Assortment of galley spare parts

Bii addsA320-A321 interior components to inventory

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Assortment of galley spare parts

Bii.aero, a provider of aircraft parts and services for the commercial aviation sector has increased its stock of A320 family galley inserts.

According to Andrew Newell, Sales Director Bii confirms as purchased over 1,700 line items include a broad spectrum of OEM interior components from Zodiac, Airbus, BE Aerospace, Adams-Rite, Holmco, Diehl, and Goodrich amongst others, from a major European airline which Bii will manage.

Components include are vacuum lavatories, smoke detectors, ovens, coffee makers, crew handsets, chillers, faucets, fire extinguishers, lights, and attendant seats.

Bii will utilise its carefully selected MRO vendor base in order to recertify the interior cabin/galley material to ensure quality and availability on the shelf. This will further complement the Company’s ability to support aircraft with a range of AOG/loan/exchange and outright sale options.

“The market for these items is constant when aircraft are flying,” said Newell. “The most frequently removed items are normally water heaters, coffee makers and ovens, so we are building a pool of these fast-turning items.  Some airlines are currently taking equipment from teardowns and parked aircraft, but these still need to be recertified.  For many operators a better solution is to buy recently certified material instead of cannibalising parked aircraft and storing up shortage problems.”

According to Newell although airlines are serving less food and hot drinks nowadays due to COVID-19, the sale of refreshments on board is an important revenue stream that they will want to reinstate as quickly as possible.

AMAC MRO facility Geneva

AMAC enjoys demand for onboard connectivity

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AMAC MRO facility Geneva

AMAC Aerospace is preparing to install a Gogo 2Ku in-flight system on widebody aircraft on behalf of an undisclosed customer.

The system comprises two antennas, one for the forward link, which transmits data to the aircraft, and another antenna for the return link, which receives the data.

In addition, a Boeing BBJ737 will be equipped with a Ka-band antenna and will undergo a due maintenance.

“We realise that a perfect onboard connectivity is very important for our customers. With our existing STC capabilities, we are happy to offer our customers an incomparable and high-speed internet experience on their aircraft”, said Eric Hoegen, Director Completion Sales & Key Account Management.

In October, AMAC was selected to carry out a Pre-Purchase Inspection (‘PPI’) on two privately-owned Bombardier Global 6000s. AMAC also won a project for a 24-month inspection on a Bombardier Challenger 300 in September. The customer commissioned AMAC to perform multiple cabin interior work on the privately-owned aircraft.

Cargo in main passenger deck of 777-300ER

JADE performs first conversion on behalf of Singapore Airlines

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Cargo in main passenger deck of 777-300ER

The first passenger to cargo cabin (P2C) conversion program on a Boeing 777-300ER undertaken by Jamco Aero Design and Engineering (JADE), a subsidiary of JAMCO Corporation (JAMCO) and Singapore Airlines Engineering Company (SIAEC), has been completed for launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA).

JADE and SIAEC have developed a more optimal solution for SIA as part of a JAMCO “Project Blue Sky” Initiative involving the removal of passenger seats from two zones in the cabin to allow cargo to be secured on the passenger cabin floor. This approach maximises the cargo capacity in the passenger cabin and reduces the dead weight of the aircraft which in turn creates fuel savings for the airline.  What’s more, the removed seats can be safely stored, eliminating the risk of damage during cargo loading. The retrofitted aircraft can now carry up to 193,000 lbs of cargo, a 12% increase in cargo capacity from a standard 777-300ER.

JADE’s P2C conversion on the Boeing 777-300ER is the first solution to be awarded a Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). This conversion also meets the set requirements for FAA and EASA STC approvals, making it a quick and compatible solution for any airline around the world.

MAC Interiors Legacy 600 interior

MAC Aero Interiors completes Embraer Legacy 600 interior refurbishment

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MAC Interiors Legacy 600 interior

MAC Aero Interiors has completed a full VIP aircraft interior refurbishment project for a private charter flights management company.

The Embraer Legacy 600 aircraft was delivered to Magnetic MRO hangars in Tallinn, Estonia, in September. The scope of the project covered from concept to completion and included the refurbishment of the seats, divan covers and cushions, including armrests, shroud and fairing covers in a design tailored specifically for the customer.

Additionally, lavatory refurbishments and carpet changes were also carried out.

New specially made perforated leather and fabric materials have been introduced and certified for the program. The aircraft has also undergone a new exterior paint scheme.

“Working on private jets are challenging and exciting at the same time,” commented Marko Männiste, Managing Director at MAC Aero Interiors. “Especially in times like these, when to get desired material is increasingly challenging due to re-imposed restrictions on movement between countries, the completion of such a project brings even more satisfaction. Of course, as we are able to provide one-stop-shop solutions for clients when it comes to maintenance, overhaul, painting, design as well as certification, flamm programs, material sampling, manufacturing and installation, we were able to tackle challenges alike and could offer client multiple services in one location, which, in cases like this, proves to be a great advantage”.

Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft

ABC International receives CS-23 EASA approval

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Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft

ABC International has received EASA acceptance to classify changes to TC or STC as “major” or “minor”, as well as to approve “minor” changes to TC or to STC within the “Small Aeroplane” products (CS-23).

Areas covered include avionics/surveillance systems, cabin/cabin interiors and electrical cabin systems amongst others.

“More and more often we receive enquires from small operators that aim to comply with EASA regulations. It seems very difficult for them to find a cost and time efficient solution at the same time. CS-23 operators are usually requested to give seasonal services, sometimes weekly or daily. It is important for them to have an approved Design Organisation like ABC International which is able to manage and approve very small changes in a snap of a finger,” said  Alberto D’Ambrosio, CEO and founder of ABC “We had the knowledge and the manpower to satisfy the demand of a big part of the aviation audience, the CS-23 operators, whose needs are commonly unknown to the big Design Organisations”

“Following the COVID-19 crisis we understood the importance of product diversification and company risk mitigation. Nowadays, I firmly believe enlarging our own competences is the right approach to the market,” added D’Ambrosio. “From now on, we specifically target small and medium private jet operators, CAMOs, Maintenance Organisations, aerial service providers such as skydiving schools, aerial photography, media flights, sensational flights and many others. They all require a high level of customisation and unique solutions for their requests. Sometimes their requests are complex and need a very wide array of skills and competences to be settled.”

Image: Examples of typical CS-23 aircraft the  Beechcraft Bonanza from Textron Aviation.

RUAG Oberpfaffenhofen site

RUAG International begins sell-off of MRO business at Oberpfaffenhofen location

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RUAG Oberpfaffenhofen site

General Atomics Europe is to acquire the maintenance, repair and operation for business aircraft and military helicopters, as well as the production of the Dornier 228 at Oberpfaffenhofen from RUAG International.

The new owner will take over all 450 employees.

The transfer of ownership (contractual closing) is expected to be completed this year and is part of an ongoing realignment of RUAG International. The sale of parts of the company is taking place in accordance with the unbundling concept approved by the Swiss Federal Council on 15 March 2019. The business activities affected by the sale were all brought together in the MRO International division, whose parts of the company are all to be divested in the future. The two locations specialising in business jets at Geneva-Cointrin and Lugano-Agno airports were sold in July 2019. The purchaser of the two locations was the French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.

RUAG Aerostructures, which is also based at Oberpfaffenhofen and employs 800 people, is not affected by the sale.

Location safeguarding and technological expertise for Bavaria Harald Robl, Managing Director of General Atomics Europe, commented: “We are aware of the challenges that a takeover of this magnitude means, especially in the aviation sector amid the current coronavirus crisis. However, General Atomics Europe is economically robust. In addition, we have developed a future concept that creates a classic win-win situation for GA-Europe and the future new location in Oberpfaffenhofen. We are convinced of the great potential of this company and its employees and want to develop Oberpfaffenhofen into the European aviation core of the General Atomics Europe Group.”

Artists impression of NAAI facility planned at the Global TransPark in Kinston, North Carolina, US.

North American Aerospace Industries announces expansion programme

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Artists impression of NAAI facility planned at the Global TransPark in Kinston, North Carolina, US.

Aircraft Solutions Middle East, an affiliate of North American Aerospace Industries (NAAI), has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Aircraft Support Industries to develop three new aircraft recycling facilities.

These include the facilities being constructed for Aircraft Solutions at Al Ain International Airport in Dhabi, UAE and Clark International Airport in the Philippines, in addition to the NAAI facility planned at the Global TransPark in Kinston, North Carolina, US.

Aircraft Support Industries will use a phased-in project development approach, with phrase one focusing on a custom-designed 323,000 square foot dismantling hangar that can accommodate three of the largest aircraft such as the A380. Aircraft Support Industries will apply its proprietary stressed arch building system along with a 81,000 square foot annex for the construction of the 1,076-foot span hangar. The annex will be used to house the engineering support workshops and materials warehousing for the NAAI facility in the US and Aircraft Solutions’ facilities in the Middle East and Asia.

“Our state-of-the-art facilities will enable our companies to provide comprehensive, sustainable aircraft recycling solutions for aircraft owners, operators, airport authorities, and military services with a zero-waste mission to recycle 100% of an aircraft,” said Sven Daniel Koechler, President and CEO of North American Aerospace Industries Corporation (NAAI).  “While the pandemic has introduced delays in our construction schedule, we are optimistic that we will be able to make up for lost time in that Aircraft Support Industries is a strong partner able to facilitate a construction project in the most efficient, timely manner.”

North American Aerospace Industries merges with Aircraft Interior Recycling Association

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US-based North American Aerospace Industries (NAAI), a provider of sustainable end-to-end aircraft recycling, has merged with UK-based Aircraft Interior Recycling Association (AIRA), a total aircraft interior support company.

Sven Daniel Koechler, PhD, President and CEO of NAAI stated: “AIRA is the only aircraft interior recycling company that has developed the scientific expertise and technical know-how to properly recycle end of life aircraft interiors and waste materials from manufacturing.  Since our top priority is to provide sustainable aircraft recycling services through which 100% of an aircraft is recycled or up-cycled, gaining the ability to effectively address one of the most challenging aspects of an aircraft’s recycling – its composite plastic interior components – is a major achievement for us. We are very proud of our new alignment with AIRA. Together, we intend to revolutionise aircraft recycling, transforming it into an industry which delivers enormous benefit across the entire chain, from OEMs, MROs, airlines, and leasing companies to the general public and the environment.”

AIRA Managing Director Tony Seville added: “This is two companies coming together with a mutual vision and solutions to the major challenges of recycling aircraft correctly, with all of its many different materials and with the environment foremost in mind.  It has taken AIRA six years of research and hard work to develop cost effective recycling processes.  We are very proud to be part of this merger with NAAI and now the real work can begin with airlines, lessors, MROs, OEMs and material manufacturers all working with us and making a huge difference to the aviation industry and the environment at the same time.”

NAAI is building one of the world’s largest hangar systems  in North Carolina. The three-part hangar system will house a 357,00 square foot dismantling shop; 151,800 square foot MRO facility; and 102,000 square foot paint shop for narrow and wide body aircraft.  Its proprietary processes will enable the company to recycle multiple aircrafts simultaneously for a much faster recycling process. The NAAI facilities will also encompass an 80,800 square foot space designated for storage and offices.  The facility’s construction schedule was interrupted by the pandemic and subsequent business lockdowns in the US, however, Koechler is projecting that the facility will be operational by late 2021.

Plane on runway with passenger steps

Satair takes the lead on material management services for Airbus A220

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Plane on runway with passenger steps

Satair, an Airbus services company, has taken the lead on global material support and services for A220 operators, working in close coordination with the A220 programme team in Airbus Canada Limited Partnership. Since July, Airbus Canada has officially transferred the overall A220 material management services offer to Satair, as part of the integration of the programme into Airbus.

The transfer represents a key milestone for Airbus and a significant step in the overall integration of the A220 programme. “All A220 customers will now benefit from the same level of service and global network offered by Satair on all other Airbus platforms”, said Rob Dewar, Senior Vice President, A220 Customer Services, Customer Satisfaction and Product Policy. “This will be a significant contributor to improving the overall satisfaction of our growing A220 customer base worldwide.”

“Satair’s footprint of service centres and warehouses will contribute to a greater scope of spare parts available for all A220 operators. Customers can look forward to leveraging Satair’s global presence”, said Bart Reijnen, CEO of Satair. “We are very proud to be supporting the A220 aircraft with our strong Satair organization.”

The official A220 material management services have smoothly been transitioned to Satair over the summer. Overall, Satair will now oversee a wide range of value-adding activities including: Planning & inventory; purchasing; quality inspection; certification; warehousing & distribution; customer order handling; 24/7 AOG handling; initial provisioning and tool lease. Over time, Satair will also develop the areas of parts lease, repair, and exchange for the A220. The customer order handling of the A220 programme is solely managed in the Satair | OEM parts and services channel with its global group of Satair companies.

The A220 programme headquarters are in Mirabel, Canada together with main customer services functions, such as engineering expertise and 24/7/365 Customer Response Centre.

Benefitting from the latest technologies, the A220 is the quietest, cleanest, and most eco-friendly aircraft in its category. Featuring a 50% reduced noise footprint compared with previous generation aircraft, 25% lower fuel burn per seat and 50% lower NOx emissions than industry standards, the A220 is a great aircraft for neighbourhood airports.

More than 100 A220s are in the fleets of seven operators flying on routes in Asia, America, Europe and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ latest family member. Satair in close interaction with Airbus Canada is committed to the success of the A220 and will secure the required support for the growing A220 fleet worldwide.

AM Craft Co-founders Jānis Jātnieks (right) and Didzis Dejus in front of the service provider’s four large-scale production-grade Stratasys F900 3D Printers

AM Craft expands 3D printing capabilities

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AM Craft Co-founders Jānis Jātnieks (right) and Didzis Dejus in front of the service provider’s four large-scale production-grade Stratasys F900 3D Printers

Latvia-based specialist aerospace additive manufacturing service provider, AM Craft, has purchased four large-scale production-grade Stratasys F900 3D Printers to provide certifiable 3D printed parts for a wide range of aircraft interior applications including aircraft seating and panelling.

“In recent years, we’ve seen an ongoing demand for 3D printed production parts among major aircraft OEMs,” commented Jānis Jātnieks, Co-founder and CEO, of AM Craft. “Although COVID-19 has shocked the industry in the last few months, we are seeing efforts to return to business by remodeling passenger planes for cargo shipments, as well as projects to increase customer safety measures and improve the in-flight customer experience – for example by providing mobile device charging stations and Wi-Fi infrastructures. In such cases, additive manufacturing is way ahead of slower and more costly traditional methods.

“One of the mainstay pillars that enables us to realise this business case into real-world applications is Stratasys’ highly-repeatable FDM-based 3D printing technology in conjunction with aerospace-grade materials like ULTEM 9085 resin. Crucially, this gives us the capability to meet strict rules and regulations around certification that require the highest level of repeatability and traceability with every part manufactured,” he added

The flame-retardant, high-performance ULTEM 9085 resin meets stringent flame, smoke and toxicity (FST) criteria and retains traceability required by the aerospace industry. Certified to Airbus material specifications, ULTEM 9085 resin allows the company to produce strong yet lightweight aircraft interior parts at significantly reduced manufacturing cost.

AM Craft’s investment will compliment an existing hardware line-up of four Stratasys Fortus F450mc 3D Printers. Collectively, the battery of eight FDM-based machines will provide the heartbeat of a dedicated new additive manufacturing facility in Riga that will focus specifically on fulfilling the application requirements of the company’s customer base of aircraft suppliers and airlines.

AM Craft’s investment will see the company become one of the largest independent aerospace-focused 3D printing service providers in EMEA. The business will operate as a sister company to Baltic3D, an established 3D printing service provider that has worked closely with companies within the aerospace supply chain since 2017. Baltic3D has an ongoing collaborative partnership with certification company, Magnetic MRO, under whose POA it was granted authorisation to produce certifiable aerospace parts.

AM Craft’s Riga facility is expected to be fully operational in Q4 2020.

Image: AM Craft Co-founders Jānis Jātnieks (right) and Didzis Dejus in front of the service provider’s four large-scale production-grade Stratasys F900 3D Printers