CFM56-5B engine

GE/Safran aero-engine joint venture CFM International (CFM) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have settled a disagreement concerning CFM’s maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) policies and activities.

CFM will publish its Conduct Policies and Implementing Measures, specifying its product support policy and guidelines on licensing, warranties, servicing, technical support, repairs, communication, and contracting. Confirming and clarifying CFM’s aftermarket practices should facilitate awareness of CFM’s principles with its customers and support IATA’s intent to expand such policies to other stakeholders.

“This agreement reflects CFM’s strategy to promote competitive MRO services and its continuous commitment to customer satisfaction,” says Gaël Meheust, president and CEO of CFM International.;

Allegiant Air picks Honeywell

Honeywell has won exclusive maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) contracts for Allegiant Air’s power and avionics systems. The five-year agreement across Allegiant’s Airbus A319 and A320 fleets includes repair and overhaul services for the airline’s current Honeywell 131-9A auxiliary power units (APUs) and retrofits to 17 aircraft flying non-Honeywell APUs.

The two-year avionics pact includes maintenance and repair services for Honeywell cockpit technology components including the flight management system, communication and navigation equipment, and inertial components.

All MRO work for avionics and APUs will be completed at certified Honeywell facilities.

Honeywell recently shipped its 6,000th 131-9A APU. This puts the number of production APUs from the 131-9 family at more than 13,000 units, which have operated for more than 100 million flight hours.

Aviall to distribute Cleveland Wheels & Brakes

The Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division (AWBD) of Parker-Hannifin Corp.’s Parker Aerospace has a five-year master distributor agreement with Boeing subsidiary Aviall for its Cleveland Wheels & Brakes product line. Aviall will forecast, warehouse, and market through its network, including Parker AWBD’s former direct distributors.

“This master distributor agreement ensures worldwide stock availability of our Cleveland Wheels and Brakes products,” says Tom Dorinsky, business team leader for Parker AWBD. “Fixed-base operators (FBOs) and repair stations can still order genuine Cleveland replacement parts through the distributor of their choice.”

Aviall markets and distributes products for more than 250 manufacturers from 40 customer service centers in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.;

U.S. Air Force C-37

Gulfstream awarded U.S. Air Force fleet support contract

The U.S. Air Force has awarded General Dynamics’ Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. a 7-year, $594.4 million contract to provide contractor logistics support services (CLS) for the Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and U.S. Coast Guard C-20 and C-37 fleets.

Gulfstream’s team and facilities network will provide global support for missions such as special airlift for senior military leaders and government officials and long-range, medium-airlift logistics.;

Mente Group practice to address talent shortage

Aviation advisory firm Mente Group has formed a talent management business to address shortages of pilots, mechanics, and support personnel for its business aviation clients.

Mente Talent Management will provide personnel resources to support aircraft fleets, including flight department startups and interim management, personnel placements, and compensation and retention studies.

Launch customers include a defense contractor and a consumer products manufacturer flying internationally.

Heading the business is San Francisco, California-based Colleen Kelly, Mente’s executive vice president of talent management.

ATS named Military Friendly Employer

Aviation Technical Services (ATS) has earned the 2019 Military Friendly Employer designation, a measure of an organization’s commitment, effort, and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community. ATS provides global technical services in maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO); engineering; component repair; component sales; and parts development.

Dayna Eden, ATS chief people officer, says, “More than 20% of ATS employees and leadership are veterans. ATS actively recruits military veterans and creates retention programs because we believe that our core values of accountability, humility, and excellence are aligned with military principles, and we value the experience and education that military members bring to the ATS team.”

First published in 2003, the Military Friendly Employers list provides veterans and their spouses with better-for-veterans employment opportunities. Of the more than 8,800 companies evaluated nationally, 226 employers were awarded the 2019 Military Friendly designation.;

Aerospace-compliant mechanics tools

Proto Industrial Tools has expanded its range of more than 1,500 aerospace-compliant (AS) mechanic’s tools. Proto’s hand tools meet SAE International specifications and thinner outside diameters on box-end wrenches more easily reach obstructed 12-point fasteners.

Products include:

  • Intermediate 12-point sockets: 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", and 3/4" – access tight areas; full polish sockets meet dimensional, plating specifications
  • 15° double box offset wrenches – access recessed fasteners, keep hands clear of obstructions; meet or exceed aerospace plating, dimensional specification AS954G for thin outside diameters, nickel-chrome coating for corrosion-resistance
  • Precision 90 pear-head ratchets, torque wrenches – multiple lengths, finishes; compact pear-head design, 4° swing arc for access in tight work areas; 90-tooth count for precision, access; ergonomic handle reduces fatigue.