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KELLSTROM AEROSPACE LAUNCHES TECHNICAL SERVICES DIVISION
Monday, June 19, 2017
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MIAMI - Kellstrom Aerospace has established a new division, called Kellstrom Aerospace Technical Services (KATS).

KATS will provide lessors, operators, and owners of aircraft and engines with tailored technical services aimed at reducing maintenance costs. The unit will provide engine shop visit management services including inspections, test cell performance reviews, surgical strike workscoping, on-wing troubleshooting, and component repair management services.

"We are very excited to announce Kellstrom Aerospace Technical Services (KATS) as we see a need from our customer base for unbiased engineering expertise that reduces maintenance costs while protecting the commercial value of an asset, " said Jeff Lund, CEO of Kellstrom Aerospace.

Kellstrom Aerospace is a supply chain partner to OEMs, airlines, leasing companies, financial institutions, air transport operators, and MRO providers worldwide.

Source:  Kellstrom Aerospace
Source Date: June 19, 2017
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Posted: 06/27/2017

 
 
NASA COMPLETES MILESTONE TOWARD QUIETER SUPERSONIC X-PLANE
Monday, June 26, 2017
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WASHINGTON - NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA's planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as an X-plane.

Senior experts and engineers from across the agency and the Lockheed Martin Corporation concluded June 23 that the QueSST design is capable of fulfilling the LBFD aircraft's mission objectives, which are to fly at supersonic speeds, but create a soft "thump" instead of the disruptive sonic boom associated with supersonic flight today. The LBFD X-plane will be flown over communities to collect data necessary for regulators to enable supersonic flight over land in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

NASA partnered with lead contractor, Lockheed Martin, in February 2016 for the QueSST preliminary design. Last month, a scale model of the QueSST design completed testing in the 8-by 6-foot supersonic wind tunnel at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

"Managing a project like this is all about moving from one milestone to the next," said David Richwine, manager for the preliminary design effort under NASA's Commercial Supersonic Technology Project. "Our strong partnership with Lockheed Martin helped get us to this point. We're now one step closer to building an actual X-plane."

After the success of completing the PDR, NASA's project team can start the process of soliciting proposals later this year and awarding a contract early next year to build the piloted, single-engine X-plane. The acquisition for the LBFD X-plane contract will be fully open and competitive, with the QueSST preliminary design data being made available to qualified bidders. Flight testing of an LBFD X-plane could begin as early as 2021.

Over the next few months, NASA will work with Lockheed on finalizing the QueSST preliminary design effort. This includes a static inlet performance test and a low-speed wind tunnel test at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

Source:  NASA
Associated URL: nasa.gov
Source Date: June 26, 2017
Posted: 06/27/2017

 
 
KELLSTROM AEROSPACE ACQUIRES VORTEX AVIATION
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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MIAMI - Kellstrom Aerospace Group has acquired Vortex Aviation Inc, a specialist in AOG on-wing engine maintenance services and quick-turn engine repairs across all major commercial aircraft engine platforms.

Vortex has repair facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Shannon, Ireland; and Singapore. It provides global support and turnkey solutions for many of the world's aircraft lessors and airlines.

"The addition of Vortex Aviation, in collaboration with Kellstrom Aerospace and The Aircraft Group (TAG), will provide great value to our customers and the commercial aerospace industry," said Jeff Lund, CEO of Kellstrom Aerospace. "With Vortex Aviation joining Kellstrom Aerospace Group, our range of technical services is greatly enhanced. Whether servicing on-wing support, minor in-house repairs, managing engines through full performance restoration, or technical consultancy projects, we can provide unbiased cost-saving solutions across all major engine platforms."

"We are excited to be a part of Kellstrom Aerospace Group's larger platform," said Patrick Kaufman, President of Vortex Aviation. "The financial strength and technical service capabilities within Kellstrom Aerospace will accelerate the growth of Vortex's service offerings and cost saving solutions to its global customer base."

Kellstrom Aerospace is a portfolio company of AE Industrial Partners LLC, and operates through three global brands: Kellstrom Aerospace, Vortex Aviation, and The Aircraft Group.

Source:  Kellstrom Aerospace
Source Date: June 27, 2017
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Posted: 06/27/2017

 

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