AAV News in Brief 1 February 2021

ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China, CASA, Sikorsky, Sichuan Airlines, AVIATAR, Magnetic MRO, Ansat, Air Peace, Embraer, AERQ, GEODIS, AAI

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Use this oneExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China completes Legacy check: ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China completed the first 96-month check on a Chinese-registered Embraer Legacy 650. The 96-month inspection is the most extensive on this airframe and entails over 3,000 man-hours. The aircraft was delivered on schedule to the customer in eight weeks with limited obstacles along the way mainly related to the impact of COVID-19 upon logistics. The 96-month inspection consists of the full removal of interior down to the fuselage frames for structural inspection. Both the forward and ventral fuel tanks are also removed for thorough inspection as well as the wing leading edges, flaps, landing gear and flight controls. ExecuJet Haite holds CAAC, EASA, FAA, Cayman, Bermuda, Aruba, Hong Kong, and Macau approvals and offers line and base maintenance support on multiple Embraer Executive Jets, Dassault, Bombardier, and Gulfstream models, as well as line support for the Boeing business jet. ExecuJet Haite has been an Embraer Authorised Service Centre since 2012.

Australia warns on commercial drone registrations: Commercial and non-recreational drone operators are being warned there are serious consequences for flying drones that are not registered. From 28 January 2021 all commercial and non-recreational drones must be registered with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Recreational drones – people flying just for fun or sport – are not required to register their drones at this time. Commercial and non-recreational drone operators face hefty fines, potential loss of insurance cover and sacrificing customers if their drones are not registered. Failure to register a drone could land operators with a fine of up to A$11,100. Public liability insurance could be voided as operating an unregistered drone will be an illegal activity. In addition, CASA is recommending people engaging a commercial drone operator now ask for evidence of registration before booking services. People flying commercial and non-recreational drones must hold a drone pilot licence or accreditation from CASA. All commercial drone operators using drones weighing more than two kilograms must hold a certificate from CASA in addition to registration.

Sikorsky and Rheinmetall expand German industrial partnership on CH-53K: Sikorsky and the members of the German CH-53K industry team have reaffirmed their commitment to cooperation through a new teaming agreement. The US helicopter manufacturer is bidding for the production and operation of the Sikorsky CH-53K (King Stallion) as the Bundeswehr’s new heavy-lift helicopter. To this end, Sikorsky had formed a team of leading German technology companies at an early stage, including Rheinmetall, MTU Aero Engines, Autoflug and Hydro Systems and now also Reiser Simulation and Training. The Bavarian medium-sized company is strengthening the German CH-53K industrial team as a subcontractor to Rheinmetall. Mike Schmidt, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Aviation Services, said, “Reiser Simulation and Training is a proven specialist in the German aviation industry. Rheinmetall and Reiser will combine their technological experience in the field of training and simulation and together provide a high-quality offering that meets all the standards of the Bundeswehr.”

Sichuan Airlines selects AVIATAR: Sichuan Airlines and Lufthansa Technik AG signed a five-year agreement for digital fleet solutions through AVIATAR and engine maintenance services for the V2500 and CFM56-5B engines of the Airbus A320 fleet. AVIATAR will support Sichuan Airlines’ Airbus A350, A330 and A320 fleets. For digitally optimised fleet operations of its overall 168 Airbus A350, A330 and A320 aircraft, Sichuan Airlines will implement AVIATAR’s solutions – including condition monitoring, fleet management, certain predictive maintenance & health management solutions and event analytics. Under the duration of the contract, a full range of engine services are provided to Sichuan Airlines’ A320 fleet.

Magnetic MRO launches new brand: Magnetic MRO, a global provider of Total Technical Care for aircraft operators and lessors, has launched a new brand, Magnetic Engines, and has opened a new workshop facility in Tallinn, Estonia. Magnetic MRO has been providing engine repair and overhaul services for many years, but since the expansion in 2020, after the company has acquired an extensive amount of tooling and increased their capabilities, the launch of the new brand has been a natural next step. Magnetic Engines has CAAC certificate as well as EASA and FAA approval for modular maintenance of CFM56-3, CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines with capabilities on Fan modules, LPT major module and Core hot section modules (including replacement of combustion chamber) which all were acquired in 2020.

New medical Ansats equipped with incubators: The Russian Helicopters holding company of the Rostec State Corporation will equip the updated Ansat medical helicopters with complexes for transporting new-borns. The device has passed the necessary certification and received approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency. A new medical module, which is used in Ansat medical helicopters, has been supplemented with incubators for new-borns. The module has a modified layout, adapted to unified stretchers, gurneys, and other equipment, thanks to which the patient’s transportation has become more convenient: in the process of transferring a person on board, there is no need to shift and reconnect life support systems. Now it’s possible to load a patient into a helicopter by one person, the whole process takes less than 20 seconds. The module is manufactured at the Kazan Aggregate Plant, it has passed all the necessary certification and is offered to customers as one of the options.

Air Peace Takes delivery of the first E2: Air Peace, Nigeria and West Africa’s largest airline, took delivery of its first E195-E2 aircraft. The aircraft is now due to fly from Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos to join the Air Peace fleet in Nigeria. Air Peace is the launch customer in Africa for the E2, the newest, most efficient, and most comfortable aircraft in the segment. The airline is also the global launch customer for Embraer’s innovative premium staggered seating design. The jet is the first of 13 firm E195-E2 orders, with 17 remaining purchase rights, as announced in March 2019, and updated with three further firm orders from purchase rights announced at the Dubai Air Show in November 2019. The total value of the deal, with all purchase rights exercised is US$2.2 billion. The aircraft are configured in a dual-class arrangement with 124 seats. Air Peace already operates eight ERJ-145s, and will use the E195-E2s to enhance domestic and regional connectivity.

AERQ becomes part of Hamburg Aviation: AERQ announced that the joint venture between LG Electronics and Lufthansa Technik has joined the Hamburg Aviation Network. AERQ is headquartered in Hamburg and has the goal to improve and evolve the digitalisation of the cabin experience with an innovative digital ecosystem. Lufthansa Technik, one of AERQ’s parent companies, is a founding member of Hamburg Aviation. Hence, it was a logical conclusion to become a member of the cluster. The location Hamburg has developed a leading global position in the field of cabin systems. The presence of cabin expertise at the site is carried to the world not least through the AIX trade fair and the Crystal Cabin Award. It is not only a matter of maintaining the level, but also of exploiting further potential in order not to relinquish global leadership.

GEODIS AirDirect Services expanded: GEODIS has confirmed the extension of its AirDirect service with the addition of a weekly flight from Shanghai to Guadalajara (PVG-GDL). The inaugural flight is planned on 3 March.  It will be the only such direct service on the market. The service is planned to continue until at least the end of 2022.  It provides the only direct access to Mexico from North and Central China. This enhancement complements the existing Hong Kong to Guadalajara (HKG-GDL) schedule, initiated in November 2019. It has also been expanded into the end of 2022.

covid-19-the-quiet-skies-over-indiaAAI announces ADS-B operational: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has announced that Aireon’s space-based ADS-B air traffic surveillance system is successfully being utilised across Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata’s oceanic airspaces, just 18 months after signing a contract to implement the service. As the third-largest airspace in the world, AAI is making significant strides towards enhancing safety and efficiency across their ever-growing, highly trafficked area. AAI’s deployment of space-based ADS-B now provides an additional layer of surveillance, backing up the existing ground-based network. With a vast airspace of over nine million square kilometres, multiple crossing airways and dense, continuously growing traffic, multi-layer surveillance covering the entirety of the airspace provides more efficient solutions, safer processes and greater visibility. Improved communications and data sharing between Asia, the Middle East and Europe is also a main objective aimed at reducing delays and improving the flying experience for all users.

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