Fokker Services has received FAA and EASA approval for its new component repair shop in Singapore. The component repair shop focuses on regional aircraft and offers avionics, hydraulics and limited structural component maintenance. Fokker Technologies has been doing business in the Asia-Pacific region for many years and opened the new facility in Singapore in February last year to adapt to the growing market.
Macquarie Group has sold Aviation Technical Services (ATS) to members of the current senior leadership team and a handful of experienced aerospace investors. The new ownership group is headed by current president and CEO, Matt Yerbic, and is backed by Wells Fargo, NewSpring Capital and Greenpoint Technologies of Kirkland, Wash.
ST Aerospace announced that it has been awarded an exclusive component maintenance-by-the-hour contract worth $28 million by Spring Airlines Japan. This contract involves component repair management support for 22 of Spring Airlines Japan’s Boeing 737-800s.
Under the agreement, ST Aerospace will provide support for component repair and warranty management, as well as consignment and pool access to its global rotables inventory pool. It expects the new contract to take effect in the second half of 2013 and stretch over eight years.
Singapore state-owned ST Aerospace, known for its MRO operation and its passenger-to-freighter conversions, also runs a small business jet charter operation. Subsidiary Pacific Flight Services (PFS) operates from Singapore, although its four jets are registered in Australia.
Blue Sky Network is partnering with avionics installation and aircraft retrofit company Southeast Aerospace of Melbourne, Fla. The two companies are teaming to equip both civilian and special-mission aircraft with Blue Sky’s Iridium satellite aircraft tracking systems. The fleet management solution from Blue Sky Network enables seamless command and control of multiple remotely dispersed types of mobile asset. Incorporating the Blue Sky hardware into Southeast Aerospace installations will allow more certifications for aviation applications, they said.
Bell Helicopter, in partnership with Cessna Aircraft, opened a new regional service center in Singapore at Seletar Aerospace Park. “The grand opening of our Asia Pacific service center brings to life a vision of providing support to our current and future customers in this important growth region,” said John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter. “It is the result of years of planning for an increased presence in Asia Pacific, a key market for both Bell Helicopter and Cessna.”
A J Walter Aviation is to buy the component repair business of Aveos Fleet Performance. AJW plans to develop an MRO operation and will establish Aveos’s Montreal facility as its new global aircraft components maintenance headquarters. The acquisition is part of a larger expansion program that has included establishing offices in Miami, Dubai and Singapore; additional spares hubs across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas; and the launch of a new engine division. A UK global headquarters and logistics center will open later this year.
Bell Helicopter’s Aviation Service maintenance facility in Prague, Czech Republic, has received a Part 145 maintenance organization approval certificate from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration.
“The addition of a Ukrainian service offering enhances our ability to take care of our customers in Eastern Europe. Our mission is to make service expedient and efficient for them so their aircraft are ready to go when duty calls,” said Eric Cardinali, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of customer support and services.
Bell Helicopter’s Aviation Service maintenance facility in Prague, Czech Republic, has received a Part 145 maintenance organization approval certificate from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration. The approval allows the MRO provider to begin servicing the brand’s expanding fleet of helicopters in the region. The certification follows EASA Part 145 approval. In addition to helicopter maintenance, the approval allows for a range of service offerings for Bell Helicopter sister company Cessna.
Just northwest of Tucson, Ariz., sits a 1,200-acre plot of ground with a 460-acre facility dedicated to aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. It has been in operation for more than 30 years and is generally considered to be the world’s largest MRO dedicated to maintenance, repair, painting, storage and end-of-life services for passenger and cargo aircraft.