Southeast Asian Regional Airline Signs Services Agreement with Embraer for Fleet Support of E195-E2

Embraer announced at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) that it has signed a long-term services agreement with SKS to support the airline’s 10 E195-E2 fleet. The contract provides access to the Pool Program, which includes component exchanges and repair services for more than 300 repairable parts to support SKS Airways’ Embraer aircraft, plus eSolutions to enhance fleet monitoring and preventive maintenance.

“The E2 delivers the best environmental efficiency and operating performance and the impressive data from our existing E-Jet customers prove it,” said Johann Bordais, President & CEO, Embraer Services & Support. “We are very pleased to have SKS join the Pool Program which will deliver great value for their operations.”

SKS Airways’ operations will benefit from the AHEAD (Aircraft Health Analysis and Diagnosis) which comprises early detection capabilities for critical systems, reducing technical interruptions and avoiding flight cancellations; the eSight, with real-time fleet performance monitoring; and the ePerf, a tablet application for pilots to generate runway performance data offline from the cockpit in any phase of flight.

Equipped with state-of-the-art features, the E195-E2 is the latest commercial aircraft in the aerospace industry to enter into service and is part of the E-Jets E2 family.

The E-Jets E2 family of aircraft, including the E195-E2 has the longest maintenance intervals in the single-aisle jet category – with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit for typical E-Jet operations. This enables the aircraft to be operated with minimal downtime.

The Embraer Pool Program is designed to allow airlines to minimize their upfront investment in high-value repairable inventories and resources, while taking advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise along with its vast component repair service provider network. The results are significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs, reduction in required warehousing space, and the virtual elimination of the need for resources required for repair management, while ultimately providing guaranteed performance levels. Currently, the Pool Program supports more than 50 airlines worldwide.

About Embraer

Embraer is a global aerospace company headquartered in Brazil. It manufactures aircraft for Commercial and Executive aviation, Defense & Security, and Agricultural customers. The company also provides after-sales services & support through a worldwide network of wholly owned entities and authorized agents.

Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. On average, about every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year.

Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats and is the main exporter of high value-added goods in Brazil. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Embraer’s APAC headquarters is located in Singapore and its China headquarters is in Beijing.

About SKS Airways

SKS Airways is a regional airline operating in Malaysia. Founded in November 2017, SKS Airways launched its first commercial flight from Subang Airport in January 2022. As part of the SKS Group of companies, SKS Airways is set to reshape the future of aviation by enhancing the connectivity within the region with its new fleet of Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.

About Azorra

Azorra is a relationship-driven aircraft lessor that provides leasing, financing, fleet transition and asset management solutions to aircraft investors, financiers, and airline operators worldwide. Azorra’s multi-cultural team reflects the global markets that we serve and includes core competencies in aviation law, aircraft finance, maintenance, marketing, sales, and leasing. Our team is led by seasoned veterans having a shared history of success and is complimented with young professionals that bring fresh perspective, ideas, and enthusiasm. Azorra currently owns and manages a fleet of 77 aircraft on lease to 24 operators in 19 countries on 5 continents and has commitments to acquire additional aircraft including orders for new Airbus A220s and Embraer E2s. The company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has offices in Dublin, Ireland and Toulouse, France.

Source: Embraer Press Release
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American Airlines Tech Ops Visits Spartan College to Demonstrate Virtual Reality Training Tools

American Airlines Technical Operations recently visited Tulsa Main Campus of United States headquartered aviation training group Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology to demonstrate their virtual reality training tools that they use to further train their employees.

Some students were able to virtually sit in a 787 flight deck and go through checklists, while others completed a virtual pre-flight walk-around inspection. The day was completed with an interview preparation session, led by American Airlines’ training managers Michael Young and Vasin Settachan, to help Spartan students understand what it takes to meet the high American Airlines hiring standards.

The event was led by Kozetta Chapman, Senior Manager of Technical Operations Recruiting and Development for American Airlines, and Dan Bregman, Spartan EVP of Strategy and Development.

“We look forward to deepening our partnership to create something special for Spartan students and American Airlines,” said Spartan College.

Source: Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Announcement
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Two Global Technology Companies Sign Exclusive Agreement for AI-Powered Eye-Tracking Solutions to the Global Aviation Industry

  • Exclusive licence to jointly develop pioneering eye-tracking solutions for the Aviation industry
  • Seeing Machines to receive a licence payment of US$10 million, over three years, as part of the Agreement
  • Collins Aerospace is the world’s largest Tier 1 Avionics company

Seeing Machines Limited, the advanced computer vision technology company that designs AI-powered operator monitoring systems to improve transport safety, has signed an exclusive, perpetual licence Agreement with a Collins Aerospace entity in Burnsville, Minnesota, a Raytheon Technologies business and a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defence industry.

Under the Agreement, the companies will work together to jointly market and deliver innovative AI-powered eye-tracking solutions to the global Aviation industry, enhancing safety and better supporting pilots with mission critical fatigue detection solutions. The Agreement builds on the successful collaboration between the two companies announced on 15 November 2021 in order to access the significant opportunity across aircraft and simulators of over US$700 million in the next 20 years, and to develop revolutionary fatigue management technology solutions to increase safety across the aerospace sector.

In return for Seeing Machines granting perpetual exclusivity to Collins for Aviation and Space fields of use, Collins will make an upfront payment to the Company of US$3 million, with the additional US$7 million payable over the following two years. Further, Collins will pay Seeing Machines non-recurring engineering (NRE) payments to develop the solutions, evolving into potential future royalty payments as shipsets are released to customers.

Collins is accelerating innovation by bringing together the companies’ collective expertise in navigation, communication, sensor technology, flight controls and aviation system design. Pilot support solutions help to monitor and mitigate fatigue and reduce the potential for human error.

Troy Brunk, President of Avionics at Collins Aerospace stated: “This agreement with Seeing Machines allows Collins Aerospace to further enhance our solutions. Seeing Machines’ cutting edge technology, coupled with our expertise in avionics and flight controls will help deliver innovative products that address the evolving needs of our customers. It is a testament to our commitment to ensuring the safety of pilots, flight crews and passengers.”

Seeing Machines continues to lead the world in eye-tracking solutions for the Aviation industry with commercial deals across aircraft, simulator, and console operators. This Agreement further strengthens the Company’s leading status within the sector, as Collins leverages the breadth of their capabilities to integrate this technology into its suite of solutions to solve safety critical problems facing the world’s airlines. Partnering with the world’s largest and most progressive Avionics Tier 1 company cements Seeing Machines’ position at the heart of fatigue management in global Aviation, with the ability to implement its unique eye-tracking technology, at scale, with some of the world’s most sophisticated and respected brands.

Seeing Machines CEO, Paul McGlone commented: “Over the past five years, Seeing Machines has shaped the eye-tracking market for Aviation, working with some of the world’s largest companies to develop and implement our leading interior sensing technology. We are now in a position to immediately exploit our significant existing pipeline of business opportunities by bringing these solutions to market through this transformational partnership with the world’s leading Avionics supplier. Our business operates with high barriers to entry and we have been uncontested in this space to date, so the timing could not be better. Being able to deliver for our customers, on a scale we could not do independently, demonstrates the enduring strengths of our differentiated, high-quality operating model, the superiority of our proprietary technology and our focus on delivering value for the benefit of all stakeholders.”

About Seeing Machines

A global company founded in 2000 and headquartered in Australia, is an industry leader in vision-based monitoring technology that enable machines to see, understand and assist people. Seeing Machines is revolutionizing global transport safety. Its technology portfolio of AI algorithms, embedded processing and optics, power products that need to deliver reliable real-time understanding of vehicle operators. The technology spans the critical measurement of where a driver is looking, through to classification of their cognitive state as it applies to accident risk. Reliable “driver state” measurement is the end-goal of Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) technology. Seeing Machines develops DMS technology to drive safety for Automotive, Commercial Fleet, Off-road and Aviation. The company has offices in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia, and supplies technology solutions and services to industry leaders in each market vertical.

Source: Seeing Machines Press Release
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UK Aviation Training Group British School of Aviation Expands Offering with Part 147 Type Rating Approval For Airbus A320

London Luton Airport-based aviation – pilot and aircraft maintenance training organisation, The British School of Aviation (BSA), has expanded its operation, gaining UK CAA and EASA Part 147 type approval for the Airbus A320 family of aircraft.

With existing Part 147 approvals from the UK CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) and HKCAD (Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department) to train engineers on Boeing 787, 737NG and MAX, the new addition sees the company’s Maintenance, Training and Examination Organisation Approval Certificate amended to also incorporate Airbus A318, A319, A320 and A321 (CFM56).

Shonu Singh Bamrah, Part 147 Accountable Manager and Executive Director at BSA, says: “This exciting next step for the business means we’re now in a position to deliver comprehensive training to engineers on some of the world’s most popular aircraft. Our dedicated team of in-house trainers and industry experts pride themselves on their ability to deliver competitive, cost-effective training to the highest possible standards. Having already established a foothold on the global Part 147 market, the addition of the new Airbus approvals will allow us to further strengthen our commitment to our customers.”

The company was founded in 2019 after purchasing the world-renowned Monarch Airlines Engineering Training Academy at London Luton Airport from the joint administrators at KPMG. Found adjacent to the airport’s runway, the site had been designated a Gold Standard Facility by Boeing. With dedicated theatre-tiered, multi-projector and fully networked training rooms, it has historically trained aviation professionals from every aspect of the aviation industry.

Now, it has been developed into a cutting-edge maintenance training facility, with airlines, MROs and aircraft manufacturers turning to BSA for their training requirements. With easy access to central London and a range of nearby hotels to accommodate personnel, it offers an ideal solution for customers from around the world.

BSA’s global reach was underlined in 2022 when it gained Part 147 type approval for Boeing aircraft from HKCAD, and the company is already working on adding more international type approvals in the future.

In addition, BSA has also instigated a new upskilling programme for retired and semi-retired licenced engineers looking to become Part 147 training instructors.

Executive Director, Anoop Singh Bamrah FRAeS, adds: “We all know that the aircraft maintenance industry is facing a serious shortage of type engineers, which is why we’re calling on experienced aviation professionals to train with BSA to become maintenance instructors, so that they can pass their skills on to the next generation.”

Source: British School of Aviation Press Release
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