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ICAO is developing a series of regulatory changes aimed at reducing the plethora of duplicative oversight and certifications required by approved maintenance organizations (AMOs).
The agency is working toward improving and harmonizing global standards for AMOs, ICAO technical officer for airworthiness Maimuna Taal-Ndure said during the second annual meeting of the Asia MRO League Expert Group. ICAO also hopes to encourage more state regulators to recognize and accept certification by other nations instead of conducting their own reviews.

As a first step, ICAO is moving the approval of AMOs from Annex 6 of its regulations, which focuses on operation of aircraft, to Annex 8, which covers airworthiness. This move is expected to clarify confusion that sometimes arises over whether the state of the operator or the state of aircraft registry are responsible for these approvals, Taal-Ndure said. The change would confirm that it is the state of aircraft registry that would have responsibility.

This proposal has already been sent to states for comment, and is expected to be adopted in 2017. There would  be a phase-in period for states to adjust their own regulations, and the changes would be applicable from 2020.

Tagged ICAO, MRO, regulatory

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MTU Aero Engines, the German OEM and maintenance provider, expects its profit margins to widen from 2018 as it winds down a phase of investment in research, development and tooling.

The Munich-based company produces the low-pressure turbine and first four stages of the high-pressure compressor for Pratt & Whitney’s PW1000G geared turbofan, which has now entered production.

Overall, that gives MTU about 15% of the PW1000G program, which is expected to deliver 350-400 engines next year.

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One week after opening a new Materials and Logistics Center in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur to serve as a local spares pool to fast-track the supply of replacement parts to its client airlines in Asia, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) has won what almost certainly is its biggest component-support deal in Asia to date.

Announced on 8 December, AirAsia’s decision to award AFI KLM E&M the component-support contract for its entire eventual fleet of 304 Airbus A320neos opens the door for the European-based MRO and spares logistics company potentially to win further large contracts from the AirAsia Group in the future.

In addition to the 304 A320neos AirAsia intends to operate, the carrier and its siblings throughout Asia also operate an existing fleet of more than 200 aircraft, all of them A320-family and A330-family jets.

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Boeing’s appointment of former GE executive Kevin McAllister as its new CEO of Commercial Airplanes marks the latest and most decisive step in its aftermarket evolution.

As head of GE Aviation Services since 2014, McAllister oversaw the engine manufacturer’s cash cow, and Boeing now wants him to mastermind rapid expansion of a new business unit, Boeing Global Services.

This unit will be headed by Stanley Deal, the former CEO of Boeing Commercial Services, which is to be rolled into Boeing Global Services along with Boeing’s defense and space support business.

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Fast 5: Icelandair May Consider Third-Party Services Long-Term

With the influx of new aircraft, Icelandair has made significant changes to its maintenance operation in the past five years. Jens Thordarson, the airline’s VP technical operations, tells James Pozzi about its MRO adjustments.

Posted in Interviews and tagged Icelandair, Aircraft, fleet, MRO

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