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Monday, October 1, 2007

Intelligence: Briefs

PAS is RIDP Facility

PAS Technologies is the first Repair Item Detail Program (RIDP) repair facility to use Derco Aerospace’s F100 supply chain management agreement with Pratt & Whitney. Derco can supply F100 spares on a just-in-time basis. Under the agreement, Derco is responsible for procuring, stocking and shipping new F100 spare parts for PAS.

Aeroflex and AMECO Partner

Beijing’s AMECO will provide Aeroflex a site for calibrating and servicing the entire line of Aeroflex avionics test equipment. The site, located at AMECO’s facility in the Beijing Capital International Airport, will help Aeroflex reduce equipment down time, shipping costs and expensive and time-consuming import/export fees. AMECO will hire an additional four service engineers this year in order to support the agreement.

United May Outsource

The airlines’ MRO operations is run out of a 1950s San Francisco maintenance facility that requires a costly upgrade. Instead of the upgrade, United is pursuing a joint venture that would allow the airline to retain a minority stake in its MRO, but will give outside investors control. This type of change requires union approval and the airline and its mechanics are currently disputing how much maintenance work United has already shipped to third-party vendors. The California facility would not be the first to close, United jettisoned its Indianapolis facility in 2003.

Harmonizing Data Standards

The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe, the Aerospace Industries Association of America and the Air Transport Association of America announced a collaboration agreement to align international technical publication data in the aerospace, defense and commercial aviation industries, which would promote common, interoperable, international technical publication data. The agreement positions the three associations to further advance the development and maintenance of the S1000D specification for technical publications.

Briggs & Stratton’s New Software

The manufacturer of air-cooled engines has implemented MCA Solutions’ Service Planning and Optimization (SPO) suite, hoping to increase fill rates and reduce inventory. SPO provides advanced forecasting, optimization and distribution-centric capabilities and is compatible with Briggs & Stratton’s existing SAP ERP system.

IAI Realizes Tremendous Profits

During the first six months of 2007, Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) net profit increased 47 percent and reached $71 million. The increase is due, in part, to sales of $1.62 billion, which boosted the total backlog (as of June 30, 2007) to a record $7.2 billion. Accumulated sales in the first half of 2007 increased 23 percent to $1.6 billion. Operating profit increased 71 percent in the first half of this year too, to $100 million compared to $58 million in the first half of 2006. IAI’s President and CEO, Itzhak Nissan said, "IAI’s excellent financial picture is the result of an aggressive marketing strategy, improvement of the business culture, implementation of a company-wide reorganization plan and strict control over project execution."

B/E Seat Order

B/E Aerospace has been selected by four global airlines to outfit their new Boeing 787 aircraft with next generation business and coach class seats. The firm portion of these awards is valued at more than $100 million and may increase to more than $150 million after expected orders for oxygen systems, passenger service units, and various food and beverage products are confirmed. The seating programs include Continental, Air China and Japan Airlines, as well as another undisclosed Asia-Pacific carrier.

FRCSE Wins Shingo

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) received a Shingo Bronze Medallion for Excellence in costs, faster deliveries and less work-in-progress. The EA-6B Aircraft Depot Level Maintenance Program, which is the primary platform for providing electronic warfare support for Navy, Marine and Air Force combat operations, was the featured line for the award. The FRCSE has been implementing lean-driven improvements since 2003. The Shingo award was established in 1988 to promote an awareness of lean manufacturing concepts and was expanded to include MRO activities in 2005.

Alteon Restructure

Alteon Training, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boeing, announced a restructuring effort in late August. The company will open a new training center in Shanghai, China in partnership with China Airlines. The Shanghai facility will house the first Boeing 787 full-flight simulator in China, which the company said would be operational in the first half of 2008. Restructuring efforts include redistributing training devices and closing four of its aviation training centers worldwide. Alteon will close training centers in Long Beach, Calif. and Dallas, Texas in the United States, as well as a center in Kunming, China by the end of 2007. A training center in Luton, UK will close in mid-2008. Alteon will also retire underutilized devices throughout its system.

ST Aerospace Wins DOA

Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aerospace) has received a Design Organization Approval (DOA) by EASA. The DOA designation allows ST Aerospace to approve and perform engineering design work on European Union registered aircraft. "This certification is in line with our plan to expand our capabilities in the area of design, upgrades and modification work," said Tay Kok Khaing, president, ST Aerospace.

Derco Wins Award

Derco Aerospace received the Defense Supply Center Columbus 2006 Supplier Excellence Silver Award. This award is given to contractors in recognition of their performance as measured by the government past performance Automated Best Value System. In order to receive a silver award, a contractor must, at minimum, have a score of 99.0-99.9 and an overall DLA score of 90.0 and above. Other criteria for qualification include business ethics and integrity.

Ameco Beijing Test Cell

Ameco Beijing has opened the first PW 4000/CFM56/V2500 fuel control and fuel pump test cell in China. The test cell was co-developed by Ameco Beijing and the Civil Aviation University of China together with First Group of China National Aviation Holding Company.

Stork Acquires Labs

Stork Materials Technology has acquired two testing laboratories. The first, Professional Metallurgical Services, located in Buchanan, Mich., is A2LA-approved lab, providing failure analysis, testing and forensic metallurgy. The second, Materials Testing Technology, currently operates facilities in the Netherlands, Germany and Scotland and provides failure analysis, weld inspection, mechanical inspection and chemical analysis.

Boeing+Rolls-Royce=TotalCare

The Boeing Company will supply GoldCare lifecycle support services to Rolls-Royce for their Trent 1000 engine TotalCare program. The material management agreement provides repair and overhaul for 787 Dreamliner underwing rotable airplane components as an option for Trent 1000 TotalCare service agreements.

UAV Milestone

The AAI-built Shadow 200 tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS) surpassed 200,000 total flight hours this summer, doubling the 100,000 flight hour milestone set in June 2006 in less than 13 months. More than 88 percent of the flight hours of Shadow 200 have been in support of U.S. and allied operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

VEM Gains FAA Cert

VEM Maintenance and Engineering has received FAA certification to perform heavy maintenance for Airbus A310 and A300-600 aircraft.

Ameco Does Mica Painting

Ameco Beijing completed mica painting for a Safi Airways Boeing 767-200.

Res. 444 Moves Ahead

A resolution to create National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day (H. Res. 444) passed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and will go the House of Representatives for a vote this fall. The resolution will then be considered by the Senate before going to the president. The resolution, which has the backing of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA), will create a national day to honor and recognize the achievements of the Wright Brothers’ first flight mechanic, Charles E. Taylor, and all certified aviation maintenance professionals.

ERAU Makes Top 100

For the third year in a row, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been named one of central Florida’s top 100 companies for working families. The companies are chosen for the award based on their family-related benefits, work environment, communication network and training opportunities.

New Forging Press

A new isothermal forging press is being built by Erie Press Systems for Ladish Co. in Cudahy, Wis. It will be the largest in the world, according to Doug Currie, president of Erie Systems. The design of the press will allow it to forge larger diameter, close tolerance forgings needed for high-efficiency jet engine parts.

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