Triumph Systems & Support won a four-year contract for F-35 joint strike fighter hydraulic utility actuation (HUA) valves, extending an existing two-year order with Lockheed Martin that makes Triumph Group the sole provider for the HUA valve.
The proprietary design of HUA valves provides directional flow control for critical hydraulic systems.
Triumph Group also obtained a five-year, non-exclusive, fixed-price agreement with a North American independent maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility for engine accessories on CFM56, CF34, and CF6 jet engines for commercial and military aircraft. Triumph has provided engine accessory component repair and overhaul services for the major independent MRO facility for more than a decade. Work for the agreement will be performed at Triumph’s Accessory Services facilities in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Wellington, Kansas.
Triumph Systems & Support’s aftermarket accessory services facility in Grand Prairie completed AS9110 certification for aerospace MRO management systems, updating its previous AS9100 certification for quality management systems. The certification guarantees that the site can implement, monitor, and comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 regulations.
The Grand Prairie site supports repair and overhaul of pneumatics, hydraulics, environmental systems, actuation, engine mounts, lubrication units, heat transfer, engine controls, fuel accessories, and gearboxes for commercial and military aircraft.
Unison Industries continues AAR partnership
Global supplier of gas turbine engine, electrical, and mechanical systems components, Unison Industries LLC, is expanding its longstanding partnership with AAR Corp. as its exclusive worldwide aftermarket distributor for aviation, aerospace, military, and civil vehicle products. The more than $1 billion agreement includes new product introduction spanning multiple aircraft platforms throughout 11 years.
AAR will market, forecast, warehouse, and distribute Unison original equipment manufacturer (OEM) replacement parts. In addition, AAR will provide 24/7 aircraft-on-ground (AOG) call center support to rapidly deliver Unison products.
Components covered by the program include turbine ignition systems, engine-dedicated alternators, sensors, switches, wiring harnesses, bellows and metal tubing/ducting consumed by commercial and military aircraft operators, maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities and other industry customers, worldwide. The agreement also includes repair services management backed by AAR’s supply chain and customer support network.
GE awarded $180 million contract to support T700 engines
GE Aviation has been awarded a five-year, $180 million contract by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to repair and overhaul T700 rotorcraft engines in support of the U.S. Navy’s MH-60 Seahawk, and the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Viper and Bell UH-1Y Venom/Huey helicopters.
T700/CT7 turboshaft and turboprop engines power 15 types of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft with more than 130 customers in more than 50 countries. The T700/CT7 family has surpassed 20,000 delivered units and more than 100 million total flight hours, more than five million flight hours in hot-harsh combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Initial Aviation to distribute parts from Aerocycle’s aircraft dismantling
Headquartered in Mirabel, Québec, Canada, Initial Aviation has partnered with Montréal, Canada-based Aerocycle Inc. to distribute spare parts obtained as part of Aerocycle’s aircraft dismantling activities.
Aerocycle President and CEO Ron Haber says, “As a certified disassembly and demolition company, we can now count on the expertise and distribution network of our new partner for consignment sales of aircraft parts.”
Hugo Beaudry, president of Initial Aviation, says, “We are able to give our customers around the world access to a large inventory of quality parts, as well as to provide faster and more proactive sales and shipping services from our new premises in Mirabel.”
Aerocycle provides end-of-life aircraft disassembly, part-out, teardown, and recycling services.
Initial Aviation provides sourcing and sales services for aftermarket airplane and helicopter parts and components, including disposal of surplus parts through customized consignment programs. The company holds a Transport Canada Certificate of Approval for the distribution and certification of previously certified aeronautical products.
Atlas Group names Jim McMullen CEO
The Atlas Group, a Wichita, Kansas-based supplier of complex assemblies for commercial, business, and defense aerospace customers worldwide, has named former COO Jim McMullen its CEO. McMullen succeeds Rick Wolf, who is retiring after more than 20 years with the company. Wolf will continue to serve as a member of the board of directors, and McMullen and Keith Kranzow, Atlas president and CFO, will also join the board.
McMullen has more than 25 years’ experience leading complex manufacturing operations throughout the aerospace supply chain, joining Atlas in 2016. Prior to Atlas, he served as general manager for Joined Alloys and for two Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC) sites, Cherry Aerospace, and SPS Technologies. Prior to PCC, McMullen served in multiple leadership roles at Honeywell.
Atlas is a portfolio company of private equity firm AE Industrial Partners LP.
Boeing Global Services earns fleet contracts
Boeing has added supply chain and digital solution contracts to manage maintenance, inventory, and operating costs of several international airlines:
Xiamen Airlines, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways – Optimized Maintenance Programs combining advanced data analytics, engineering expertise for greater airplane availability, more efficient maintenance operations
All Nippon Airways – Install 787-9 galley facility in new training center to enhance crew training opportunities, supply 10 Boeing 767 Quick Engine Change kits
Suparna Airlines, Zheijiang Loong Airlines, West Air, Guangxi Air, Urumqi Air, Air Changan (all in China) – Digital solutions to enhance operational efficiency, optimize flight planning
Alaska Airlines – Three-year consumable, expendable services agreement for Boeing 737 fleet; Tailored Parts Package consists of 2,900 part numbers; Boeing anticipates shipping nearly 800,000 parts, four Quick Engine Change kits during agreement
Vistara (India) – Multiyear crew planning optimization agreement
Vertex Aerospace awarded Navy contract
Mississippi-based Vertex Aerospace was awarded a contract seat with the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) in Patuxent River, Maryland, to provide supplies and services to improve Naval Air Systems Command’s fleet readiness.
Vertex’s Aircraft Integration & Sustainment (AIS) division, Crestview, Florida, can compete for all NAWCAD aircraft components, systems, kit production, and installation task orders.
The AIS division site houses multiple high-bay hangars for fixed and rotary wing aircraft modifications and is complemented by more than 500,000ft2 of manufacturing, production, and assembly buildings.
GA Telesis, Liebherr-Aerospace to support E-Jets
GA Telesis MRO Services Group and Liebherr-Aerospace are partnering to provide maintenance for Embraer E-Jets. GA Telesis technicians will receive Liebherr-Aerospace technical support and original equipment materials to repair and overhaul landing gear for E-jet operators in the Americas. The repairs and overhauls will be performed in GA Telesis’ MRO facility in Miami, Florida.