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ISSUE January 2017

Three Trends Taking Off in Civil Aviation MRO in 2017

The civil aviation industry is one of the most asset-intensive industries in the world. With parts that are high-cost and low in numbers, even the slightest of improvements in asset functionality and maintenance can yield significant cost and efficiency advantages. Espen Olsen, Director Business Development and Sales for Aerospace & Defense at IFS explains how two much discussed technologies - the Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality - will develop dramatically during 2017 and start to unlock real benefits for civil aviation companies

1. IoT driving take up of AHMS health checks and condition-based maintenance

Giving fleets a healthy check-up

The civil aviation industry is booming. Aircraft fleets are set to triple by 2034 in the Asia-Pacific region, superseding both North America and Europe, while carriers in the Middle East had the strongest annual traffic growth in 2015. The Internet of Things (IoT) market is following this lead. Gartner predicts there will be over 20 billion connected ‘things’ in use by 2020, with total spending topping $3 trillion globally.

These two together will drive the use of Aircraft Health Monitoring Systems (AHMS) in 2017. AHMS bring vast improvements in the utilization and analysis of big data to enhance availability, reliability and safety of aircraft, which in turn drives the take up of condition-based maintenance (CBM) projects to streamline MRO. An Oliver Wyman MRO Survey reported that 63% of respondents from leading airlines said AHMS increased reliability, with 35% also saying that it helped reduce maintenance costs.

The collection and analysis of data from IoT-enabled sensors constantly measuring aircraft health and performance can consider factors such as speed, torque, vibrations and pressure data to pinpoint faults before they become a major problem and provide actionable information to make better informed and more focused maintenance decisions. These in turn could reduce cancellations, improve operational and flight safety, reduce fuel consumption, help identify rogue serial numbers and enhance both passenger and crew experience.

The Internet of Flying Things

To put this into context, the number of detectable faults on a Boeing 767 in the 1980s was 9,000. Now, intelligent sensors on a Boeing 787 can detect 45,000 faults, five times as many as 30 years ago. With AHMS, data from one aircraft detecting a fault can be used to analyze an entire fleet for the same problem.

The ROI from AHMS in civil aviation is plain to see. The streamlining of maintenance operations and the almost instant reactions to faults that AHMS brings could drastically reduce the chance of aircraft on ground (AOG) for airlines - the cost of which ranges between $10,000 and $150,000 for just a couple of hours of downtime. This is a major benefit as most airlines need every possible piece of revenue from every single flight just to break even.

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Passengers enjoy unlimited free high-speed Wi-Fi at DXB and DWC

Passengers will now be able to enjoy unlimited free high-speed Wi-Fi at Dubai International and Dubai World Central after operator Dubai Airports officially rolled out the upgraded service across both airports today.

The launch of the new service follows extensive research into passenger expectations, as a result huge efforts have been made to upgrade airport Wi-Fi infrastructure capped off by the successful completion of a four-month pilot project launched at Concourse D in July earlier this year.

The unlimited free Wi-Fi takes only one click to connect thanks to a much simplified landing page, and offers speeds that set a new benchmark in airports globally. To ensure the speed and reliability of the new service, Dubai Airports is currently investing in over 6,000 new Wi-Fi access points to upgrade the entire wireless network infrastructure across both airports, and enhanced the internet links to over 5Gbps to provide the required bandwidth capacity, sufficient to power a small city. New web applications have also been specially developed for each terminal and concourse to improve information for passengers.

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Dubai Airports and Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 collaborate to deliver top class experience for millions of Expo visitors

Dubai Airports, operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 to ensure a world-class experience for the millions of guests that will visit Dubai during the event. Following the signing of the MoU the airport operator is now an official supporter of Dubai Expo 2020.

As part of the agreement, Dubai Airports will engage with the Expo 2020 team and airport stakeholders to create an ‘expo experience’ inside the airport which will set the tone for visitors and entice transfer passengers to return or stopover. Additionally, as part of its DXB Plus programme and service strategy, Dubai Airports will work with airport stakeholders to ensure minimal queuing and fast and convenient passage through both airports.

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 welcomed the MoU. “Modern Dubai is built on the power of connections. Dubai’s airports exemplify it, and Expo 2020’s theme, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future celebrates it. Our Expo will welcome the highest proportion of international visitors in World Expo history, and Dubai Airports will be a vital supporter in welcoming those visitors and giving them their first taste of this extraordinary host city.”

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Hajime Yoshimura of Japan appointed new president of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission

The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has unanimously appointed Commissioner Hajime Yoshimura to a one-year term as President of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC), the UN civil aviation Organization’s main technical body.

Mr. Yoshimura was nominated for the appointment by Japan and his mandate begins on 1 January 2017. He has served as a Commissioner of the ICAO ANC since March 2013 and was appointed First Vice-President of the ANC in 2016.

Prior to this, Mr. Yoshimura had dedicated nearly 20 years of his career to the Civil Aviation Bureau of Japan (JCAB), sharing his expertise in the fields of air navigation, airworthiness and air transport safety operation. In his position as Deputy Director of JCAB’s Airworthiness Division, Mr. Yoshimura oversaw the development of national airworthiness and environmental standards and served a co-project manager of the certification of the first Japanese regional jet. He also provided oversight to Japanese air carriers as Chief Safety Inspector from 2012 to 2013.

In addition to his safety expertise, much of Mr. Yoshimura’s career has been spent planning and developing air navigation systems. From 2005 to 2010, as Special Assistant to the Director of JCAB’s Air Traffic Services Department, he developed national mid- and long-term plans for air traffic services systems in Japan, known as CARATS (Collaborative Actions for Renovation of Air Traffic Systems). CARATS contributed to the development of the ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU), part of the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP).

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ICAO launches unmanned aircraft systems toolkit

Aimed at assisting consumers and remote pilots regardless of their skills and experience, the UN agency for civil aviation (ICAO) launched its new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Toolkit on the occasion of International Civil Aviation Day.

“The resources this new toolkit makes available are designed to help UAS operators of all ages operate their aircraft safely and responsibly,” commented ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu. “The importance of recognizing that these devices are aircraft, and of integrating their use safely with existing manned operations, should not be underestimated.”

Given that UAS, informally referred to as “drones,” can be mistakenly and often illegally operated by less-informed pilots around airports and other areas of controlled or sensitive airspace, ICAO has been taking steps to help minimize their risks. Its new UAS Toolkit is much more than a starting point for learning the basics of their safe operation.

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Dubai Air Navigation Service (dans) honors 39 employees for their long term service

In recognition of the dedication and loyalty of its employees, Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), the leading air navigation services provider for Dubai and the Northern Emirates, held its “long term service” awards ceremony to recognise and honor 39 of its team members at the organisation’s headquarters in Dubai International Airport (DXB). The ceremony was attended by the organisation’s executive and leadership teams.

During the ceremony, employees were honored and recognised for the completion of different durations that varied from 10,15,20,25 & 30 service years with the organisation; where 20 employees were recognised for completing 10 years, 13 employees for 15 years,4 employees for 20 years, 1 employee for 25 years and 1 employee for 30 years.The awarded employees hold various operational, managerial or technical positions and work across various departments such as air traffic engineering, procurement, training & development as well as air traffic control where they completed their tenure. The long term service awards are held on annual basis as dans has been providing air traffic management services since the 1960s.

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ERA’s subsidiary R-SYS has won a tender and will deliver the Net Briefing System to HungaroControl

ERA is proud to announce that its subsidiary R-SYS Ltd. based in Slovakia (part of ERA’s software development portfolio), has won a tender for development, delivery, installation and implementation of the Net Briefing System for Hungarian Air Navigation Services HungaroControl.

The Net Briefing System will provide web based flight planning and pilot briefing services including NOTAM and meteorological services with additional services for general aviation pilots. The system will support visual chart features based on geographical data, aeronautical information management and services for general aviation with an emphasis on support for drone operations and management. Installation will begin this December with a transition into service at the end of March 2017.

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Airport Show 2017 to showcase massive airport expansion plans in Middle East

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries continue with multi-billion-dollar worth of airport expansion projects with a view to cater to the rapid growth in the number of air travellers, projected to double by 2035, and expanding fleets of airlines, particularly their national carriers.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will lead the Middle East growth in number of air travelers with over 6.3 per cent annual growth, as per latest estimates by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The region is projected to witness a robust 5 per cent annual growth, according to IATA, which expects 7.2 billion passengers to travel in 2035, a near doubling of the 3.8 billion air travelers in 2016. The strong growth is expected to fuel further investments toward airport expansion projects.

Representatives from airports across the region will talk about their expansion plans and explore the latest technologies at the 17th edition of the Airport Show, the world’s leading B2B airport industry event, from May 15-17, 2017, which will also stage the 4th edition of the World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo Middle East (WTCEME) and the 5th edition of the Global Airport Leaders’ Forum, organised by CAPA (Centre for Aviation).

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, Airport Show will showcase the latest airport solutions, technologies and services.

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Airbus A321neo with P&W engines receives Type Certification

Following a comprehensive flight test programme, the A321neo powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 15th December 2016.

The documents were respectively signed by EASA’s Certification Director Trevor Woods and by Jeffrey Duven, FAA Manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate - Aircraft Certification Service. Both certificates were handed over to Airbus Executive Vice President Programmes, Didier Evrard, and Airbus Senior Vice President A320 Family Programme, Klaus Roewe.

“The A321neo allows airlines to upsize their fleets while offering a winning combination of unbeatable economics and comfort. The A321 contributes already some 40 per cent to our single aisle deliveries, and further growing,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.

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ACJ320neo Family continues to win orders

Airbus Corporate Jets has won another commitment for an ACJ320neo, highlighting the continuing success of its new aircraft family.

The latest deal adds to the seven orders already won by the ACJ320neo Family, taking total orders and commitments to eight, comprising six ACJ320neo and two ACJ319 neo aircraft.

Capitalising on new-generation engines and Sharklets at the wingtips, plus other improvements, the ACJ320neo Family delivers a 16 per cent fuel saving and corresponding range increase.

“The ACJ320neo Family further improves a proven and successful design, allowing customers to take more of their lifestyles to even more of the world,” points out Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers John Leahy.

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Boeing Business Jets Announces First BBJ MAX 7 Order

Boeing [NYSE:BA] Business Jets announced the sale of the first BBJ MAX 7 today at the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA). The BBJ MAX 7 was ordered by an undisclosed customer based in the Asia Pacific region.

“The BBJ MAX 7 is an exceptional business jet and we know our customers will be thrilled with the airplane,” said David Longridge, president, Boeing Business Jets. “The 7,000 mile range will connect key city pairings that were previously not possible in a BBJ and increased cabin and cargo space makes this an unbeatable business jet.”

The BBJ MAX 7 is longer than the original BBJ, providing more space in the cabin while also creating additional volume for cargo in the lower lobe. In addition, because of its new, more fuel-efficient LEAP-1B engines, the BBJ MAX 7 has reduced fuel burn and emissions and requires less cargo volume be reserved for auxiliary fuel tanks, no matter what the mission length.

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Honeywell (NYSE: HON) unveiled GoDirect Cabin Connectivity, a suite of services and mobile applications that helps business jet owners and operators more easily manage and control their satellite communications services and usage. By providing operators with the tools needed to manage an aircraft’s connectivity network via an online portal or mobile device, Honeywell has limited the need for third-party services support and put operators in control of network troubleshooting, access, data consumption, billing and more.

The proliferation of mobile devices, software as a service, and increased productivity and comfort demands from passengers has changed the business aviation landscape. Reliable, high-speed connectivity is a growing expenditure for aircraft operators, yet it’s become mandatory for them to provide fast and consistent inflight coverage — while still managing overall cost of ownership. Honeywell’s new GoDirect Cabin Connectivity makes this easy by allowing operators to more effectively manage cabin connectivity services. The services give operators flexibility with and visibility into their current wireless services to make troubleshooting, networking and onboard data management an easy process that can save time and money.

“Expectations of fast and consistent connections are second nature in the minds of passengers. Troubleshooting support issues for in-flight systems has grown so complex, so it is important that operators can access all the services and support they need from a single provider,” said John Peterson, director, Customer and Product Support, Honeywell Aerospace.

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Honeywell Delivers One-Stop-Shop of Connectivity Services for Arab Wings and Gulf Wings

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has signed an agreement with Arab Wings and Gulf Wings, both part of the International Wings Group, to provide its full suite of GoDirect Cabin and Cockpit Connectivity Services to more than 20 aircraft. These technologies will enhance crew and passenger productivity, enabling them to stay connected via inflight Wi-Fi while travelling for business or pleasure.

As part of the agreement, Honeywell will provide worldwide very high frequency and satellite datalinks for all capable aircraft in the operators’ growing fleets, ensuring an industry-leading level of global connectivity coverage. With Honeywell’s GoDirect portal, Jordan-based Arab Wings and United Arab Emirates’ Gulf Wings will be able to track data usage across every aircraft, providing operators with real-time information to better manage network costs and monitor individual users’ experiences.

“Honeywell’s all-in-one GoDirect approach to connectivity helps business jet operators like Arab Wings and Gulf Wings offer the best possible flying experience to their customers,” said Raghed Talih, sales director for the Middle East, Honeywell Aerospace. “This agreement validates Honeywell’s commitment to deliver fast, reliable connectivity solutions that enhance the aerospace ecosystem around the world.”

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Lufthansa Technik and DC Aviation Group perform first A-Check in Dubai

Based on a cooperation agreement from May 2016, Lufthansa Technik and DC Aviation Group have recently performed the first A-check for a narrow-body aircraft at Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai World Central Airport) in Dubai.

The services were provided for an Airbus A319 of an undisclosed customer from the region in the hangars and VIP facilities of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, a joint venture of DC Aviation and Al-Futtaim.

The work scope of about 350 hours included the check of all systems which are relevant to flight safety, the exchange of several components, the completion of service bulletins and as a special topic the test of the ram air turbine.

As part of the cooperation agreement, the product portfolio consists of regular checks as well as maintenance services, including unplanned repairs for example in the case of an AOG (Aircraft on Ground). It also features services for aircraft cabins, including small modifications. Moreover, plans call for a mobile aircraft and cabin service to serve the region.

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim adds fifth aircraft to managed fleet

Dubai-based DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) continues to grow its managed fleet with the addition of a new Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft. DCAF will operate the new aircraft on behalf of the private owner.

With the addition of the new aircraft, DCAF has increased its fleet under management to five including two Bombardier Challenger 604, a Gulfstream G200, a Bombardier Global XRS and the Falcon 7X.

The management contract will see DCAF provide full Flight Operational Aircraft Management services, Continuous Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO), hangar parking and FBO handling at its facility at Al Maktoum International Airport, in addition to providing maintenance services for the Falcon 7X aircraft.

Holger Ostheimer, Managing Director, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim said: “Our facility and services continue to attract interest from owners and operators seeking our expertise to manage their assets both commercially as well as under private operation. We are extremely pleased to add the Falcon 7X to our managed fleet and look forward to providing its VIP owner with the highest levels of comfort and convenience which are cornerstones of our business.”

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Jetex opens its Largest FBO Lounge in Dubai

Jetex Flight Support proudly announces the grand opening of its newly built FBO Terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport in the recently rebranded Dubai South Aviation District (previously known as Dubai World Central [DWC]). The addition of the 1,500m2 terminal and dedicated ramp parking space of 50,000m2 makes the facility the largest FBO in Jetex’s worldwide portfolio.

"We designed this new iconic facility to shatter expectations of a traditional FBO by bringing upscale contemporary interior design and 5-star hospitality to the aviation arena. From the fleet of Rolls Royce airside transport to a lavish cigar lounge within the FBO terminal, we strive to provide the highest level of care and comfort to all of our guests," said Jetex CEO and President, Adel Mardini.

While its outward appearance conveys relaxed luxuriousness with plush private seating areas, the terminal was also designed for maximum efficiency. Experienced Jetex staff provides comprehensive ground and baggage handling, fueling, security, and concierge services, including bespoke air transfer arrangements to major locations in the Emirates to avoid traffic delays. On-site customs and immigrations officers handle any necessary formalities with a minimum wait for passengers.

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CAE and Abu Dhabi Aviation expand commercial and business aviation training agreement

CAE and Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) announced today at the 7th Middle East Business Aviation Association Show the expansion of their commercial, business, and helicopter aviation training agreement to support growth in the region. The contract also includes the sale of two full-flight simulators (FFS) as well as CAE instructor-led training, including training courseware. Through this collaboration, CAE and ADA will be delivering training to regional operators at ADA's brand new training facility in Abu Dhabi. The sale of the two FFSs was included as part of the undisclosed customers mentioned in CAE's press release dated October 18, 2016.

"We are delighted to further expand our relationship with our training partner CAE," said H.E Nadir Al Hammadi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Aviation. "CAE has been training our pilots and providing state-of-the-art training equipment for more than a decade and we are looking forward to this extended collaboration, for the support of our own and our customers' growing training needs long into the future."

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