– Rendering of type of modification made by Flying Colours Corp. Singapore for first time

Cabin reconfiguration first for Flying Colours Corp Asia

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– Rendering of type of modification made by Flying Colours Corp. Singapore for first time

Flying Colours Corp. Asia has completed its first cabin configuration change in a Bombardier Global. This project marked the first collaboration of this type between Singapore and its sister location in St. Louis, Missouri, and was completed at the FCC facility located within the Bombardier Singapore Service Centre at Seletar Airport before redelivery to the undisclosed private customer.

The customer requested that the mid-cabin credenza be replaced by a three-place divan and divan end cabinet. The St. Louis team was tasked with the end cabinet build, which was then shipped to Singapore for varnishing and final installation. Building the cabinet required weekly status reviews between the two teams to mitigate production roadblocks and ensure design/build conformity.

“This project is a substantial step forward for Singapore’s service capability. The combination of Bombardier engineering and FCC’s manufacturing expertise will now allow full cabin reconfigurations to be offered to their in-region customers,” said Flying Colours Corp. PTE Managing Director, Paul Dunford.

To cater for the expected growth in demand for interior repairs, reconfigurations, and refurbishments in the region, Flying Colours Corp. is growing both its facility and its workforce. The company is revising the facility layout to enhance workflow and efficiently incorporate new high-tech equipment. Recruitment activity has also been doubling workforce numbers.

Avensis Aviation has released its new passenger to freight (PET) conversion product, the Medius Combi.

Avensis Aviation launches new Medius Combi product

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Avensis Aviation has released its new passenger to freight (PET) conversion product, the Medius Combi.

Avensis Aviation has released its new passenger to freight (PET) conversion product, the Medius Combi. The new product allows airlines to combine passenger and cargo cabin configuration into a single fully reversible ‘Class F’ cargo converted aircraft.

“In the current climate passenger demand is in constant flux. Therefore, an innovative approach to aircraft utilisation is needed if airlines are to retain well established passenger routes and landing slots, but also maximise income across their flights,” the company says.

Medius Combi features a unique “combination” of passenger cabin and a full class F cargo compartment in the main deck allowing airlines to profitably operate mixed passenger and cargo flights whilst maximising take-off and landing slots utilisation.

The Medius Combi PTF conversion has a rigid cabin partition installed to separate the passenger cabin and cargo compartment. Whilst we also adapt the Environmental Control System (ECS) and Smoke Detection System (SDS) to meet the Class F compartment requirements. All Medius PTF conversions are future-proofed and are fully reversible if aircraft utilisation requirements change.

S7 Technics has launched the first automated plant for the production of Airbus aircraft panels in Russia, at its Mineralnye Vody facility.

S7 establishes automated panel production in Russia

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S7 Technics has launched the first automated plant for the production of Airbus aircraft panels in Russia, at its Mineralnye Vody facility.

S7 Technics has launched the first automated plant for the production of Airbus aircraft panels in Russia, at its Mineralnye Vody facility.

With a production area of 42 square meters, the site will be able to produce between 10 to 20 floor panels and interior panels per working shift.

Previously, the panels were made by hand tools by the specialists of the aircraft structural repair shop. Aircraft panels will now be manufactured from composite materials approved by aircraft manufacturers by milling on a high-precision computer numerical control (CNC) machine made by Czech company Volter. The work, from graphic processing (creating a 3D model of panels, preparing programs for CNC machines) and ending with certificate release for a finished product, will be performed by experienced S7 Technics specialists who have already completed the training in working with CNC equipment and programming.

“During base maintenance checks such as C-Check, 30-80% of the aircraft cabin panels are replaced. According to redelivery check – from 60% to 90%. Our own production of panels will speed up the process of replacing them on aircraft that are undergoing maintenance, thereby reducing the TAT (turn-around-time),” said Maxim Akchurin, S7 Technics Business Development Project Manager.

S7 Technics will focus on the production of panels for A320 Family aircraft, however, further modernisation of production area for the manufacturing of such panels for Boeing and Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft is possible.

Until the end of 2021, the new production unit will operate under the EASA Part-145, which covers panels manufactured for aircraft maintenance located at S7’s bases at Moscow, Novosibirsk and Mineralnye Vody. The company intends to transition to the EASA Part-21 G certificate making it  possible to manufacture and sell panels with the issue of the EASA Form 1 certificate.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the launch of the new The Aviation AM Centre - present during the opening celebration were the Ambassador of Germany to the UAE, Ernst Peter Fischer, and H.E. Hafsa Al Ulama, Ambassador of the UAE to Germany.

The Aviation AM Centre established to drive additive manufacturing for cabin interiors

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The ribbon cutting ceremony for the launch of the new The Aviation AM Centre - present during the opening celebration were the Ambassador of Germany to the UAE, Ernst Peter Fischer, and H.E. Hafsa Al Ulama, Ambassador of the UAE to Germany.

AM Global Holding and Randerath have partnered to improve sustainability and address the challenges of aircraft operators and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organisations, which need to reduce costs and downtime in cabin service operations.

The newly-launched The Aviation AM Centre’s mission is to drive more innovative and sustainable manufacturing in the aviation industry through production cells that can be used to develop components that are lightweight, stronger and make more efficient use of materials in the production process. The new venture will provide full design, manufacturing and certification services for polymer parts and AM machines that meet European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards.

The Aviation AM Centre will start operations in the EOS Innovation Centre in Duesseldorf, Germany, using EOS industrial 3D printing technology and its own best practice workflows.

Primary customers will be airlines and maintenance organisations, alongside cabin interior suppliers and original equipment manufacturers across the commercial aviation space. Examples of this will include VIP charters, private aviation and urban mobility.

Bernhard Randerath, Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Aviation AM Centre, said: “Airline operations are facing very demanding time and cost saving imperatives, especially in the current environment. We are very proud to celebrate the opening of this new venture which will provide tailored solutions, efficient processes and cutting-edge technology for airlines and other parts of the commercial aviation industry. Our partnership with AM GLOBAL, brings together deep 3D printing technology know-how, with our understanding of the market for commercial aviation and additive manufacturing – the perfect basis for a strong business.”

Daniel Lichtenstein, Managing Director of AM Global Holding, an accelerator of large-scale additive manufacturing applications and provider of advanced manufacturing solutions, added: “The Aviation AM Centre is a ground-breaking new venture that will enable the aviation industry to use the benefits of additive manufacturing through a collaborative approach. We are excited about the innovations that will come out of The Aviation AM Centre, with its world-class know-how of aircraft operation and maintenance, and the AM GLOBAL team’s expertise, developing new sustainable and efficient integrated production solutions for the aviation sector.”

The Aviation AM Centre is supported by the newly founded German-Emirati Institute and the ACAM Aachen Centre for Additive Manufacturing, both located in Aachen, Germany.

Gulfstream Aerospace has expanded Gulfstream G600 completions operations to the Gulfstream Dallas facility.

Gulfstream expands Dallas facility capabilities

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Gulfstream Aerospace has expanded Gulfstream G600 completions operations to the Gulfstream Dallas facility.

Gulfstream Aerospace is to expand its Gulfstream Dallas facility with the addition of Gulfstream G600 completions operations.

As part of this expansion, Gulfstream’s director of Savannah completions, Melissa Grant, has been named Vice President and General Manager of the Dallas facility.

In addition to the Dallas expansion, Gulfstream large-cabin completions are conducted in Savannah and Appleton, Wisconsin.

“We are seeing great demand for our next-generation aircraft, including the G600,” said Mark Burns, President, Gulfstream. “Thanks to our long-term strategic planning, the growth of Gulfstream Customer Support at Fort Worth Alliance Airport is allowing us to optimise completions at our Dallas Love Field facility and add the G600 to operations there. Our world-class interior outfitters and artisans in Dallas will deliver the Gulfstream quality and excellence that has made our award-winning interiors the best in the business.”

Satair cabin parts

Satair and AES sign multi-year exclusivity distribution agreement

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Satair cabin parts

Satair and AES Aircraft Elektro/Elektronik System, have signed a multi-year distribution agreement for selected part numbers designed for the aircraft cabin.

As the exclusive distributor, Satair will be the single point of contact for spare parts covered by the agreement, and will, on the basis of a global network, bring improved support capabilities to its airline customers.

The agreement covers global distribution rights on an exclusive basis for 23 part numbers including direct light supply in the galleys and lavatories, mood lighting in bar units, and the Switch Mode Power Supplies used in various areas of the aircraft cabin to power applications.

Morten Olsen, Vice President Product Management, Satair, said: “We are excited to expand our relationship with AES and we look forward to continuing bringing benefits to our customers through our portfolio of cabin offerings.”

Vahit Ezer-Hagemann, CEO of AES GmbH, added: “At AES we are dedicated to continual improvement of our products to ensure we meet, and exceed, tough requirements. We look forward to working with Satair to bring this dedication through our products to airlines worldwide.”

ALTO Aviation has surpassed 250 installations of its ALTO Cadence Switch Series on business jets including Gulfstream, Falcon, Bombardier, and Citation aircraft.

ALTO Aviation celebrates 250+ installation milestone

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ALTO Aviation has surpassed 250 installations of its ALTO Cadence Switch Series on business jets including Gulfstream, Falcon, Bombardier, and Citation aircraft.

ALTO Aviation has surpassed 250 installations of its ALTO Cadence Switch Series on business jets including Gulfstream, Falcon, Bombardier, and Citation aircraft.

Cadence Switch Series (CSS) is ALTO Aviation’s series of customisable cabin switch panels that allow functionality through discrete logic and no software, minimising or eliminating woodwork and considerably reducing installation costs. The foundation for CSS is modular, discrete switch assemblies. The modules come in sizes from 1-6 positions and include USB charging, HDMI port, Bluetooth interface, and ordinance signage. CSS is fit compatible with former CMS/IFE switch offerings. By defining a bezel that fits an existing cutout, ALTO may be able to provide a CMS/IFE upgrade solution without changing the woodwork.

All installations have been customised explicitly for retrofit aircraft to replace their obsolete, non-serviceable, or broken passenger controls, in many cases repurposing functionality and updating the CMS capabilities of each cabin, representing solutions with over 30 different switch series for obsolete CMS.

“Everyone on the ALTO team is proud of surpassing our 250th unique aircraft Cadence Switch System project milestone. This represents solutions with over 30 different switch series for obsolete CMS. The Cadence Switch Series (CSS) has been instrumental in satisfying the replacement requirements of legacy systems. Listening and responding to our customers allows us to deliver performance-driven results with supportable solutions for years to come,” stated Kevin Hayes, VP Sales and Marketing at ALTO Aviation.

ALTO Aviation has introduced a new fit-compatible solution that replaces obsolete Baker passenger controls with new direct-replacement ALTO Cadence switch panels.

ALTO Aviation enhances Cadence Cabin Management System

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ALTO Aviation has introduced a new fit-compatible solution that replaces obsolete Baker passenger controls with new direct-replacement ALTO Cadence switch panels.

ALTO Aviation has introduced a new fit-compatible solution that replaces obsolete Baker passenger controls with new direct-replacement ALTO Cadence switch panels.

This solution, FAA TSO-C139a Approved, designed in-house to upgrade old MHL3 and MHL4 Baker panels, expands the company’s Cadence CMS offering that has already replaced obsolete cabin switches, including Airshow, Audio International, Lufthansa NICE, and Pacific Systems Micronet.

ALTO Aviation currently offers over 30 unique replacement switch series bezels that provide seamless installation and fit with any interior design concept; this solution does not require software for basic CMS functionality and supports full CMS & IFE functionality, including cabin audio.

In common with all new Cadence Cabin Management System solutions, this replacement saves installation costs by preserving the existing woodwork. By retaining cutouts, ALTO can provide a solution to seamlessly upgrade obsolete Baker switch panels with functional, innovative technologies, allowing clients to add new functionality, including Bluetooth audio, HDMI, and USB ports.

“The introduction of our ALTO Cadence CMS replacement for obsolete Baker passenger controls represents our continued commitment to anticipate and provide our clients with innovative, effective ideas that solve obsolescence, reduce wood rework, and significantly save in installation costs and resources,” said Kevin Hayes, VP Sales and Marketing at ALTO Aviation.

Avianor has completed and certified temporary cargo modifications on three Boeing 767 on behalf of Chile-based LATAM Cargo.

Avianor and LATAM Cargo in modification programme

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Avianor has completed and certified temporary cargo modifications on three Boeing 767 on behalf of Chile-based LATAM Cargo.

Avianor has completed and certified temporary cargo modifications on three Boeing 767s on behalf of Chile-based LATAM Cargo.

The seats have been completely removed from three planes for this purpose in order to have a payload of up to 46 tons per flight. Two of these planes are already operational. The third one is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2021.

Having previously worked together to perform cabin reconfiguration work on LATAM’s 767 & 777 aircraft, up to ten 767 will be permanently converted to cargo in the coming years.

LATAM will operate these aircrafts with Avianor’s Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) while it gets validated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Aircraft were modified at the beginning of 2021 at LATAM’s Santiago facilities. Avianor provided the materials and work instructions which were then completed with an official virtual walk through to confirm STC compliancy.

“We are proud to work jointly with LATAM Cargo on our first temporary cargo modification on the Boeing 767, an alternate and cost-effective solution to maintain operations and generate revenues. The payback is so short that it makes it the perfect solution. We aim to continuously support and respond to the needs of airlines around the world with our effective cargo conversion solution.” Marie-Christine Huberdeau, Interiors Sales Vice-President at Avianor.

“The implementation of Avianor’s temporary cargo modification was a rapid implementation, in less than 12 weeks we materialised three aircrafts. There was an excellent and collaborative teamwork that managed to reach the success, in such difficult times as a pandemic. All modified aircraft are in operation and without complications. The road is not yet finished, and we are still working together on improvements to cabin payload,” added Kamal Hadad, LATAM Cargo’s Network and Alliances Director.

Erkki Brakmann, SkySelect and Kaarle Karp, Magnetic MRO

Magnetic MRO and SkySelect extend relationship

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Erkki Brakmann, SkySelect and Kaarle Karp, Magnetic MRO

SkySelect, an extended purchasing arm for aircraft material powered by robotic process automation, has extended its contract with Magnetic MRO.

“We are in the 21st century and we are used to having access to info in real-time. But for aircraft material, it’s not the case, we are still buying parts like we did 30 years ago. With its unique technology-enabled approach SkySelect can process thousands of part requirements 24/7 to deliver meaningful savings of 20% or more with a fully automated ordering process,” said Kaarle Karp, Head of Supply Chain at Magnetic MRO.

“The opportunity has never been greater to save on aircraft material. There is an abundance of excess inventory available today, arguably, more than during any other prior period in commercial aviation history,” said Erkki Brakmann, CEO and Founder. “However, best deals and savings will not wait and are often passed up because hunting for such deals is labour-intensive, requiring knowledge, data and managing more suppliers.”

“As airlines cut costs and reduce staff, they are forced to do more with less, which only worsens the already existing operational inefficiencies,” said Brakmann.

SkySelect integrates the supply chain in a way that eliminates manual effort by having less orders and suppliers to manage, while also driving tangible cost savings by working closely with buyers and sellers and constantly searching for the best options from the market.

“There are many more supply chain opportunities in the aviation market than you can see on a daily basis. The part you are searching for might be lying on someone’s shelf not used. SkySelect helps Magnetic MRO to find hidden gems in the aviation market and deliver them with great cost savings and superb quality,” said Natalja Lagno, Strategic Purchasing Manager, Magnetic MRO.

Image: Erkki Brakmann, SkySelect and Kaarle Karp, Magnetic MRO