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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that Bombardier Services Corporation and PSA Airlines, Inc. of Vandalia, Ohio, have signed a heavy maintenance agreement that extends the current agreement between the parties by two years. Under this contract, all heavy maintenance tasks for the airline's fleet of CRJ200, CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft will be performed at Bombardier's West Virginia Air Center.
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Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions announced that its Avionics & Electronics business unit, in collaboration with Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems, has developed Fortress HUMS, a new compact and lightweight ED-112A compliant Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder with integral Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) capability designed for use on rotorcraft platforms.
An aircraft maintenance facility can no longer be thought of as just providing a covered working space, but is part of a bigger picture.
It must, in a competitive world, be part of an overall process aimed at an increased utilization of assets, including the aircraft, personnel, buildings, equipment and materials, The ultimate goal being to be part of a better business model, while providing an improved passenger experience.
Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., has developed a new modeling and predictive tool to enhance its maintenance service offerings and increase customer value.
Expanding its data analytics capabilities, Pratt & Whitney's Big Data project leverages its deep engine design understanding with broad operational, maintenance and environmental data, such as flight length and the environment in which the engine is operated, to determine the impact of these combined factors to refine the predictability of average time between heavy maintenance shop visits.
Two new leases waiting for approval at Wilmington International Airport (ILM) will change the general aviation landscape there.
SeaHawk Aviation Inc., based in Wilmington, North Carolina, wants to lease the space at the airport’s vacant south hangar most recently occupied by fixed base operator (FBO) Aviat Mall, which pulled out of ILM in May 2015. ILM deputy director Gary Broughton explained Friday that SeaHawk will serve as a SASO — special aviation service operation — rather than offering a full range of services required of an FBO.
The controversial FAA reauthorization bill that would privatize air traffic control services made it out of a House committee in a 32-26 vote that almost followed partisan lines but there will be much more debate and it's still not clear what's on the Senate's collective mind. Bill 4441, the Aircraft Innovation Reform and Reauthorization Act came out of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee relatively unscathed after 10 hours of at-times heated mark-up debate.
Garmin announced its ADS-B solution for G1000 avionics systems: The new GTX 335 and 345 transponders, which also will serve ADS-B OUT needs for a variety of Garmin products, including the G500/G600, GNS 430W/530W, GNS 480 and G3X Touch. The GTX is an all-in-one transponder and 1090-MHz ADS-B OUT unit; the GTX 345 offers dual-link (987 and 1090 MHz) ADS-B IN and the GTX 335 ADS-B OUT only. Both are also available as remote-mount transponders and fully integrate with G1000 systems.
UTC Aerospace Systems has signed a 12-year agreement with Singapore Airlines to provide asset management and repair services for the airline's fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft. The long-term maintenance agreement is part of UTC Aerospace Systems' Comprehensive Accessory Repair and Exchange (C.A.R.E.) Program. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp.
General aviation manufacturing saw declines in the overall market worldwide as shipments for airplanes are reported down for 2015 over the previous year, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported. Airplane shipments declined 4.6 percent, from 2,376 units in 2014 to 2,267 units in 2015. GA airplane billings also are down 4 percent with $20.9 billion reported for 2015 compared to $21.8 billion in 2014.
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