AAV News in Brief 21 October 2021

EngineStands24, RED aircraft, StandardAero, AAR, flydubai, Topcast, Honeywell, Vallair, Antonov Airlines, Professional Aircraft Accessories, Revima

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EngineStands24 launches new virtual platform: EngineStands24, a brand of Magnetic Group, has recently launched the new virtual aircraft engines stands lease platform which allows companies to shorten the engine stand lease process and gives the opportunity to clients to search, reserve and lease engine stand as well as to secure its delivery in just a few clicks. The newly launched platform aims to provide customers with seamless engine stands lease process, with the ability to reserve engine stand for the future lease virtually with options to choose from available stands from various locations, also providing real-time data about the availability around various EngineStands24 hubs around the globe. The new website also has new functionalities for customers who signed General Terms Agreement with the company, providing simplified booking process. These modifications to the e-platform were created after the market research which pinpointed the most sought of solutions from the customers.

eVTOL designers choose RED A03: RED aircraft GmbH announced the utilisation of its RED A03 engine in the eVTOL aerospace sector. It is developing many relationships with innovative manufacturers looking to capitalise on the engine’s power output, fuel efficiency, and safety features. By utilising a highly efficient piston engine, like the RED A03, to provide in-flight battery charging, operators can reduce battery size and increase the aircraft’s useful load. The engine is also attractive to those operators who require consistent performance at high altitudes with the RED A03 200 with a peak operational altitude of 50,000ft. Because the RED A03 is highly fuel-efficient, operators can carry significantly less fuel yet still rely on the RED A03 to provide an equal power output when charging batteries as part of a serial hybrid configuration. This fuel-saving translates into extended range or greater carrying capability.

StandardAero extends deal for Binter’s ATR 72s: StandardAero has been selected by Gran Canaria-based regional airline Binter to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127F and PW127M engines which power the airline’s fleet of ATR 72 turboprop aircraft. Under the multi-year agreement, StandardAero will provide Binter with PW127F/M MRO services from its OEM-authorized PW100 Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) in Gonesse, France. This exclusive multi-year contract extends a long-running relationship between the two companies, StandardAero having supported Binter from its DOF locations in France and Canada. The agreement also extends StandardAero’s position as an engine MRO provider of choice for operators in Spain.

AAR signs contract with flydubai: AAR announced that it signed an agreement with flydubai to renew its power-by-the-hour (PBH) component pool and repair support for the airline’s Next-Generation (NG) Boeing 737 fleet. The new five-year contract builds on a partnership that started in 2016 to provide comprehensive rotable component support for flydubai’s 737NG fleet. This renewal demonstrates flydubai’s trust in AAR and its recognition of the value AAR’s supply chain services bring to the Middle East’s fastest growing airline. “AAR has been a key partner and we would like to thank them for the support they have provided to our fleet over a number of years,” said Mick Hills, flydubai Senior Vice President, Engineering and Maintenance. “We look forward to working with them on this key component of our Engineering and Maintenance Programme.”

Topcast expands deal with Honeywell: Topcast Aviation Supplies announced that a new five-year distributor agreement signed with Honeywell Aerospace, covering the exclusive distribution of Nitrogen Generation Systems (NGS) and sensors components in China. By pioneering NGS, Honeywell Aerospace is the first fully FAA-certified fuel tank inerting solution for commercial aircraft. The NGS, consisting of a thermal control system, an air separation module system and a control system, delivers nitrogen-enriched air (NEA) to the aircraft centre wing fuel tank, significantly reducing the oxygen content in the tank to ensure an inert atmosphere. The system installation can minimise fuel tank igniting sources, flammability exposure and prevent catastrophic fuel tank explosions under high pressure or over-temperature.

WFW launches Global Aviation Restructuring Index: Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) announced it has launched a new online interactive legal analytics tool, the Global Aviation Restructuring Index or GARI. WFW, led by Global Aviation Sector Co-Heads Jim Bell and Charles Viggers and Aviation Partner Dominic Pearson, the editor of the index, developed GARI as a supportive and helpful tool freely available to all participants in the aviation industry, providing them with a comparative index of 50 restructuring procedures available in 25+ key aviation jurisdictions. GARI presents information visually through infographics and assigns debtor and creditor ‘friendliness’ scores to complex restructuring procedures in order to make high-level comparisons easy to digest.

Vallair introduces new Châteauroux hangar: Vallair, the multi-faceted aviation business dedicated to the support of both aircraft operators and lessors, will be extending its full maintenance capabilities with the addition of a state-of-the-art hangar at Marcel Dassault Airport in Châteauroux, France. Available from Q1 2022, the facility will be dedicated to the support of widebody Airbus and Boeing aircraft and accommodate up to five A321 size aircraft simultaneously, or a combination of A330/A340 and A321s. This unique, A380-capable, 8,500m² facility has already begun to positively impact on employment with the creation of nearly 200 jobs over the coming years which will be divided between Vallair employees and subcontractors.

Antonov Airlines flies COVID kits to Austria: Antonov Airlines has delivered 110 tonnes of COVID-19 testing kits from Tianjin, China, to Linz, Austria, on the unique AN-225 “Mriya” for use in Austrian pharmacies. The global air freight market has experienced rapidly changing conditions in recent weeks caused by ongoing global capacity constraints and COVID-19, and Antonov Airlines provided an efficient and safe solution for the medical sector consignee. Throughout the pandemic, the AN-225 has been commissioned to transport medical supplies in volumes unmatched by other aircraft per flight and has carried more than 1,300 tonnes of medical and humanitarian cargo in 2020 alone. “Currently, there is a lack of transport capacity in the global market, particularly for maritime users, which has impacted air freight availability by increasing demand significantly,” said Andriy Blagovisniy, Commercial Director, Antonov Airlines.

Professional Aircraft Accessories adds capabilities: Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced it has added landing gear overhaul for Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets to its capabilities. The CRJ1000 NextGen is the largest member of the CRJ series of regional jets. Professional Aircraft Accessories has been providing service and overhauls for the CRJ regional market including the CRJ 200/550/700 and 900 aircraft for nearly 20 years. Professional Aircraft Accessories is currently in the process of completing its third CRJ1000 NextGen set for Air Nostrum, also known as Iberia Regional, a Spanish regional airline based in Valencia. Professional Aircraft Accessories also provides PMA capabilities, Approved Repair Schemes, service and overhaul for other models of aircraft including commercial, military and business aircraft.

Revima signs long-term deal with Honeywell: Revima, a leading independent APU and landing gear MRO specialist, has been appointed by Honeywell as an authorised Channel Partner for the 131-9A and 131-9B Auxiliary Power Units (APUs). As part of the 10-year agreement, Revima will be the authorised Channel Partner for the 131-9 A/B Series APUs, providing inspection, repair, overhaul, and upgrades from its facility in France. The 131-9A is installed on Airbus A320 family aircraft, both CEO and NEO, and the 131-9B on all B737 NG and Max series.

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