As part of a complete refurbishment of a Gulfstream GIV SP aircraft, ALTO Aviation partnered with VIP Completions, to install a new ALTO cabin audio system.

ALTO Aviation and VIP Completions upgrade audio experience

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As part of a complete refurbishment of a Gulfstream GIV SP aircraft, ALTO Aviation partnered with VIP Completions, to install a new ALTO cabin audio system.

As part of a complete refurbishment of a Gulfstream GIV SP aircraft, ALTO Aviation partnered with VIP Completions, to install a new ALTO cabin audio system.

The new ALTO Sound system replaced the obsolete factory-installed audio system. The installation included six ultralight, high-performance ASP-401 Mid-High loudspeakers, which are fit-compatible replacements for the original loudspeakers.

This cabin audio upgrade required a substantial improvement of the bass performance over the original system, which was achieved by strategically placing four ASW-279 ALTO Subwoofers into the aircraft’s two cabin zones, providing a crystal-clear, powerful, and balanced acoustic performance. In addition, the installation offered excellent sound performance throughout the cabin, fully supported by two ALTO DA-230 amplifiers.

An ALTO cabin systems engineer tuned the system onsite at the VIP Completions facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US to perfectly match the aircraft’s acoustic profile upon completing the installation. Following the specifications of the aircraft owner, the tuning focused on a fully optimised and powerful Stereo presentation, with special sonic attention and sweet spots specifically directed to the second row of VIP seats in the forward zone.

“The aircraft came with its original interior; at almost 20-years-old it was dated visually and cabin entertainment and connectivity standpoint. The owner wanted to modernise everything and insisted on the best of the best. We did not hesitate one second in recommending the ALTO product to ensure an incredible audio experience for the owner and all their guests,” said Ben Shirazy, President of VIP Completions.

“Every detail of this seamless installation by VIP Completions is simply outstanding and looks straight from the factory; we are so excited and thankful knowing that the ALTO Sound specifically designed for this project has exceeded their client’s strict audiophile requirements. We look forward to continuing our valued and consistent partnership with VIP Completions to provide their clients with unrivalled cabin sound quality and to continue exceeding their highest acoustic expectations,” Don Hamilton, ALTO Aviation President, said.

The installation is part of a complete aircraft refurbishment that included new wood, upholstery, carpeting, soft goods, plating, lighting, and audio and video upgrades.

Cairns MRO facility, Australia

Heston MRO expands capabilities with Cairns MRO acquisition

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Cairns MRO facility, Australia

Australasian independent MRO organisation Heston MRO is to acquire Jet Aviation’s Cairns MRO facility.

Cairns MRO is the largest MRO centre in Far North Queensland, attracting customers from Australia, Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia, specialising in heavy maintenance and avionics repairs in a 5,400 square metre facility.

Upon completion, the new acquisition will expand Heston MRO capabilities into full heavy maintenance for regional aircraft, as well as state-of-the-art avionics repairs shops for wider range of aircraft types.

“We are excited to add Cairns facility to the Heston MRO family,” said Jonas Butautis, Director and Partner at Heston MRO. “Over the last couple of years our company has been looking for the best options how to expand into heavy maintenance and components repairs in Australia. Having done the analysis on Cairns facility, its professional and experienced staff, range of capabilities and growth potential, we decided that it fits well into the overall Heston MRO vision of becoming a Total Care partner for airlines in the Australasian region. Once the transaction is complete, Heston MRO will be offering line, base, components, engines MRO capabilities, as well as technical training and other services. With selected services we will be able to cover the full suite of aircraft types, from smaller regionals like ATR and Dash 8 Q400, narrowbodies like Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s, to large widebodies like Boeing 777s and 787s, and Airbus A350s and A380s.”

Reconfigured cabin of Aeroflot 777-300 aircraft.

HAECO completes Boeing 777 cabin reconfiguration for Aeroflot

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Reconfigured cabin of Aeroflot 777-300 aircraft.

HAECO Hong Kong has completed the cabin reconfiguration of three Aeroflot Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The Russian carrier unveiled its first long-range Boeing 777 aircraft with the retrofitted cabin in August 2021.

The new cabin interior has been reconfigured to accommodate 427 passengers, an increase in capacity from 402 seats. This includes 28 Super Diamond NG seats equipped with sliding doors in Business class, 24 seats in Comfort class and 375 seats in Economy class.

The seat pitch averages 80 cm in economy class and 96 cm in comfort class. Business class passengers can enjoy individual suites with sliding doors and extra armrests, providing a high level of privacy. Each private suite is also fitted with an 18.5-inch HD monitor and a two-metre full-flat bed.

Passengers in all cabin classes can access the latest generation Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system.

HAECO Hong Kong, a member of the HAECO Group, accomplished this Supplemental Type Certificate input with Boeing as a design integrator.

Aeroflot will operate the retrofitted Boeing 777 on all popular international and domestic routes, including Dubai, New York, Los Angeles, Mahé, Delhi, Yerevan, Bishkek, Baku, Tashkent, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

SIA Engineering Company has signed a long-term distribution agreement with Iacobucci HF Aerospace that bolsters SIAEC’s existing collaboration with IHFA as one of the authorised repair centers for IHFA’s galley insert products in the Asia-Pacific region.

SIA Engineering Company extends Iacobucci collaboration

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SIA Engineering Company has signed a long-term distribution agreement with Iacobucci HF Aerospace that bolsters SIAEC’s existing collaboration with IHFA as one of the authorised repair centers for IHFA’s galley insert products in the Asia-Pacific region.

SIA Engineering Company has signed a long-term distribution agreement with Iacobucci HF Aerospace that bolsters SIAEC’s existing collaboration with IHFA as one of the authorised repair centers for IHFA’s galley insert products in the Asia-Pacific region.

Under the terms of the agreement, SIAEC is granted the rights in the Asia-Pacific region to distribute and sell spare parts required for the aftermarket activities of IHFA’s galley insert products that are mainly featured on the premium cabins of current and next generation aircraft, including Airbus A350 and A320neo as well as Boeing 787, 777X and 737MAX.

According to Ng Chin Hwee, SIAEC Chief Executive Officer: “SIAEC is delighted to extend our collaboration with IHFA that now vertically integrates the supply chain aspect into our cabin suite of services. By leveraging our extensive airline and fleet management experiences, we aim to augment our role in the region in facilitating better, more accessible and faster cabin aftermarket support to IHFA’s existing airline and MRO customers.”

Lucio Iacobucci, IHFA President and Chief Executive Officer, added: “We are excited and proud to have extended the collaboration with SIAEC to implement a more innovative and efficient spare parts distribution system throughout the APAC region. Given SIAEC’s extensive support network and experience, I am confident that our customers will immediately benefit from our collaboration and experience superior customer support through a more efficient supply chain flow in the region.”

IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, has appointed Nina Schulz as its new Managing Director.

Nina Schulz to lead IAMA

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IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, has appointed Nina Schulz as its new Managing Director.

IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, has appointed Nina Schulz as its new Managing Director.

“The executive board and I are thrilled to have Nina lead the alliance’s day-to-day operations so that we can continue to pursue our vision and build our profile in the aviation ecosystem,” said Marc Pinault, IAMA’s Chairman. “Her extensive aircraft modification sales background and customer service focus are the perfect fit with our philosophy on inclusivity. Nina’s sales experience will also bring a new dimension to our approach as an organisation, and we are fortunate to have her experience on our team.”

Schulz joins from Lufthansa Technik where she was most recently Head of Product Sales and Key Account Management Base Maintenance Services for EMEA.

“I am super excited to take on this new challenge with the alliance,” she said. “I am looking forward to the many opportunities to learn, but more importantly to foster and be a part of the ongoing dialogue with current and prospective partners and members. IAMA has already accomplished so much and built a strong foundation. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to keep building the alliance’s profile, to help connect the right people to make things better so that IAMA becomes that ‘go-to’ place.”

AMAC Aerospace Switzerland has acquired Gamit Ltd, a UK company supplying professional and technical support to local and international Maintenance...

AMAC Aerospace acquires Gamit Ltd

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AMAC Aerospace Switzerland has acquired Gamit Ltd, a UK company supplying professional and technical support to local and international Maintenance...

AMAC Aerospace Switzerland has acquired Gamit Ltd, a UK company supplying professional and technical support to local and international Maintenance Repair Organisations, airlines, private and corporate aircraft owners.

Bernd Schramm, Chief Operating Officer AMAC Aerospace Switzerland, said: “We are excited to incorporate Gamit Limited into the ‘AMAC Aerospace Group of Companies’ as it will give the group more aviation related services that we normally have to seek from the wider markets. We will be integrating a strong team based out of the UK with about 100 years’ worth of cumulative experience.”

Ian Davies, General Manager of Gamit Ltd, added: “Becoming part of the ‘AMAC Aerospace Group of Companies’ will enable us to access new markets, offer new services and work much closer together on mutual projects realising efficiencies that ultimately benefit our clients. It is an exciting time for the group and a great opportunity for Gamit Limited.”

Gamit Ltd will keep its offices at London Stansted Airport.

Greenpoint Technologies has delivered the world’s first V-VIP Boeing 787-9 interior completion to an undisclosed client.

Greenpoint Technologies in V-VIP Boeing 787-9 interior completion first

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Greenpoint Technologies has delivered the world’s first V-VIP Boeing 787-9 interior completion to an undisclosed client.

Greenpoint Technologies has delivered the world’s first V-VIP Boeing 787-9 interior completion to an undisclosed client.

The company’s Moses Lake team modified the aircraft eight months faster than the first V-VIP Boeing 787-8. The company applied detailed planning, processes, and a 10-year knowledge base of complex Boeing 787 systems and structures to expedite delivery of this V-VIP Boeing 787-9.

To date, Greenpoint has completed five V-VIP Boeing 787 interior completions.

Greenpoint crafted the bespoke cabin in collaboration with the client’s representatives, balancing state-of-the-art systems and technology with meticulous interior design detail. Greenpoint managed the completion from conception through redelivery, including the design, engineering, and integration of the custom-built interior. The main cabin caters to the client’s distinct needs with private VIP areas and an expansive, multi-functional living space featuring woven fabrics, wood veneers, and intricate metallic details complemented by soft, indirect lighting. The result is a beautiful, seamlessly outfitted Boeing 787 showcasing the client’s individual style, designed to the highest calibre and robustly engineered to meet the aircraft mission requirements.

“Greenpoint is grateful for the opportunity to partner with such an amazing client, and we are delighted to redeliver our first Boeing 787-9 completion in record time! This historical achievement is a testament to our team’s dedication, attention to detail, and V-VIP completion expertise. We look forward to applying this expertise to future V-VIP projects,” stated Klaus Koester, CEO of Greenpoint Technologies.

CommutAir to refresh ERJ145 fleet

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US regional airline CommutAir has begun a widespread programme to update and replace the interiors of its entire fleet of Embraer 145XR 50-seat aircraft with the support of United Airlines.

US regional airline CommutAir has begun a widespread programme to update and replace the interiors of its entire fleet of Embraer 145XR 50-seat aircraft with the support of United Airlines.

“We are excited to be partnering with United on expanding our much-needed service to small communities throughout the country. The cabin refresh is another example of our collaborative efforts to enhance the onboard experience for our customers and invest in our future,” said Rick Hoefling, President & CEO of CommutAir.

The upgraded aircraft will provide a more modernised and comfortable travel experience for customers flying with CommutAir. Once complete, passengers will experience new sidewalls, overhead bins, bulkhead finishes, LED cabin and reading lights, and a completely redesigned lavatory on CommutAir’s entire fleet of ERJ145 aircrafts.

“United is committed to elevating the customer experience for all travellers flying in our small communities,” said Ankit Gupta, United’s Senior Vice President of Domestic Network and United Express. “We’re excited to support CommutAir’s efforts to enhance their fleet of ERJ145 aircraft as they truly complement United’s investments to provide more travellers with the modern amenities that matter most to them.”

IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, has announced details of its latest Virtual ThinkTank (VTT).

IAMA announces latest Virtual Think Tank

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IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, has announced details of its latest Virtual ThinkTank (VTT).

IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, has announced details of its latest Virtual ThinkTank (VTT).

The IVTT 2021 – Nº05 – Cost and Value Optimisation of Aircraft Modifications on 1 December will outline how IAMA and its members optimise the cost and value of aircraft modifications during its lifecycle. In addition, a case study will unfold the various measures to consider as early as in the RFP phase to get the best out of your modification. The session will be followed by a Q&A time where experiences and topics can be raised.

The event is free to register for Airline, Lessor, and Design Organization. Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtf-uhrz0jG9Pt8YeXE1UqpqnqRKNcbpMA

 

 

J&C Aero has received its first EASA Part 145 approval certifying J&C Aero to conduct in-house component maintenance and repairs, covering air conditioning and pressurisation, doors and hatches, electrical power and lights, equipment, windows, and structural components.

J&C Aero receives first EASA Part 145 approval

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J&C Aero has received its first EASA Part 145 approval certifying J&C Aero to conduct in-house component maintenance and repairs, covering air conditioning and pressurisation, doors and hatches, electrical power and lights, equipment, windows, and structural components.

J&C Aero has received its first EASA Part 145 approval certifying J&C Aero to conduct in-house component maintenance and repairs, covering air conditioning and pressurisation, doors and hatches, electrical power and lights, equipment, windows, and structural components. The company will provide in-house component MRO services at its newly launched Component Repair Shop in Vilnius, Lithuania.

“We’ve started purely as a design company, focusing on the development of various cabin interior elements. Step by step we have been expanding our capabilities by adding production and other services. By aiming to become a single point for all aircraft cabin-related needs, adding MRO capabilities is logical next step for us,” explained Laurynas Skukauskas, CEO at J&C Aero. “We are grateful to the Transport Competence Agency for their guidance throughout the certification process. And, of course, big praise to our component repair team that made it all possible.”

J&C Aero currently, operates a 1,500 square meter facility that includes cabin interior design, production and print shops, as well as testing laboratories, a warehouse, and the recently launched component repair shop. By the end of 1Q 2022, J&C Aero plans to more than double its main facilities near Vilnius International Airport (VNO) by increasing total space to 3,500 square meters.