Curtiss-Wright and Honeywell announced that their 25-hour Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) developed for the air transport market has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Technical Standard Order (TSO) certification. Based on Curtiss-Wright’s compact, lightweight Fortress CVR technology, the new Honeywell Connected Recorder-25 (HCR-25) surpasses the requirements of the upcoming 2021 EASA minimum 25-hour cockpit voice recording mandate for aircraft weighing over 27,000 kilograms. Developed for customers that require Class 6 cockpit voice recorders, the HCR-25 CVR is ideal for both new installations and retrofit applications. It weighs less than 9.5 pounds (4.3 kilograms) and includes a 90-day underwater locator beacon.
Etihad Cargo Reports 50 percent Y-O-Y Rise in pharma shipments: Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group, has reported a 50 percent year-on-year rise in pharma shipments under its specialised PharmaLife product. The double-digit annual growth comes as the carrier marks its second anniversary of achieving and operating IATA CEIV certification for pharmaceutical and life science logistics (IATA CEIV Pharma), in conjunction with its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport and Etihad Airport Services – one of only 24 such certified carriers worldwide. Etihad Cargo currently operates across more than 1,050 IATA CEIV Pharma/GDP certified trade lands which ensure the integrity of products during transportation. Driven largely from a demand for both CRT (+15 to +25°C) and COL (+2 to +8°C) segments, Etihad Cargo has also received strong growth for ERT (+2 to +25°C) shipments, launched towards the end of 2020.
CPaT Global announced new online learning product: CPaT Global, a specialist in distance learning for the airline and aviation industry, announced that its recently released product, CPaT Invent, is now available with CPaT’s portfolio of aviation specialty (or general subjects) courses for all fleets, in addition to Aircraft Procedures courses for the large majority of fleets. Since launching the product, the CPaT Global team has been continually building out the dynamic software to include CPaT’s entire product portfolio. The latest version of Invent includes CPaT’s complete catalog of general subjects courses ranging from A-Z—from Adverse Weather, Concepts of Weight and Balance, and Hot Temperature Operations, to Volcanic Ash and Weather Radar, just to name a few. The addition of the Aircraft Procedures suite includes FMS Skills training, Cockpit Procedures training, and Walk Around training for the 737-800, 737-8MAX, A320 Enh, A330, B777, and B787 fleets. Aircraft Procedures for the A220 and A320neo fleets will be ready in early Feb.
Textron delivers Citation to Indonesia: Textron Aviation has delivered the first Cessna Citation Latitude midsize business jet into the Republic of Indonesia. The aircraft was delivered at the end of the year to United Arab Emirates-based Titan Aviation and joins its portfolio of managed and operated business aircraft including Textron Aviation’s legacy models such as the Hawker 900XP/850XP and Beechcraft Premier 1A business jets. Combined with its strategic location between the Indochina and Oceania region, Indonesia has one of the fastest-growing numbers of general and private aviation users in Southeast Asia. Currently, with more than 150 turbine aircraft in the country, Textron Aviation products make up more than 80% of the fleet. From corporate and charter operations to special missions, like the Japan Air Self Defense Force, the Latitude is consistently selected by operators in the region to fit a wide range of platforms.
Universal Avionics updates Remote InSight software: Universal Avionics (UA) announced the successful on-wing update of an InSight Display System’s core software via remote connection to an aircraft located 6,000 miles away in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Working with Redimec S.R.L., UA successfully updated the Hawker 800XP’s three InSight EFI-1040 Displays, dual Touch EFIS Control Display Units (ECDU), and dual Alphanumeric Keyboards (ANK) from its Tucson, Arizona, location. The aircraft was updated by making a remote connection to a Redimec laptop, which was connected to the maintenance port of a Data Concentrator Unit (DCU) II mounted on the aircraft. The successful completion of this remote connection presents extensive possibilities for UA, its Authorised Dealers/Integrators, and end customers, as it allows system configuration and software updates to be carried out remotely by UA’s Field Service Engineers when it is impossible or impractical to travel to the aircraft.
Airports Vanuatu lays off 65 staff: Airports Vanuatu (AVL) announced it has laid off 65 staffers and is starting new initiatives to support the business in sustaining minimum operations in times of reduced flying and reduced aeronautical revenue. The cuts represent a 30 per cent reduction in the workforce. Through an extensive consultation process, staff were offered the option to take unpaid leave or volunteer for redundancy, resulting in a quarter of the redundancies being voluntary. All staff employment entitlements will be settled in accordance with the Employment Act. The business plan review resulted in 162 roles being identified as critical to AVL’s commitment to continuing to drive the organisation forward, with a focus on maintaining safe, secure and compliant operation of our airport operations and infrastructure.
ST Engineering signs deal with international cargo carrier: ST Engineering announced that it has signed a five-year airframe heavy maintenance contract with an international air cargo carrier. As part of the contract which took effect 1 January, ST Engineering is to provide heavy maintenance support for multiple fleet types for the carrier at the Group’s airframe facilities in Mobile, Alabama and other locations in the group’s network. In addition to heavy maintenance, ST Engineering also caters to the carrier’s needs for landing gear replacements as well as special maintenance visits of various aircraft types at its Mobile facility.
SR Technics launches its new brand STRADE: SR Technics said it has launched its new component services brand STRADE powered by SR Technics. The new brand will operate as an independent unit inside the group. STRADE provides component sale, lease, loan and exchange services on all major aircraft platforms. It will benefit from SR Technics’ legacy in aircraft know-how and product reliability to offer 24/7 quality rotatable services to customers worldwide. Jean-Marc Lenz, CEO of SR Technics said: “With the launch of the new brand, SR Technics shows its resilience and innovative spirit in challenging times for our industry. STRADE leverages the strength of our company with its entrepreneurial and agile setup.”