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JSSI Adds Khouri as Technical Advisor Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) expanded their presence in the Middle East with a new office located in the Dubai Airport Freezone and added William Khouri as the new JSSI Technical the region. Khouri brings to JSSI


technical career that


includes completions, avionics engineering, and customer support with Bombardier Aerospace, and most recently Jet Aviation in both Switzerland and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Khouri is fluent in the Arabic, French and English languages. He will be based at the new JSSI Dubai office along with Robert “Bob” Wilke, recently appointed vice president, Business Development for Middle East and all of Asia. “We are looking forward to having William join us in Dubai. His experience with the operators in this part of the world makes him a great addition to the JSSI technical team,” commented George Kleros, senior vice president, Technical Services Operations for JSSI.


Spectrum Aeromed Hires Thomas Redder


Thomas Redder has joined Spectrum Aeromed as their new account representative in the company’s Germany based


office. In his new role Redder will be responsible for global sales and will work closely with vice president of International Sales for Spectrum Aeromed Horst Heinicke. “We are pleased to add Thomas to our team at Spectrum Aeromed,” said president and CEO of Spectrum Aeromed, Dean Atchison. Redder studied mechanical engineering, has an ATPL license, and worked on an MBA in Aviation. He started his aviation career at Hapag Lloyd as a co-pilot on the Boeing 737. Prior to joining Spectrum Aeromed Redder was employed by Beechcraft Vertrieb und Service GmbH and Aerotec Engineering. He began working for Beechcraft Augsburg as head of Airworthiness and then head of Avionics. Heinicke and Redder will serve customers in European countries, Asia, the Middle East, India and Russia from their office in Germany.


Personell Appointments at NAAS, Inc. David Watson has been appointed CFO of North American Aircraft Services, Inc. and its affiliated companies. Watson previously held the positions of president and CFO for Aircraft On Ground, Inc. prior to its acquisition by NAAS. John Bullen, most recently with Greenwich AeroGroup, has also joined North American Aircraft Services, Inc. as director of Sales and Marketing.


The recent alliance cemented between AFI KLM Engineering and Maintenance (E&M) and Hamilton Sundstrand on the Boeing 787 is the first by the systems supplier with an MRO whose mother airline will operate the new aircraft type. The United Technologies subsidiary already has signed partnership deals with Lufthansa Technik and SR Technics. The MRO big boys are fighting to get enough aircraft under contract to turn a profit on 787


third-party services. About a third of the Franco-Dutch MRO’s current customers have ordered 787s, but the unit’s current marketing campaign is by no means limited to them, it stresses. The MRO views its parent’s 787 operator status as an edge over standalone MROs and MROs whose airline parents have not, or not yet, ordered the new Boeing jet. “We have a clear commitment to develop a full range of services internally,” says Francois Phelizon, AFI KLM E&M’s director of business development. AFI KLM has placed firm orders for 25 B787s and has options on another 25 airplanes. The airline group has not yet chosen an engine manufacturer.


Laying the Groundwork Being part of an airline group that will operate 787s certainly won’t hurt AFI KLM E&M in the competition. The MRO says its approach is about giving airlines a choice. It emphasizes its “adaptiveness” to customer requirements and its parent company’s experience and point of view as an operator in coping with and minimizing customer maintenance cost. “We are cost- reduction-minded,” Phelizon says. “We are always questioning, do we repair or do we replace?” The MRO also says its range of services will be comparable to but competitive with


Boeing’s own GoldCare offering. GoldCare is regarded as pricey by many carriers, according to an industry source. New aircraft types like the 787 represent “a bit of a new game” for the maintenance


industry, Phelizon says. For one thing, the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will be much more of a presence in the 787 aftermarket. “But we will find ways to play,” he asserts. Deals with systems primes are important to stay in the game. Such deals are bound to be expensive—when the original system manufacturer holds the materials and the data—but they are unavoidable if the MRO is to achieve its goal of nose-to-tail 787 support. Hamilton Sundstrand accounts for an estimated 50 percent of the line-replaceable units (LRUs) on the 787. The supplier produces nine systems for the new Boeing jet, including thermal management, nitrogen generation and auxiliary power. The deal with Hamilton Sundstrand will accelerate AFI KLM E&M’s drive to develop expertise


on 787 technologies, such as new bleed systems and liquid cooling systems. It will also help in obtaining detailed documentation and more affordable pricing. The MRO will be a licensed repair station in the Hamilton Sundstrand network. AFI KLM E&M is actively pursuing other systems providers such as Rockwell Collins, Phelizon says. But today’s ever-more-complex, integrated and reliable avionics technologies are a tough challenge. Observers estimate that a critical mass of at least 200 airplanes are needed just to keep an MRO’s avionics shops busy and cover the cost of test equipment investments. AFI KLM E&M is starting its 787 program with what typically comes up first in maintenance, Phelizon says. “Most of the time that’s components support,” he adds. This will include not only repairs but logistics support, he says. The MRO plans to place its first component orders for its 787 spares pool by early summer. So far no decision has been made on whether to partner with rivals to reduce the cost of the 787 component inventory. AFI formed a joint venture with Lufthansa Technik, dubbed Spairliners, to reduce expenses on Airbus A380 spare parts. It seems early since AFI KLM’s first delivery is not expected until 2016. But the MRO is firing on all cylinders to design its support program and already has started to train a few engineers on aircraft systems. It will begin training mechanics in the months ahead.


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