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Ultramain Systems and Boeing have signed a Software Development License Agreement that will allow USI to build, test, and deploy software targeted for the Boeing EFB platform. This includes all ULTRAMAIN Onboard Systems airborne software, including efbTechLogs and eReporting. efbTechLogs was the first-ever connected electronic technical log to receive approval by an aviation regulatory authority for use by a commercial airline to entirely replace the aircraft paper technical log. The software was first implemented in 2008 onboard a fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs and has been in operation ever since. This new agreement between Ultramain Systems and Boeing creates a relationship between the two companies that removes the need for mutual customer involvement. “This agreement not only increases direct communication and joint cooperation between Boeing and USI,” said Mark McCausland, USI President, “but imposes integrated testing requirements, and allows USI direct access to Boeing’s testing facilities. The end goal is improved experience in the deployment and use of Ultramain Onboard Systems products for our common customers.” efbTechLogs operates on Class 1, 2, or 3 Electronic Flight Bag Systems (EFB). The software communicates with ULTRAMAIN efbGroundSystem, which outputs ATA Spec 2000 Chapter 17-compliant data for out-of-box integration with an airline’s existing M&E systems.


Boeing, Alaska Airlines Launch Mx Cost Saving Program


Boeing and Alaska Airlines are working together to develop a Component Management Optimization program that will increase the efficiency of airline fleets. “Our partnership with Boeing reflects our vision of being on the leading edge of the best technology applications that we believe will shape the future airline operations environment,” says Fred Mohr, vice president of maintenance and engineering at Alaska Airlines. Alaska Airlines has agreed to use its fleet and Seattle-based maintenance organization to develop, test and validate Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) and Contact Memory Button (CMB) technology. Part information, such as part and serial numbers and manufacturing date and maintenance history, contained on tags and buttons, significantly reduces operating costs by eliminating untimely, labor-intensive maintenance. Part tracking


for both inventory and on plane verification will take less time and be more cost efficient. The Boeing Component Optimization Program is the first fully integrated “airborne” Automated Identification Technologies program in commercial aviation. Boeing, in an exclusive partnership with Fujitsu, will provide automated identification technology devices, device readers, software applications and system integration service. The program is scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2011 and will be available for Boeing and non-Boeing fleets and rapidly adaptable to any customer. “Together, Boeing and Alaska Airlines


are pioneering this innovative technology for use on airplanes and within airline operations,” says Per Noren, vice president, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, Information Services.


Hawker Beechcraft Adds MNG as New Limited Service Center


Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) has appointed MNG Jet at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, to its worldwide network of limited service centers to support its Hawker 750, 800, 800XP, 850XP and 900XP business jets. “MNG Jet can now offer both line and scheduled maintenance service for Hawker 800 and 900 series jets,” says Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president, GCS. “Further, in cooperation with our company-owned facility in Chester, United Kingdom, MNG Jet is also able to offer AOG services as a part of the Hawker Beechcraft Services Quick Response Team network. Both capabilities will be of great service to our customers in the region.” MNG provides EASA Part 145-approved line and base maintenance service on a 24/7 basis. It has a 1,200 square meter business aircraft hangar in Ankara and has begun construction on an additional 5,500 square meters of service facilities at Ataturk.


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Andy Best appointed new Head of Commercial for SR Technics Andy Best has been appointed head of commercial for SR Technics, and will also be a member of the Group’s Executive Leadership Team. He will join the company in August 2011 and will report directly to James Stewart, CEO. As head of commercial, Best will lead all commercial and customer-facing efforts within SR Technics. Best has extensive operational and commercial experience. Currently, he is Commercial General Manager at Thomas Cook Airlines in the UK, where he also held Line Maintenance General Manager position for three years. Before this he worked at Flying Colours Airlines in a number of engineering positions. Best originally trained as an Aeronautical Engineer, while in the Royal Air Force, and went on to obtain an EASA Part 66 License for airframe and engine maintenance. He also holds a professional diploma in business management from Loughborough University, in the UK.


Jet Professionals restructures EMEA and Asia/Opens in Abu Dhabi Jet Professionals, an aviation staffing company and wholly owned subsidiary of Jet Aviation, has restructured its EMEA and Asia organization. The company appointed Phil Newton as new head


of operations based in Basel, Switzerland. He will be responsible for all recruiting activities for the company’s EMEA & Asia business. He reports to Jet Professionals’ EMEA and Asia managing director, Hani Farag. Jet Professionals has also signed a lease agreement with Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) at this year’s EBACE convention in Geneva, permitting the company to provide aviation staffing services from Al Bateen Executive Airport within the next few months. The company also hired Elena Soulayman, recruitment coordinator, to manage the entire application process and to serve as point of contact for clients and candidates.


Claude Chidiac Joins Esterline CMC Claude Chidiac is joining Esterline CMC Electronics on in the position of vice- president, customer support and strategic development.


Most recently, Chidiac was vice-president, business development, business aviation,


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