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Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation announced plans to launch its CAPA AeroPark best practice aviation training campus in India. Facility will accommodate operational and educational training requirements for airlines, airports, ANS providers, government and suppliers. Sites in Bangalore, Navi Mumbai and Pune are under consideration. Final location will be announced in early 2009. First phase is slated for 2010.
Sensis to install MDS at Montreal-Trudeau; awarded $131 million to deploy RWSL

Sensis Corp. reached agreement with Nav Canada to provide its Multistatic Dependent Surveillance multilateration for surface surveillance at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International. Contract also calls for Sensis's VeeLo NextGen vehicle locators to be used for tracking airport vehicles in maneuvering areas.

"MDS's use of nonrotating sensors significantly enhances surveillance coverage from the current surface radar, especially during inclement weather conditions such as rain and snow storms," Sensis Air Traffic Systems VP and GM Tony Lo Brutto explained to AP.

Honeywell signs 10-year MRO deal with Kunpeng; reaches APU deal with China Eastern

Honeywell signed a 10-year contract with Kunpeng Airlines to provide MRO services on components, avionics and lighting equipment for ERJ-190s. Valued at $21 million, the agreement covers more than 65 Honeywell parts.

"Honeywell's service program provides one manageable package that incorporates maintenance, logistics and spares access, giving Kunpeng Airlines the parts and services they need, when and where they need it," said Honeywell Airlines VP Mike Madsen.

Fill 'Er Up

a 757 leaves Boston Logan for Los Angeles International, about 3,000 gal. of fuel is sucked up from an underground piping system and injected into its tanks. The system is pressurized and linked to hydrants established at gates. Hydrant carts with hoses and pressure controls connect to aircraft fuel tank intakes. For transcontinental flights, the process usually takes about 15 min.

An Integrated Approach

Hamilton Sundstrand 787 Program VP Geoff Hunt spoke recently with Airline Procurement about the company's $15 billion deal with Boeing to provide the electrical, auxiliary power, air-thermal management, hydraulic, fire protection and engine systems for the Dreamliner. (Edited for clarity and length.)

AP: Can you please provide an overview of Hamilton Sundstrand's 787 systems program?

Editor's Corner: All in the Timing 

IN THE US SOME 50 YEARS AGO WHEN MANUFACTURING STILL prospered widely, more than a third of the workforce belonged to a union. Today, barely a tenth of workers in private companies are unionized. Public support for organized labor also has slipped. Outsourcing, technology and economic restructuring have contributed to this decline. How products are made nowadays also bears some weight.

Airbus, GKN reach accord on divestiture of Filton plant 
Airbus agreed to sell its UK-based wing component and assemblies manufacturing unit at Filton to GKN for £136 million ($243.9 million) under a deal announced yesterday that aims to advance the Power8 restructuring initiative and transfer operations, assets and certain activities to GKN. The agreement follows a deal reached last month by Airbus to sell its Laupheim plant to Diehl and Thales (ATWOnline, Aug. 4).
Pratt enters parts agreement with Aviall, completes first PW1000G testing phase

Pratt & Whitney and Aviall Services will work together to distribute JT9D spare parts under a recent deal. The contract calls for Aviall to supply Pratt OEM spares to JT9D operators, which number more than 1,200 globally.

Airlines opt for Aircell's Gogo inflight Wi-Fi

Aircell struck deals with Air Canada and Delta Air Lines recently to provide its Gogo Internet service, which allows passengers to use Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs throughout flights. In September, Air Canada signed an agreement with Aircell to roll out its Gogo system on select flights next spring. The carrier plans to begin installing the system on A319s flying to the US and eventually on aircraft covering its North American and international markets.

Menzies Aviation wins deals with Air France, Virgin America, Star Alliance carriers

In July, Menzies Aviation signed agreements with Air France, Virgin America and six Star Alliance member carriers. MA won a four-year extension on its contract with Air France to provide ramp handling and cabin grooming services at George Bush Intercontinental. AF operates two flights daily between Paris and Houston using 777s and A330s. MA also provides passenger services and aircraft maintenance support to AF at IAH.

STS acquires TAS, expands distribution offerings

STS Holdings recently acquired the assets and business of Tradewinds Aircraft Services, a component supply and OEM distributor based in Pompano Beach, Fla. STS Holdings, based in Jensen Beach, Fla., owns various aviation companies and over the last decade has expanded its offerings to include engineering services and staffing, line maintenance services and, as a result of this acquisition, inventory management and component services.

Heroux-Devtek won a $27-million repayable contribution from Industry Canada for research and development of its landing gear technologies. Funds are part of a $77 million project to improve performance and reliability and reduce environmental impact. Investment will span six years with repayments taking effect one year after project completion.
Mark Logic to power JetBlue publications

Mark Logic, an XML content platform provider, said JetBlue Airways selected its information and delivery solution to power the carrier's corporate publications application, which houses a variety of cross-departmental intellectual property including regulatory compliance procedures, policies and educational materials. "The technology is very straightforward and the training burden is low," JetBlue Learning Technologies Director Murry Christensen pointed out to Airline Procurement. "We don't have to invest in fancy workflow engines or build special content repositories."

CAE secures $50 million in simulator orders 
CAE won orders for full flight simulators and related CAE Simfinity training devices valued at more than C$54 million ($50.6 million) from Cathay Pacific Airways, Southwest Airlines, Lufthansa Flight Training and Flight Simulation Co. CX ordered a CAE 7000 Series 747-8 FFS, CAE Simfinity Integrated Procedures Trainer and CAE Simfinity Virtual Maintenance Trainer for 747-8s. The simulator is slated for delivery in 2010 to the carrier's Hong Kong training facility. SWA purchased a CAE 7000 Series 737-700 FFS featuring its True electric motion system.
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