Ametek Antavia is partnering with Brazil’s Embraer S.A. for a 5-year contract for wheel maintenance on Embraer’s E170/E175; Lineage 100; Legacy 600/650; ERJ135/145; and Phenom 1000, 300, and 100 aircraft.

In the last five years, Antavia has serviced more than 17,000 wheels from its dedicated workshop close to Charles de Gaulle airport, in Paris, France.

“Antavia has been Embraer’s partner for almost a decade,” says Rodrigo Maeda, director, Global Repair Management and Material Services at Embraer. “This is one of a range of services that we offer to our customers through TechCare.”

Antavia is a unit of Ametek MRO within Ametek Aerospace & Defense.

Batteries double Airbus A320 maintenance intervals

Saft Skyzen batteries, that allow maintenance intervals to be doubled, are now in service on the Airbus A320 aircraft family. Typically, the nickel-based aviation batteries will allow maintenance intervals to be extended from 1,000 flight hours up to 2,000 flight hours.

Since 2018, two 28Ah Skyzen rechargeable batteries are being fitted on Airbus’ A320 single-aisle jetliners to start auxiliary power units (APU) and as emergency backups for critical systems.

CFM expands LEAP aftermarket network

CFM Int’l plans to add two internal overhaul sites for LEAP engines by the end of 2019, bringing the total to six facilities: Lafayette, Indiana; Queretaro, Mexico; Celma, Brazil; Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines (Paris), France; Brussels, Belgium; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In addition to CFM shops, in February 2018, Lufthansa Technik became the first CFM Branded Service Agreement (CBSA) licensee for the LEAP-1A engine, providing commercial and technical support so Lufthansa Technik can offer CFM solutions to maintain the LEAP installed base. CFM licenses enable MRO providers to offer third-party LEAP engine overhaul. Air France-KLM and TAP have already announced LEAP services capability.

CFM expects additional engine overhaul license requests as LEAP shop visit demand will grow in the next 5-to-10 years from the volume of engines in service.

The LEAP engine family has more than 17,355 orders and commitments booked as of March 2019.