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This quarter’s announcements from completion centres around the world
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Clay Lacy Aviation’s Embraer service centre
authorisation has been expanded with the
addition of the Legacy and Praetor models,
adding to its Phenom capabilities. As well
as maintenance, the centre provides avionics,
IFEC and interior modifications and upgrades,
custom interior design and refurbishment.
The United States Department of Labor
has approved West Star Aviation’s aircraft
maintenance technician (AMT) apprenticeship
scheme as a registered programme in Illinois.
This makes West Star eligible for state
grants, which can offset wages, tuition and
other training costs, and will also allow for
further growth with federal grants.
Spirit Aeronautics retrofitted Bongiovi
Aviation’s speakerless audio system on
a Dassault Falcon 7X. Instead of speakers,
transducers are attached to the back of
interior panels. As well as upgrades to the
audio and IFE systems, the retrofit included
work on a satcom system, window shades,
wi-fi router and new video monitors.
Flying Colours opened a new paint facility
for aircraft up to narrow-body ACJ and BBJ
types. It marks the start of operations in
a new C$25m (US$17.2m) hangar.
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AMAC Aerospace delivered the first
ACJ320neo following a 13-month green
completion for Acropolis Aviation. The cabin
features an Alberto Pinto design, Rockwell
Collins HD CMS and IFE and LED lighting.
AMAC also contracted a BBJ 747-8 cabin
reconfiguration that includes a Ka-band
installation, IFE upgrade, refurbishments and
72-month check. Other contracts included
Ka-band antenna installations on an ACJ321
and two ACJ319s, cabin refurbishments for
a Global 6000 and Global 5000, and partial
refurbishments for an ACJ319 and B737NG.
DC Aviation Group will handle line
maintenance and warranty work for Comlux
customers based in Europe and the CIS.
The agreement covers ACJ, Global Express
5000/6000 and Challenger 604/605 types.
Lufthansa Technik implemented private
wireless 5G networks for two innovation
projects, using independent infrastructure
with its own antennae and servers. The
projects include one using augmented reality
to visualise 3D design data for VIP interiors
in empty fuselages, and one for virtual engine
inspections. Both place a very high demand
on bandwidth for wireless data transmission,
which Lufthansa Technik says could not be
covered by other 4G and wi-fi technologies.
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Ruag completed ADS-B Out and cabin
upgrades on a Challenger 604 – including LED
lighting replacement – and an M4 inspection
and cabin refurbishment on an Embraer
Lineage. The company also completed its first
Embraer Legacy 500 repainting project, and a
Dornier 228-212 72-month inspection.
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With Part-145 approval by the CAAC,
FACC can offer maintenance, repair and
modification services to Chinese operators.
Flying Colours PTE detailed the progress
it has made in tripling its interiors capacity
within Bombardier Business Aircraft’s service
centre. Efforts are underway to double
workforce numbers by the summer of 2021,
and the facility layout is being revised to
enhance workflow and incorporate new
equipment. Three large spray booths will be
complemented by the addition of a second
sanding booth and additional polishing room.
The upholstery section will move to a larger
area and there will be extra storage space.
Jet Aviation Singapore conducted a 96-month
inspection on an Embraer Lineage 1000.
The project also included a CPDLC system
upgrade and a major pylon modification.