SAUDIA and SAEI join Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance

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The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA) is welcoming Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) and Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) to the alliance.

The companies bring additional high-profile Middle East and North Africa voices to the diverse group of stakeholders advocating for modifications completed via Supplemental Type Certifications (STC).

“We are extremely pleased to welcome SAUDIA and SAEI to our growing community,” said Nina Schulz, IAMA’s Managing Director. “With each new member, the alliance grows stronger as we take on board their distinctive operational challenges and utilise them to help perfect the IAMA Rulebook. Our sincere ambition is to represent the needs and strengths of the global aviation modification market, so we are striving to attract stakeholders from every corner of the world.”

As a subscriber, SAUDIA gains access to the alliance’s burgeoning resource library and the IAMA Rulebook, which cover an extensive range of topics, including asset preservation, de-modification, right to use and the complexities around STCs.

Syed Masroor Hasan, SAUDIA’s Assistant Vice President, Aircraft Engineering, commented: “To build our service capacity, we are growing our fleet of aircraft and are focused on offering an enjoyable passenger experience—which includes operating seamless schedules. Our decision to become an IAMA subscriber is motivated by this expansion. We are delighted to join a growing number of airlines recognising IAMA’s valuable contributions to the aviation modification market.”

SAEI is the technical arm of SAUDIA and the prime consultancy and fulfillment organisation for SAUDIA’s modification campaigns. It serves regional and global clients from a network of more than 50 locations worldwide and is expanding into its state-of-the-art MRO operation at King Abdul-Aziz Airport.

“As part of our airworthiness transformation initiative, we are expanding our capabilities by implementing a design office,” said Ahmed S. Aseeri, SAEI’s owner of airworthiness engineering programme initiatives.

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.”

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



IAMA partners with Quali-Audit for standard auditing

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IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, is partnering with Paris-based Quali-Audit, to kick off the alliance’s much-anticipated auditing program. Quali-Audit will start conducting formal audits of Full and Basic alliance members in Q1 2022.

“We are thrilled to launch this audit program. It is a crucial initiative in our mission to strengthen STC and aircraft modification quality, designed to offer added value to the aviation ecosystem,” said Nicole Noack, managing director of IAMA. “Our partnership with Quali-Audit is a major milestone for IAMA, and we are looking forward to collaborating with an organisation of such renown.”

The alliance aims to ensure that members modifying aircraft through STC projects maintain the highest operational standard possible. Since conceived and initially released in March 2020, the IAMA Rulebook defines a standard that has become an indispensable resource for aircraft modifiers, airlines and lessors. Members who pass the audit secure the right to use an IAMA endorsement label on their modifications. Current Full and Basic members who are Design Approval Holders (DAH) will be audited using the IAMA Audit process. Audits are mandatory as defined in the alliance bylaws.

“IAMA‘s vision for an open, independent and transparent aircraft retrofit market is a welcome addition to the aviation ecosystem,” said Michel Gorog, CEO of Quali-Audit. “Having established a benchmark with the IAMA Rulebook, the audit process will help to ensure trustworthy, superior quality STCs, all the better for airlines and the aviation industry as a whole. We are extremely pleased to have this opportunity to partner with IAMA, and we look forward to collaborating with them.”

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The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance to welcome business aviation

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Steps into a private aicraft cabin

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.

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IAMA releases Rulebook update with focus on efficiency

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IAMA Rulebook

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.”

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New collaboration to use AI in aircraft design and certification

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IAMA Lisa Giga Hub

IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance is partnering with LISA Group for the use of artificial intelligence in aircraft design and certification.

The collaboration hopes to lead to the creation of a digital tool-set for design organisations and other relevant players in the aviation modification aftermarket.

The tool-sets main target is to simplify and automise processes in design and certification such as differences within the certification base of national aviation authorities as well as analysing existing documents like working arrangement and bilateral agreements.

“While intelligent applications are on the growth in other sectors like aviation with for example predictive maintenance and intelligent cabin applications, the use of artificial intelligence in design & certification engineering for aircraft modification is still unexplored.” Said Nicole Noack, Managing Director of the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance. “Being experts in the overall process of aircraft modification projects, we see significant advantages throughout the value chain and with LISA Deutschland GmbH we found a highly experienced partner to jointly develop a scalable tool-set.”

The envisioned system will use Natural Language Processing with the purpose of limiting unforeseen certification gaps at the end of the design process. It will be hosted on LISA GIGA Hub as a new application. LISA’s Aviation GIGA Hub is a data management platform with troubleshooting apps and prognostics features. The new tool-set will start with an application which takes a modification statement and guides the user through the process, while identifying differing rules and bilaterals in place between multiple authorities making use of published documents and available historic data of the user.