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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Intelligence: Briefs

Chromalloy’s New Office

Sequa Corp. subsidiary Chromalloy has established a new office in Burlington, Mass. that will function as a point of contact with FAA’s Engine and Propeller Certification Directorate for its parts manufacturer approval (PMA) and STC efforts. The location allows for better communication and early identification of potential issues, according to Thomas Howard, Chromalloy’s vice president of corporate integrity. He adds that Burlington will enable "more rapid approval of PMA and STC projects and more efficient use of resources for both parties." Chromalloy expects the site, which officially opened on Jan. 23, to add staff over the next few months and increase to full capacity.

Sabena Restructuring

Noting the global economic slowdown that is leading to a 15 to 20 percent decline in airline activity, Sabena Technics is taking a number of steps — including staff layoffs, closing a heavy maintenance line and reducing production costs — at its 1,100-employee maintenance center in Brussels, Belgium. Management is seeking to reduce operational costs and increase productivity by cutting 371 jobs; lowering production costs though a work reorganization plan; reducing overhead; and closing the heavy maintenance production line. Sabena CEO Christophe Bernardini told employees in a Jan. 23 letter that the moves "will not affect the quality of our services across the group."

Turkish Technic Mx Deals

Four carriers have chosen Turkish Technic to provide support services — Air Via, Onur Air, Iraqi Airways and Somon Air. Turkish Technic will supply total maintenance support for Iraqi Airways’ two Boeing 737-700s, including line maintenance, engineering and a component pool agreement. For more details, visit www.avtoday.com/am/topstories/Turkish-Technic-Wins-Mx-Contracts_29404.html

Joint Venture Launched

Air France Industries (AFI), KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Aviation Repair Technologies (ART) have combined forces to establish an engine disassembly joint venture, Turbine Support Intl. Offerings will include disassembly, inspection and repair for CF6-50, CF6-80 and CFM-56 engine parts. AFI and KLM have also secured a six-year contract to maintain CF6-50C2 engines on Kelowna Flightcraft’s fleet of DC10-30 freighters. Separately, AFI/KLM has won a deal to provide full component and logistics services for 20 Kingfisher Airlines A330-220s, the first of which was delivered in June 2008.

AAR Supplies Cargo Bays

Intrepid Aviation has chosen AAR Corp. to supply cargo systems for its fleet of new Airbus A330-200 freighters on order. The agreement calls for up to 20 cargo systems that will be installed at the Airbus assembly facility in Toulouse, France. AAR’s Cargo Systems unit will build the systems, which will be able to handle both 96- and 88-foot pallets in single row, side-by-side and mixed configurations. AAR Cargo has already begun designing the systems for the A330-200s. Delivery of the first cargo system is projected in fall 2009, with work continuing through 2011.

Iberia Mx Earnings Up

As part of its 2008 year-end financial statements, Iberia is reporting an uptick in maintenance revenues over the previous year. Among its various business units, the maintenance division was the top performer, climbing 8.7 percent in revenues to €297 million. Overall, Iberia saw its 13th straight year of profits, tallying €32 million during 2008.

ARINC Tech Services Opens

Annapolis, Md.-based ARINC has formed a new business unit dedicated to supplying technical support, field personnel and staffing for its worldwide customer base. A subsidiary of ARINC Engineering Services, ARINC Technical Services (ATS) is based in Oklahoma City, Okla. ATS will cover field services for modification kit installations and maintenance needs, as well as staffing. ARINC plans to move ATS to separate offices in Del City, Okla., in early 2009.

Bird Strikes Examined

Stork East-West Technology (EWT) is working with engineers and designers from various aircraft manufacturers to simulate bird strikes in high-speed situations. Stork EWT’s labs in Jupiter, Fla. are using four air cannons to study simulated and actual bird strikes at speeds up to Mach 0.9 (700 mph) with bird weights ranging from 1.5 to 6.5 pounds. Windshields, fuselages, nose radomes, wing leading edges and landing gear systems are all being tested for bird strike events.

TE Obtains ISO Equivalent

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) has granted accreditation to TE Wire & Cable of Saddle Brook, N.J. The designation certifies that TE’s thermocouple/temperature calibration laboratory meets the requirements of ISO/IEC 12025:2005.

Lean Efforts Advance at Shannon Aerospace

As part of a major initiative to implement lean business practices, Shannon Aerospace has finished a series of D-checks on two Croatia Airlines A319s within 24 days. Using lean tools to speed processes, Shannon performed a D1-check plus sampling in 17 days and a paint job in seven days for both aircraft, the first of which was returned to Croatia Airlines on Feb. 6 and the second in March. According to the MRO, the D1 is the most comprehensive check available for the A319. Shannon is lowering turnaround times using various lean practices, including “pulsing” an aircraft through a series of maintenance lines.

Goodrich Inks A320 Deal

Goodrich Corp. has signed a flight-by-the-hour support contract with TransAsia Airways to provide MRO services for five Airbus A321s and two A320s. The three-year agreement includes Goodrich sensors, engine control and electrical power devices.

Volaris, Aveos Expand Pact

Aveos has extended its existing 10-year agreement with Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris to include inventory management. For the amended portion of the deal, worth $20 million on top of a current $65-million contract, Aveos is teaming with U.K.-based AJ Walter Aviation to manage the carrier’s inventory of spare parts.

ExelTech Supports Dash 8s

Canadian MRO ExelTech Aerospace has won a contract to carry out heavy maintenance and modifications on two SATA Air Azores Bombardier Dash 8-200s. Work will take place at ExelTech’s facility at Trudeau Intl Airport (YUL) in Montreal. The Dash 8s will enter service in spring 2009.

PBH Covers A320s

Cyprus Airways has finalized a five-year contract with AJ Walter Aviation to support its fleet of nine Airbus A320s and two A319s. The power-by-the-hour maintenance agreement also includes inventory management for the carrier’s surplus parts.

Kongsberg Group Bought

Wayne, Pa.-based Triumph Group has agreed to acquire the aviation-related business of Kongsberg Automotive. The acquisition involves around 30 employees based in Basildon, U.K. and Heiligenhaus, Germany. Reorganized under Triumph Aerospace Systems, the entities will be renamed Triumph Controls U.K. and Triumph Controls Germany.

Crane Launches Dubai Site

Crane Aerospace & Electronics has opened an office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to support customers in the Middle East and Africa. Mark Youssef, senior executive and managing director for the region, will run the new location with Martin McCarthy, VP of strategy for EMEA.

GE Supplies CFM56 Parts

Saudi Arabian Airlines has awarded a 10-year deal to GE Aviation for CFM56-5B parts and material support. The $300-million contract involves GE Aviation supplying CFM parts for maintenance and overhaul on a fleet of around 100 A320s, including the carrier’s leased aircraft.

SR Technics Extends Deal

Zurich, Switzerland-based SR Technics has received separate contracts from Spanair and Air Caraibes Atlantique. The three-year Spanair agreement, which has an option to extend, involves repair and overhaul of wheels, brakes and tires for 48 aircraft. Air Caraibes has added five years to an existing support deal that covers base and line maintenance, component services and technical fleet management for its two A330-200s and two A330-300s.

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