Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New Product Catalog Brings Allied Machine & Engineering’s Offerings Together into a Comprehensive Resource

Careful design benefits customers with ease of navigation and helpful technical content

(Press Release)

Allied Machine & Engineering, a leading manufacturer of holemaking and finishing tooling systems, announces a brand-new product catalog, which incorporates Allied’s comprehensive range of holemaking products into one feature-packed book. With stunning new images and a design that pays careful attention to helping customers select the right tools, the new catalog showcases all the drilling, boring, reaming, burnishing and threading tools in one location. Catalog navigation has been carefully thought out to benefit customers. A wealth of technical details about product sizes, setup tips, and application guidelines make this catalog a valuable all-around educational resource.

The new catalog is extremely easy to navigate, ultimately saving customers time and money. Sections are organized in the order in which manufacturing processes would typically be performed. Drilling tools are highlighted first, followed by boring and reaming, burnishing, and then thread milling options. The final product section details Allied’s vast special tooling capabilities. It includes detailed industry-specific case studies of customers who have benefitted from special tooling developed by Allied. These case studies include quantifiable data that demonstrates how each tool reduced scrap and/or increased tool life compared to the competition. 

To further assist with tool selection, products in each section are arranged in ascending order by diameter. Section indicators next to page numbers help customers distinguish which section they are viewing. A comprehensive index helps customers quickly find items by product number. The catalog also includes a product selection guide to help customers quickly decide which tool to use per their specific application.

Product imagery has been completely revamped, with new high-resolution images of each product within a product line. New product renderings and line drawings show extremely clear and accurate product detail.

Also added is a wealth of technical information on each product, including features, advantages and assembly instructions. This section includes helpful explanations of each tool’s performance, application recommendations, set-up and adjustment instructions and tips, available options, and suggestions for which styles should be used in certain situations. Tool recommendation guides provide overviews of each product line including material recommendations so users can quickly and easily find the best solution for their applications.

While the new catalog includes information on the vast majority of Allied’s offerings, a few standalone catalogs remain, including the Wohlhaupter boring system solutions and Eco-Cut lathe tools.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Pune greenfield could alleviate Mumbai capacity crunch

Neelam Mathews

Nov 17, 2017

The Chambers of Commerce in Pune is urging private companies to participate in plans to build a new greenfield airport, after the Indian military rejected a proposed Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje International Airport on a 2,400 ha site in Purandar, some 40 km away from the city.
A letter from the Chambers of Commerce, seen by Jane’s ,....more in Jane's Airports Review........

Thursday, November 16, 2017

India maintains interest in Mattala JV

Neelam Mathews

Oct 20, 2017

The Sri Lankan government continues to search for a joint venture (JV) partner to expand the underused Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA).
The JV has two main objectives: to boost trade in tourism in the southern and eastern provinces of the island; and pay off a loan to the Exim Bank of China, which supported the construction of MRIA.
An Expression of Interest in 2016 for developing and running MRIA – the second international airport in Sri Lanka, alongside Bandaranaike International Airport serving the capital Colombo – received ..........Read more in Jane's

Navi Mumbai limps along

Neelam Mathews

Nov 8, 2017

Following state cabinet approval to build the delayed USD4 billion Navi Mumbai Airport, GVK-led Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) will soon be issued the Letter of Intent to proceed. However, villagers continue to protest for compensation as land acquisition issues remain. As a result, police protection is to be provided to workers even as the blasting of a hill in the vicinity takes place next week.
KPMG partner and head of aerospace Amber Dubey called the exercise a ............Read more in Jane's

Bangalore to implement e-gates

Neelam Mathews

Nov 7

Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), operator of the third busiest airport in India after Delhi and Mumbai, has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for 130 e-gates integrated with the Aadhaar national biometric system.
Potential vendors must submit bids for the Aadhaar Enabled Entry and Biometric Boarding System (AEEBBS) RFP by 27 November, although Jane’s understands this may be extended.
The RFP is split into two parts, ...more in Jane's

Friday, November 3, 2017

Guest Opinion- Data collaboration for MRO - Why sharing is caring in the aviation industry

By Mark Martin, Director, Operator Edition Product Line, Aviation & Defence Business Unit, IFS

The big data generation is upon the commercial aviation industry. According to a 2016 Oliver Wyman MRO Survey, the global fleet of commercial aircraft could generate a massive 98 million terabytes of data per year by 2026. Between the big aviation players – the OEMs, the airlines and the maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) operators - there is a ton of interest not just in gathering data, but sharing it for a number of different benefits, such as predictive maintenance or health monitoring systems.

Data sharing
Some of the leading players in the industry are starting to work on their own data platforms to get in on the benefits of sharing engineering data. GE’s cloud-based Predix platform allows third party MRO operators to download predictive analytical data via the internet, store it within their own systems and share it with customers.
Airbus launched its own cloud-based data platform, Skywise, in June which collects data such as work orders, spares consumption and flight schedules from multiple sources across the industry for MRO operators to perform predictive and preventative maintenance. So far, early adopters include easyJet, Air Asia, Emirates and Delta Airlines, all of which are using the platform for predictive maintenance.
Like Airbus, many airlines and MROs will have several different customers, partners, locations and, in most cases, use different programmes for each one, which leads to data being siloed and sharing programmes being more internally focused.
Speaking at a recent MRO Europe panel, David Longridge, VP services sales for Boeing, said data collaboration between organisations is a key priority in today’s aviation landscape.
“Collaborating with data will bring more mutual benefits for airlines and MROs, but how to do this effectively between the parties is the real challenge,” said David. “No airline wants 50 different applications to look at its aircraft - ideally they’d like to use one or two.”
Collaboration at work - China Airlines
IFS customer China Airlines is one of the largest airline operators in Asia and, much like Emirates in the Middle East, provide MRO services for many of the airlines they codeshare with.
Aviation safety is a top priority for the airline and it considers the quality assurance of maintenance work as the best foundation for this. Since setting up the Engineering Maintenance Optimisation (EMO) unit in 1959, the company has become a key player in the MRO sector. Currently, China Airlines helps support over 40 domestic and international airlines with over 2,300 maintenance engineers working in five different hangars across Asia, North America and Europe.
The airline’s EMO department found its legacy IT systems were hampering its safety efforts, unable to keep up with changing maintenance and safety requirements happening in the industry.
Houng Wang, responsible for engineering activities at China Airlines, said “Our network of legacy mainframe systems often could not deliver the data insights we felt were critical if we wanted to evolve the business and intro­duce new efficiencies. For the most part, these systems were siloed from each other, and operated by their own set of processes for capturing and storing data. This made it very difficult to access and share timely mainte­nance information across the organisation.”
China Airlines chose to implement IFS Maintenix to help optimise data sharing across the airline and its subsidiaries. Real-time management of line and heavy maintenance events as well as data capture at the point of maintenance was a significant benefit to growth areas of the business - especially in expanding third-party MRO services for the airline’s customers, such as Continental Airlines, FedEx, Korean Air and Japan Airlines.
In addition to reducing operating costs by $3.5 million, IFS Maintenix helped China Airlines significantly decrease its aircraft layover due to more efficient scheduled and unscheduled line maintenance, meaning aircraft spend more time in the air and less time in the hangar.

A clearer picture
The benefits of data sharing are plain to see. Better visibility into what’s happening at both the company and industry-wide level puts organisations in full control of maintenance, giving them a clearer picture of what’s happening around them to help collaboration with other industry players and benefiting from mutual efficiencies.

The gains aren’t just for airlines but for passengers too, as better vision into data will help increase aircraft availability, increase safety and provide a chance to shift cost savings onto passengers.

Guest Opinion ADS-B Mandate: Backlogs, Shortages, Installation Delays – No Thanks!

Honeywell Explains Why ADS-B Updates Today Will Save You a Headache in 2020

It’s hard to imagine where you’ll be next year, much less three years from now, but give it a try. The world is a big place, and global business operates at a fast pace. In 2020, will you need to be in Tokyo, Dubai, London or New York? More importantly, how will you get there?
Your answer could be a business aircraft. Of course, how you’ll get to where you want to be in 2020 depends on whether your aircraft has completed its ADS-B Out compliance.
Three years may seem like plenty of time, but the window for meeting the Federal Aviation Administration’s mandate for ADS-B Out compliance is closing fast. In reality, the three-year time span is short considering the thousands of aircraft that need to be upgraded by a small network of business jet maintenance, repair and overhaul centers; the challenges faced in servicing so many aircraft; and the uncertainty felt by owners and operators that can bring upgrade decision-making to a halt.
The best way to avoid the headaches associated with this mandate is to plan early and start today. By getting ahead of the 2020 deadline, you won’t have to deal with installation facility backlogs, component shortages and installation price increases. This means you won’t risk having a grounded aircraft or be unable to fly in optimal airspace in 2020, and you can continue to focus on flying to your destinations of choice.
What You Need to Know About ADS-B Out
Technically: The mandate states that the transponder must have Extended Squitter Mode S and operate on a radio frequency of 1090 MHz.
Simplified: Extended Squitter is an important but uncommon term. A squitter is a periodic broadcast of information about an aircraft’s position, direction of flight, velocity, vertical climb and descent sent from the transponder to air traffic control computers. This lets controllers (ADS-B Out*), other aircraft and you (if you have ADS-B In**) track each airplane’s position and path with greater accuracy.
Honeywell offers ADS-B Out solutions for more than 23 aircraft types equipped with Honeywell cockpits, but since each aircraft type has different cockpit configurations, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution and it takes time to manage the right changes. So it’s important to start preparations early and have a clear understanding of how the different components that must work together can make ADS-B part of an integrated cockpit system.
Depending on the particular aircraft configuration, several additional components may be necessary to complete the upgrade. Examples include transponders, GPS, radio systems, communications, and other supporting components and software.
Reviewing the 2020 Checklist: Key Items for ADS-B Out Compliance
While every experience is different, here are a few key items to keep top of mind.
1.) DO-260B-Compliant Transponders
Technically: The DO-260B standards require transponders to have Extended Squitter capabilities and be coupled with a self-aware GPS that can pinpoint its location down to roughly three meters.
Simplified: Aircraft have transponders to assist with several processes, including identifying each plane on air traffic control radar and detecting aircraft at risk of colliding with each other, as part of collision avoidance systems. Upgraded transponders have more detailed positioning and accuracy to help improve overall safety.
2.) GPS Requirements
Technically: To comply with DO-260B and ADS-B, a GPS “Selective Availability Aware” capable sensor is required to provide the position, velocity, altitude, figure of merit and integrity limit data for the Mode S Transponder.
Simplified: GPS units provide accurate navigation information for a full range of flight requirements, including C-145b and C-146b. An upgraded GPS unit will also retain departure, climb, en route and descent navigation information. This information provides better landing approaches, such as Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV), that lower flight descent as low as 200250 feet above a runway.
3.) Data and Voice Communications
Technically: The radio system encompasses all primary radio navigation and communication functions. The proper data and voice communications hardware is important when operating in an ADS-B-compliant environment that manages greater information throughout because the hardware helps ensure more consistent communication.

Simplified: Data and voice communications are an important function in flight operations. Updated systems are adding more functionality by expanding data and voice to include a digital audio system that provides audio, interphone and passenger address systems to improve safety and efficiency.
Ready or Not, the Time Is Now
There is no better time than now to get started on upgrading your aircraft. Big investments can lead to hesitancy, but getting started now gives aircraft owners and operators more choices and greater flexibility in the products, pace of installation and path to upgrades they select. With these benefits, addressing the ADS-B Out mandate early is clearly the right choice.
Several business jet maintenance, repair and overhaul centers have received Supplemental Type Certificates to upgrade aircraft for ADS-B Out mandate compliance. As those centers grow their capabilities to service aircraft, Honeywell continues to develop transponders, antennas, radio systems and other avionics to achieve ADS-B compliance. This makes it possible to deliver improved value, performance and efficiency to upgraded aircraft.

Ultimately, planning and investing in these upgrades today can eliminate the hassle long before 2020. It’s time to start thinking about where you want to be at the start of 2020 to make sure a mandate won’t ground you.