Industry Round-up, October 19, 2018


Image: TE Connectivity

AVweb‘s weekly news roundup uncovered stories about an aviation-based radio show, customized component labels for Airbus, a new partnership for a thermal spray solutions company, battery upgrades for Ravn Alaska’s DHC-8 fleet, El Al Airlines’ adoption of ePlane sourcing tools and two announcements from the U.K.’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation. The RenegadeAV8R Radio Show with David Costa is now available on the Salem Radio Network out of Dallas, Texas. The show, which focuses on aviation and achieving goals, runs weekly and reaches over 2,500 stations nationwide.

TE Connectivity and Airbus have worked together to develop customized labels for identifying wing components on the A319, A320 and A380. The labels are designed to stay in place and legible for decades even after exposure to extreme temperatures and aviation fluids. In other product news, aerospace provider DAES Group has announced a new partnership with Flame Spray Technologies (FST). FST manufacturers thermal spray solutions to protect parts surfaces from wear, corrosion, heat, etc. The DAES Group will be the distributor and service provider for FST products in the global aerospace market.

True Blue Power reported that Ravn Alaska will be installing the company’s TB44 advanced lithium-ion batteries on its fleet of DeHavilland DHC-8 aircraft. Installation will be completed during routine maintenance operations throughout 2018 and provide advantages such as faster engine starts, better high temperature and cold weather performance, and reduced maintenance costs. Also in the passenger-carrying segment, El Al Israeli Airlines Ltd. has begun using ePlane’s multiple sourcing tools, which allows company parts demands to be synced in real time and RFQs to be sent to sellers automatically.

The U.K.’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) announced that it sent a letter to the Civil Aviation Authority asking for greater protection of the land surrounding U.K. airfields. Secondly, APPG-GA formed a new policy development group whose focus is engaging politicians with the issues surrounding STEM recruitment in aviation.