GDC Technics completes head-of-state B777-300ER modification

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GDC Technics has delivered a B777-300ER completed with exterior modifications and a fully customised interior cabin for a confidential head-of-state customer.

The wide-body aircraft was completed under the GDC cabin weight reduction initiative using innovative, lighter weight engineering solutions resulting in overall weight savings for the aircraft. In addition, GDC was able to achieve noise levels below 50 decibels in the VIP areas of the aircraft. Furthermore, the aircraft was customised with a GDC engineered and certified modular lower lobe crew rest compartment that comprises of six sleeping pods with full capabilities for the crew to utilise during longer flights.

The cabin also features in-flight data, connectivity, and passenger comfort capabilities for full range IFE functionality. The exterior modifications includes a full security system, forward- looking, quad, downward zoom, and tail fin cameras, and world-wide connectivity – including a duel satcom system, Ka-band antenna, Iridium system, and satellite TV antenna to provide live, 4K Television.

The aircraft was also equipped with lower lobe fly-away kits that contain all materials necessary for on-site repairs and/or interior improvements during travel. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, the final certification and approval of the aircraft was facilitated via a live-stream video with the FAA to witness and complete its compliance inspection, resulting in the FAA Issuing an “Achievement Award” to the certification team.

Collins Aerospace offering quick-turn cargo conversion

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A multi-tiered solution that converts passenger aircraft into a cargo configuration has been developed and implemented by Collins Aerospace.

According to the company, the quick-turn conversion, which involves the removal of seats on the main deck floor, can be completed in as little as seven days and can likewise be easily be reversed

“The current situation has increased the need for airlines to deliver critical medical goods to locations around the globe,” said Trevor Skelly, General Manager, Integration Engineering for Collins Aerospace. “Collins Aerospace is committed to using our cabin conversion expertise to assist our customers and ensure the important work of aiding the world in the fight against this pandemic continues.”

The company’s Integration Engineering facility in Everett, Washington is able to offer Engineering Order (EO) solutions for rapid conversion as well as Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for cabin modifications to carry greater weight and various cargo types for longer-term flexibility.

Colibri Aero and J&C Aero to develop cargo containers for widebody passenger cabins

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Colibri Aero and international aircraft design and production organisation J&C Aero are to develop cargo containers for widebody passenger cabins.

The Cargo Containers come in five different sizes and are designed for widebody passenger cabins of Airbus A330, A340 and Boeing 767, 777. With individual smoke detectors, the Cargo Containers are intended for temporary replacement of passenger seats while converting the aircraft’s cabin for transportation of cargo of any type.

The initial modification will be intended for use in cabins with the supervising cabin crew members. After certifying Cargo Container under EASA STC requirements, J&C Aero and Colibri Aero plan to upgrade the modification for other aircraft types and size variations.

“We are very pleased to see our airline customers around the world regaining access to scheduled flights. However, we understand many of them will face challenges related to seat occupancy, particularly in the widebody segment,” said Andrius Norkevičius, CEO of Colibri Aero. “Earlier this year, we have already launched the production of Cargo Seat Bags which hold their own EASA STC and are already used by airlines in Europe and Asia. But they are more suited for narrowbody passenger cabins, being able to transport up to 252 kg (555 lb) per a triple seat block. And for a widebody aircraft to generate profit, airlines need a solution that can transport much more cargo in the passenger cabin. And that’s precisely what the Cargo Containers will offer.”

“While developing Cargo Containers, our main focus was safety, the volume of cargo, and the time required to change the seats with containers and vice versa. With one container being able to transport up to 850 kg (1870 lb) of commercial cargo, a typical Airbus A330 cabin can be converted in just 24 hours fitting 36 containers. This means that almost 27 tons (58,640 lb) of cargo per single flight can be transported inside the passenger cabin. We see stable demand for this product not only in the nearest future but also in a longer perspective as the aviation industry adapts to the new, post-COVID-19 world,” added Laurynas Skukauskas, Chief Commercial Officer at J&C Aero.

Magnetic MRO temp cabin modifications

Magnetic MRO offers temporary passenger aircraft cabin modifications

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Magnetic MRO temp cabin modifications

Magnetic MRO is offering temporary cabin modifications to passenger aircraft for COVID-19 medical cargo transportation.

The company’s DOA (EASA Part 21J) team is able to perform two modification options. The first involves leaving the seats and fixing cargo boxes on them with special straps, while the second option allows the removal of seats, leaving 0 PAX LOPA with change to type of operations.

“Being able to support both options allowed by EASA, our team can offer prompt support so airlines can continue to operate and contribute to their countries during this difficult time,” shared Vytis Petrusevicius, Head of Design Organisation at Magnetic MRO. “Additionally, we can also support the execution of modification, providing customers with one-stop-shop solution and ensuring the efficiency of the service, which is crucial at this time.”

Magnetic MRO DOA also holds STC and can provide cabin modification for medical stretchers installation on various aircraft types, including A321 Family, B737-800, B747-400, B777-300, ATR and others.