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I news I The ATR 72-600 Receives EASA Certification

Boeing Spare Parts Program to Help Skymark Airlines Reduce Costs

The turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR announced that the ATR 72-600, the newest member of its aircraft family, has obtained certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). A prerequisite for the aircraft’s entry into service, this certification covers the new equipment on the aircraft and is the successful conclusion to a series of ground and flight tests conducted on the ATR 72-600 prototype. Flight testing on the aircraft began in the summer of 2009.

Boeing has announced Skymark Airlines as the newest airline to join the Boeing 737 Component Services Program (CSP). Boeing says the program will help to reduce costs, as well as help Skymark enhance efficiency and improve spare parts availability, potentially saving 30 percent on inventory, repair and administrative costs. The materials management and supply-chain solution is a joint operation of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services and Air France Industries KLM Engineering and Maintenance. Under the new agreement, Boeing and AFI KLM E&M will manage spare parts and components inventory for the Tokyo- based airline, assuring timely delivery, and Skymark will be able to avoid warehousing and long-term inventory holding costs. “Keeping costs low is paramount to a low-cost carrier and Skymark Airlines is taking a significant step in controlling their materials costs by joining the 737 Component Services Program,” said Dale Wilkinson, vice president of Material Services for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. The program features a customized recommended spare parts list based on customer data. The list includes dispatch- critical parts and both avionics and non-avionics line replaceable units in recommended quantities to support each airline’s dispatch reliability requirements.

Jet Aviation to provide aviation services from Al Bateen Executive Airport

The Jet Aviation Group and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) recently signed a lease agreement whereby Jet Aviation will start to provide aviation services from Al Bateen Executive Airport later this year The agreement with ADAC includes the lease

of offices at the exclusive business aviation airport, where Jet Aviation will be Al Bateen Executive’s first independent MRO provider. Jet Aviation’s service offering will include line maintenance through a newly established Jet Aviation Abu Dhabi branch office and staffing services through Jet Professionals, a subsidiary of the Jet Aviation Group. Services will be made available as soon as necessary trade licenses are obtained from the authorities. “We have great respect for Jet Aviation,” says Stephen Jones, General Manager Al Bateen Executive Airport. “They have earned an excellent reputation for quality and business aviation expertise over four decades, and we are very happy to

Ultramain Nabs Software Agreement with Boeing

Ultramain Systems (USI) 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.

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have such a globally recognized brand at Al Bateen Executive Airport.” The newly formed Jet Aviation Abu Dhabi will be an affiliate of Jet Aviation Dubai for the purpose of providing line maintenance services to local, regional and international business aircraft owners and operators flying into Al Bateen Executive Airport. “We have often provided aircraft-on-ground (AOG) services to all types of aircraft at Al Bateen for the past few years and it makes perfect sense for us to expand our service delivery to Abu Dhabi to better serve our customer base in the region,” explains Michael Rücker, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Dubai.

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