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Pratt & Whitney announces DGCA certification for its Customer Training Centre in Hyderabad

Pratt & Whitney announces DGCA certification for its Customer Training Centre in Hyderabad

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (UTC) announced on April 21, the certification of its customer training centre in Hyderabad by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which is the Indian civil aviation regulator. This is a major milestone for United Technologies Corporation India Private Limited - Pratt & Whitney Customer Training Center India - as it allows the company to provide DGCA CAR147-approved training to aircraft engineers and technicians from Pratt & Whitney’s airline customers in the region. This Pratt & Whitney training centre, established to enhance the skills of the work force in India’s aviation industry is only the third such Pratt & Whitney facility in the world.

The certification means that the training centre is now fully approved to offer DGCA-approved training sessions on V2500-A5 engines. Soon it is expected to also offer courses on PW1100G-JM and other models from the PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) family of engines.

“With the Hyderabad training centre, we bring world-class aerospace training closer to our customers in this high-growth region,” said Bruce Hall, general manager, customer training, Pratt & Whitney. “We are proud to deliver training programmes that will help create a more skilled local aviation talent pool and support India in becoming a leader in the global aviation industry.”

According to Palash Roy Chowdhury, country manager, Pratt & Whitney, UTC India, this certification marks a significant step for the company in India, and the company will continue to invest in talent and infrastructure to support the industry’s growth.

“The training centre will provide instruction in general engine familiarisation, line and base maintenance, and bore scope inspection,” said Chowdhury. “The centre has a capacity of 5,000 student days per year, which will gradually increase to 9,000 student days per year. In addition, in support of the government of India’s initiative on ‘Skill India,’ Pratt & Whitney is working with multiple state governments to offer customised trainings for students as well as faculty development programmes for teachers from universities and colleges offering aeronautical engineering courses.”

Dassault’s Falcon 8X showcased at ABACE 2017

Dassaults Falcon 8X showcased at ABACE 2017

The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) held in Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport from April 11-13 once again featured the newest business jet in the ultra-long range class: Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 8X. The 8X appeared alongside the popular 4,000 nm/7,410 km Falcon 2000LX/EX.

A state-of-the-art Falcon 2000LX Medevac aircraft operated by the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Centre (999) was also displayed at the event.

Since entering into service last year, the 6,450 nm/11,945 km Falcon 8X has been delivered to operators in key markets around the world, including the United States, Europe, the Middle East and India. The first Chinese-based aircraft will be handed over in the coming weeks.

“The Falcon 8X offers the range and airport performance to connect our Chinese customers with business hubs throughout Europe, North America and Africa, which is of primary importance here,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “And the feedback on our new flagship has been universally positive, especially cabin noise levels, which make it the quietest aircraft in its class.”

With eight passengers and three crew members, the Falcon 8X is capable of connecting Beijing with New York, Hong Kong with London and Shanghai with Los Angeles. The aircraft features a cabin 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) high, 2.34 m (7 ft 8 in) wide and 13 m (42 ft 8 in) long and offers customers the most diverse selection of cabin layouts on the market.

The 8X is also offered with Dassault’s revolutionary new FalconEye Combined Vision System, the first head-up display in the industry to combine synthetic and enhanced vision capabilities. In addition to ensuring superior situational awareness in all conditions of operation, day and night, FalconEye will make it possible to reduce minima in low visibility landing conditions, providing a substantial operational benefit. Additionally, in the coming months, Dassault will also begin offering KA high speed internet connectivity throughout the aircraft cabin.

IndiGo launches Cadet Pilot Program in partnership with Flight Training Adelaide

IndiGo, India’s largest low cost airline, on April 11 announced a two-year renewable partnership with Flight Training Adelaide, Australia (FTA) to provide training to Ab Initio pilot cadets in their flight school at Parafield Airport in South Australia. This partnership was announced at two seminars held in April this year.

Speaking on this partnership, Johan Pienaar, CEO, FTA said, “IndiGo is our latest airline partner. We are looking forward to extending our relationship with the airline, and more importantly, to offer a high quality, fit-for-purpose training programme to facilitate the employment of a First Officer with IndiGo.”

“We are delighted to partner with FTA. Since our inception, we have endeavoured to tap the best talent in the industry. By ensuring that these talented cadets are exposed to the best pilot training at FTA’s world-class facilities in Australia, we will have continued access to a pool of highly skilled aviators well into the future,” said Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole-time Director, IndiGo.

IndiGo has been working closely with some of the world’s best Ab Initio flight training establishments, and lately, has chosen to partner with Flight Training Adelaide, Australia (FTA) to select and train suitable candidates who can rise to the highest standards expected of a young pilot joining IndiGo. Mentored by IndiGo, successful candidates will achieve a dual CASA and Indian DGCA license and upon graduation will return to India for flight license conversion before the opportunity to launch on a flying career as a Junior First Officer (JFO) with IndiGo.

FTA has extensive experience in delivering airline cadet pilot training to airlines worldwide over the last 33 years. FTA is the current training provider for Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Government Flying Service, TAG Aviation, Vietnam Airlines, QantasLink and Virgin Australia.

PhilJets becomes largest Airbus Helicopter operator in the Philippines

PhilJets becomes largest Airbus Helicopter operator in the Philippines

Leading boutique business aviation operator, PhilJets Group, has deepened its relationship with Airbus Helicopters with a new order of one brand new H145 and two H130 helicopters. With this additional order, PhilJets which currently operates six Airbus rotorcraft including four H130, one EC130 B4 and one AS350 B2, becomes the Philippines’ largest operator of Airbus’ helicopters in the country, with a total of nine.

Both the twin-engine H145 and the two single-engine H130 helicopters are scheduled for delivery in the last quarter of 2017. These new helicopters will be used to support PhilJets’ growing VIP, corporate and tourism businesses throughout the Philippine archipelago, with the possibility of adding new missions, as the operator explores expansion plans into the emergency medical services and cargo transport sectors.

“The Philippines civil market remains fragmented with a multitude of medium and small operators, and numerous individual owners operating one to two helicopters each at most,” said Thierry Tea, Founder and CEO of PhilJets Group. “Establishing PhilJets in 2013, our goal was to develop the business aviation market in the Philippines to a state where it can receive the attention it deserves. Airbus’ helicopters served our needs very well and we have full confidence of the continued reliability and performance as we grow our fleet to bolster our operations”.

“We are excited at the opportunity of strengthening our relationship with PhilJets with the new helicopter orders. It is remarkable how our customer base has grown by leaps and bounds in just over three years, and we are honoured to be part of its expansion journey”, said Lionel De Maupeou, managing director, Airbus Helicopters in the Philippines. “We are confident that Airbus’ helicopters will serve the needs of our customer well in the country, and remain committed to growing our support for PhilJets”.

With 200 helicopters in the skies of the Philippines, the country ranks eighth in Asia in helicopter fleet, after Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, India, South Korea and Indonesia. In Southeast Asia itself, the Philippines is the second largest market and one of the most active.

Rostec to invest 21.9 billion Rubles in production of engines for Ms-21 aircraft upgrade

Rostec to invest 21.9 billion Rubles in production of engines for Ms-21 aircraft upgrade

United Engine Corporation (UEC), part of Rostec State Corporation, plans to upgrade its production facilities in 2017-2025 to prepare for mass production of PD-14 aircraft engine. The company intends to invest 21.9 billion Rubles into it.

One of the upgrade programme directions is defined as re-equipment of production with modern machinery — universal machining centres intended for manufacturing complex parts. For this, 4.6 billion Rubles was allocated; funding is made via the corporate bonded loan.

Another 14.3 billion Rubles will be spent on creation of after-sales service system: establishment of repair facilities, training centre, spare parts distribution network and maintenance and repair centres. The project will be implemented using funds from federal budget.

Production line designed to produce at least 50 sets of equipment per year will be organised for PD-14 aircraft engines assembly. During 2017-2025, 2.95 billion Rubles of own and borrowed funds of UEC will be invested in the project.

UEC expects to complete the upgrade of the stand for aircraft engines testing this year. The launch of the new stand is planned for the third quarter of 2017. Investment in the project is estimated at 96.2 million Rubles.

The total cost of works on preparation of PD-14 aircraft engine for serial production in 2017-2025 will be 21.9 billion Rubles. PD-14 engine is created in the framework of development programme for a family of engines with 12.5 to 18 tonnes thrust for passenger and cargo aircraft, including for prospective MS-21 airliner developed by Irkut Corporation.

In 2017, UEC plans to register exchange bonds programme. Currently, four issues of UEC classic bonds for a total amount of 33.213 billion Rubles are in flotation.

Rostec delivers first Mi-171E to Pakistan

Rostec delivers first Mi-171e to Pakistan

The Russian Helicopters Holding Company has made its first civil multirole Mi-171E helicopter delivery to the Pakistani province of Punjab. The rotorcraft, manufactured at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, has already been accepted by the client’s representatives. The helicopter is to be delivered to its home station by air.

Under the terms of the contract, the convertible version of the Mi-171E was manufactured in order to allow for its use both in transport aircraft mode and in the VIP cabin configuration. The latter is designed to accommodate 13 passengers plus a flight attendant. In its transport aircraft mode, the Mi-171E can carry up to 27 passengers in the jump seats and up to four tonnes of cargo inside the cargo cabin or on the external sling.

“The Russian Helicopters Holding Company is widening the delivery scope of the world-renowned Russian aircraft. The number of civil aviation air operators, particularly from South Asia, who place orders with us is growing. Every helicopter is unique and is produced with one ultimate goal in mind — effectively solving the tasks set by the customer,” highlighted Alexander Shcherbinin, Russian Helicopters deputy CEO for marketing and business development.

The Punjab province authorities are expected to use the multirole Mi-171E helicopter for passenger and cargo transportation, performance of air medical services, patrol work, and emergency response and recovery. Installation of the search-and-rescue equipment set which consists of the LPG-150 winch and the TSL-1600 searchlight further expands the scope of possible applications of this helicopter. It is also equipped with the Early Ground Proximity Warning System which ensures increased flight safety.

In January 2017, the Russian Helicopters Holding Company won an international tender and signed a contract for the Mi-171 civil helicopter delivery with the Balochistan province administration (Republic of Pakistan).


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