MTU Maintenance Continues to Grow

MTU Maintenance, the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) division of the German aircraft engine manufacturer, MTU Aero Engines, has steadily been strengthening its position as a world leading provider for maintenance, repair, and overhaul. In 2015, MTU Maintenance signed deals totaling in at a value of 2.1 billion U.S. dollars, creating for a new company record which represents a rough increase of 25 percent from 2014.

“With our team and our capabilities, we are uniquely positioned to meet current and future requirements in the commercial engine MRO market,”

said the Chief Program Offer for MTU Aero Engines, Michael Schreyögg.

“We analyze customer expectations very carefully and offer service solutions geared to their specific needs, to better jointly leverage business potential with them.”

“The engine maintenance landscape is changing, calling for closer proximity to customers and more innovative services than ever. We are adding new engine models to our portfolio, developing innovative component repairs and offering highly competitive leasing and asset management products,”

said Schreyögg.

“When customers call us a partner, that’s a huge compliment – it gives the entire team a strong motivational boost to do their best for the customer.”

Many MTU customers have reaffirmed their trust in MTU’s MRO capabilities by extending or renewing their already existing contracts. Serving as an independent maintenance provider, MTU has signed more than 250 new contracts. Since its enter into business, MTU Maintenance has recorded around 16,000 shop visits, creating for more shop visits than any other MRO services provider in the world.

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Pratt and Whitney Engine to Power Helicopters

Pratt and Whitney Canada, one of the global leaders in aerospace technologies, is introducing their PT6B-37A engine to China, in order to power twenty-five new Agusta Westland QW119Kx Helicopters.

The helicopters, which will be used for emergency medical purposes, are provided by defense company Finmeccanica through a contract with Sino-US. Over the course of the next two years, a total of sixty Agusta helicopters will be delivered under this contract to the medical team. Pratt and Whitney executives were delighted to be selected for this opportunity.

"The selection of the PT6B-37A-powered AW119 helicopters speaks to P&WC's quality, reliability and seamless customer service experience,"

said Vice President, Marketing, P&WC Irene Makris,

"We are thrilled and honored to be a key part of supporting Finmeccanica, Sino-US and the operator Kingwing - in the business of EMS missions, responding to emergencies and saving lives."

This engine type is one of the most popular in the world for turboprop aircraft. This version of it is based off the highly-acclaimed PT6T-3D Twin-Pac engine. It has recently been upgraded to increase its time between overhauls by 50%. There are electronic engine control systems installed on it, which give it the ability to govern the rotor no matter the conditions. This engine uses the same turbo machine

Kingwing General Aviation Co. Ltd, an emergency medical service company, will operate the helicopters. They have created a dedicated project called China Helicopter Air Ambulance, which helps out the Chinese emergency medical service sector.

This family of engines powers the most helicopters of any engine in the same power class. Currently, the engines are used in 115 countries, and there are over 5,000 PT6 turboshaft engines in operation. The combined total flight time of the engines exceeds 400 million flying hours.

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Airbus aircraft products

Turbomeca, the French manufacturer of low-power and medium-power gas turbine turboshaft engines for helicopters, remains hopeful that their Ardinden 3 engine will be offered on the Airbus Helicopter H175 super medium. Currently, the H175 helicopter features Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6 engines. The Airbus H175 helicopter remains as the only aircraft from Airbus Helicopters which is not equipped with an engine from Turbomeca.

Turbomeca has been working to develop their Ardiden 3C for use on a Chinese-built variant of the H175, the Avicopter Z-15/AC352. Test flights as well as integration work has been progressing ever since late 2015 on an early H175 prototype, now referred to as “Z-15 PT1,” at Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Marignane. The chief executive for Turbomexa, Bruno Even, suggested at a Heli-Expo media briefing that the H175 helicopter is a “natural target” for the Ardiden 3.

 “When we decided to launch Ardiden 3 our clear ambition was to be able to selected by all helicopter programs in the range of 6-7t,” Even said. “I am convinced that the Ardiden 3 could be a perfect target for this platform,”

as he suggested that the AgustaWestland AW139 might be another good possibility as well.

Program officials at Airbus Helicopters have recently suggested that there is no plan for integration of the 3C while at a recent press event at Marignane. Airbus Helicopters is hopeful that they can match the sales performance of the H175 during 2015 which consisted of 36 orders. Airbus is still working to reschedule deliveries for two early customers who were originally scheduled to receive their aircraft last year.

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Boeing aircraft products

The Boeing Company is struggling to agree on an idea regarding what kind of midsize jet they should build to compete with the Airbus A321neo.

The two options they have, as they see it, are to create a bigger and better version of the 737 MAX, or to create an entirely new 797 aircraft. Chief Ray Conner of Boeing Commercial Airplanes has expressed his desire to finalize decision sometime this year.

Ideas for a replacement has been described as a “757 on steroids”. Their idea is for it to carry over 200 passengers and a range of nearly 5,200 miles. The process of building an entirely new aircraft would obviously be very complex, so they would have to find a solution that fits the budget.

"These are questions that involve multibillion-dollar decisions, they involve questions about where you build this airplane," said Steven Udvar-Hazy, chief executive of Air Lease Corp. (ALC), and one of the leaders in the aviation industry, "It's not whether Boeing can build a good airplane, but can they build it cost efficiently.”

It is completely up to Boeing whether or not they want to disclose information such as development costs with partners, what sort of materials to build it out of, and where the jet will be built. No word has been given so far regarding their decision on this.

Boeing’s 757 went out of production in 2006, and is now only used sparingly. Previously, it was beloved by airlines due to its power and range compared to other single-aisle jets. If they were to build an upgraded version to compete with the A321neo, it would open up transatlantic flight routes such as Chicago to Manchester and Newark to Barcelona. Some airlines are seeing their 757’s age pretty quickly, so a replacement for them could be needed sooner rather than later.

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Pratt & Whitney

The Flight Acquisition Storage and Transmission (FAST™) solution from Pratt & Whitney Canada is now available for the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter. The FAST™ solution from Pratt & Whitney Canada offers a wireless solution which provides preventative and actionable engine health information in addition to flight data recorder (FDR) data collection as well as transmission to operators. Available through Finmeccanica’s Helicopter Division, the FAST™ solution allows for lessened pilot workload while simultaneously reducing the operating costs as well as downtime of the helicopter due to advanced engine health monitoring accuracy.

“We are thrilled to work with Finmeccanica to deliver the FAST solution on the world-leading AW139 helicopter,” said the Vice President of Customer Programs at Pratt & Whitney Canada, Timothy Swail. “We know operators want easy-to-use tools that automate processes, reduce costs, ease maintenance and help avoid downtime. Today, including FAST, we have more than 800 helicopters using one of our diagnostics, prognostics and health management solutions and we fully expect the number to keep rising.”

Top Manufacturer Pratt & Whitney’s FAST solution is capable of wirelessly capturing, analyzing, and transmitting full flight data; this includes flight data recorder information to maintenance technicians and helicopter operators within minutes of landing. This solution will not require manual intervention in order to off-load data from the helicopter, as is typically the case. The FAST solution captures complete mission data, from engine start to shut down, and has the capacity to analyze more than 80 distinct helicopter and engine parameters related to pressure, temperature, as well as speed.

“These operators know that P&WC’s FAST solution help them deliver increased aircraft availability and reduce operating costs,” Swail added.

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Sikorsky S-92

Van Horn Aviation (VHA), the Rotor blade manufacturing company has received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supplemental type certificate (STC) for their composite main rotor blades tailored for the JetRanger helicopter Bell 206B. The new VHA 206B rotor blades have triple the amount of service hour life at more than 18,000 hours compared to the current OEM blades which stands for the original equipment manufacturer.

With more than five years of planning, designing, assembling and testing, which includes extensive flight and fatigue testing, the STC was designed with the expressed desire to reduce operator cost and improve upon the durability of the existing composite main rotor blades from the current OEM.

CEO of VHA James Van Horn notes that during their flight testing, the developers felt and saw major improvements with the responsiveness in terms of the composite blades versus the metal blades. The company expects that JetRanger operators will be very pleased with the upgrade in the composite blades which uses carbon fiber and a similar construction method as the company’s other successful 206bL tail rotor blades. The new VHA blades contains stainless steel with nickel abrasion strips covering the whole length of the blade protecting it from the lightning strikes and erosion. And while the composite blades are virtually an upgrade in every facet compared to the old metal blades, they use the same installation configuration allowing a seamless replacement without hub modification.

VHA has stressed tested these composite blades so extensively, putting it through simulated weather damage, extreme operator damage as well as induced manufacturing defects, that they are on the verge of being bullet-proof. This vigorous fatigue testing has earned the VHA the right to certify their 206B main rotor blades with a service life of 18,000 hours at less than $80,000.00 USD per blade all the while requiring an overhaul only once per every 2800 hours of service.

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Qantas Officially Contracts ViaSat for In-Flight Streaming and Wi-Fi

ViaSat announced yesterday, February 22, 2016 that they have come to an agreement to provide Qantas Airways the highest-quality and fastest in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity on Qantas’ domestic flights. ViaSat speeds will be up to 10 times faster than ground based in-flight internet services. This will allow customer to stream live sports, news, TV shows, and movies.

ViaSats Ku/Ka-band antenna will be streamlined across ViaSat’s global Ku-band network and nbn’s Sky Muster ka-band satellites. This will effectively connect all Qantas passengers while they fly domestically.

This partnership between Qantas and Via Sat “has been an ambition of ours for a long time”, as stated by Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.  Their goal of having quality internet experience on the ground similar to inflight will be finally reached for Australia’s domestic aviation market.

Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO is adamant that they are

“bringing the best internet service—with the highest capacity, speeds, and take-rates – to Qantas passengers”.

He is especially excited to be working with Qantas who he feels is a premium airline that strives to bring quality services to their customers.

These negotiations are set for trials later in 2016 on Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft. Beginning 2017 they plan for services across the Qantas domestic fleet of A330s and B737s with all carriers fitted with in-cabin Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Cirrus Aircraft

On Monday February 16th, 2016 an article was released discussing the enhanced SR series 2016 for the Cirrus aircraft. This article talks about the newest improvements in design, convenience, and luxury when it comes to the SR models. Aviation Pros describes the experience on the same caliber as “luxury automobiles to both pilot and passengers.”

The SR series 2016 enhancements focused on working with the customer more by incorporating and blending in lifestyle comforts, personalization, and wireless connectivity while also improving the exterior and interior with high quality materials.

Todd Simmons, Cirrus Aircraft President of Customer Experience, introduces his talk by saying how well they are doing.

“Cirrus Aircraft is proud to produce the best-selling airplane in its segment for the thirteenth consecutive year, and for 2016 we’ve raised the bar again.”

Simmons goes on and talks a little bit about the company.

“The reason for our success is simple: We never stop listening to our owners and operators, we never stop innovating and we never cease to provide the highest quality customer experience – whether on the ground or in flight.”

In addition to this, Simmons talks about the SR series 2016. “In 2016 we continue to refine the aircraft to enhance both pilot and passenger comfort and to leave an unmistakable impression on the tarmac, connecting customers to their aircraft in new and distinctive ways.”

In terms of features, the SR series 2016 has an integrated Bluetooth audio panel that can receive calls and music wirelessly to any passenger connected in the cabin. Not only this, but the aircraft also has wireless connectivity for the Garmin Flight Stream use on mobile devices which is considered a first for piston aircrafts. With this device, pilots are able to flight plan and transfer flight plans from home. The pilots will also be able to change routes mid-flight with the device.

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Aerospace Industry Parts and has the resources to supply an array of Cirrus aircraft products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at call us toll free at 1-714-705-4780.

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Rolls-Royce engine

Rolls-Royce, the British car manufacturer and aero-engine manufacturer, has been striving to continuously increase the production rate at its engine assembly plant located in Singapore. The company has been working hard to develop the new Trent 7000 as well as various other new technologies which can potentially be utilized on future engines.

Rolls-Royce also produces fan blades in Singapore for use on the Trent XWB, Trent 1000, and Trent 900 engines. The director for Rolls-Royce in Singapore, Bicky Bhangu, said that the company made 3,100 fan blades last year in Singapore and is currently increasing production rates to achieve annual production of around 7,600 blades by the end of the year 2017.

In past years, most of the engine development typically took place in Europe. Upon successful testing of the engines in the United Kingdom, the production would then be transferred to Singapore. This is the case for the Trent 1000 as well as the Trent 900.

The company recently announced that with the Trent 7000, Rolls-Royce Singapore will also be collaborating in the development process of the engine. The Rolls-Royce Singapore facility will also be assembling the Trent 7000, which is the engine that will power the Airbus A330neo. Bhangu suggested that despite the fact that the first two test engines will be produced in Derby, England, Rolls-Royce Singapore will be utilizing test cells in order to test the Trent 7000 and will also be assembling the test engines.

AirAsia X and Delta Air Lines have already placed orders on the A330neo. The Rolls-Royce company strives to have the Trent 7000 certified near the first quarter of 2017. The company hopes to have entry into service by the fourth quarter of that same year.

Rolls-Royce will be participating in the Singapore Airshow’s Education Day in efforts to engage the next generation. The company will be showing the work that they encounter and hopes to have its Trent 1000 engine on display for the attendees.

ASAP NSN Parts is a leading supplier of Aerospace Industry Parts and has the resources to supply an array of Rolls Royce aircraft products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at call us toll free at 1-714-705-4780.

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Rolls Royce

The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced that Rolls Royce has been awarded two contracts by the Airforce, each worth more than $70 million. The contracts are meant to provide logistics, supplies and propulsion system sustainment for the Airforce’s C-130J aircraft. The first contract is worth approximately $77 million and requires Rolls Royce to supply 24 spare AE2100DE engines to the Airforce. These engines will then be delivered to Saudi Arabia. The AE2100D3 engine is built to power high-speed regional aircrafts as well as maritime patrol aircrafts. It has a power range of between 3600 shaft horsepower and 4700 shaft horsepower.

The C130J Super Hercules aircraft is an airlifter manufactured by Lockheed Martin. It is designed mainly for transporting cargo, troops and equipment into and out of combat zones. In addition to combat missions the C-130J can also be used for firefighting, aircraft refueling, humanitarian missions as well as search and rescue missions.

In addition to the contract requirements listed above for one of the contracts, Rolls Royce was also awarded a second contract valued at $76 million. In this contract Rolls Royce is required to provide propulsion system sustainment to the Airforce’s C130J aircraft. This sustainment will be done by providing management and logistics support in addition to technical support and engineering services for the aircrafts’ propulsion systems. Rolls Royce will perform work on the aircrafts in both contracts in Indianapolis, IN and the work required for both contracts are expected to completed by the end of February 2017.

ASAP NSN Parts is a leading supplier of Aerospace Industry Parts and has the resources to supply an array of Lockheed Martin and Rolls Royce aircraft products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at call us toll free at 1-714-705-4780.

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