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FL Technics Engineering department was certified under EN 9110:2018 standard: Requirements for Aviation Maintenance Organization

FL Technics Engineering department was certified under EN 9110:2018 standard: Requirements for Aviation Maintenance Organization

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Despite turbulent times in the aviation industry, management standards and the quality of service must be maintained to ensure the smooth continuity of business worldwide. FL Technics – as an independent global MRO service provider, and a family member of Avia Solutions Group – places consistent improvement as a cornerstone priority.

The successful receipt of the Certificate for Continuous Airworthiness and Technical Asset Management Services, awarded by the Bureau Veritas, confirms that FL Technics Quality Management System meets the requirements of EN 9110:2018 and EN ISO 9001:2015 standards, and defines the company’s capabilities to match the needs of the market; including those of major players such as Airbus, Boeing, and other leading stakeholders.

The successful certification was based on the significant support and guidance of the FL Technics Quality Department and aptly demonstrates the principle that continuous airworthiness and technical asset management services rank as priorities for FL Technics.

This certification defines the company’s competencies and acknowledges its capabilities to deliver best-in-class services to a global pool of clients across the aviation industry.

According to Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO of FL Technics, “Success in the global MRO business is based on continuous improvement and the consistent provision of superior-quality services. The certificate awarded to our team once again illustrates our commitment to such principles and our continued focus on excellence at all levels of our business. Evaluated with adherence to internationally regulated standards, this milestone award acts as demonstrable proof that FL Technics is clearly on the right track for future development and growth, along with possessing the clear potential to provide premium services for a global client base.”

Storm Aviation acquires Chevron Technical Services, entering Scotland and gaining access to a 6th base maintenance location

Storm Aviation acquires Chevron Technical Services, entering Scotland and gaining access to a 6th base maintenance location

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Storm Aviation Limited (SAL), a leading global provider of line and base maintenance and aviation training services, has acquired Manchester-based Chevron Technical Services Ltd (CTS), and its Prestwick-based subsidiary Chevron Aircraft Maintenance Ltd (CAM) providing aerospace solutions to the aircraft maintenance industry.

SAL, a subsidiary of FL Technics, which is part of Avia Solutions Group (ASG), will create a significant presence in Scotland’s Glasgow Prestwick Airport while adding new capabilities, including wide-body aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), aircraft component maintenance, EASA Part-21G workshop production, engine services, fuel tank repairs, and recruitment services. Additionally, Storm Aviation Limited will assume operation of 2 line maintenance stations – at Glasgow Prestwick Airport and, through a joint venture, at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Together with FL Technics, Storm Aviation Limited already has access to 68,000 square metres of bay hangar space at 5 locations in Europe, China, and Southeast Asia and offers airline clients access to one of the largest independent line maintenance networks covering more than 70 airport locations worldwide.

The acquisition of Chevron Technical Services’ Glasgow Prestwick Airport-based facility will add a 6th location with 6,000 square metres of hangar space and three aircraft bays with the capacity to house wide-bodied aircraft up to Boeing 747. CTS’s aircraft component maintenance and production workshops along with aviation recruitment services are based in Manchester and will be offered as new services to SAL’s existing clients.

Storm Aviation Limited, which is headquartered at Diamond Hangar in London Stansted Airport, boasts a 25-year history marked by a track record of successful projects delivered to tier-one customers, including Lufthansa, Emirates, Swiss International Airlines, Rolls Royce, and EasyJet. The onboarding of Chevron Technical Services will enrich SAL’s profile with over four decades of valuable experience as a major provider in the UK aerospace manufacturing and MRO sectors, offering approved EASA Part-145 maintenance and other high-quality aviation services. Glasgow Prestwick Airport has the potential to become a core hub for training as well as aircraft line and base maintenance for FL Technics Group clients worldwide.

Neil Morris, a representative of Chevron Technical Services’ founder family and Company CEO said: “After over 40 years of commitment to our customers it is our pleasure to see Chevron Technical Services joining forces with Storm Aviation Limited and the ever-expanding aviation family of Avia Solutions Group companies. By becoming an integral part of SAL, we hope to further strengthen our globally established reputation for the quality of service and customer care.”

Thomas Buckley, CEO of Storm Aviation Services, comments: “We are very pleased to announce our acquisition of the highly respected Chevron Technical Services group of companies. This is an incredible milestone for Storm Aviation Limited and a testament to the outstanding team of people who make us what we are. The Acquisition both enhances and complements the suite of services already offered by SAL. I look forward to working with the CTS and CAM teams alongside Ayrshire Council and Scottish Enterprise who have supported the business throughout the years. Together we will drive further growth and create new opportunities for our people, customers and stakeholders.”

Storm Aviation Limited’s acquisition of Chevron Technical Services is the most recent development in Avia Solutions Group’s wider expansion programme focussed on growing the Company’s footprint in the global aircraft MRO space. Over the last 18 months, ASG subsidiaries announced a number of significant investments. In February 2020, FL Technics acquired the Italian MRO provider Flash Line Maintenance, and in December 2020, the Canadian line maintenance operator Wright international.  Also in December 2020, Storm Aviation Limited announced the acquisition of the UK line maintenance network from SR Technics. In March 2021, ASG subsidiary Jet MS completed the acquisition of RAS Completions, the corporate aircraft interior and exterior specialist based at London Biggin Hill Airport.

FL Technics obtained EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for cargo carriage aircraft modification capabilities in passenger cabin

FL Technics obtained EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for cargo carriage aircraft modification capabilities in passenger cabin

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FL Technics continues decisive development of the business tailored to current and future demand in the markets. This time it’s the company’s DOA team who received an important approval of capabilities to change aircraft interior design by creating cargo carriage capacity on the passenger cabin floor.

Such aircraft modification is considered as major and requires extensive knowledge and technical expertise to be certified by EASA. However, a rigorous process of approval, that takes up to 6 months to complete, is worth the effort as it allows FL Technics to provide crucial service to airlines and lessors. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, partial cargo conversion of passenger aircraft becomes increasingly popular as operators need to opt in for freight services and support delivering goods and medical supplies worldwide. This new STC enables maximizing cargo capacity without full aircraft conversion to a freighter.

The scope of obtained certification covers one of the most popular aircraft currently in service – Boeing 737 and has already been applied in the B737-800 fleet conversion project for one of FL Technics trusted clients.

As per Liudas Jurkonis, Deputy CEO for DOA in FL Technics, – “For our organisation it is an important achievement that supports our strategic focus on providing services customised and tailored to any client needs. Also the fact that there were a total number of 50-70 applications submitted to EASA regarding this STC, and FL Technics was certified one of the first indicates both the high level of expertise of our teams as well as high demand of such modifications in the industry currently and in the future.”

Wright International - new identity and final stage of integration into FL Technics, a global MRO network

Wright International – new identity and final stage of integration into FL Technics, a global MRO network

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Wright International is excited to have launched a new identity representing decades of worldwide aircraft repair, maintenance, and overhaul (MRO) experience. The updated brand and new website design are significant in highlighting the final stages in the process of the company’s integration as part of FL Technics: a global provider of MRO services and a family member of the Avia Solutions Group, the largest aviation and aerospace company in Central and Eastern Europe.

Final stage of merger and acquisition

In the latter stages of 2020, Canadian-based Wright International entered the global MRO market by joining forces as part of the highly renowned FL Technics company. During the integration process, Wright International was able to both maintain and extend its long-term commitments with existing partners while developing strategic decision-based solutions leading to sustainable integration as a part of the global group.

“I am proud to see the decisive evolution of the business, based on a professional and entrepreneurial mindset. I am pleased to see the new logotype of Wright International has maintained our original identity elements while being modern and in line with the FL Technics group guidelines. It is a symbol of the integration of our Canadian market-specific experience into a global business.” states Mario Sturino, Wright International, President, and Director of Maintenance.

Wright International leveraging global expertise

The free-flowing exchange of unique values and know-how between both companies makes this stage of the merger process a significant milestone. The upgraded Wright International brand is part of the FL Technics commitment made in 2020 – to strengthen the company’s presence in North America and leverage global expertise while developing its operations worldwide. “It’s all about smart and insightful business development, implemented by leveraging the strengths of counterparts in building a sustainable global and independent MRO network” – Saulius Bajarunas, FL Technics, COO.

FL Technics – taking a foothold in North America

While Wright International is taking advantage of and seizing upon the benefits of being part of a global business group, FL Technics is proudly marking yet another decisive step in the company’s continued growth. This partnership is the first major business development for the European-headquartered FL Technics into North America and is marked by these new and extended agreements with strategically placed and trusted partners.

As part of this exciting new era, it is vitally important to align the values and identities of both companies while acutely matching global trends and organisational strategies. “The new brand and website represent more than an M&A deal, it is the actual integration of culture, knowledge, and know-how within the industry. I am delighted to see the fluent development of Wright International within FL Technics,” commented Zilvinas Lapinskas, FL

FL Technics Training introduces its Material Management and Logistics course in a new Virtual format

FL Technics Training introduces its Material Management and Logistics course in a new Virtual format

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FL Technics, a provider of aircraft MRO services and a subsidiary of Avia Solutions Group, announces an addition of a new training course to its Virtual training portfolio as Part-147 Training Organisation.

Since the newly developed FL Technics Logistics Solutions business line requires enhanced knowledge and expertise from the industry specialists, FL Technics Training team has introduced a new Open Class training option for those interested in the subject.

The Material Management and Logistics training course comes in a format of a Virtual classroom and is aimed at providing attendees with thorough knowledge on the requirements and processes associated with material management and logistics in civil aviation. With travel restrictions and recommendations for social distancing in place, this is an excellent opportunity to get into the subject or to develop current experience in it, without even leaving home.

The training course is conducted by Andrej Volodko, Head of Administration and Business Intelligence Unit at FL Technics. The trainer has over 10 years of teaching experience and more than 15 years of professional experience in the industry. Andrej has an abundance of active hands-on knowledge in the processes related to logistics and material management and is an expert with a wealth of practical experience to bring to the classroom.

“We are excited to make this course publicly available and accessible for individual learners interested in the topic. The course provides a solid theoretical and practical background, supported by the expertise of a renowned industry expert, bringing his hands-on experience to the course. The insider’s know-how, as well as the convenient remote training format, make this course particularly attractive for participants,” commented Diana Lisovskaja, Acting Head of Customer support and Application units at FL Technics.

The Material Management and Logistics training course is based on EC Regulations No 1321/2014 and No 748/2012; IOSA Standards Manual; IATA Guidance Material and Best Practices for Inventory Management; ATA Spec 300; CAP 562 – Leaflet D-40.

Registration is open to anyone via 147training.com, with the next group scheduled for June 14, 2021.

INSIGHTS ON MAINTAINING LINE MAINTENANCE IN DIFFICULT TIMES

INSIGHTS ON MAINTAINING LINE MAINTENANCE IN DIFFICULT TIMES

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We recently shared some personal experience of acquiring a new company in Canada – a deal that was made without any personal contact or physical visits, and the related struggles which this entailed.

The new company became part of our largest independent line maintenance network. Such organization and infrastructure are demanding, especially nowadays. That’s why in this post I’d like to highlight some of the key challenges in the current market of line maintenance:

  • Balancing the demand for highly skilled engineers.

A crucial aspect of the business is keeping the teams and pool of contractors on-station, despite inconsistent workloads. It covers a wide range of aspects, from actual operations to maintaining basic agreements/needs, along with the personal motivation for each individual.

  • Faster than ever reaction times and ad hoc operations.

Different regulations and ever-changing restrictions in countries. Airlines and operators follow the windows of possibilities and line maintenance must be ready to get on board. Now, it is an inevitable necessity to be able to shift your personnel, assets, and tools via an on-demand basis.

  • Travel restrictions and mandatory isolation periods.

Work scope and migration planning are being put to the test as well. Mandatory longer transition periods with a high risk of “eliminating” (for several weeks) crucial team members. Every counterpart in the business is facing such risks, from us to our clients and partners.

  • Sales and commercial operations without season.

In Lithuania, there is a saying “Man plans, God Laughs”. We all had our plans and expectations, yet markets are still in the clutches of a global pandemic. Sales and commercial officers on all sides are trying to align their outlook. It is a trial for market players; are we able to commit despite uncertainty and deliver our promises upon recovery?

SO, THE MOST DYNAMIC PART OF THE MRO BUSINESS BECAME EVEN MORE FORCEFUL.

The key take-away, and advice if you will, would be – LEAN. There is no “silver bullet” to resolve individual challenges, yet there are proven practical examples in FL Technics, that proper processes and discipline helps. A lot.

Despite circumstances, our team moves forward supporting our clients and partners, while leveraging:

  • Established LEAN processes, this is a major part of work, even in current times
  • Individual and flexible problem solving (border-by-border, quite literally)
  • Dependable IT solutions and remote work processes

At this point, we can monitor our business data on a daily basis and react in real-time, whenever we see issues, disruption or opportunities. In fact, current LEAN principles and processes enable us to act proactively and grant optimal turn around time (TAT), as well as reducing costs to our clients all over our present network of capabilities, especially in Line Maintenance.

FL Technics Engine Services add services to become one-stop-shop for CFM56 family engine repair

FL Technics Engine Services add services to become one-stop-shop for CFM56 family engine repair

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Following a successful start of operations in late last year, FL Technics Engine Services, subsidiary of FL Technics, Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) organisation, announces the addition of more EASA Part 145 approved services for engine repair and maintenance.

In addition to previously available services that include Engine external examination, boreblending, engine preservation and storage services, QEC/LRU removal and installation, top case repair, and lease return services, FL Technics Engine Services will now offer its clients the full scope of crucial services for CFM56 family engines, related to Fan, Hot Section and Low-pressure turbine repair. The newly added services will be provided at a brand new fully authorised 3-bay quick-turn activities engine shop located at KUN/FEZ, next to FL Technics Base Maintenance hangar, offering clients a convenient one-stop-shop experience.

“We are extremely pleased with this achievement that would have not been possible without significant efforts from our team and Transport Competence Agency (TCA). The addition of services allows us to offer and deliver tailor-made solutions to customers in a timely and convenient manner,” commented Valerij Deveikis, Chief Executive Officer at FL Technics Engine Services.

“The addition of new services is a great development to our subsidiary FL Technics Engine Services and marks a major milestone towards strategic development of FL Technics as a leading one-stop-shop MRO service provider. We are proud of the experienced team that made this happen,” said Zilvinas Lapinskas, Chief Executive Officer at FL Technics.

FL Technics Engine Services quick turn engine shop opened its doors last year and now allows customers to optimise their engines’ Time on Wing (ToW), simultaneously optimising and minimising costs using the full scope of FL Technics Engine Services and FL Technics one-stop MRO services.

INSIGHTS ON MAINTAINING LINE MAINTENANCE IN DIFFICULT TIMES

NEW-NORMAL AT ITS STRANGEST

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What is the strangest remote project that you’ve completed during the pandemic?

Sure, COVID19 brought a new ‘normal’ to our regular routines, from remote daily standups with teams to participation in virtual conferences. But there must be something truly out-of-scale?

To me it was the recent #M&A deal – the acquisition of Canadian ‘Wright International’ – that was scouted, evaluated, negotiated, and closed without any actual contact in person. There were no physical trips to the facilities, no face-to-face discussions, or any other ‘personal’ stages, which are usual in the normal merger and acquisition processes.

Scouting

Despite being future-driven, aviation is still, for the most part, a conservative industry. Historically, organizations and aerospace top management are somewhat used to highly cautious and personal ways of doing business.

This brings the first challenge; actually, finding the correct company keen to start the discussion towards the deal of a merger or acquisition.

Despite being the longest stage in the process, on this occasion, it became one of the most rewarding, as we got the opportunity to know better the highly respected founder of the company, who has been leading the operations of Wright International for decades. Mario boasts a bright and open mind that led our companies into the deal. And yes, we were communicating via virtual meetings and calls, while discussing all of the details and possible outcomes in between.

Evaluation

The company in question has decades of expertise in the aviation industry; providing dependable line maintenance services to major airlines and operators in Canada and North America. This meant that a lot of historical account information, logs of operations, archives, etc. were stored in physical formats and only partially digitized.

At this stage, the key challenge to the team and me was to collect all relevant data in order to evaluate and background-check the potential deal.

In addition, all the equipment, facilities and other tangible assets had to be evaluated remotely or by trusted partners abroad (via live video broadcasts and examinations). Despite the risk of partially ‘hidden’ information and remote assets, with the support of colleagues, including Daumantas Mockus, his team, and partners, we decided to proceed to the next stage.

Negotiation

Typically, when it comes to business deals in aviation we are used to negotiations 1-on-1, 3-on-3, or 1-on-15 in harder cases. It is challenging but yet rewarding.

The tone of voice, arguments in place, speed and pace, body language, and everything in between comes into play when playing for high stakes.

And now we have Zoom. Communication at a distance, without the actual look and feel of the person you are talking to. Losing, or partially reducing the key components in any negotiation makes the process even harder and longer, and necessitates the extensive use of emails and calls. Not to mention all of the technical issues, lag, and connection problems that may arise.

Closing

With SPA (Share and Purchase Agreement) in place, we reached the final stage of the merger – typically, it is a time when I would intrinsically know if both sides are happy with the outcome. Through personal meetings and the signing of the final signatures, it is easy to fully ascertain if all of the efforts have paid off. However, in this instance, the deal was closed virtually and without any physical presence whatsoever.

First time ever, I have approved final documents and welcomed a new member into our Group’s family, online and remotely.

This is the new normal, yet comes with the strange feeling of being a virtual milestone and a process that has now become part of the largest independent line maintenance network worldwide.

We are yet again exploring new frontiers and I will be sharing more updates in near future.

FL Technics launches Logistics Solutions as a full-scale service in the global transportation market

FL Technics launches Logistics Solutions as a full-scale service in the global transportation market

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FL Technics, a global provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces about the development of a new business line in FL Technics – FL Technics Logistics Solutions. The newly established separate business unit will provide a range of services not only to other departments of the company, but also to outside customers, with a key focus to aerospace industry.

A wide portfolio of services, provided by FL Technics Logistics Solutions, will include air cargo, charter services, high-value and urgency cargo transportation (pharmaceuticals, electronics, photonics, lasers, diversified chemicals, and aircraft parts), oversized cargo transportation, dangerous goods and partial cargo freight, customs brokerage, cargo insurance, storage services, integrated freight solutions (air, land, sea), time critical and door-to-door transportation and more.

As part of the development, FL Technics acquired IATA (International Air Transport Association) certificate for freight operations, enabling the company to optimise supply chain solutions, eliminate part of brokerage services and third-party costs. Additionally, FL Technics became a member of an international WCA (World Cargo Alliance) network, a global network of companies providing logistics services, and is now offering complex freight services to clients worldwide.

FL Technics Logistics Solutions has already begun its operations and has recently conducted their largest door-to-door delivery conducted in 2021. In just 6 days, two CFM56 aircraft engines were successfully transported from Manila, Philippines to Dublin, Ireland, thanks to the team’s precise planning, strict management, and a network of trusted partners. The engines were transported by air, land and sea, allowing FL Technics Logistics Solutions to show off the full scope of services.

“It is an exciting development for FL Technics. The growing range of services, provided by our teams allows us to be the best choice for clients in any situation – from aircraft maintenance to logistics solutions. FL Technics Logistics Solutions’ team has already proven its professionalism and has received positive feedback from clients, so we are sure this new business unit will be a successful part of the company,” commented Saulius Bajarunas, COO at FL Technics.

“We are delighted with the successful launch of our new business line – FL Technics Logistics Solutions. As the market and clients’ needs are constantly changing, to remain the top choice for the industry leaders we are constantly growing our range of services. We are excited to see what kind of new challenges and victories FL Technics Logistics Solutions will bring to the table,” Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO of FL Technics.

MAAS Aviation partners with FL Technics to create world class re-delivery centre in Kaunas, Lithuania

MAAS Aviation partners with FL Technics to create world class re-delivery centre in Kaunas, Lithuania

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“Combining OEM quality aircraft painting with MRO capabilities offers lessors a multi-specialist experience for asset transitions”
says Tim Macdougald,

CEO – MAAS Aviation

Dublin: March 8th 2021: Following a multi-million Euro investment, MAAS Aviation, recognised experts in aircraft painting and exterior coatings, has opened a new purpose-built paint shop at Kaunas Airport (KUN) in Lithuania, adjacent to FL Technics’ MRO facilities. Combining base maintenance, painting and parking/storage in one location is an attractive proposition for leasing companies. It minimises aircraft ground time which offers economic value and less complexity for lessors.

MAAS Aviation’s ultra-modern Lithuanian facility is a twin-bay narrow body paint shop capable of accommodating up to two A321 sized aircraft simultaneously and is the first of its kind in Lithuania. It grows the Company’s global footprint to eleven best-in-class paint shops and increases their overall MRO capacity in Europe by 40%.

The 40% increase in MAAS Aviation’s European MRO capacity enables the Company to service more airlines and lessors particularly during peak seasons. The MRO repainting sector is normally cyclical with winter peaks and for many years MAAS has juggled capacity constraints during these periods due to demand from its long-term contracted customers. “Demand for our paint shops has always exceeded supply, so this additional capacity supports our growth ambitions and represents a logical next step for us” says Tim Macdougald, CEO – MAAS Aviation. “Our partnership with FL Technics will enable us to combine services for the benefit of airline and leasing company customers that value technologically and environmentally advanced facilities. Together we can offer an outstanding aircraft asset redelivery centre-of-excellence.”

“As we are headquartered in Lithuania we are excited to be in a position to help MAAS Aviation launch their brand new facility in Kaunas.“, states Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO – FL Technics. “Integrations with trusted partners, such as MAAS Aviation, to deliver complex MRO (base maintenance) services, covering nose-to-tail aircraft delivery, painting and remarketing projects is a key focus for us from 2021 onwards“ adds Saulius Bajarunas, COO – FL Technics.

In the build up to establishing this new facility MAAS Aviation has experienced a dynamic growth trajectory surpassing 180% over the past six years. In 2015 the Company had three paint shops in two locations and 130 aircraft were painted. In 2021, MAAS has eleven paint shops (three in Hamburg; two in Kaunas; two in Maastricht; one at Fokker Woensdrecht; and three in Mobile, Alabama) and the Company forecasts painting up to 300 aircraft.

All MAAS paint shops are operated to OEM standards of performance and it is one of the top three aircraft painting specialist companies worldwide. From a lessor’s perspective, combining painting with the other base maintenance capabilities offered by FL Technics offers a streamlined experience, including the management and co-ordination of aircraft redeliveries which is expected to take on an increased relevance post COVID-19 due to the number of aircraft likely to change operator.

Macdougald goes on to say “We consider ourselves to be up there with the best in our industry. We operate well established processes and systems, with in-house expertise in design, project management, fitout & training. We will continue to invest in infrastructure, like we have done in Kaunas, Lithuania, provided the investment can be supported by a credible business case. COVID-19 has not dampened our ambition as we are currently exploring a variety of other expansion opportunities with respected partners which play to our strengths to deliver our world class services across a wider global footprint. The continued growth of MAAS Aviation is a good news story which, let‘s face it, our industry needs in view of what it has been through this past year.”