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GE Aviation and Lufthansa Technik (LHT)'s confirmation that they have selected Poland as the location for their new engine repair services joint venture, with plans to invest around €250 million ($267 million) in the project, is a show of faith in the burgeoning Eastern Europe aviation market.

First announced as a memorandum of understanding at the 2015 Paris Air Show, the XEOS JV will focus on maintenance services for two specific engine types: the in-service GEnx-2B used on Boeing 747-8 aircraft from 2018, and the next-generation GE9X variant for the Boeing 777X, with capabilities available from 2021.

When the XEOS facility becomes operational in September 2018, the 350,000m2 center in the Legnica Special Economic Zone, Sroda Slaska is expected to bring 500 new jobs to Poland once operating at full capacity. The move will also be pleasing to the Polish government, which has been actively trying to bring more technology-driven projects with skilled specialist roles to the country since its election last year.

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Although GE Aviation’s new Digital Alliance data-transmission partnership with Teledyne Controls may have generated more MRO-related publicity so far, the Configuration Data Exchange partnership with Capgemini that GE Aviation also announced on 15 November may have farther-reaching and deeper implications for the commercial-aviation MRO business.

Configuration Data Exchange, which will use the Predix cloud-based, large-scale data analytics system that parent company GE has developed over a period of several years, will serve as a data pipeline that will allow for two-way asset data flow between airlines, MROs, lessors, OEMs and parts brokers, according to GE Aviation.

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Advanced Ceramic Coatings (ACC), a 50/50 joint venture between GE Aviation and Turbocoating, has confirmed it will build a new coating facility for aircraft engine components in Duncan, South Carolina. 

The new 5,800m2 center will begin operating in the third quarter of 2017 producing advanced coatings for GE’s high-temperature ceramic matrix composite (CMC) components for the latest generation of jet engines. 

Scott Hayes, general manager of ACC, confirmed the two JV stakeholders will invest more than $15 million in equipment for the new facility and create 50 new jobs by 2022 – a fact lauded by representatives of the Palmetto State, which hasn’t been discreet in its attempts to actively grow its aerospace industry.

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The futuristic credentials of predictive maintenance are often described by the ability of aircraft health monitoring systems to update ground teams of faults before a flight has even touched down.

In reality, though, only a tiny fraction of sensor data is relayed this way, as only the most important alerts have access to an aircraft’s limited communications bandwidth. The rest is downloaded when the aircraft is plugged in at its gate.

Addressing this imbalance is a priority for engine manufacturers, and GE Aviation has now teamed up with wireless technology specialist Teledyne Controls to boost the capability of the aircraft communication and recording system (ACARS).

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Easing Flow of Data Off Aircraft For Analytics Goal of New Partnership

Teledyne Controls and GE Aviation signed a strategic partnership that should simplify the flow of flight data off aircraft and expand its value through GE’s cloud-based platform that can extract deeper value.

Posted in IT and tagged Teledyne Controls, GE Aviation, data, cloud

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