Wall Colmonoy’s Aerobraze Engineered Technologies, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has won a multi-million-dollar, multi-year, United States Air Force contract to overhaul F-16 fighter jet primary and secondary heat exchangers.
The company developed high-temperature furnace brazing, used extensively in heat exchanger manufacture and overhaul processes. www.wallcolmonoy.com/aerobraze
Teledyne Controls, GE Aviation to use Predix data, analytics
Teledyne Controls and GE Aviation have partnered to use GE’s Predix cloud-based platform for continuous data analytics on engine health monitoring collected by Teledyne’s wireless data acquisition and management technology. The partnership simplifies the flow of commercial aircraft flight data to GE’s Predix platform and enriches the data with speeds and scale enabled by industrial Internet technologies.
Teledyne Controls’ systems are installed on more than 50% of current-generation Boeing aircraft and 70% of all Airbus aircraft operating in commercial aviation.
Engine health monitoring has been limited to only a few hundred bytes of data sent from the aircraft via Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS). Teledyne’s GroundLink technology leverages higher bandwidth on cellular wireless networks, delivering several megabytes per flight hour of continuous data for engine analytics. www.teledynecontrols.com; www.geaviation.com/digital
5-year heavy maintenance, paint agreement between Jet Blue, Premier Aviation
Canadian-owned aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO), and painting company Premier Aviation and JetBlue airline officials have signed a 5-year Embraer 190 heavy maintenance and paint agreement. Two lines of E-190 aircraft maintenance are beginning in Rome, New York, and will grow to support the painting of two lines of aircraft at Premier’s Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, facility. The maintenance and paint lines are expected to add skilled jobs to New York’s Oneida area. www.premieraviation.com; www.jetblue.com
Army awards UH-72A logistics support contract to Airbus Helicopters
The U.S. Army has awarded Texas-based Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) a contract to provide spares, material, and engineering support to Army and National Guard units operating UH-72A Lakota training and utility helicopters.
The contract includes a base year and four, one-year options, with a potential five-year value of more than $967 million. AHI will provide the support at Army and National Guard bases in 43 states as well as in Kwajalein, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Germany.
The new agreement is a follow-on contract to the successful completion of 10 years of AHI’s contractor logistics support. www.airbushelicoptersinc.com