Archive for 2011

AgustaWestland Training Academy to open in Malaysia - Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it will be opening a new AgustaWestland Training Academy (AWTA) in Malaysia in January 2012, expanding the range and number of training courses available for pilots and technicians in the region.

The Training Academy will be located at Kuala Lumpur’s Subang – Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport and is part of AgustaWestland’s continued investment programme in its subsidiary AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd. It is also planned that from 2013 an AW139 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) will be available in Malaysia, the first to be located in Asia. Sited in Kuala Lumpur, this new FFS will be a major asset supporting the AWTA in delivering a high standard of training to operators in the region.

John Ponsonby, Senior Vice President Training, AgustaWestland said “With our growing business in South East Asia we are delighted to be able to offer training courses for our customers much closer to where their operations are based. This is just the start of what we believe will become a major regional training centre for AgustaWestland.” Vincenzo Alaimo, Managing Director, AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd, added “We are delighted that the Training Academy, located at AgustaWestland Malaysia headquarters, will be opening in January to provide training for our expanding customer base in the region.”

Read the Press Release here

Change in Personnel in Key Positions at Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) - Friday, December 16th, 2011

Two key positions have recently been filled at Lufthansa Technical Training.

Effective 01 October 2011, Holger Beck (44), previously Chief Operating Officer of Lufthansa Technical Training, is now heading the Marketing, Sales & Product Management division in his function as Chief Commercial Officer.

Karsten Schmidt (45) has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Lufthansa Technical Training on 14 November 2011. Before, he worked as Managing Director of Lufthansa Systems Aeronautics.

These appointments took place in the course of organizational developments at Lufthansa Technical Training. The most significant change is the introduction of a product management in which product development, marketing and communication strategies, sales activities as well the accountability for results are integrated.

The complete Press Release is available here

Holger Beck (44), previously Chief Operating Officer, becomes the new Chief Commercial Officer and heads the new Marketing, Sales & Product Management division.

Opening of the world class Training Centre for the Sukhoi SuperJet 100 – the first Russian brand new commercial aircraft - Friday, December 16th, 2011

December 15, 2011, Zhukovsky, Moscow Region

The opening ceremony of the Training centre for the flight and technical staff of customers and operators of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft was held today in Zhukovsky.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian Government, Aviation Authorities, Interstate Aviation Committee, Russian aircraft industry and institutes, airlines-operators of the SSJ100, Russian financial organizations and leading media.

The Training centre offers the complete cycle of training for flight and technician staff of the SSJ100 customers and has a range of the most advanced training equipment and simulators.

Read the full story here

Leading Dignitaries attending the Opening, from left to right, V.Prisyazhnyuk, President of SCAC, M.Pogosyan, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) President, C.Logli, CEO of SuperJet International, D.Manturov – Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, V.Okulov – Deputy Minister of the Transport, G. Michielen – Thales, Vice President

V.Prisyazhnyuk, President of SCAC and C.Logli, CEO of SuperJet International declare the centre open with the cutting of the ribbon.

Latest new member – Australian College of Kuwait - Monday, December 5th, 2011

ACK’s Aviation program is committed to the education and skills development of students interested in becoming engineers of the future in the aircraft maintenance industry.

Fully equipped back-shops, hydraulic and avionic test benches and a functioning Boeing 737-200 aircraft allow students to use tools and test equipment in a real maintenance environment. ACK provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitude to gain entry into the aircraft maintenance engineering field.

ACK’s Aviation department is approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in Kuwait and is also accredited with European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) Part 147 approval. This international recognition allows the committed student to progress towards a license that is accepted all over the world.

Mr. Abdullah Al-Sharhan, the Chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees said, “Our Aviation Department collaborates closely with industry and joining the EAMTC expands this connection for us. We are very pleased to be members of this important industry body.”

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General Aviation – alternative approach to Type Training needed for older, non-commercial twin-turbine a/c types - Monday, December 5th, 2011

Problem statement

The General Aviation community has raised the issue that it is not commercially viable for Part 147 MTO to establish and maintain approved courses for most of the older, non-commercial twin-turbine aircraft types that will be in the EASA Group 1. There are few students that will need such courses.

As a small number of EAMTC members are concerned with General Aviation, the EAMTC has been asked to assist with this problem. The assistance suggested is in the form of establishing a Working Group whose objective is to suggest an alternative approach to the Type Rating Training requirements for these aircraft.

There are approximately 117 non-commercial twin-turbine aircraft types for which people could be qualified under the scheme to be suggested.

First Step

Members interested in forming a WG for this project are requested to contact the EAMTC President (via the contact us link on the “About Us” page on this site if they do not have the President’s email address).

Sufficient interest in the project would lead to a General Assembly vote at the 56th EAMTC meeting at London Gatwick on 27th and 28th March 2012. Acceptance by the General Assembly would lead to a WG being established as per EAMTC procedures.

Aerflot’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 starts to serve international routes - Monday, December 5th, 2011

December 5 2011, Moscow – The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft (RA 89002, MSN 95010) in operation with Aeroflot Russian Airlines performed a flight SU391/392 on route Moscow – Oslo – Moscow, marking the beginning of the scheduled services of the airline’s international destinations by aircraft of this type. It is expected that this year Aeroflot’s SSJ100 aircraft will also fly to Budapest.

See the full Press Release here

SSCC Update - Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The EAMTC’s SSCC member advises of the following summary of information given to the industry during the last SSCC Sub Committee meeting on 30th November 2011.

1 – AMC material for the consolidated Part-66/147 will be published at the end of January 2012. This will include TNA

2 – Opinion on OSD (Part-21, Task 21.039) will be published end of this year. (2011)

3 – New appendix I to AMC Part-66 A/C type list will be published at the end of this year (and will be superseded on 1st August 2012 – introducing the new aircraft grouping)

4 – Decision on RMT 145.022 (Control of contracted maintenance personnel [prg. 145.A30] ) at the end of this year

5 – RMT MDM.082 to start early 2012

6 – RMT 0442 “Lack of TRT for legacy aircraft” is still on the agenda but there was a request to move it to the RMP

SuperJet International joins the EAMTC - Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The Company: SuperJet International

SuperJet International (SJI) is a joint venture between Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica Company, (51%) and Sukhoi Holding (49%).

The Company is in charge of marketing, sales, customization and delivery of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet in Europe, the Americas, Oceania, Africa and Japan, as well as training and worldwide after sales support. SJI is also responsible for the design and development of VIP, business and cargo variants.

SuperJet International is chaired by Mr. Carmelo Cosentino with Mr. Carlo Logli as Chief Executive Officer.

Customer Services and Training

The SJI Training Center has been certified since 2008 as a Flight Training Organisation (FTO) and since 2009 as Maintenance Training Organization (MTO) by the Italian Aviation Authority ENAC (EASA) and all certifications have been endorsed and extended to SSJ100 type by Russian and Armenian Authorities.

SJI has established a Training Center made up of two facilities: one in Venice (Italy) and one in Moscow, (Russian Federation).

SuperJet International Training Center is currently providing training on SSJ100 type to pilots, flight attendants and maintenance staff.

During 2011, 24 flight crews completed the Flight Crew Training Course and over 100 Certifying staff completed the Type Rating Training T1 and T2 courses.

A Full Flight Simulator (FFS) of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft is in service in Zhukovsky (Moscow) to provide Russian pilots with first-class services.

In addition, at the SuperJet International’s Training Center in Venice a A320 family Full Flight Simulator has been put in place, offering multi-aircraft training services.

We are very pleased to be part of the growing EAMTC organisation.

For more information, please visit our website:

AgustaWestland announce the hosting of the 2012 Instructor Seminar - Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Sesto-Calende, Italy, is the venue for the 2012 EAMTC Instructor Seminar.

This highly interactive annual event will be hosted by the AgustaWestland Training Academy, the training organisation of one of the world’s leading helicopter manufacturers.

Dates and details will be announced in the coming weeks.

New Member – Hellenic Aviation Training Academy - Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Theodosios Arpatzoglu, HATA’s Accountable Manager told the EAMTC: –

“The Hellenic Aviation Training Academy (HATA) is located in Markopoulo, Attiki, (near Athens International Airport). We have state-of-the-art training facilities in which we provide quality aviation training services to our customers. We are proud to have EASA Approval number EL.147.0007 for Basic and Type Training courses.

HATA has a staff of instructors and administrative support personnel who design, develop and deliver training to meet all our customers’ needs. We train students from around the world.

Our mission is to enhance knowledge support by providing world-class training for our customers. We will do all we can to ensure that the time our customers spend with us is time well spent and will be always remembered.

HATA includes more than 700 sq. metres of space and houses classrooms, a minitorium, a practical workshop, a restaurant / cafeteria, office space and a study library. We are currently extending our facilities to include a bay equipped with lifts, hoists and major airframe and engine handling tools.

We are very pleased to be part of the growing EAMTC organisation.”

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