Aviation News in Brief 28 January 2021

CASA, Air China, L3Harris, Revima, Maldives Airports, Micro Nav, Jet Aviation

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Use this oneAustralia announces scholarships for aviation engineers: A new scholarship program has been launched by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to encourage more people to work towards becoming a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer. CASA is offering three annual A$5,000 scholarships to help up-and-coming engineers achieve their Part 66 licence. The scholarships will be open to people who have worked for a minimum of two years in aviation and have started structured training towards a maintenance licence or who are doing on the job training. Winning candidates will demonstrate a high level of engineering aptitude and a commitment to safety, as well as having already made solid progress towards an aircraft maintenance licence. Applications for the 2021 aircraft maintenance engineer scholarships must be submitted to CASA by 19 February 2021. More information can be found here.

Air China Selects L3Harris Technologies: Air China has selected L3Harris Technologies to provide a range of pilot training simulators to support the airline’s strategy for growth as the industry prepares for recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These simulators will enable Air China to provide a more advanced and progressive learning environment for its pilots. The acquisition of the devices is part of Air China’s wider plans to prepare the operations for growth following the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. L3Harris will provide two A320 full flight simulators (FFS) and one A350 FFS which include the latest technology available, such as an electric motion system and the latest computer architecture, along with one A320 flat panel trainer (FPT). The FFS and enhanced A320 FPT offer greater options for the training teams to utilise the most efficient device for pilots depending on the stage of their training journey. The devices will add to the current L3Harris A320 FFS, which was certified in 2017. The devices will be installed at Air China’s training centre in Beijing and will be in operation within 18 months.

Revima wins long-term A330 maintenance support deal: Revima has entered into a long-term A330 maintenance support agreement for a major North American operator, covering landing gear and related components. The exchange and overhaul program will be carried out at Revima’s main facility located in Normandy, France. With close to 50 years of landing gear MRO expertise including over 6,500 landing gear legs repaired and overhauled in the last 20 years, Revima is one of the world’s most experienced landing gear MRO providers. Olivier Legrand, Revima’s president, said: “We are thrilled by this very significant addition to our customer base. Revima has already serviced over 650 A330 landing gear legs for operators worldwide. We look forward to continuing our growth on this product.”

Maldives Airports awards tower sim contract: Maldives Airports Company has awarded a contract to Micro Nav to supply a 240° five-channel monitor based 3D tower and radar simulator to the MACL Aviation Institute. Micro Nav secured the contract following a competitive public tender, having provided the most commercially and technically compliant bid. The delivery will be completed in a fast 10-week turnaround enabling MACL to commence training on the simulator in early spring. This delivery includes a two-week training course to support MACL in maximising the use of the simulator. The delivery will be completed in a fast 10-week turnaround enabling MACL to commence training on the simulator in early spring. MACL will be using the BEST (Beginning to End for Simulation and Training) simulator set up as a 240° monitor based 3D tower simulator. They will predominantly utilise the simulator to deliver ATC training to a high standard and in compliance with ICAO requirements, as well as for validation of new operational procedures.

Jet Aviation receives IS-BAH Stage II registration for San Juan FBO: Jet Aviation announced it has achieved IS-BAH Stage II Registration for its FBO in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The San Juan FBO is a full-service handling operation at one of the most convenient US points of entry for international flights. Jet Aviation acquired full ownership of the FBO at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in February 2019. Jet Aviation’s San Juan FBO facility features a pilot suite with a shower and snooze room, flight-planning workstations, an executive passenger lounge, and corporate meeting facilities. As the only FBO in Puerto Rico with an onsite US  Customs and Border Protection terminal, the company facilitates convenient customs, immigration and agriculture processing of international flights. It also offers parking, re-fuelling, and aircraft maintenance, recently extending its services to include airline and cargo fuelling in addition to cargo handling. After Hurricane Maria destroyed the San Juan hangar in 2017, Jet Aviation built a new 20,000 sq. ft. hangar that officially opened in June 2020. The hangar can accommodate up to three small- to medium-sized aircraft and three large aircraft, up to the size of the Gulfstream G650 or the Global Express.

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