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Latitude Aero receives EASA certification

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Latitude Aero has received approval and designation by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an EASA Part 145 Repair Station (EASA.145.6969).

As a FAA and EASA-approved maintenance organisation, Latitude Aero can now provide its customers a dual-release and return to service components that are for European, as well as domestic, aircraft.

“We are excited to add dual-release capabilities to our existing suite of seating services and expand our global reach beyond the United States and into Europe,” said President & CEO Kelvin Boyette. “This coincides perfectly with our planned expansion into Europe later in 2021.”

F/LIST GERMANY’s upholstery facility in Erfurt has received EASA PART-145 approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to act as a repair station.

F/LIST GERMANY receives EASA Part-145 approval for Erfurt site

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F/LIST GERMANY’s upholstery facility in Erfurt has received EASA PART-145 approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to act as a repair station.

F/LIST GERMANY’s upholstery facility in Erfurt has received EASA PART-145 approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to act as a repair station.

F/LIST GERMANY acquired ACC COLUMBIA’s Erfurt upholstery facility in February this year, expanding F/LIST’s capacities and its service network in the EMEA region on a long-term basis. The EASA Part-145 approval means that the integration phase of the new location under the management of F/LIST GERMANY GMBH is now complete and Erfurt is fully operational.

The associated increase in the number of refurbishment requests has made the aftermarket division one of the fastest growing, and increasingly important strategic business areas of the international F/LIST Group.

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BBJ MAX 8 delivered to Greenpoint Technologies

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Greenpoint Technologies has received a BBJ MAX 8 from Boeing on behalf of an undisclosed V-VIP client.

After the Boeing delivery, Greenpoint will assist with repositioning the aircraft for auxiliary fuel tank installation, then induct the aircraft into Greenpoint’s installation facility in Moses Lake, Washington.

“We are honoured by the trust V-VIP clients place into Greenpoint with their aircraft. Taking delivery of the BBJ MAX on behalf of our client signifies the confidence placed in Greenpoint’s unparalleled capabilities. We create beautiful aircraft interiors and build lasting relationships along the way. This is how Greenpoint delivered the world’s first BBJ3 (737-900 variant), 787-8 and 747-8 V-VIP aircraft, and how we look to the future with our BBJ MAX clients,” stated Chad Thorne, Greenpoint Senior Director of Sales.

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The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance to welcome business aviation

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IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance is expanding its advocacy and support services to serve the business aviation industry.

Like their commercial counterparts, business aviation stakeholders can benefit from the alliance’s services through a basic, advisory, or full membership. IAMA also offers a free subscription for owners and operators, allowing complimentary access to standard and educational content.

“After a successful year advocating for the commercial aircraft retrofit industry, we strongly believe that business aircraft modifiers, owners and operators will also benefit from our programs, and new initiatives targeted at their specific needs,” said Nicole Noack, managing director of IAMA. “IAMA-endorsed STC solutions help to reassure owners and operators that their modification will be of the highest quality, while also providing for adequate after-sales support and ease of aircraft transfer.”

Since its launch in early 2020, IAMA developed its Rulebook which details high-quality standards for commercial aircraft modifications achieved through Supplemental Type Certificates (STC). The online resource, specifically designed to provide consistent, reliable results, directs aircraft modifiers on how to deliver superior quality service over the entire aircraft modification lifecycle. IAMA endorsed STC-approved solutions ensure that effective modernisations meet aircraft operator and owner needs.

IAMA provides educational content and practical guidance for the latest modification trends. The alliance offers its members a platform which covers a wide range of topics from aircraft de-modification to considerations for After-Sales service. Furthermore, IAMA pursues solutions to improve the cross-border transferability of aircraft with approved STCs, as well as cooperating with OEMs to ensure fair and predictable access to approved data.

The €1 million project took approximately 2500 manhours to complete and features VIP seating for 12 passengers which includes high gloss carbon fibre veneer surfaces, soft furnishings in tasteful shades of grey, polished smoked nickel with glossy clear coat metal platings throughout and stylish white marble countertops and stone floors in the galley and restroom.

FAI Technik completes extensive Challenger 604 refurb project

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The €1 million project took approximately 2500 manhours to complete and features VIP seating for 12 passengers which includes high gloss carbon fibre veneer surfaces, soft furnishings in tasteful shades of grey, polished smoked nickel with glossy clear coat metal platings throughout and stylish white marble countertops and stone floors in the galley and restroom.

Nuremberg, Germany-based MRO, FAI Technik GmbH, part of the FAI Aviation Group, has completed its latest full refurbishment, a pre-owned Bombardier Challenger 604 (MSN 5412) on behalf of a corporate client.

The €1 million project took approximately 2500 manhours to complete and features VIP seating for 12 passengers which includes high gloss carbon fibre veneer surfaces, soft furnishings in tasteful shades of grey, polished smoked nickel with glossy clear coat metal platings throughout and stylish white marble countertops and stone floors in the galley and restroom. The luxury interior is complemented by Gogo´s Aviator 300 with intermediate gain antenna, Wi-Fi internet and Collins´ Airshow 500 installation.

“FAI Technik has successfully completed another highly demanding, first-class interior refurbishment project, following the completion of our standout Global Express ‘Project Pearl’ in 2020. This latest project further reinforces FAI Technik´s competency in turnkey refurbishments at flat rate pricing,” said Siegfried Axtmann, FAI´s Group Chairman.

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IAMA releases Rulebook update with focus on efficiency

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IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, has released version 2.0 of its Rulebook.

Launched in March 2020, the Rulebook strives to address lessor, operator and owner needs throughout the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) lifecycle. Driven by the alliance’s Standard working group, the Rulebook focuses on instruction to address airline and lessor concerns. It offers a standards-based process designed to provide consistent, reliable results. The working group follows a continuous improvement process to create an exhaustive guide, covering all aspects of an STC project. Topics ranging from documentation to communication, project management standards, aircraft transferability and maintainability are discussed in great detail.

IAMA Rulebook 2.0 incorporates new rules for two new pain points, while also establishing additional rules for cabin interior retrofits and entry into service programs. The first set of new rules was created to address STC-based modification maintainability. IAMA enlisted the help of honours engineering students from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences to research the subject. With the support of IATA, DLR Institute of Air Transportation Systems and Tronos Aviation Consulting, the research was used to create procedures that will streamline processes and, in the long run, reduce aircraft downtime. Validating STCs can prove challenging to aircraft transferability. IAMA has implemented new rules designed to ensure all stakeholders are aware of the validation path and timeline in advance, to avoid such delays. With an objective to expand further on this topic, IAMA’s Certification and Authority Affairs working group also continues to pursue ways to simplify aircraft transfers between aviation authority jurisdictions.

“We are working to develop customer-centric standards to encompass the entire STC lifecycle,” said Nicole Noack, managing director of IAMA. “One of our top priorities is to ensure the IAMA Rulebook is always being updated and improved. Engaging with aircraft operators, owners and lessors helps us to understand their pain points around STCs. This allows us to keep advancing, adding to, and refining the rules our modifier members are committed to following. Rulebook 2.0 incorporates new rules which we are confident will continue to support improved efficiency and strengthen STC quality.”

“The Rulebook is the backbone of the alliance’s objectives,” observed Noack. “My team and I are proud of the extremely positive reception this resource has received, and we are delighted with the level of airline and lessor engagement. Through transparency, open communication, and continuous improvement—along with our recently launched auditing system—we are establishing standards that support modifiers in their delivery of the highest quality results.”

Dutch investment company Panta Holdings has expanded its aerospace footprint with the acquisition of aviation aftermarket businesses Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek from Fokker Technologies/GKN Aerospace.

Panta acquires Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek

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Dutch investment company Panta Holdings has expanded its aerospace footprint with the acquisition of aviation aftermarket businesses Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek from Fokker Technologies/GKN Aerospace.

Dutch investment company Panta Holdings has expanded its aerospace footprint with the acquisition of aviation aftermarket businesses Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek from Fokker Technologies/GKN Aerospace.

Under the new ownership, the companies will continue to work closely and invest in technology innovations, advanced processes and engineering excellence in the aerospace aftermarket.

Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek will be jointly led by experienced industry executives, Roland van Dijk and Menzo van der Beek.

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CEVA Logistics wins two-year contract from Collins in Singapore

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CEVA Logistics has been awarded a contract to manage in-factory logistics support for Collins Aerospace in Singapore. The two-year contract is based on solutions designed by CEVA that will be implemented at the customer’s Changi North site.

At the Changi North site, CEVA Logistics will provide a wide range of Contract Logistics services including inbound receiving to inventory, pick and kit, as well as outbound dispatch of overhaul aerospace parts. Picking and kitting will focus on three main areas: power and control, mechanical and interiors. These areas are responsible for electrical systems, engine control, air management systems, cargo and hoist systems, actuation and flight control, evacuation, portable water systems and lighting.

Elaine Low, regional managing director for Southeast Asia and Pacific, CEVA Logistics stated: “Our experienced team will drive service standards and greater efficiency to improve the Collins Aerospace’s operations. Our transparent working methods and wide-ranging experience across the aerospace sector have proven to be a winning solution for Collins Aerospace in Singapore.

“Continuous improvement is essential to the successful operation of any contract and that, alongside safety, is embedded in the CEVA Logistics culture. We look forward to a long and productive working relationship with Collins Aerospace.”

ALTO Aviation new cabin audio upgrade program specifically designed for retrofit Challenger aircraft 601, 604, and 605

ALTO Aviation introduces new cabin audio upgrade solution for retrofit Challenger aircraft

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ALTO Aviation new cabin audio upgrade program specifically designed for retrofit Challenger aircraft 601, 604, and 605

ALTO Aviation has introduced a new cabin audio upgrade program specifically designed for retrofit Challenger aircraft 601, 604, and 605.

Former Audio International (AI) digital Cabin Management Systems implemented serially controlled amps and integrated A/V components. To effectively bypass this system limitation, an RS-485 databus reader was added to an ALTO DZ-290 amp to interpret audio settings for audio selection, volume levels, EQ presets, and speaker on/off. This serial databus reader allows the existing AI CMS to remain intact but will enable ALTO to control the audio path from source to amplification; this way, ALTO can get the best audio signal directly to the ALTO amp and control the system in tandem with the existing CMS. This integration is vital to preserving the existing AI architecture and minimising the impact on the currently installed CMS.

Former Baker systems typically employ traditional analogue amps that can be easily replaced by ALTO components. Often, internal PA audio distribution is sent through the amps. Most Baker Cabin Management Systems can remain intact with minimal impact and redesign. A more comprehensive solution is required when former Baker M2060 and M3070 amps are employed.

Many AI and Baker speakers may be replaced with 100% fit-compatible ALTO speakers, making the installation easy and seamless. ALTO Aviation offers several loudspeaker models with adapter brackets to fit into the same mounting hole patterns. These brackets make the installation very simple, a real “remove and replace” alternative that simplifies the upgrade path.

“The Challenger aircraft is a top-rated upgrade program for ALTO, and customers appreciate the great sound when they get a new ALTO audio system. By reusing the same PSU grills and implementing 100% fit compatible speakers, we help keep the installation costs low, making it an attractive sale to the customer. Every ALTO audio system is supported with an onsite custom tuning by an ALTO audio engineer to ensure peak performance. So, whether the upgrade is to simply make the cabin audio system sound better or to complement your new CMS upgrade to HD monitors, we can help,” said Kevin Hayes, VP of Sales & Marketing.

Stratasys has been awarded a contract extension for production of 3D printed polymer cabin interior components.

Stratasys extends Airbus contract

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Stratasys has been awarded a contract extension for production of 3D printed polymer cabin interior components.

Stratasys has been awarded a contract extension for production of 3D printed polymer cabin interior components.

While the initial contract with Stratasys was focused on production parts for the A350, this contract extension expands the range of parts printed for Airbus to include replacement and spare parts for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) as well as parts for aircraft platforms (such as A300, A330, A340 and A320) in addition to the A350.