CAE launches support and scholarship program for technicians working on its flight simulators

 CAE announced recently the launch of the CAE Tech: Program your career!  support and scholarship program, thus showing its commitment to work-integrated learning.

This program aims to encourage future technicians of varying backgrounds to begin their careers with CAE. Students who are passionate about IT, software development, digital technologies, systems integration, and avionics are invited to register in order to kick their career into high gear.

To launch the program, CAE worked with the following Quebec-based CEGEPs: André-Laurendeau, Bois-de-Boulogne, Édouard-Montpetit and its affiliated École nationale d’aérotechnique (ÉNA), John-Abbott and Montmorency, in collaboration with their respective foundation.


Thailand partners with foreign aviation companies to boost its MRO capabilities

 Thailand’s Ministry of Transport is pursuing collaboration with four foreign partners—Airbus, Triumph Aviation Services Asia, Triumph Structures (Thailand), and Senior Aerospace (Thailand) in a bid to boost its aviation maintenance workforce and expand its MRO capabilities to cater to Asia’s aircraft boom. The aerospace companies will launch four training courses in the areas of aircraft maintenance, aviation structural mechanics, ground equipment maintenance, and aviation communications, with a goal to produce 350 technicians annually by 2021. Thailand’s training capacity remains limited; it produces only some 180 aviation technicians yearly.


Magnetic MRO enters Chinese market, unveiling MAC Sichuan

 MAC Aero Interiors, a commercial aircraft cabin interiors arm of a global provider of Total Technical Care for aircraft operators and lessors, Magnetic MRO, enters the Chinese aircraft cabin interiors market by establishing a Joint Venture with Benniao Aviation. The newly launched MAC Sichuan will be providing cabin total technical care support to Chinese aircraft owners and operators.

“China is the fastest growing MRO market in the world and, among other, one of main growth contributors in the global cabin interiors industry which is expected to reach almost $39bn in several years. However, most of local MRO companies, including the large ones, still focus on heavy maintenance. As a result, such segments as cabin refurbishment do not develop at their full potential, they are being left rather under-developed in terms of efficiency, personnel training and application of new technologies. Thus, the existing Chinese cabin interiors market lacks experienced engineers and one-stop-shop solutions, which, in turn, lead to, limited competition and high cabin maintenance costs for local airlines.1q We are here to change it,” comments Petras Akstinas, the Managing Director of MAC Aero Interiors.


Lufthansa Technik starts engine services in Tulsa

 Lufthansa Technik opened its new engine maintenance hangar in Tulsa recently to service the two biggest commercial engine fleetsthe CFM56 and V2500. The company previously used the hangar for Bizjet’s business aviation and VIP completions but converted it to focus on mobile engine services, says Clemens Geercken, Lufthansa Technik head of product sales for engine services, Americas.

The facility is starting with six engine bays, which are initially dedicated to International Aero Engines V2500, but Geercken says it will start offering CFM56-5B services later this year and add three more bays by yearend. The facility has space to expand up to 28 bays, if customer demand warrants it.


MRO aftermarket Set for 7% Growth in 2019

 After a year that approached double-digit growth, the commercial aftermarket will return to more ‘normal’ expansion in 2019 as retirements increase demand decreases slightly, Canaccord Genuity analyst Ken Herbert projects.

Feedback from Canaccord's latest quarterly survey of MRO providers suggests that 2019 will see the market rise 7%, Herbert shared in a research note.

"We believe the more unusual items (new aircraft delays, lack of [used serviceable material, or USM], better pricing and strong spare parts sales) in 2018 have added [about] 5% to the annual growth," Herbert said. "For 2019 we currently expect a more normal year, but do not yet see any factors that would drive this growth down below normal levels."


General Electric wins $517m contract to build engines for ITEP helicopters

 General Electric Aviation beat the Advanced Turbine Engine Company — a Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney team — to win the $517 million award for the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the Improved Turbine Engine Program, or ITEP.

“We are honored to be chosen by the Army to continue powering their Black Hawks and Apaches for decades to come,” said Tony Mathis, president and CEO of GE Aviation’s military business. “We’ve invested the resources and infrastructure to execute immediately, and our team is ready to get to work on delivering the improved capabilities of the T901 to the warfighter.”


Boeing awarded $2.4b P-8A Poseidon contract by US Navy

 The US Navy has awarded Boeing a $2.4 billion production contract for the next 19 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The contract includes 10 aircraft to add to the current inventory of P-8As in the U.S. Navy fleet, all five jets currently under contract for Norway and the four aircraft remaining for the existing United Kingdom contract, bringing the total United Kingdom acquisition to nine aircraft.

The United Kingdom and Norway are acquiring the Boeing aircraft through the Foreign Military Sales process and will receive a variant designed and produced for the U.S. Navy called the P-8A Poseidon. The United Kingdom will receive their first aircraft in 2019 and Norway will begin receiving aircraft in 2021.


Ivory Coast signs firm order for C295 transport aircraft

 The Ministry of Defense of Ivory Coast has signed a firm order for one C295 medium transport aircraft.

The aircraft, in transport configuration, will enhance the capabilities of the Ivory Coast Air Force with its proven record of excellent performance in hot and harsh conditions, and affordable maintenance and operational costs.

Bernhard Brenner, Airbus Defense and Space Head of Marketing & Sales, said, “The C295 has proven its outstanding capabilities in the exceptionally harsh sub-Saharan Africa operating environment. The aircraft will be a game changer for Ivory Coast and we feel very proud to welcome a new operator into our C295 family.”


Lockheed Martin And RNLAF celebrate the launch The First Dutch Operational F-35

 Dutch and American officials celebrated the roll out of the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, commemorating a transformational leap in capability for the future of the Netherlands' national defense.

"Receiving this F-35 at Leeuwarden Air Base later this year is going to be a huge driver for change for our Air Force and will have tremendous impact on the relevance of our Air Force as part of the coalition," said Lt. Gen. Dennis Luyt, Commander, RNLAF. "We want to be among the best air forces of the world, and the platform of F-35 allows us to do that." 


ANA to buy stake in Philippine Airlines, ordering 48 narrow-bodies

 ANA Holdings, the parent company of Japan’s largest airline All Nippon Airways, has announced it is to invest $95 million to purchase a 9.5% stake in the parent company of the Philippine flag carrier.

The company has confirmed the news recently, adding that the deal is still subject to ‘certain’ closing conditions. The company claims the move is in line with its international group network expansion strategy for FY 2018 - 2022. For Philippine Airlines this should mean “the dawn of a new era of growth”, according to ANA Holdings’ statement.

ANA operates 14 flights weekly on two routes to the Philippines, whilst Philippine Airlines currently operates 84 flights weekly on nine routes to Japan. The two carriers have codeshare operations on Japan - Philippine routes and domestic routes within Japan and the Philippines, linking a total of 16 Japanese and 11 Philippine destinations.


Dubai International sees passenger traffic grow 1% to 89.1m last year

 Dubai International Airport kept its title as the world’s busiest international airport for the fifth consecutive year in 2018, recording a rise in passenger numbers even amid a slowing global economy.

The annual customer tally at Dubai’s main transit hub increased by 1 per cent to 89.1 million last year from 88.2 million in 2017 as the number of flights dipped but the average number of passengers per plane went up, operator Dubai Airports said on Monday.

The number of flights fell 0.3 percent to 408,251 during 2018 while the average number of passengers grew slightly by 1.3 percent to 226 people per plane, the airport operator said.


TrueNoord acquires two Embraer E195 on lease to Azul

 Regional aircraft leasing specialist TrueNoord has acquired two Embraer E195s on lease to Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A.

Financing was provided under TrueNoord’s recent term loan warehouse facility supported by Morgan Stanley, NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank and Barclays. Legal services were provided by Hogan Lovells and Stek.

Garry Topp, Sales Director at TrueNoord with specific responsibility for the Americas, commented “We are extremely proud to add Azul to our list of customers. They are an award-winning South American airline with a significant presence in the Latin American regional aviation sector.  Azul is committed to developing regional aviation and upgrading their fleet and so we look forward to a successful long-term relationship.”


Textron Aviation ends 2018 on high note

 Textron Aviation closed the fourth quarter with a 12 percent increase in revenue, to $1.6 billion, on higher deliveries of 63 business jets and 67 turboprops. The 9 percent increase in jet deliveries, up from 58 in the same quarter of 2017, and 49 percent jump in turboprops, up from 45 aircraft, contributed to ‘a very strong quarter’ at parent company Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly said this morning.

Order demand was up across the company’s Citation product line, including for the CJ4, Sovereign, and Latitude. For all of 2018, the Wichita-based airframer delivered 188 jets compared with 180 in 2017, and 186 turboprops versus 155. Backlog was $1.8 billion, flat from the end of the third quarter but up $600 million from a year ago.


Bombardier extends Learjet maintenance Intervals

 Bombardier announced today that Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft operators now benefit from lengthened intervals between recurring major powerplant inspections, which have been extended from 3,000 to 3,500 engine hours. This interval extension directly benefits the bottom lines of operators by reducing the number of repeat inspections over the lifecycle of the engine, thereby decreasing operating costs over the lifecycle of the aircraft. This announcement comes as Bombardier’s fleet of trailblazing Learjet aircraft has surpassed the 25 million flight-hour mark, adding yet another achievement to an impressive string of Learjet milestones and firsts. The first Learjet business aircraft entered service in 1964, creating the experience and defining the industry of private flight.

“This is a significant milestone for our pace-setting Learjet aircraft family and for the industry. The Learjet platform is designed to deliver immediate returns as a business productivity tool. Reliability and longevity are two of the reasons customers among Fortune 500 companies continue to choose Learjet as the most trusted light jet platform,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft.


VistaJet marks a record year as it celebrates 15 years

 Business aviation services company VistaJet logged a 31 percent increase in new members and saw a 25 percent jump in its global operations last year, the company reported. VistaJet marked the record year as it celebrates its 15th year in the industry and prepares for even further growth in 2019.

VistaJet saw utilization of its fleet of more than 70 long-range Bombardier jets climb by 20 percent, the company said, adding the hours equate to each aircraft flying around the world 20 times on average. Operations jumped 46 percent year-over-year in North America alone, while Europe has become a key market, accounting for 48 percent of all VistaJet flights. New members in Europe grew by 105 percent, thanks in part to a doubling of the client base in the UK. Flights ticked up 38 percent in the Middle East, with the UAE accounting for 29 percent of these flights and 34 percent of flight hours.


Airbus, Royole Technology sign MoU for new technologies in aircraft cabins

 Airbus China Innovation Centre (ACIC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Royole Technology – a global pioneer in flexible displays, flexible sensors and foldable smartphones. The two parties will collaborate to develop applications that implement flexible electronic technologies in cabin environments and investigate the possibilities for commercial cooperation.

Airbus has been dedicated to design and manufacture aircraft that provide a better cabin experience for passengers. By investigating the use of flexible displays and flexible sensors in the cabin, Airbus plans to cooperate with Royole Technology by building a futurized, digitalized and personalized cabin to further improve the cabin environment, cabin safety and energy saving.


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