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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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The 787 has again become the subject of unwanted scrutiny after the FAA ordered airlines operating the widebody to correct an “urgent safety issue” on the GEnx-1B engine powering some of the aircraft.

According to The Seattle Times, a directive from the regulator issued on Friday (April 22) stated that “the potential for common cause failure of both engines in flight is an urgent safety issue,” and that the problem affects 29 airlines operating a total of 176 787 aircraft. It stems from an incident on a Japan Airlines operated 787 flying from Vancouver to Tokyo on January 29 where one of the aircraft’s engines shut down mid-flight before landing safely using the remaining working engine.

The FAA has instructed airlines to either repair the GE engines or replace at least one  of them with an older model by the first week of October 2016, in order to prevent ice from building up on the engine's fan blades.

Tagged 787, FAA, engine, GEnx, safety

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While it was noted in yesterday’s Talking Point that the first day of the 2015 Dubai Airshow was a largely subdued affair, a flurry of multi-billion dollar deals by some of the region’s big hitters followed on Monday and Tuesday to bring proceedings to life.

Among the many engine deals, MRO contracts and aftermarket service agreements rubberstamped in the past two days, the Middle East’ penchant for joint ventures (JV) was further underlined by Abu Dhabi state investment fund Mubadala signing a deal with GE Aviation to form a GEnx engine MRO joint venture (JV) to be based in Al Ain.

In an extension of a maintenance partnership signed in 2013, Mubadala will expand its GEnx cooperation with the OEM through its dedicated engine MRO subsidiary, Turbine Services & Solutions (TS&S).

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Once upon a time 3D printing (3DP) technology would have been a concept seen in a sci-fi movie, but now as the aviation industry steps into the next generation it’s all too clear that the additive manufacturing market has been given life.

A report released by ReportsnReports in September discusses the world of 3DP, taking a look at the opportunities such a technology brings to the industry. It outlines how standard 3DP market models can be applied to the aviation business, while providing a 10-year forecast on various ways the technology can be implemented into the industry, suggesting that 3DP will soon take the industry by storm.

And, just yesterday (October 5), Reportbuyer released a statement reiterating that the global 3DP materials market is expected to grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 18.2 per cent between now and 2020.

Tagged 3d printing, GEnx

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