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AOG Ship it AOG, the Addison, Tex.-based aircraft parts distributor, was named factory-authorized south-central US distributor of Lektro electric towbarless aircraft tugs. Under the terms, Ship it AOG assumes responsibility for sales of Lektro tugs and parts in Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Apr 21, 2010

AVX Aircraft AVX Aircraft is targeting helicopter and non-helicopter prime contractors to sell the Fort Worth, Texas-based start-up's coaxial rotor and dual ducted fan concept for the US Army, AVX founder Troy Gaffey confirms. Gaffey, a retired chief engineer of Bell Helicopter, is seeking partners to launch the project in advance of a potential competition to replace the US Army's Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. AVX's concept is based on modifying the current aircraft with a coaxial rotor for lift and two ducted fans mounted on a shortened tail boom for thrust and yaw control. Apr 22, 2010

Boeing, Lockheed Martin The US Air Force is taking back control of maintenance functions for the C-17 and F-22 previously outsourced to Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The USAF confirmed to Flight International in early April that Lockheed's performance-based logistics contract for the F-22 will cease, ending months of speculation about the potential re-insourcing move. That confirmation came only three months after the USAF announced that Boeing's performance-based logistics deal for the C-17 also would be stripped away. Apr 19, 2010

Business Jet Access US business aviation services provider Business Jet Access has received FAR Part 145 repair station approval, paving the way for the Dallas, Love Field-based company to expanded its on-site maintenance services to include routine inspections, repair and troubleshooting for the Cessna Citation 650 series, Dassault Falcon 900 series and Hawker 800 series of business jet as well as Honeywell TFE731 engine derivatives. Apr 23, 2010

CAE Sabena Flight Academy - Development has bought 33% of its shares back from Canadian simulator giant CAE, which had acquired them in June 2008 as part of its takeover of Sabena Flight Academy, Brussels. SFA-D has appointed Jacques Waldeyer as its new chief executive. Waldeyer, a retired air force pilot, was former executive vice-president of Sabena Airlines and president of Sabena Flight Academy. Apr 19, 2010

Cessna Aircraft, WAAS Cessna is offering wide area augmentation system upgrades for Citation CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3 and Encore+ business jets as well as certain Citation Excel and XLS models. The modification is available across the nine Cessna-owned Citation service centres. WAAS gives pilots improved global positioning system navigation accuracy, allowing for greater access to many airports in difficult weather conditions. Cessna says a WAAS installation for the Citation Sovereign should be available later this year. Apr 23, 2010

Delta TechOps Delta TechOps signed a long-term contract with Global Avia Logistics to support overhaul and repair services on Nordwind Airlines' PW2000s and GTCP 331-200 APUs supporting the airline's 757 fleet. Apr 22, 2010

DeTect DeTect said it was awarded a contract to supply a Merlin Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar system to Riga International. The company said RIX will become the second commercial airport in the world to deploy the bird radar technology in the air traffic control tower, the first being the new King Shaka International near Durban, South Africa, that installed a Merlin system in 2009. Apr 22, 2010

ExpressJet ExpressJet Holdings board of directors named Thomas Hanley president and CEO effective immediately. Hanley, who has extensive regional airline experience, succeeds Patrick Kelly, who held the positions on an interim basis following the departure of Jim Ream in December to become senior VP-maintenance and engineering at American Airlines). After a brief transition, Kelly will return to his position on ExpressJet's board on May 1. Hanley spent more than 20 years at United Airlines and served as director of the United Express network. From United he joined US Airways, serving as VP of the US Airways Express division. He also held leadership positions with Republic Airlines and Shuttle America when they were owned by Wexford Capital, where he held executive positions, according to ExpressJet. Apr 20, 2010

GE Aviation European airlines are pointing to recent test flights as evidence that jets can safely fly through European airspace, but experts say there is little data on the danger to jet engines from volcanic ash. GE Aviation, with some 20,000 commercial engines in use, says it sees only three cases per year of damage related to volcanic ash. The company is currently working with the FAA to analyze those cases, but safety experts say there is little basis for assessing risk. "We don't know what the acceptable (ash) concentration level is," says Bill Voss of the Flight Safety Foundation. "There is no safe or unsafe." Apr 20, 2010

GE Aviation, GOL GE Aviation said Gol Airlines became the launch customer for its OnPoint Fuel & Carbon Services through which "GE Aviation will work with Gol to identify and track operational improvements that could reduce the airline's fuel spend by up to 5%." Apr 21, 2010

Honeywell, GoJet Airlines, Bombardier Honeywell said GoJet Airlines extended to 2023 its maintenance agreement, increasing aftermarket service and support on Honeywell products to include six recently delivered CRJ700s and bringing the total number of aircraft covered to 25. Contract is valued at $4.5 million. Honeywell equipment covered by the agreement includes EGPWS, start control valves and air turbine starters. Honeywell has provided maintenance of its products featured on GoJet aircraft since the airline was established by Trans States Holdings in 2005. Apr 21, 2010

Honeywell, US Airways, Boeing Honeywell signed a 10-year contract with US Airways to provide inventory management and maintenance for 331-200 APUs on its fleet of Boeing 757s and 767s. Apr 21, 2010

Honeywell, Varig Honeywell inked a contract valued at $40 million over the life of the program to supply Varig with its full suite of safety avionics including its IntuVue weather radar, traffic alert and collision avoidance system, quantum line communications and navigation system, solid state flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder and emergency locator transmitter. Equipment will be included on 65 737-800s expected to begin delivering in 2013. Apr 22, 2010

Lockheed Martin Although the US Air Force wants to retake control of F-22 Raptor maintenance, details of the new policy remain unclear. "The magnitude [of the policy change] is still to be sorted out," says Lockheed Martin executive vice-president Rob Weiss. But Weiss says he believes the results will not change as decisions about the F-22's sustainment shift from Lockheed to the USAF over the next two years. Apr 22, 2010

Pratt & Whitney, United Aircraft Pratt & Whitney is exploring opportunities for teaming with Russian companies to develop its PW1400G geared turbofan engine that has been selected to power United Aircraft's MS-21 twinjet. Speaking at an industry show in Moscow, P&W international business and joint projects vice-president Robert Robinson said a team of the US engine maker's specialists in February visited the Perm-based powerplant design bureau Aviadvigatel and manufacturer NPO Saturn in Rybinsk. Apr 21, 2010

Pratt & Whitney, MTU Aero Engines Pratt & Whitney supplier MTU Aero Engines has completed the first high-speed low-pressure turbine for the PW1524G geared turbofan which powers Bombardier's CSeries jet. Ground testing is on track to start in the third quarter of this year, says P&W vice president of next generation product family Bob Saia. Apr 20, 2010

Precision Conversions, Aerolease International , Boeing Precision Conversions will provide Aerolease International with three 15-pallet Boeing 757-200PCFs. The first is scheduled for induction this month with the following two scheduled for delivery in May and July. All three will be modified by Flightstar Aircraft Services. Apr 19, 2010

US Airways, Airbus US Airways is holding discussions with Airbus to supply its input to the airframer for the potential re-engining of the Airbus A320, says carrier President Scott Kirby. Addressing the MRO Americas conference on 20 April, Kirby says although the carrier is having technical discussions with Airbus about re-engining, the carrier is essentially "agnostic" about how the airframers reach greater narrowbody efficiency. Kirby acknowledges the "two differing opinions" in the Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan and CFM Leap X that could potentially power A320s and Boeing 737s. Apr 20, 2010

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