alliance is a joint venture of Avio-Diepen BV, in the Netherlands, Interturbine Logistik in Germany and Satair A/S in Denmark. Airbus operators can now enter into agreements with Blue Sky Alliance to access up to two million part numbers from more than 3,000 suppliers through a sole source. The consortium has 19 distribution centers worldwide.
Carriers Pick Snecma Services
Snecma Services announced engine support contracts in Russia, Africa and the Middle East during Farnborough. It also announced a four-year contract covering the MRO of CFM56-5B engines operated by the French carrier, Aigle Azur, which offers both scheduled and charter flights. In Russia, Aeroflot Cargo signed a three-year contract with Snecma Services to support the CFM56-3 engines powering its Boeing 737 freighter fleet. The contract includes a spare engine leasing service provided by Shannon Engine Support, a CFM Intl subsidiary and preferred Snecma partner, in Ireland. A 13-year, engine-service-per-hour contract also was announced with Siberia Airlines, operating as S7 Airlines. Snecma will support S7’s CFM56 engines on the carrier’s 737s and Airbus narrowbodies. In Africa, Morocco’s national flag carrier, Royal Air Maroc, signed an engineering support contract, further consolidating its partnership with Snecma Services. And in the Mideast, Bahrain Air announced a three-year contract covering the MRO of CFM56 engines powering its A320 aircraft.
Siemens PLM Support Role
Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. used Siemens PLM’s product life-cycle software to assist in the development of its Superjet 100 (SSJ100), which first flew in May. Now, according to a Siemens PLM official, Sukoi and Alenia Aeronautica, which formed a joint venture to market and support the SSJ100, may decide to apply the software to the regional jet’s maintenance support. Saab Aerosystems has invested in the Teamcenter MRO software with the intent of offering it to JAS 39 Gripen operators. In addition, Siemens PLM and EDS have partnered to offer Defense Logistics Solution, a program meant to facilitate and enhance defense logistics and performance-based logistics (PBL) contracts provided by OEMs. The program combines the Teamcenter data-management software with EDS’ IT infrastructure and logistics experience to provide a digital service that follows a product through its service stage and tracks its performance.