Boeing is acquiring global aerospace parts distributor KLX Inc. for $4.25 billion. The acquisition includes KLX’s Aerospace Solutions Group and is conditional upon divestment and separation of KLX’s Energy Services Group. The sale is expected to close by Q3 2018.
KLX will be part of Boeing Global Services and fully integrated with Aviall. KLX is also a supplier of chemical composites, broadening the scope of Aviall offerings
Bombardier expands mobile response
In the second half of 2018, Bombardier will add a dedicated Challenger 300 aircraft to its worldwide Mobile Response Team. Building on the success of the North American Mobile Response Team Learjet 45 aircraft, the Challenger 300 will be based in Frankfurt, Germany, near Bombardier’s main European parts distribution hub.
The support aircraft will shuttle parts and technicians to resolve aircraft-on-ground situations for Bombardier Learjet, Challenger, and Global aircraft and provide additional support during unscheduled maintenance events.
The Challenger 300 is to join the Mobile Response Team ahead of Bombardier’s Global 7500 aircraft entry-into-service.
Bombardier has added six new line-maintenance stations in Europe and established Maintenance Control Centers in Wichita, Kansas, and Linz, Austria. www.bombardier.com
IMP Aerospace awarded P-3 Orion contract
The Norwegian Defense Logistics Organization (NDLO) awarded IMP Aerospace a contract for maintenance of P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF). The multi-year contract includes in-service support (ISS) work beyond maintenance inspections and will be performed at IMP’s operations in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. www.impgroup.com
Thomas Global unveils flight deck upgrades
Boeing 757, 767, and 737 operators can upgrade flight decks with Thomas Global’s TFD-7076 and TFD-7066 LCD displays, plug-and-play replacements for Rockwell Collins EDU-776C/D and EDU-766C/D cathode ray tube (CRT) displays. The TFD-7000 Series displays offer increased reliability and reduced maintenance
Airbus grows Skywise contracts
Allegiant Air, WOW air, and Small Planet Airlines have signed up for Airbus Skywise predictive maintenance services. Twelve airlines are now connected to the platform, five via the shared value agreement, Skywise Core, and seven via the premium Skywise Predictive Services. Including a recent deal with easyJet, 2,000 aircraft will be connected to Skywise.www.airbus.com
Satair boosts operations
Satair’s UK operation has completed a multi-million-dollar investment, opening a facility close to London’s Heathrow Airport.
The facility at Space Waye, North Feltham Trading Estate, opened in
Part of the Operations Repair Group within Satair, the staff plans to stock a range of parts and offer electrically-based product repairs for Airbus proprietary parts.
In addition to the 14 staff previously employed at Heston, an additional five employees have been recruited for warehousing and repair operations, and the business has started a battery technician apprenticeship.
Satair services 7,500 aircraft batteries a year, making it one of the world’s largest commercial aircraft battery servicing operations. www.satair.com
FEAM to provide ANA technical consulting services
All Nippon Airways (ANA) will receive
IBA: engine lease market can’t meet demand
Aviation consultancy IBA predicts from 2019 to 2024 the engine lease market will not be able to support the 25% to 35% increase in shop visit rates forecast for CFM56-7B and CFM56-5B engines and continuing strong demand for International Aero Engines’ V2500s. Unless more spare engines are generated by retirements and aircraft teardowns, or airline spares absorb some of the demand, IBA expects engine inductions and longer turnaround times will create a logjam, further intensified by compound shop visits.
With so many engines performing well, shop visits have been delayed during the past few years, but now demand is
AstroNova receives data printer STC
Data visualization technologies and networking hardware provider AstroNova Inc. received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supplemental type certificate (STC) for the retrofit installation of its ToughWriter 5 ARINC 744A flight deck data printer.
The STC approval allows retrofits of existing flight deck printers in the Boeing 737-600, 737-700, 737-700C, 737-800, 737-900, and 737-900ER aircraft.
Less than 9 lb and 7.3" deep, the ToughWriter 5 offers efficient design without reducing capability. www.astronovainc.com
Avionica, GE Aviation expand digital partnership
GE Aviation and Miami, Florida-based data collection company Avionica have formed a joint venture (JV) that allows the companies to improve the flow of aircraft flight data at speeds and scale supported by industrial Internet technologies.
The JV combines Avionica’s suite of flight data management solutions, which includes Wi-Fi, cellular, and satellite connectivity, with GE Aviation’s analytics expertise and digital products
Avionica’s wireless data collection system is 99.5% smaller than comparable wireless quick access recorders (QAR) and weighs 97% less. More than 8,000 QARs have been delivered worldwide. The company’s satellite and cellular wireless technologies can transfer flight data sets with global coverage.