GE announced it has agreed to purchase the aviation business of Avio, an Italy-based manufacturer of aviation propulsion components and systems for civil and military aircraft, for $4.3 billion.GE will acquire Avio’s aviation business from Cinven, the European private equity firm that has owned Avio since 2006, and Finmeccanica, the Italian aerospace group. The acquisition of Avio’s aviation business, which provides components for GE Aviation and other engine companies, would further GE’s participation in jet propulsion.
Cleveland, Ohio-based Constant Aviation has named Lance Lajara to the position of large fleet account manager. Lajara has more than 15 years’ experience in the aviation industry and most recently was customer care manager with Honeywell. During his tenure at Honeywell he held numerous roles covering quality, operations, logistics and customer service. “Adding a dedicated account manager who understands the large fleet operator’s expectations and processes will provide the best level of service,” said Stephen Maiden, the MRO’s president.
Completion of certification testing of improved General Electric GEnx-1B engines aimed at meeting Boeing fuel-consumption specifications for the 787 has slipped to “early next year” from the previous fourth-quarter 2012 target. By November 29, some 40 GEnx-1B engines in operation had recorded 33,000 hours and 6,700 cycles, during which they performed better than expected, reported the manufacturer.
ExecuJet Middle East has been named by GE Aviation as an authorized service center for the General Electric CF34-3 turbofan, which power Bombardier Challenger 600-series business jets. Under the agreement, the Dubai-based MRO facility will perform line-maintenance inspections and routine installed-engine maintenance, including the removal and replacement of engines and their components. The agreement also allows ExecuJet Middle East to support GE’s new-engine warranties, and to provide GE’s OnPoint solutions.
GE Aviation has acquired Morris Technologies and sister company Rapid Quality Manufacturing, of Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of a planned expansion of engineering and manufacturing capability. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The two privately held companies specialize in additive manufacturing, an automated process for creating rapid prototypes and end-use production components.
GE Aviation has received the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) seal of approval as a qualified instrument flight procedure (IFP) design organization. The endorsement will assist countries in identifying IFP companies as they move forward with performance-based navigation (PBN). GE is one of five companies to receive the endorsement.
The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) this week endorsed GE Aviation as a qualified instrument flight procedure design company. The approval came at the ICAO’s performance-based navigation (PBN) symposium in Montreal. GE Aviation was one of five service providers to receive the endorsement that ensures it can develop safe and compliant flight procedures. GE Aviation’s PBN services are designed to complement its existing design organization approval for air navigation service providers by offering full design services or support during the design and implementation process.
GE Aviation is currently gathering hardware for the assembly of the first Passport engine for the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 program. Assembly of the first full engine will begin by year end, according to Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation organization.
GE Aviation has named Duncan Aviation an authorized service center for CF34-3 engine. Under the agreement, Duncan Aviation is authorized to perform on-wing engine maintenance, OnPoint solution agreement support, warranty support and facilitate access to both GE parts and technical support.
Strong positions on new programs have resulted in GE Aviation Systems finding itself busy across five continents. For instance, in its U.S. home, the systems and components group is ramping up for increased rates of production for its extensive contributions to Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner.