AAV News in Brief 27 December 2021

Otto Aviation, ITP Aero, Emirates, Star Alliance, ALSIM, McCauley Propeller Systems, PayCargo Capital, CALC, CPaT Global, AMAC Aerospace, Gamit

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Otto tests new aircraft: Otto Aviation has successfully concluded Phase One testing of the new Otto Celera 500L aircraft. The aircraft promises to be a viable world leader in sustainable aviation, greatly reducing fuel consumption and offering exceptionally high efficiency. Otto selected the RED A03 powerplant to ensure optimum fuel efficiency and aircraft performance. The RED A03 engine offers up to a 50 percent reduction in the fuel used for a given sector length. The test flight used Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Unlike traditional aviation fuels, sustainable aviation fuel is produced using biological resources, such as plant and animal material, or non-biological resources, including waste material from man-made products. As the world’s supply of fossil fuels diminishes daily, sustainable aviation fuel is the future, and the RED A03 is the ideal engine to realize this goal.

ITP Aero joins EU’s Clean Aviation programme: ITP Aero has become a founding member of the European Union’s “European Partnership for Clean Aviation” programme, also known as Clean Aviation, for the decarbonisation of the aeronautical sector. The programme, based on a public-private partnership, aims at pushing research and technological advances towards high impact demonstration, supported by €1.7 billion worth of public funding. The partners other than the EU will contribute additionally to the initiative with at least €2.4 billion by delivering additional programmes of work and co-funding Clean Aviation activities. The ultimate goal is to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions in European aviation by 2050. As a Founding Member, ITP Aero will participate as an independent company in the strategic orientation and implementation of operations and activities, as well as in the decision-making body, the Governing Board of Clean Aviation.

Emirates completes A380 fleet: Emirates has received its 123rd Airbus A380 superjumbo jet. The aircraft, registered as A6-EVS, is also the final new A380 aircraft to join Emirates’ fleet, marking another milestone in the airline’s steadfast 21-year commitment to the programme. Emirates was the first airline to announce an order for the A380 at the 2000 Farnborough Air Show when the aircraft was still marketed as the A3XX. This was followed with a firm commitment and additional order for 15 more units at the 2001 Dubai Air Show, a bold statement just six weeks after the events of 9/11 challenged the industry like never before. Emirates’ commitment was crucial to the launch of the programme that brought together leading European aerospace players and its global supply chain to develop and bring to market the world’s largest commercial aircraft with a full double deck and generous cabin interior space. Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “The A380 is a truly special aircraft in so many ways. For Emirates, it gave us the opportunity to redefine the travel experience, efficiently serve demand at slot-constrained airports, and bolster our network growth. The A380 will remain Emirates’ flagship product for the coming years, and a vital pillar of our network plans.”

Star Alliance named leading alliance: Star Alliance has again been named the World’s Leading Airline Alliance in the annual World Travel Awards. The annual awards cover multiple categories and are awarded based on a worldwide poll of qualified executives working within travel and tourism, and the consumer travel buyer. The awards serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Earlier, the Star Alliance Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) repeated in its selection as North America’s Leading Airport Lounge by the World Travel Awards. The Star Alliance lounge at LAX is one of six such lounges globally.

ALSIM gets upgrade deal in Canada: ALSIM announced that Saskatchewan Polytechnic is upgrading its fleet with a new AL250 flight simulator. Based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, they have been operating their AL200 simulator since 2011. The AL250 simulator addresses initial phase training needs (PPL, CPL, IR/ME) and is SEP/MEP re-configurable simulator certified as an EASA FNPT II or Level 2-IPC by Transport Canada. In addition, it offers both classic and glass cockpit instrumentation for each flight model at the simple flick of a switch. This device has been extremely well received since its creation and more than 70 of these have already been installed (12 devices installed in Canada) and are in successful operation worldwide. Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territories and the homeland of the Métis. Learning takes place at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

McCauley completes wind tunnel testing on Denali: McCauley Propeller Systems announced it has completed wind tunnel testing for its new C1106 propeller for the Beechcraft Denali single-engine turboprop, which successfully accomplished its first flight last month. Results from the propeller’s comprehensive powered wind tunnel tests, which took place at RUAG’s facilities in Emmen, Switzerland, provide key information on performance and aerodynamic characteristics, as well as data for the development of future propellers and aircraft concepts. The clean-sheet design Denali is equipped with McCauley’s new 105-inch diameter, composite, 5-blade, constant speed propeller, which is full feathering with reversible pitch and ice protection. The completion of wind tunnel testing provides important experimental validation of the Denali propeller design. Full-scale and model-scale tests were conducted, providing back-to-back comparisons of operational and performance data.

PayCargo Capital signs deal with Evolve Bank & Trust: PayCargo Capital has secured a substantial lending alliance with Evolve Bank & Trust, a leading financial and technology institution, allowing freight forwarders and beneficial cargo owners to apply for and receive credit at the point of paying freight costs. The partnership will immediately fund the “PayCargo Line of Credit” which eliminates financial delays that are contributing to the ongoing supply chain crisis. This solution allows freight forwarders and beneficial cargo owners to apply for and receive credit right at the point of paying freight costs. PayCargo expedites funding by removing the need for using third parties, excessive paperwork, and lengthy processes. PayCargo Capital is the exclusive lending partner to users of PayCargo, LLC’s successful payment platform for moving money and vital remittance information between payers and transportation-related vendors. PayCargo, LLC’s platform is the largest independent freight payments network, with over 67,000 active users remitting and receiving payments. Qualified freight forwarders, importers, and beneficial cargo owners in North America who use the PayCargo platform can extend vendor payments by thirty (30) days using credit.

Dassault Falcon Service Mérignac celebrates anniversary: Dassault Falcon Service Mérignac (DFS), the Falcon factory service centre adjacent to Dassault Aviation’s final assembly facility near Bordeaux, celebrates its fifth year in operation. DFS Mérignac opened in 2016 to serve large-cabin, long-range Falcon 7X and 8X trijets. The 7,500 square metre, six-bay facility has been operating at maximum capacity for most of that time and has completed 35 of the 53 Falcon 7X C-checks accomplished by DFS over that period. The C-check is the most extensive inspection operation, and for a Falcon 7X takes a minimum of six weeks to complete. It is performed after every eight years or 4,000 hours of service and is often accompanied by additional upgrades such as complete paint, Satcom Ka-band installation, avionics retrofits or refurbishment work. Staffed by a crew of 62, the Mérignac centre is equipped to handle structural repair, cabin refurbishment and modifications, avionics upgrades, carpentry and paintwork, in addition to heavy maintenance. It is now being expanded to service additional models, including the Falcon 900EX EASy and 2000EX EASy and Dassault’s new extra-widebody Falcon 6X, due to enter operation in 2022. Dassault Aviation operates 40 factory service centres and 20 authorized service facilities around the world. This capability, reinforced by the acquisition of the TAG and ExecuJet MRO networks, has helped make the company the number one OEM in Aviation International News’ annual support survey three years in a row.

CALC issues three-year USD senior unsecured notes: China Aircraft Leasing Group announce the successful issue of US$100 million 4.85% senior unsecured notes due 2024 by its subsidiary CALC Bond Limited. The net proceeds from the issue were to be used for aircraft acquisitions, business expansion in aircraft and related business, refinancing existing borrowings, and general corporate purposes. The notes were issued under the US$3 billion Guaranteed Medium Term Notes Programme of CALC Bond Limited. They have been assigned a “BB+” rating by Fitch Ratings and a “Ba2” rating by Moody’s Investor Services. This was the first rated US dollar notes issued by CALC since it received credit ratings from international rating agencies. With a rate of 4.85%, the issue reflects investors’ confidence in CALC, as well as in the recovery of aviation industry.

CPat wins Ukraine deal: CPaT Global announced it has been awarded a new contract by Ukrainian airline, SkyUp. CPaT will be providing Aircraft Systems and Enhanced Tailoring for their Boeing B737NG and B737 Max fleets, as well as CPaT’s General Subjects library. SkyUp is based in Kyiv, Ukraine. CPaT Global is the market leader in distance learning for the aviation industry. CPaT delivers software-as-a-service applications to more than 250 global aviation customers, serving 65,000+ individual users, and providing over one million hours of training each year. CPaT pioneered the use of distance learning in aviation training more than 25-years ago and has built on that legacy to offer new and imaginative training solutions that are practical, forward-looking, and invaluable.

AMAC Aerospace acquires Gamit: AMAC Aerospace Switzerland has acquired Gamit Ltd, a UK company supplying professional and technical support to local and international Maintenance Repair Organisations, airlines, private and corporate aircraft owners. Bernd Schramm, Chief Operating Officer AMAC Aerospace Switzerland, said: “We are excited to incorporate Gamit Limited into the ‘AMAC Aerospace Group of Companies’ as it will give the group more aviation related services that we normally have to seek from the wider markets. We will be integrating a strong team based out of the UK with about 100yrs worth of cumulative experience.” The business model of Gamit Ltd is based on three pillars: Material and logistics support, technical services and digital records online. The material support services is the core business: Since 1990, Gamit has been providing airlines, corporate and VIP aircraft part support with an international network of supply chain partners formed over the past 30 years. Gamit Ltd will keep its offices at London Stansted Airport.

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