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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Dec 28 2019, 11:21 AM


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Hi All,

Wikipedia indicates that the Fokker 100 is very popular in Australia with Virgin Australia Region Airlines operating 17 aircraft & Alliance Airlines operating 24 in addition to the Qantas Link 17.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_100


Current operators


As of July 2017, 113 aircraft were still in operational use with airlines.[1][34] Many of them are used in Australia by Alliance Airlines, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines and QantasLink in support of the mining industry, with low utilisation rates for an airline, around 1,200 hours per year.[35]

Air Niugini (7)
Air Panama (5)
Alliance Airlines (24)
Avanti Air (2)
Bek Air (6)
Carpatair (3)
Iran Air (16)
Iran Aseman Airlines (20)
IRS Airlines (2)
Karun Airlines (4)
Kish Air (3)
Montenegro Airlines (2)
QantasLink (Network Aviation) (17)
Qeshm Airlines (4)
Skippers Aviation (2)
Trade Air (2)
Transwisata Air (1)
Tus Airways (2)
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (14)

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Dec 28 2019, 11:04 AM


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Hi All,

Sad to see the tragic crash of a Fokker 100.

https://www.9news.com.au/world/kazakhstan-p...1e-d9e8d6c4b59d

One survivor told local media outlet Tengrinews that she heard a "terrifying sound" before the plane crashed, Reuters reported.

Investigation into cause of crash underway

The cause of the incident was under investigation, the aviation committee said in a statement published online. As a precautionary measure, authorities said that all flights using the Fokker 100 aircraft would be temporarily suspended until the circumstances of the crash were made clear. The Fokker 100 is a medium-sized twin-turbofan jet often used for short haul flights.


I'm pretty sure I've flown on this type of aircraft, with 17 aircraft currently in the Qantas Link (National Aviation) fleet. blink.gif

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QantasLink

Hope they get to the bottom of any issue(s) quickly!

Cheers

Dr_Dazmo


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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Dec 24 2019, 12:12 PM


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Hi All,
Thanks to Poseidon1945 on HC for flagging the availability of the 2019 IWSHM Keynote presentation by Michael Gorelik, FAA Chief Scientist & Technical Advisor for Fatigue and Damage Tolerance:

https://web.stanford.edu/group/sacl/worksho...19/keynote.html


I think the key point for me is Slide 18 - Comments Regarding Future Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) Guidance

* FAA Transport Airplane Standards Branch is currently working on the draft Issues Paper(IP) for a specific SHM Application.

* This initial IP will be leveraged to develop a Generic IP, in anticipation of the expanding number of SHM applications.

My take on this is that the current IP is taking longer than anticipated as it is to become the template for future SHM applications, and therefore requires a greater review to reach the required level of FAA comfort.

Fortunately this process is well advanced, and once the "Generic IP" is in place, future applications should have a much easier approval process. wink.gif

Merry Christmas to all, and best wishes for 2020!

Cheers

Dr_Dazmo

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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Dec 8 2019, 11:12 AM


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Hi All,
Looks like GoGo's EMEA partner is Qatar Airways:

http://gogoair.mediaroom.com/2019-11-19-Qa...ht-Connectivity

Qatar Airways Selects Gogo for its Inflight Connectivity
Becomes First Airline in Middle East to Select Gogo 2Ku

Nov 19, 2019
CHICAGO, Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --
Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation, announced today that it has been selected by Qatar Airways to install the Gogo 2Ku high-speed inflight connectivity solution and live TV on 70 of the airline's aircraft.

Service on Qatar Airways is expected to go live in 2020.

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Nov 24 2019, 08:14 PM


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Hi All,
Pickle fork issue continues - Sth Korea.

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo

https://industryglobalnews24.com/pickle-for...7ngssouth-korea

'PICKLE FORK' CRACKS DISCOVERED IN 737NGS-SOUTH KOREA
Published On 23 Nov 2019 04:29 PM

Following the global investigations of the famous narrowbody, South Korea, is the latest country, to ground several Boeing 737NG discovered to have ‘pickle fork’ i.e. Structural cracks.

On inspection of around 100 737NGs by The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) 13 of them contained cracks. More than 29,000 flight cycles were registered and approximately 10 of them were discovered in the first turn of examination in October.

After a second round of examination was concluded on the 10th of November, four more were found with cracks. 20,000 to 30,000 flight cycles were recorded by the aircrafts according to The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport.

On 31 October, MOLIT informed Boeing about the discovered cracks. In response, a team was sent to South Korea to initiate a repair program. One aircraft repair takes around seven days, and this program is expected to be completed in the first month of 2020.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport did not pinpoint which airlines functioned the damaged 737NG aircraft. However, according to Cirium fleets data, South Korean Carriers operate around 150 737NGs, many of them are 737-800s.

At the heart of the inspections is a piece of hardware known as a "pickle fork", which connects the wing to the aircraft fuselage. Cracking of the hardware could result in structural failure, which affects the structural integrity of the aircraft and results in loss of control.

The main focus of examination is a hardware known as ‘Pickle fork’ which joins the wing to the aircraft fuselage. Cracks in this part of the aircraft can lead to loss of control as the structure of the craft is severely affected. Authorities had told the airlines with more than 30,000 flight cycles using 737NGs to examine their crafts as soon as possible for similar damage. Aircraft that have covered 22000 to 30 000 cycles must be examined before the upcoming 1000 cycles.
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Nov 22 2019, 02:35 PM


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Hi All,Looks like Gol Airline is in a bit more of "pickle" than some! laugh.gif
Dr_Dazmo
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/gol-airline-...-141959795.html
Gol has also taken some older 737 NG models out of service after regulators ordered inspections of the so-called pickle fork, part of the structure that helps attach the wings.

The company’s fleet has been more affected than average by the pickle-fork issue, in part because of conditions at Brazilian airports that include shorter runaways and a different type of asphalt, Lark said. Gol leased the aircraft from third parties and not from Boeing, which customizes planes for specific conditions.

Those factors, combined with Gol’s operational model of intensive use of the planes, led to 11 jets being taken out of service, Lark said. About 9% of Gol’s fleet of 125 aircraft has been affected by the pickle-fork inspections, according to the company. Boeing said last week that less than 5% of NG planes subject to initial inspections had cracks.

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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Nov 13 2019, 06:31 AM


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Hi All,
Looks like the FAA are expanding the inspection of B737-NG due to cracking. wacko.gif
Cheers
Dr_Dazmo


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-boeing-f...s-idUSKBN1XM278
<h1 class="ArticleHeader_headline">FAA expands area to inspect for cracks in Boeing 737 NG planes</h1>
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Tuesday it was revising its order requiring checks for
structural cracks in Boeing (BA.N) 737 NG planes to cover a larger area after the company said additional cracks had been found.

The FAA first said in September it was ordering checks for cracks on what is known as the “pickle fork,” a part that attaches the plane’s
fuselage, or body, to the wing structure. Checks were required within seven days on planes with heavy usage. Boeing said on Tuesday
after completing a round of inspections for cracking on some 737 NGs with a large number of take-offs and landings, one airplane was found to
have a small crack in an adjacent location.


“Boeing has asked those operators to also inspect the adjacent area to ensure any potential issue is identified and repaired,” the company said in a statement.

“The additional inspections are already underway. We regret the impact to our customers and have a repair plan in place to address any findings.”

To date, less than 5% of the 1,200 airplanes that have undergone the initial inspection were found to have cracks, Boeing said. The secondary issue has been discovered on three in-service airplanes and one airplane that was undergoing maintenance.

The FAA said in a notice it was now expanding the inspection to the area around eight fasteners. Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N) found cracks in three airplanes after the initial inspections and has taken them out of service pending repairs.
Southwest said after it completed required inspections it decided to continue “inspections until every NG aircraft in our fleet has been checked.”

The FAA directive requires airplanes with 30,000 or more cycles be re-inspected within 60 days, Boeing said. Airplanes with 22,600 to 30,000 cycles will need inspections of the full area within 1,000 cycles. A cycle is generally one take-off and landing.

Last week, Lion Air found structural cracks on two 737 NG planes with fewer flights than an FAA threshold for checks. The Lion Air jets with cracks had fewer than 22,000 cycles and are now grounded for repairs, a spokesman for the airline said.

Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (GOLL4.SA), Australia’s Qantas Airways (QAN.AX) and Korean Air Lines Co Ltd (003490.KS) are among the other airlines that have grounded planes after discovering cracks. First delivered in 1997, the NG is the third generation of the 737, preceding the grounded MAX which is unaffected by cracking.


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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Nov 9 2019, 04:35 PM


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Hi All,
Saw this and thought it was interesting.

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo

https://www.fool.com/earnings/call-transcri...transcript.aspx

It goes without saying that these are very exciting times at Gogo as we scaled our operations in support of Delta Airlines' desire to provide free internet service to its passengers as we make great progress on our Gogo 5G product initiative and as we work with our satellite partners on new and exciting ways to serve the aero IFC market. It's also exciting to see a nice bounce back on our Business Aviation division as OEMs made some nice catch-up orders in the quarter and some of the ADS-B congestion cleared up in the aftermarket. And perhaps most exciting. Today we expect to sign a contract with a very prestigious EMEA airline install Gogo 2Ku and live TV on a significant portion of their wide-body fleet. A formal announcement will be forthcoming.
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Nov 9 2019, 09:43 AM


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Hi All,
More B737-NG cracks, and before the FAA recommended inspection cycles. weirdsmiley.gif

Dr_Dazmo

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-08/lion...g-737s/11687598

Indonesian carrier Lion Air reports cracks in new Boeing 737s in more bad news for Seattle-based company

Indonesian carrier Lion Air has found structural cracks in two Boeing 737 NG planes that have taken fewer flights than a US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) threshold for checks, Indonesia's aviation safety regulator says.
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Nov 7 2019, 06:40 AM


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Hi All,Seen reports in the past about future estimated aircraft demand from China, but obviously India is no slouch either!
CheersDr_Dazmo
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/indust...ow/71936779.cms

New Delhi: To cater to growing travel demands, India would need around 2,400 aircraft in the next 20 years and around 85-90 per cent of them would be narrow-body, a senior executive of global aerospace giant Boeing said on Wednesday.
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Nov 7 2019, 06:28 AM


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Hi All,
Looks like global Operators are continuing to find B737-NG cracks.
Cheers
Dr_Dazmo
https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/10291787/ryanair-grounds-boeing-737-ng-planes/
RYANAIR has grounded at least three of its Boeing 737 NG planes over a cracking issue that's affecting airlines around the world.

Since the beginning of last month, around 50 planes owned by airlines around the world have been grounded.

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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Oct 26 2019, 01:04 PM


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Hi All,
Saw this and thought it was interesting from a SMN perspective.


Cheers

Dr_Dazmo



https://www.mro-network.com/maintenance-rep...al-mro-invoices

Airbus May Rescind Royalties Proposal For MRO Invoices


Airline and MRO industry sources say Airbus plans to rescind its unpopular proposal to charge royalties on MRO invoices.

The deadline for MROs to sign the agreement accepting the royalties’ policy is Oct. 31, with industry sources saying most do not plan to sign it.

This puts Airbus in an uncomfortable place—it angered airline customers, jeopardized the aftermarket business that it is trying to expand and instigated mistrust in part of the aftermarket community about the OEM’s Skywise platform, which is a key part of Airbus’ aftermarket solutions that it is trying to grow.

The controversial proposal started because Airbus was concerned that MROs performing third-party maintenance on its aircraft and using technical documentation in AirbusWorld were not paying enough for its intellectual property (IP).


Airbus notified MROs via letter that it planned to start charging a royalty fee of 0.5% on total gross invoices in 2019, retroactive to Aug. 1. Due to short notice, however, the OEM decided not to charge in 2019 and instead impose a 1.25% fee in 2020 (instead of the original 1.0%), 1.5% in 2021 and “to be determined” in 2022.

Airbus told Aviation Week on Sept. 25 that “Airbus’ strategy is to collect remuneration for the usage of its IP by the users and the MRO organizations that are the main beneficiaries of its IP,” in which it invests significantly.

Airline and MRO sources say they have not received official communication from Airbus about the rescinded royalties policy, but several say they expect to receive the letter “imminently” or in the next couple days.


Airbus is not confirming that it is backtracking on the royalties policy.

However, it did tell Aviation Week on Oct. 24 that “Airbus is in discussions with MROs and airlines about our technical data policy. The content of these discussions is confidential.”

MROs are alarmed by the proposal on many fronts—from being double billed for parts it buys from Airbus to the auditing process—but they could not speak publicly without potential recourse from the OEM.

Airlines from around the world also expressed their concerns about the royalties to Airbus. Operators already pay to access necessary maintenance data and know MROs would have to pass on the royalty charge to them to cover the cost. As one major airline said, “We don’t see the fees as appropriate.” Another said Airbus “handled [the situation] very poorly.”

Throughout this process, Airbus has not clearly communicated its royalty fees proposal to the industry, which has fueled resistance by airlines and MROs.

Even if Airbus tables its royalties proposal for now, do not expect the issue to be resolved permanently.
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Oct 26 2019, 12:54 PM


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Hi All,

Looks like a few more cracks with the B737-NG.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkor...s-idUSKBN1X40B1

South Korea grounds nine Boeing 737 NG planes with cracks

South Korea said it found nine planes with cracks among 42 planes examined.


Cheers

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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Oct 22 2019, 07:15 AM


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Oops, I forgot to point out that the Wifi Applications apply to "multiple aircraft types, multiple airlines"!
Cheers
Dr_Dazmo

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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Oct 22 2019, 07:13 AM


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Hi All,
Thanks to Hatrack over on HC for the below presentation by John Linn & Dennis Roach to the 2019 Airlines for America NDT Forum graduated.gif
Moving SHM into Routine Use - Progress in CVM Applications


http://a4andtforum.com/wp-content/uploads/...Routine-Use.pdf

Good Stuff!!
I particularly like the fact that they "Anticipate Installations in 1st Q 2020" of WiFi applications. biggrin.gif
Cheers
Dr_Dazmo
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Oct 17 2019, 07:40 AM


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Hi All,
More B737-NG aircraft cracks.
Cheers
Dr_Dazmo


https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/indonesia-g...finding-2117436
Jakarta: The Indonesian Transportation Ministry has grounded three Boeing 737 NG (Next Generation) planes operated by two airlines following the findings of cracks in the aircraft, an official said on Tuesday.

Quoting Airworthiness and Plane Operation director, Capt. Avirianto, Xinhua news agency reported that the three grounded planes were operated by state-run airlines Garuda Indonesia and private-owned Sriwijaya Air.

Grounding of those planes would continue until further recommendations were issued by Boeing, the director said.

"Furthermore, we advise all national airlines operating Boeing 737NG including Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Batik Air and Sriwijaya Air to periodically conduct maintenance program every 3,500 Flight Cycle Number (FCN) that suits with Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) mechanism," he said.

Cracks in those planes were found in the ones which already had 30,000 FCN, he said.

The cracks were found in one of three Boeing 737NG operated by Garuda Indonesia, while in Sriwijaya Air cracks were found in two of five planes.

The grounding order was issued after inspections carried out by the ministry to follow suit airworthiness directives issued by international aviation agencies to check the Boeing 737NG planes operated by all airlines in the world.

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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Oct 16 2019, 09:56 AM


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Hi All,Currently +$0.07 to $1.055.
At this rate I'll be back in the black come Christmas laugh.gif
CheersDr_Dazmo
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Oct 14 2019, 02:08 PM


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Bingo.Currently +$0.05 to $0.99.
CheersDr_Dazmo
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Oct 11 2019, 11:58 AM


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Hi Lugaville,
Looks like we are creeping up towards your $0.95.
Hopefully the momentum continues rolleyes.gif
Cheers
Dr_Damzo
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Oct 10 2019, 06:53 AM


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Hi All,An update on the B737-NG crack issue.
CheersDr_Dazmo


https://www.seattlepi.com/local/komo/articl...NG-14503478.php

Southwest Airlines grounds two Boeing 737 NG planes with cracked critical partSEATTLE -- Southwest Airlines confirmed Tuesday that two of their Boeing 737 NG planes have been grounded because of cracked critical equipment.

Late last month, KOMO News was the first to report that inspectors found cracks in a critical part of an 737 NG known as the pickle fork.

Following that report, last week, the FAA ordered emergency inspections, known as an "airworthiness directive," or "AD," to take place within seven days.

A pickle fork is the part that helps attach a plane's fuselage to its wing structure. It helps manage the stress, torque and aerodynamic forces that bend the connection between the wings and the body of the jet.

Engineers design pickle forks to last the lifetime of the plane, more than 90,000 landings and takeoffs, a term known as "flight cycles" in the aviation industry, without developing cracks. There could be dire results if the pickle fork system on the jet fails in flight.

Overall, around 500 of the planes from airlines around the world have been inspected for the issue.

Aviation analyst Scott Hamilton with the Leeham Company says 25 planes so far have been discovered with the cracking. "Simple mathematics says that's 5%," he said.

But he cautions against people getting too nervous about flying.

"You're still going to have more danger getting to the airport than flying on one of these airplanes," he said.

These latest groundings for the Southwest 737 NGs come as the airline struggles with a grounded 737 MAX fleet.

Those groundings have led to the cancellations of an estimated 30,000 Southwest flights since March.

The pilots's union, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, filed a $100 million lawsuit against Boeing over those groundings Monday, suing for back pay.

KOMO reached out to Southwest about the latest issue involving the inspections, and the cracks found on 737 NG, which have been busy flying passengers. A company spokesperson says:

"Southwest has completed all inspections of the high-cycle 737 Next Generation (NG) aircraft in compliance with the seven-day deadline specified in the FAA's Airworthiness Directive (AD). During our inspections of the high-cycle NGs, we did not find abnormalities on the vast majority of our inspected fleet but did identify signs of cracking on two aircraft. Southwest removed the aircraft from our operation and reported the findings to Boeing and the FAA. The aircraft will remain out of our schedule until the maintenance items have been fully resolved, and we do not have a return to service timeline for the aircraft. Safety is always our uncompromising priority, and our Technical Operations Team is now focused on completing inspections on the remaining portion of the NG fleet covered by the AD.

The pickle fork problem was first discovered on a passenger plane being converted to a cargo jet for Amazon Prime.

Though the first batch of inspections is complete -- many more will need to be done worldwide in the coming weeks and months.



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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Oct 1 2019, 08:28 AM


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Hi All,
Looks like the FAA will move to require inspections.Cheers
Dr_Dazmohttps://komonews.com/news/local/faa-to-orde...tical-equipment

FAA to order inspections on 737NGs after 3 planes found with cracked critical equipment

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to order all airlines
to inspect all Boeing 737NGs with 22,600 or more flight cycles after
three planes were found with critical equipment cracked all the way through.
The results of the cracked equipment, called a "pickle fork," could be
catastrophic in a worst-case scenario. Engineers warn it could cause a
plane to crash in extreme conditions.
Inspectors recently uncovered an issue with the "pickle fork" on multiple 737NGs.
It's a part that helps keep the wing of the plane attached to the
fuselage, and absorbs the stress from bending and aerodynamic forces
.It's not supposed to crack at all during the planes expected lifespan of
90,000 takeoffs and landings, which is known as a "flight cycle" in the
aviation industry.
One of the three planes in question was being converted from passenger to
cargo service in China. Only 15 had been inspected for the issue when the three damaged planes were found.
Most of those 737NG planes will be required to have an inspection performed within 1,000 flight cycles.But planes with more than 30,000 flight cycles will need to be inspected within a week.The FAA is expected to issue the order sometime this week. Airlines will be required to report their findings to the agency.U.S.-based airlines that fly 737NGs with high-flight cycles include Southwest, Alaska and Delta Airlines.

One analyst says this could cause major hassles for those airlines and others.
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Sep 28 2019, 08:04 PM


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Hi All,
Just saw this.
Boeing are having a bad run at the moment.

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/27/business...acks/index.html

'Cracking issue' discovered on some of Boeing's 737 NG planes, airline says
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Sep 28 2019, 11:14 AM


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Hi Draughtsman,
I think you're spot on.
While it's difficult enough to get a good handle on the revenue to be generated from sensor sales, it's even more difficult to determine the ongoing "annunity" income potential to be generated from the operator savings.
Some inspections probably don't "cost" a great deal in terms of labour, etc, the real "cost" to operators is not having the aircraft in the air generating revenue!

According to Google (who else!) there have been 10,559 737's delivery to August 2019.
Even excluding all other Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, etc models, that equates to a very large cost to airline operators in terms of potential lost revenue.


Cheers
Dr_Dazmo



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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Sep 27 2019, 12:36 PM


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HI All,Looks like Delta Airlines is a good partner to be aligned with (for a number of reasons).
Dr_Dazmo

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/26/delta-is-bu...st-airline.html
<h1 class="ArticleHeader-headline">Delta is buying 20% of LATAM, Latin America’s largest airline</h1>
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Sep 24 2019, 08:42 PM


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And this:

https://www.aerotime.aero/zivile.zalagenait...urns-to-service

For an airline the cost of one grounded 737 MAX plane is estimated to be around $150 thousand per day. MAX-family aircraft list prices vary from $99.7 million to $134.9 million according to Boeing pricing list.

Cheers
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Sep 24 2019, 08:37 PM


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Hi All,
I thought this was interesting (for perspective).

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mitsubishiheav...e/#78a820872fce

When the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization analyzed the typical costs of running a medium-sized commercial aircraft such as a Boeing 757-200, the group found that the cost per hour of maintenance was more than in-services operation costs for fuel and the crew, respectively. Globally, the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market is predicted to increase from $118,000 million to $154,000 million by the end of 2025. At the same time, competition has intensified, and ticket prices have been in a steady decline.

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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Aug 28 2019, 07:16 AM


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Hi All,
Borrowed this one from Poseidon1945 graduated.gif on HC in relation to MRO Europe being held in London in October.
Cheers
Dr_Dazmo

https://exhibitor.mroeurope.aviationweek.co...true&Role=U

Inspection Innovation with Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)
  • Wednesday, 10/16/2019: 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
  • Session Number: 3

[b]Description:[/b]
Hear a Status of Industry readiness, an Update of Delta programs and a AISC-SHM Committee Update. Get to grips with near term and future term including steps to get there. What is the Operator View and how are they using SHM now for targeted inspections and moving toward CBM? What is the view of the OEM and what does the regulator think will be the requirements for implementation? Establish how to use SHM in Aircraft Mtc Program Development (MSG-3) in this critical panel.


[b]Speakers:[/b]
David Piotrowski Senior Principal Engineer
Delta Air Lines
Holger Speckmann CEO
TESTIA GmbH


Rich Poutier EVP, Sales, Marketing and Business Development
Structural Monitoring Systems
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Aug 28 2019, 07:10 AM


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Hi All,I see that the full 2019 IWSHM program has now been posted:
http://web.stanford.edu/group/sacl/worksho...ullProgram.html

There is an excellent mix of SHM related presentations, including aerospace, rail, bridges, etc. so this bi-annual workshop is relatively big in the SHM world.Looks like most of specific interest to us are on the first day of proceedings:

SHM in Civil Aviation: Moving the Industry ForwardDavid Piotrowski¹ [¹Principal Engineer, Enabling Technologies Group, Delta Air Lines]


Regulatory Considerations for Structural Health Monitoring Applications in Aviation
Michael Gorelik¹ [¹Chief Scientist for Fatigue and Damage Tolerance, Federal Aviation Administration]

FAA SHM Reliablity Program Overview
Paul Swindell¹ [¹FAA]

Generating Viable Data to Accurately Quantify the Performance of SHM SystemsDennis Roach¹, Paul Swindell² [¹Sandia National Laboratories, ²FAA]

Hopefully we see some more developments ahead of the Workshop.

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo

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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Aug 19 2019, 09:12 AM


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Hi All,A couple of presentations of interest below courtesy of Poseidon1945 over on HC. graduated.gif

http://meetingdata.utcdayton.com/agenda/ai...ions/P16078.pdf
http://meetingdata.utcdayton.com/agenda/ai...ions/P15817.pdf


http://meetingdata.utcdayton.com/agenda/ai...ions/P15824.pdf
The SMN presentation is dated April 2019, so relatively recent.

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Aug 18 2019, 11:45 AM


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Hi All,

I see that the 2019 Airlines for America NDT Forum draft agenda has been made available.


http://a4andtforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019-NDT-Forum-Agenda-D4.pdf


I note a couple of session are particularly relevant to SMN:


Moving SHM into Routine Use – Progress in CVM Applications – John Linn – Structural Monitoring Systems


FAA SHM Research Program – Paul Swindell - FAA


I believe that the forum is a key NDT event attended by senior OEM Engineers, and industry decision makers.



Cheers
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Hi All,
Here's a reminder that CVM has lots of potential outside of commercial aviation. rolleyes.gif
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https://www.stripes.com/news/cracks-found-i...-fleet-1.593658

Cracks found in Air National Guard C-130 wing parts prompt partial grounding of fleet

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Nearly a quarter of the Air Force’s fleet of the C-130 Hercules is being grounded after “atypical” cracks were found on wing joints during maintenance, Air Mobility Command said.

AMC Commander Gen. Maryanne Miller ordered the temporary removal of 123 of 450 total force C-130s, effective immediately, the command announced late Wednesday.

The cracks on the lower center wing joint were discovered on an Air National Guard C-130 H-model at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., during depot maintenance, Alexandra Soika, an AMC spokeswoman told Stars and Stripes in a statement.

As of Thursday morning, eight C-130 aircraft were inspected and had returned to service, Soika said.

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Hi All,Also from the quarterly update:
SMS’s installation team and engineers attended the first three installations in April providing training for technicians at MRO Holdings, Aeroman San Salvador facility. Aeroman has continued effective installations independently, without onsite assistance from SMS personnel. This milestone achievement sets the tone as SMS’s training team is now scheduled to attend Delta TechOps selected MRO facility in Mexico to conduct installation training, thus providing a second MRO facility fully capable of CVM™ APB installations. As stated, a total of nineteen (19) Delta B737-800 aircraft are currently scheduled for APB CVM™ Kit installations at these two MROs in 2019.

I note that since 2017, Delta own 49% of Aeromexico.
Also as per the below link, TechOps Mexico perform all of the maintenance of Aeromexico's Boeing & Embraer fleet, which make up 85% of their total fleet.
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https://www.mro-network.com/maintenance-repair-overhaul/mro-holdings-forges-long-term-agreement-delta-aeromexico-mro-jv



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Hi All,
The quarterly & company update are now out.
  • AEM finishes the financial year with stellar final quarter results, and posts material new record annual operational and financial performance

Looks like good result for AEM, and some also a lift in gross margin, 40% v 36% last year.

Also good news that sensor production processes have been improved "resulting in significant yield, quality and overall throughput gains."
I'm very comfortable with the way the company is progressing, and probably fair to say that Mr.Market is also starting to feel a little more warm & fuzzy! wink.gif
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Hi All,Saw the below article some time ago, and seems to be highly relevant given the announcement today.

"...and SMS has been granted license rights to use Boeing proprietary data for the sale of products or services."

https://www.mro-network.com/maintenance-rep...difficult-mroam


IP "Hoarding" Is Making Maintenance More Difficult


Tightening restrictions on sharing intellectual property are making maintenance of aircraft more difficult--especially on newer aircraft with large amounts of composites--speakers at Aviation Week's MRO Americas conference and exhibition in Atlanta said.

Both OEMs and airlines are guilty of tightening the noose on data about aircraft and information about repair techniques, says David Piotrowski of Delta TechOps, who labels the trend "IP hoarding."

Part of the motivation to tightly hold information that could broadly benefit the aviation community is protection against potential law suits. For example, both Delta and Airbus might have extensive data from inspections of composites on an aircraft, Airbus during the manufacturing process and Delta from inspections over the aircraft's lifecycle. At each point that an inspection might be done, the results show it clearly meets all specifications and safety requirements. Nonetheless, the data might be useful in predicting maintenance needs and in trends analysis, explains Piotrowski, the principal engineer in Delta Air Lines' enabling technologies group.

"We would like records from manufacturers about inspections done during fabrication," he said, but an OEM's lawyers will nix the idea, lest aircraft-specific data find its way into a law suit, should the airplane ever be involved in an accident. "Delta lawyers don't want to share, either," he said. Their attitude is, as long as the aircraft passes an inspection, there is no benefit in keeping detailed data but there is legal risk.

It's not just the lawyers who are to blame, though. OEMs--increasingly seeking to sell maintenance services and not just airplanes and engines--have become stingy about technical information and even threaten to void warranties if work is done by third parties, some speakers at MRO Americas said.

"They're taking maintenance instructions out of the manuals," said Harmen Lanser, the director of component management at KLM Engineering & Maintenance. "You either have to write your own procedures or buy them from the manufacturer."

Piotrowski, agrees. Once, an OEM "would just hand us a tech manual. Now, they say it's proprietary."

Lanser says OEMs even try to leverage their role as designer and manufacturer to force operators who insist on doing their own maintenance or using an independent MRO to buy inspection equipment from them. He cited an experience in which an OEM said, in effect, "You can buy the testing equipment from us. But it's the only equipment we trust. So if you don't buy it from us, you void the warranty."

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Market approves - up 17.14% currently.
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Positive news today! biggrin.gif
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SMS EXECUTES UPDATED SUPPLEMENTAL LICENSING AGREEMENT (“SLA”) WITH BOEING, AND PROGRAMS UPDATE
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Perfect time to be installing CVM!
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremybogaisky...s/#5102ca1827f2
See The Boeing 737 MAX Pile Up In Storage In These Time-Lapse Satellite Images

Over the past four months, Boeing has assembled about 180 737 MAXs that it can’t deliver to customers while the plane is grounded by aviation safety regulators. Now those planes are building up in three locations where Boeing is storing them, satellite images from Planet Labs show.
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Hi All
Thanks to Poseidon1945 on HC for this one! graduated.gif

http://www.attendthemeeting.com/img/portfolio/AAS_PROGRAM_19.pdf Check out pages 17-19. wink.gif



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Hi All,
Saw the below (hopefully the cut & paste works!) used recently in relation to mining companies, and think it applies equally well to SMN.

IMO, we are at the "Production Decision" or in the case of SMN "Commercial Adoption" point.

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Hi All,

Nice SP action today, and nice to see green for a change!

Looks like a promising keynote presentation to be made by David Piotrowski to the upcoming IWSHM workshop in September.

Cheers

Dr_Dazmo


https://web.stanford.edu/group/sacl/workshop/IWSHM2019/keynote.html


David Piotrowski
Principal Engineer
Enabling Technologies Group, Delta Air Lines

There is significant interest in implementing Structural Health Monitoring on civil aircraft. However, in order to reach the full potential of SHM, lots of issues remain as challenges. These include regulatory, technical, procedural and financial. While SHM can be used as ‘alternate inspections’ to conventional NDT, a philosophical change is needed to use SHM as part of a Condition Based Maintenance program. Therefore, SHM will involve progressive step-changes in the future. This presentation will provide a vision of these changes and discuss several industry initiatives, including implementation of applications at Delta Air Lines. Additionally, this presentation will highlight the various aerospace industry standardization activities going on via SAE Committees, IATA and A4A Working Groups.

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Hi All,Judging by the closing trades, someone seems very interested in keeping a lid on the SP! dry.gif

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Hi All,
It looks like the new FY hasn't improved SMN's fortunes, from a share price perspective (close $0.67), a great deal.

I guess it's difficult, when other stocks are rising, to "keep the faith", and for better of worse, when there is a lack of news, people tend to fear the worst & move on to greener pastures.

I assume the thought process is that if the Board aren't providing updates, then logically things must be bad?? blink.gif
Personally, I prefer that the Directors keep working to build the company rather than the share price.


Based on my limited experience, if they do, the SP tends to look after itself. wink.gif
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowanke...e/#47953f71695d

Dr_Dazmo

American Airlines Is Winning The High-Speed Wi-Fi Race

Tired of dealing with spotty and flat-out abysmal Wi-Fi on flights?

American Airlines now offers high-speed Wi-Fi and live TV on more aircraft than any other airline, after installing satellite connectivity on its entire fleet of more than 700 narrowbody aircraft that mainly fly domestic routes.

Satellite-based Wi-Fi allows passengers to stream video without buffering or interruptions and upload and download files without snafus. Upgraded bandwidth capacity ensures a quality connection even if every passenger accesses inflight internet at the same time.

Additionally, every satellite-equipped aircraft can now stream live TV, giving more customers access to 12 channels on their personal devices free of charge. American is already the only U.S. airline to offer live TV on international flights.

Kurt Stache, Senior Vice President for Marketing, Loyalty and Sales for American, said it was a goal to “provide our customers with the same level of entertainment and connectivity options they enjoy in their own living rooms.”





American’s domestic narrowbody aircraft are equipped with either Gogo 2Ku or ViaSat Ka, which both operate via satellites in the sky instead of towers on the ground.

Once onboard, passengers can connect their devices to American’s Wi-Fi signal and then either purchase internet or watch free live TV or streamed entertainment options.

More good news: American will soon install power outlets and tablet holders at every seat across its mainline fleet. USB power will be positioned next to the tablet holder for easy charging, according to the statement.

Of course, the only thing better than superfast Wi-Fi is free superfast Wi-Fi. Last March, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian told Barron's, “Our goal is to make Wi-Fi free with high-speed quality. It will take another year or two to make that happen.”
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Hi All,
Big hat tip to Poseidon1945 on HC for the below. graduated.gif

https://exhibitor.mroeurope.aviationweek.co...informa-top-bar

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Hi All,I see that an updated Top 20 shareholders listing has been posted on the SMN website:

http://www.smsystems.com.au/top-20-shareholders/

There seem to have been a few moves since the last listing (30/4/19), with Paul Cozzi up significantly (almost 810K), but some others such as McLarty down (almost 117K).
I find these shareholder listings a bit misleading, particularly when there is a reasonable amount of trading occurring. For example JP Morgan is down 21K, while Citigroup are up roughly the same since the April update.
From the outside there seems to be activity, but I guess it could be a single shareholder shuffling shares between different entities to provide that appearance? blink.gif

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Hi All,
Some more positive "bread & butter" news from AEM.
<h1 class="entry-title" id="#content" tabindex="-1">Austrian Air Force selects AEM master caution panel for AB212 fleet</h1>
https://www.verticalmag.com/press-releases/...or-ab212-fleet/

Mr.Google suggests the Austrian AF have 23 of the AB212 helicopters in their fleet, so I assume there is reasonable coin involved.

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Hi All,
Just wondering if anyone knows or has any idea how the Morningstar Quantitative analysis on Commsec works???

It is currently

MorningstarTM Quantitative
07 May 2019
Undervalued
Fair value $0.93 Liquidity Medium

3 out of 5 star(s) ratingWas Fairly Valued on 17 Apr 2019


It was only $0.86 earlier this morning, but seems to swing about a bit.
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Hi All,
With thanks to Poseidon1945 graduated.gif on HC, I've obtained a copy of the AISC-SHM agenda for the meeting which took place just recently in Cologne (attached).
The meeting was attending by Dennis Roach of Sandia & I believe also by representatives of SMN (excuse my highlight).

CheersDr_Dazmo



Attached File(s)
Attached File  Agenda_AISC_SHM.pdf ( 182.22K ) Number of downloads: 107

 
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Hi All,
Just to clarify, I think you are both correct.

CVM is not related to the actual WiFi, but is related to the Wifi radome (see below - apologies if the formatting whacky)
Cheers
Dr_dazmo

https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20190131/pdf/4426v3k2vl3dnc.pdf
SMS and Delta Engineering Enter into a Memorandum of Understanding

SMS and Delta Engineering, a Panasonic Company,have entered into an MOU to define the commercial relationship between SMS and DE in relation to the installation and approval of CVM sensors for large radome installations for “WiFi systems”on commercial aircraft. Delta Engineering is not affiliated with Delta Air Lines. Delta Engineering holds the Supplemental Type Certificates (“STC”) controlling the installation and inspection protocals for many of the current WiFi systems, primarily the 2K and 2KU systems. Delta Engineering and SMS will seek approval from the FAA fora new STC which will explicitly designate CVM as an alternative method of inspection for the WiFi radome on aircraft. SMS is targeting the first installations on aircraft as early as Q3/Q4 of this year.
Delta Air Lines has led the industry by adopting the new generation 2KU radome system across a major part of the Delta Air Lines fleet. With assistance from Delta Engineering, SMS has designed a CVM Kit for B737NG900 series aircraft. SMS and Delta Engineering will use this initial design,as well as previously completed POADTE-SHM data packages,to seek FAA approval for the new STC. Overall, the incumbent inspection protocols place a very large burden on operators given the frequency of the mandated inspection, the complexity of the maintenance tasks required and the distinct possibility that the aircraft is held out of service for an additional day due to a myriad of unforeseen delays in the inspection. SMS is highly encouraged that multiple operators are now focused on these applications given the sheer number of aircraft affected and the ability of CVM to materially reduce inspection duration and aircraft downtime. We look forward to working with Delta Engineering Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) to obtain FAA approval of the STC, and then proceeding quickly toward global industry adoption of CVM as a sole mandated, commercial solution.
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Hi All,
Could this be the Airworthiness Directive for the Boeing 757 that Delta have been anticipating for some time?

Dr_Dazmo

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2...mpany-airplanes

SUMMARY:

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 757 airplanes. This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicating that the inner skin of the lap splices, at the lower fastener row, is subject to scratch cracks that may interact with widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This AD requires a general visual inspection (GVI) of certain lap splice inspection areas for any repair common to the fuselage skin lap splice dual frequency eddy current (DFEC) inspection areas, repetitive DFEC inspections of certain lap splice inner skins for any crack, and applicable on-condition actions. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES:

This AD is effective May 22, 2019.

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this AD affects 561 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

Estimated Costs for Required Actions

Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators

General visual inspection Up to 6 work-hours × $85 per hour = up to $510 $0 Up to $510 Up to $286,110.

Repetitive DFEC inspections Up to 124 work-hours × $85 per hour = up to $10,540 per inspection cycle $0 Up to $10,540 per inspection cycle Up to $5,912,940 per inspection cycle.

We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this AD.

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Hi All,
This is dated April 2019, so I assume it's new.
Interesting comment on "actively" looking for acquisitions.

It would be nice to seem some comment on CVM, but I guess the article is really about AEM & what they have to offer.

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo

https://www.verticalmag.com/leading-by-design/


Leading by design
Posted on April 17, 2019 by Ben Forrest

In 2009, when avionics maker Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) decided to close its manufacturing operations in Canada, a group of employees recognized an opportunity they couldn’t pass up.

There was still considerable demand for NAT products in the marketplace, and the talent pool left behind at its facility in Kelowna, British Columbia, was second-to-none.

So, they banded together to form Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. (AEM). This new company continued to contract-manufacture and service the former NAT products while developing new products of its own–a signature line that has become one of the most trusted in the helicopter industry.

“We’re constantly being approached for new products and new projects, as well,” said Tony Weller, director of sales and marketing for AEM. “Nothing moves quickly in the aviation world, typically, so it’s been a work in progress to gain that credibility and placement. But it continues to pay dividends: we’re being asked for by name.”

AEM now has more than 90 employees based in Kelowna who design, manufacture and support avionics, aircraft audio systems, intercoms, tactical FM radio systems, illuminated panels and display products, internal and external PA (public address) systems, audio amplifiers, audio adapters, and remote switch assemblies.

The company is a Transport Canada approved manufacturer and maintenance organization, has European Aviation Safety Agency Part 145 approval, and is ISO9001/AS9100D registered.

Its broad customer base spans the entire rotorcraft industry worldwide, from small independent operators to major original equipment manufacturers.

AEM is an approved supplier for Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo Helicopters, Boeing Helicopters, Bell, Sikorsky, Hindustan Aeronautics and Embraer, among others, with several long-term agreements in place.

Quite simply, AEM is leading by design.

“The systems and the categories that we operate in,” said Weller, “we’re ahead of the game. That’s for sure.”

In the past year, SMS Canada Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Structural Monitoring Systems plc of Australia, acquired AEM.

AEM and SMS had worked together for years to develop, produce and certify structural health monitoring technology, which the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approved in 2018.

The merger puts AEM on excellent financial footing, with more capital at its disposal than ever before.

“Anything we decide we want to embark on now, or products that we wish to entertain, or different avenues we want to take, the capital investment is available,” said Brian Wall, general manager of AEM.

In fact, “AEM is actively looking for like companies to acquire that complement our existing product line,” said Wall.

The company isn’t releasing specific details about which new products will hit the market in the months ahead just yet, but the same commitment to quality and unparalleled customer service remains in place.

“I think when readers see the words ‘AEM’ and ‘audio’ in the same sentence or paragraph, it’ll make sense to them,” said Weller. “They know where we’re probably headed.”

Overall, AEM continues to be a key provider in airborne law enforcement, firefighting and helicopter emergency medical services, which were all staple markets for NAT, as well.

As for the company’s focus on quality, said Wall, “We realize the importance quality has in the industry. Failures in the aerospace industry don’t go over well at all, and we’ve got a very solid track record of delivering a quality product to the market, on time.”

AEM modeled its corporate culture on the culture at NAT. It focuses on the customer, teamwork and continuous improvement.

“It’s an important part of our recruitment processes,” said Weller. “We’re looking for people who fit that mold, where quality is important to them–where they actually care about what they’re doing. They understand the need for a quality system and why we need to abide by it, and what that means for our customers.

“So, there’s a real sense of pride within our organization that when our product goes out the door to the customer, it is a quality piece.”

AEM is a Tier 1 supplier to some providers and a Tier 2 to others. As Wall noted, contracts for both sets of customers have stringent quality control mechanisms.

“We take pride in where we peg ourselves on achieving those goals and accomplishments,” he said.

Going forward, AEM remains focused on leading by design, guided by the same values and commitment to quality that have been with it from the very start.

Look to AEM for some new things coming down the line,” said Wall. “We have a strong background within our R&D department in the audio realm, and we’re looking to make some new product launches in the next 12 to 18 months. They’re going to be some pretty unique products, as we look to innovate with the new ideas we have percolating around here.”

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Hi All,
Just wondering if this (see below) will mean that B737-NG aircraft (among others) will reach their inspection cycle thresholds sooner?
My question is based on the assumption that with B757-Max grounded, the other aircraft types in the various operator's fleets will have to pick up as much of the slack as possible.
Cheers
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http://time.com/5570282/american-airlines-cancels-boeing-737-max/
(NEW YORK) — American Airlines is canceling 115 flights per day through mid-August because of ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

The cancellations represent 1.5% of American’s total flights each day of the summer.



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Hi All,
Mr. Market seems to like the news that things are progressing. biggrin.gif
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Hi All,Announcement out:
"Major CVM installations on Multiple Aircraft, Multiple Fleets and Progress re 2KU WiFi Programme Approval"
Hammer time??
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Hi All,
Speaking of 757's.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/samuelengel1/2019/04/02/amazon-and-alibaba-have-saved-a-legacy-boeing-aircraft-before-will-it-happen-again/#6b6dad705f37

Now entering their golden years, many of the remaining 640-or-so 757-200s are finding new homes as freighter aircraft. A production freighter version of the 757 proved itself in the UPS fleet starting in 1987, but only 80 OEM freighters were ultimately delivered (mostly to UPS). Since then, several companies have offered conversion programs for the passenger variants. Precision Aircraft Solutions has been converting about 20 aircraft per year for the past several years. FedEx alone took 120 converted freighters, making up just over 25% of its active fleet, while DHL Air operates 25 aircraft.

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Hi All,

Finally it was confirmed to the ASX today that in keeping with the time line most recently announced, the initial Delta 757 installations have now been completed.

Although the CVM kits were supplied to Delta free of charge, IMO the true value lies in the continuation of the relationship building with Delta & also in the training provided to FlightStar staff.

(As previously posted, FlightStar perform the C-Checks for Fedex who operate 119 of the 757 aircraft.)

I guess some may focus on the provision of the kits for "free" rather than considering the bigger picture, but personally, I suspect this is only the first of many positive announcements to follow.

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Hi All,
I thought this was interesting given the agreement between SMN & Delta Airlines.
Cheers
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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/21/delta-air-lines-opens-worlds-largest-engine-test-cell-for-growing-mainenance-business.html
Delta Air Lines on Thursday unveiled a jet engine test facility it says is the largest in the world. It’s the airline’s latest bid to grow its aircraft maintenance business eightfold over the next five years by fixing its own planes and those of other airlines.

Delta TechOps, the carrier’s maintenance unit, fixes and maintains Delta’s fleet but also performs work for other airlines and the U.S. military. Delta TechOps was profitable last year, the airline said, but makes up a tiny part of its overall revenue. Last year it brought in more than $700 million, the carrier said in an investor presentation last December, compared with overall revenue of more than $44 billion.

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Hi All,

Came across the below FedEx presentation which I thought was interesting on a couple of fronts:

FedEx operate 119 Boeing 757 aircraft (making them the second largest operator after Delta); and

Their C-Checks on those 757's are preformed by Flight Star MRO in Florida (who are also doing the scheduled CVM installations for Delta this month)


http://mromarketing.aviationweek.com/downloads/mro2018/presentations/11-230P-FedExSOTA.pdf


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Hi All,I see it was announced late yesterday that SMN has issued 713,640 CDI's to AEM employees.
The issue included 438,961 issued for nil consideration, and 274,679 issued at $0.77/share under the employee incentive scheme.
Some may disagree, however, I personally think that schemes of this nature, so long as they are well managed, are a great incentive to employees!
I hope that the issue was taken up by as many employees as possible, and across all levels of the organization.

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Posted on: Mar 6 2019, 02:41 PM


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SMN dropping recently on relatively small volume.
I wonder if the market perception will change once CVM installations are confirmed??
The Half Year advised "SMS and Delta Tech Ops have scheduled the first of three installations of the 757 CVM Kits beginning in March..."
Yes, it's small potatoes, but it will signal first (IMO of many) commercial CVM installation.
(I suspect the Top 20 are still acquiring shares) wink.gif

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THE FAA STC HELD BY AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, INC. (AHI) IS NOW VALIDATED IN CHINA, EUROPE, CANADA, AND BRAZIL

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. (AEM) is pleased to advise that the supplemental type certificate (STC) count for the LSS880 (previously known as the 600W system) installation on the AS350/H125 helicopter continues to increase.
The FAA STC is held by Airbus Helicopters, Inc. (AHI), and has now been validated in China, Europe, Canada, and Brazil.

“We’re incredibly appreciative of AHI’s belief in our loudspeaker system and of their continued efforts to validate the FAA STC in other parts of the world,” said Tony Weller, AEM’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “It’s fitting that the number-one selling law enforcement helicopter in its class—worldwide—is available with the best-in-class loudspeaker system.”

AEM’s latest loudspeaker systems provide advanced features and performance, are designed, tested, and qualified to DO-160G and DO-214.
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Hi All,
Some more positive from AEM (excuse formatting).
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THE FAA STC HELD BY AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, INC. (AHI) IS NOW VALIDATED IN CHINA, EUROPE, CANADA, AND BRAZIL.</h2>
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Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. (AEM) is pleased to advise that the supplemental type certificate (STC) count for the LSS880 (previously known as the 600W system) installation on the AS350/H125 helicopter continues to increase.
The FAA STC is held by Airbus Helicopters, Inc. (AHI), and has now been validated in China, Europe, Canada, and Brazil.

“We’re incredibly appreciative of AHI’s belief in our loudspeaker system and of their continued efforts to validate the FAA STC in other parts of the world,” said Tony Weller, AEM’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “It’s fitting that the number-one selling law enforcement helicopter in its class—worldwide—is available with the best-in-class loudspeaker system.”

AEM’s latest loudspeaker systems provide advanced features and performance, are designed, tested, and qualified to DO-160G and DO-214.
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Hi All,
A some encouraging signs in the Half Year results.
In relation to B737-NG Aft Pressure Bulk Head application

"SMS continues to work diligently with the OEM and Delta Airlines to approve CVM as an alternative means of inspection in 2019, including several follow up meetings and conference calls with key senior management since the last shareholder update."
I assume the update referred to is the December quarterly released to the ASX 31/1/19.
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Hi All,Some more positive news out of AEM.
http://www.airframer.com/news_story.html?release=69387


Bombardier Global 7500 takes flight with AEM's LSA100 cabin PA amplifier

The Bombardier Aerospace G7500—one of the newest and most advanced corporate aircraft—is taking to the skies with AEM's LSA100 cabin PA amplifier on board.

Lufthansa Technik approached Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. (AEM) to design, develop, and qualify a unique cabin PA amplifier for use with their NICE in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. NICE is the industry standard in cabin management and in-flight entertainment for VIP and business aircraft. Built for simplicity, convenience, and pleasure, the system brings high-end technology to in-flight entertainment.

Bombardier Aerospace selected Lufthansa Technik to provide the IFE and cabin PA systems; in turn, Lufthansa Technik came to AEM as their supplier of choice.

"Although the project was, at times, very complex and trying due to constantly changing requirements, the final product is something we are all very proud of," said Tony Weller, AEM's director of sales and marketing. "Lufthansa Technik is a professional organization, one we're pleased and honoured to work with."

The LSA100-100 was developed for the corporate aircraft market but is also suitable for use in small commuter aircraft, and helicopter transport applications such as those supporting the off-shore oil and gas markets.

Easy to configure and install, AEM designed the LSA100 for new and re-fit applications. Their simple, yet smart, design interface includes beneficial features and capabilities that provide easy integration with the cockpit audio system, cabin briefer, in-flight entertainment system, and existing cabin speakers.

Press release issued by Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. on February 21, 2019







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Another link:
https://www.verticalmag.com/press-releases/sikorsky-chooses-aem-for-design-and-manufacture-projects/
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<h1 class="entry-title" id="#content" tabindex="-1">Sikorsky chooses AEM for design and manufacture projects</h1> Posted on February 19, 2019; Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Press Release [/color] [color=#000000]

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. (AEM) has been selected by Sikorsky to support three design and manufacture projects for unique interface boxes needed by the OEM for upgrades on its commercial helicopters.
One project is build-to-print, another is an enhanced build-to-print with AEM recommending ways to improve the product and its performance, and the third project is a full development, qualification, and manufacture effort based on Sikorsky’s technical specifications.

Before being awarded the three projects, AEM had to satisfy Sikorsky’s rigorous supplier qualification and audit requirements.

“That was no small effort,” said Tony Weller, AEM’s director of sales and marketing. “Despite already being ISO9001/AS9100 registered, we also had to implement a number of other system-wide processes and procedures to satisfy Sikorsky’s requirements fully; this speaks highly of the team we have at AEM.”
Product deliveries have started on two of the three projects, with the qualification tests for the third project scheduled for completion by the end of February 2019.
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Hi All,
Just noticed the below news in relation to Sikorsky & Anodyne (AEM).

No ASX announcement, so I assume the contracts aren't considered "material" from SMN's perspective.

Whilst the size of the contract(s) might be immaterial, I sure working with Sikorsky opens others doors with access to Engineers, and key decision makers, in other areas (CVM). wink.gif

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http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=2a5db98f-482e-4453-a3fc-eed1b4ab7e22
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<h1 itemprop="name"> Sikorsky Chooses AEM For Design And Manufacture Projects </h1>

AEM Successfully Meets Sikorsky’s Supplier Qualifications And Audit Requirements Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing (AEM) has been selected by Sikorsky to support three design and manufacture projects for unique interface boxes needed by the OEM for upgrades on their commercial helicopters.



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Hi All,
I assume we will see confirmation today that the 1,829,136 unlisted options expired on Friday 15/2/19.
Also expecting to see the half year result at EOM.


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Thanks Doc.Watching with interest.
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Excellent development!
Possible that the time frame is conservative?
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SMS and Delta Engineering Enter into a Memorandum of Understanding

SMS and Delta Engineering, a Panasonic Company, have entered into an MOU to define the commercial relationship between SMS and DE in relation to the installation and approval of CVM sensors for large radome installations for “WiFi systems” on commercial aircraft. Delta Engineering is not affiliated with Delta Air Lines. Delta Engineering holds the Supplemental Type Certificates (“STC”)controlling the installation and inspection protocals for many of the current WiFi systems, primarily the 2Kand 2KU systems. Delta Engineering and SMS will seek approval from the FAA for a new STC which will explicitly designate CVM as an alternative method of inspection for the WiFi radome on aircraft. SMS is targeting the first installations on aircraft as early as Q3/Q4 of this year.

Delta Air Lines has led the industry by adopting the new generation 2KU radome system across a major part of the Delta Air Lines fleet. With assistance from Delta Engineering, SMS has designed a CVM Kit for B737NG 900 series aircraft. SMS and Delta Engineering will use this initial design, as well as previously completed POADTE-SHM data packages, to seek FAA approval for the new STC. Overall, the incumbent inspection protocols place a very large burden on operators given the frequency of the mandated inspection, the complexity of the maintenance tasks required and the distinct possibility that the aircraft is held out of service for an additional day due to a myriad of unforeseen delays in the inspection. SMS is highly encouraged that multiple operators are now focused on these applications given the sheer number of aircraft affected and the ability of CVM to materially reduce inspection duration and aircraft downtime. We look forward to working with Delta Engineering Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) to obtain FAA approval of the STC, and then proceeding quickly toward global industry adoption of CVM as a sole mandated, commercial solution.
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Hi All,
Looks like we are back in court today.
Hopefully we see a positive end to the saga.
Cheers
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The daily court list for: 29 January 2019

<h2 style="padding: 10px 0px; margin: 0px; font-size: 1.25em;">COURT OF APPEAL - CIVIL</h2>Coram: Quinlan C.J. , Murphy J.A. , Mitchell J.A. Court No. 1 09:30Best Bar P/L v. Warn (CACV 20/2018) For JudgmentStructural Monitoring Systems Ltd v. Tulip Bay P/L & Anor (CACV 2/2018)
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Hi All,
I had a look at the 2018 Annual Report overnight, and note that during the year, there were the following employees:


Production 33
Research 15
Selling 7
Admin 34 (inc Directors)

Therefore the potential employing of a SMS Supervisor & 10 Assemblers represents over a 30% increase in "Production" staff.

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Hi All,
I know there have been a few false starts in the past, but I checked the AEM website over the weekend, and the below advertisements seems to be a pretty good indication that things are moving forward.
IMO this is a very good indicator that that sales are imminent.

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo


https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default...&lang=en_CA

Structural Monitoring Systems SupervisorFull TimeKelowna, BC, CAa day agoRequisition ID : 1044APPLYSalary Range :52000.00 To 74000.00 (CAD) AnnuallyLet your career take flight with us! AEM is a leading designer and manufacturer of Aircraft Communication Systems. We are adding a SMS Supervisor to our team! This position involves coordinating daily work flow of CVM Sensor manufacturing to ensure that the team produces required amount of high-quality product within required time frames.




AssemblerFull TimeProductionKelowna, BC, CAa day agoRequisition ID : 1043APPLYLet your career take flight with us! AEM is a leading designer and manufacturer of Aircraft Communication Systems. We are looking for 10 (yes, TEN) Assemblers to join our team! This position assembles electronics or sensors (moderate difficulty) and tests products (low difficulty).

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Hi All,
I note AEM have given their website a bit of a facelift over the festive break. https://www.aem-corp.com/
Cheers
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Interesting trading today.Currently up 14.36% on 200K+ shares.The sellers seem to be thinning.
Some positive news might really see this one "take off" (pardon the intended pun). biggrin.gif
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Also interesting.

Dr_Dazmo
https://www.indiatoday.in/mail-today/story/wi-fi-on-flights-in-flight-connectivity-1410922-2018-12-17
The government has paved the way for passengers of air travel and sea voyage to use internet and make calls with their mobile phones in Indian airspace by notifying the Indian Flight and Maritime Connectivity Rules (IFMC), 2018.
In a notification dated December 14, the government said Indian and foreign airlines and shipping companies operating in the country can provide in-flight and maritime voice and data services in partnership with a valid Indian telecom licence holder.




The services will be activated once the aircraft attains a minimum height of 3,000 metres in Indian airspace to avoid interference with terrestrial mobile networks, the rules state. The IFMC licences will be granted against an annual fee of Re 1 for a period of 10 years and the permit holder will have to pay licence fees and spectrum charges based on revenue earned from providing services.




However, airlines, shipping companies and service providers will decide how much they want to charge the customer. It is also up to them whether they want to offer both internet and calling services or limit themselves to Wi-Fi services only. Most airlines globally offer only Wi-Fi on board as allowing mobile calls could be too much of a nuisance for fellow travellers.




The notification said the rules will come into effect on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette. The development helps India, one of the fastest growing aviation markets and the second largest smartphone market, join a long list of countries like the US, UK, Canada and China that have been offering the services for a couple of years now.




American in-flight internet services provider Gogo has already committed to enter India by setting up a functional centre in Chennai. The notification said IFMC can be provided using telecom networks on ground as well as using satellites.




The services can be provided by a valid telecom licence holder in India through domestic and foreign satellites having permission of the Department of Space. Telecom minister Manoj Sinha had said on December 5 that his ministry was awaiting the law ministry’s views on in-flight connectivity to notify the rules.




On May 1, the Telecom Commission, the highest policy-making body of Department of Telecom (DoT), had cleared a proposal for allowing wider in-flight connectivity. The proposal said a separate category of telecom operators called IFC service provider’ will be carved out.




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Boeing sees Indian carriers ordering 2,300 planes worth $320M

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/boeing-sees-indian-carriers-ordering-2300-planes-worth-320m
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Hi All,
Looks like William Rouse has joined MR with an on-market purchase of 50K Shares at $0.935/share. wink.gif

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Hi All,From the AGM it seems that WiFi installations are a potentially significant target area for CVM (everyone loves their wifi). wub.gif
For some background, the below (although a bit dated now) is an interesting read.
https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2014/11/23/ai...tenna-blisters/

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Hi All,
Unfortunately I didn't attend the AGM, but Boogee graduated.gif on HC has uploaded a recording of the proceedings on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_tyLFpYJEw...eature=youtu.be

The quality isn't fantastic, but it is well worth a listen.

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Hi All,
Although relatively small (20K), nice to see MR purchased some additional shares on market.
Cheers
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Hi All,Although relatively small (20K), nice to see MR purchased some additional shares on market.

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Hi Rosen,
My interpretation, which might be biased, is that it reads as a positive for SMN.

Fuel prices are probably less of an issue now with the recent slide in the oil price, but low oil also makes low cost carriers more competitive (in terms of reduced fares).

An innovation such as CVM that can reduce inspection cost, and increase aircraft utilization rates, will be embraced as a method to improve overall operator margins.

At least that is my (biased) take on it.

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Hi All,Here is an interesting read on Delta form Fortune:

http://fortune.com/longform/delta-airlines-ceo-ed-bastian/

Worth the read for insight such as this:

But despite all those advantages, the smooth ascent that Bastian promises in Salt Lake City will prove difficult to achieve. It’s a gauge of how tough the business has become that the best of the Big Three will need brilliant navigation to keep thriving. Put simply, Delta’s profits have been heading in the wrong direction, falling sharply from the peaks of 2015 and 2016. And the same strategic moves that have burnished the airline’s image with employees and consumers—big investments in worker compensation and equipment upgrades—are now among the factors weakening its profitability. While rising fuel prices are a factor, Delta’s non-fuel expenses, led by labor, have been rising rapidly for the past four years, far outpacing revenues. (See chart above.) This year has been no exception: Boston research firm Trefis stated in a recent report that “Heavy costs are hurting margins” at Delta; Trefis projects that Delta’s cash flows will decline by 11% by 2022.

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Hi ChromeDome01,
I see your point, but I have no idea how many sensors will be initially required by Delta (maybe less than 4K?).

I do note that the September update advised the "key commercial goal of maintaining production lead times to less than 4 weeks for all CVM equipment orders."

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Hi All,Updated Top 20 shareholder is now available as at 31/10/18.
http://www.smsystems.com.au/top-20-shareholders/

Looks like Drake have acquired approx 155K, and Paul Cozzi another 50K in October. wink.gif

Overall, the Top 20 increased by a bit over 107K.
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https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeing-757-crash-landing-in-guyana-injures-6-passengers/
The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200 according Flightradar 24, was bound for Canada when it reportedly suffered a hydraulic issue after take-off. Dr_Dazmo
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Hi ChromeDome01,
Thanks for you post.
There is of course a big difference between the capacity to produce sensors, and the actual production of sensors.

I've had a look at the quarterly cash flows, and in particular "Product Manufacturing & Operating Cost" for the last few quarters:

Sept 2017 $0
Dec 2017 $282K
Mar 2018 $2,135K (now includes AEM business)
Jun 2018 $1,940K
Sept 2018 $2,023

Based on the initial increase (Mar18) with the inclusion of the AEM business, there doesn't seem to be much additional "actual" expenditure on "Product Manufacturing".
Given the capacity to produce 4000 sensors per month, perhaps there is currently no great need to hold inventory?

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Hi All,
I've taken the decline in the SP as an opportunity to do some averaging down (hoping fortune favours the brave!).

I could be wrong, but I suspect that SMN may be under promising in order to over deliver (fingers crossed)!

My thinking is based on the September company update, specifically:

"SMS has completed the installation design and built complete CMV "Kits" for these applications."

"Prior to commencing installations, Delta is awaiting further guidance from Boeing with regards to a potential new Service Bulletin related to this area of the aircraft."

"The Company anticipates the timing of the guidance from Boeing to be released by year-end 2018 - at which point, it is expected that Delta will make a formal determination with respect to potential CVM installations."
My interpretation (which could be wrong), is that the kits are in stock ready to go, but Delta are waiting on bringing the B757's into the "hangar" until Boeing have released an additional (expected) Service Bulletin.
It would make no sense for Delta to commence CVM installations if Boeing then require them to bring the B757's back into the "hangar" for some additional work. Logically (to me anyway), once the additional Boeing SB is issued, then Delta will "push the button" & kill both birds with one hangar stop. Only time will tell! wink.gif Cheers Dr_Dazmo
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Hi All,
I followed up with SMN in relation to the perceived slippage on the Delta B757 maintenance schedule.

Happy to say that I received a very prompt reply for Mgmt clarifying the situation.

While the B757 maintenance schedule has/will see approx 8 aircraft "in-hangar" Q4-2018, the vast majority will be in 2019.

IMO this could be a beneficial situation as it provides Delta the necessary time to have the CVM approvals in place ahead of the aircraft maintenance. No benefit in having the planes "in hangar" if the approvals aren't in place...

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Hi All,
Mr.Google indicates that the top B737-NG operators are:
Southwest Airlines
Ryanair
United Airlines
American Airlines
From memory, all, except American were specifically listed in Dennis Roach's presentation to the 2018 A4A NDT Forum.

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Hi All,
I'm sure that whoever is holding the 1,829,136 unexpired options with an exercise price of $2.25 and an expiry date of 15/2/19 is very keen to see things moving in early 2019... rolleyes.gif


If they were mine, I certainly wouldn't want them to lapse, but I wouldn't want to be exercising them while I could purchase them for less on the open market (unless I had to).

Of course attempting to purchase 1.8m shares on market might be a hard ask without driving the price up significantly too.

What a dilemma, although it would be made much simpler if the SP was north of $2.25 on 15/2/18.

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Hi All,
The quarterly report is out.
Looks like the Delta 757 installations have slipped from Q4 2018 to 2019.
On the much brighter side in relation to a B737-NG application:

"This application represents a significant commercial opportunity for SMS given that there are circa-7000 B737-NG aircraft in service globally - and key operators that SMS is already directly engaged with represent near 2000 aircraft of this total."


This represents almost 30% of aircraft currently in service.

Fortunately, there has been a quadrupling of maximum production capacity - "to in excess of 4000 CVM sensors per month."


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Thanks Nipper.You do learn something new everyday!
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Apologies for the format.It looked fine on screen! blink.gif
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Hi All,Excellent presentation by Delta Airlines Senior Principal Engineer (David Piotrowski) to the 2018 Airlines for America 2018 NDT Forum last month (see PDF attached).
It's nice to see Delta's Boeing & Airbus applications to date outlined in some detail. biggrin.gif
Some very positive conclusions too:
"FAA-no new rules needed for SHM as in situ NDI (local applications)""Approval through regulatory framework established with Delta-Boeing-FAA-Sandia Program" "Plenty of Applications!" wink.gif "Royal Flush" biggrin.gif
Is that a row of ducks??

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Attached File  2018_A4A_Presentation___Piotrowski_Delta_Airlines.pdf ( 1.01MB ) Number of downloads: 22

 
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https://www.rotorandwing.com/2018/10/04/com...toring-systems/

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Commercial Rotorcraft Increasingly Move Toward Health-Monitoring Systems
By Frank Wolfe | October 4, 2018

Health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) have been around since the 1990s and U.S. military helicopters have been a prime beneficiary of the systems over the past decade under the Pentagon's Condition Based Maintenance Plus program, but the commercial helicopter industry had lagged behind until fairly recently.

One example of CBM Plus is upgrades for the U.S. Army fleet of 700 Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters that have been in service for up to 20 years.

Yet, HUMS has become more affordable in the past several years for commercial rotorcraft in general, not just for medium and large helicopters like those deployed in oil-and-gas work.

"Because HUMS becomes more and more affordable, we have a trend showing that more commercial customers are interested in such systems," said Falk Hoffmann, manager of innovation at Airbus Helicopters in Augsburg, Germany. "On the big and medium size helicopters, it's been standard for years and for the small helicopters the percentage is rising every year."

Airbus said that about 450 of its helicopters have HUMS. Last year, Airbus rolled out its FlyScan predictive maintenance software, now used by 44 helicopters in 10 operator fleets, including the German-based Global Helicopter Service. One key feature of FlyScan is the use of flight data to forecast when components may fail to allow technicians to replace the components in time.

"Thanks to FlyScan, operators can anticipate formerly unscheduled maintenance events (reducing their maintenance burden), avoid operational disruptions (enhancing safety), and reach a new level of dispatch reliability and fleet availability," Courtney Woo, an Airbus spokeswoman, wrote in an email.

Honeywell is another HUMS provider. Its Recon HUMS is standard equipment on a number of smaller helicopters, including the Bell 206L, 212 and 407, and the Leonardo AW109.

In contrast to other HUMS systems, Recon sends critical aircraft health indicators to operators in real time, rather than having to relay that information to ground personnel first, Honeywell said. The real-time updates help "boost safety and cut operational and maintenance costs," Honeywell said.

Such real-time information for operators may help avert helicopter crashes. On Dec. 28, 2016, a Lockheed Martin S-92 nearly crashed while landing aboard a North Sea oil rig. An investigation by the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) revealed that the culprit was the failure of a tail rotor pitch change shaft (TRPCS) bearing due to excessive vibration.

The S-92 has an IMD-HUMS system, selected by Sikorsky in 2001 and developed by the Goodrich Corp. and the U.S. Navy.

"Impending failure of the TRPCS bearing was detected by HUMS but was not identified during routine maintenance due to human performance limitations and the design of the HUMS Ground Station Human Machine Interface," according to the AAIB report on the North Sea incident. "The investigation identified that had HUMS exceedence data been available on the helicopter in near real time, the flight crew would have had at least two pre-departure opportunities to safely abort the flight."




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Hi All,This is from March 2015, but an interesting read in relation to AMOC.
Dr_Dazmo


https://www.mro-network.com/maintenance-rep...ness-directives
In fact, says Horton, most of Southwest’s AD AMOC applications pertain to inspection techniques for parts that cannot easily be removed for inspection on a workbench, given structural barriers. “In those cases, we may propose an AMOC that will allow a visual inspection of the part at more frequent intervals, rather than pulling it for non-destructive inspection.”
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Hi Ciabatta,Yes, everything seems to be in place for a successful business future.
As noted, recruitment seems to be rolling ahead giving no reason to doubt that things are not progressing to plan.
I think there is an old saying about "the market" being a mechanism to redistribute wealth from the impatient to the patient. laugh.gif
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But wait, there's more.. tongue.gif

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Hi All,I've come to the conclusion that the file is too big.
Not to be defeated, I've printed & scanned into 2 parts.
The first 11 Pages are attached.
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Hi All,Please find attached a copy of the 2018 Airlines for America NDT Forum presentation by FAA / Sandia / Delta Airlines.
Although there seems to be some “cut & paste” from past presentations, there also seems to be some additional information.

I see that in addition to Delta, Azul & Southwest, all of which I have seen mentioned in the past, we now see KLM, Air France, Ryan Air & United Airlines listed on the “Integration into Routine Maintenance” slide.

Some applications listed on “Moving Forward – Identified SHM Applications” slide inc. 757 Fuselage Section.I assume this is the Delta application we are waiting on?
I wonder if the current delay in announcing the Delta B757 approval is because Boeing are working to “batch” a number of applications?Possibly not, but just a thought given the tone of the Quarterly.Finally, on the Conclusions slide has a positive tone:

  • “Overall, there is strong interest in SHM – multitude of applications covering all aircraft structural, engine, and systems areas.”
  • “Recent advances in health monitoring methods have produced viable SHM systems for on-board aircraft inspections. SHM maturity has grown exponentially so desired usage and need for certification is expected to rise rapidly.”

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Hi All,
A tip of the hat to Hatrack on HC for this one! king.gif

https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default...CurrentOpenings

Several new key positions being advertised:

Senior Electrical Designer
Business Development & Distribution Manager - Americas
Business Development & Distribution Manager - Europe / Turkey / Israel
OEM Business & Product Development Manager - Americas

I'D say the above is a sign that things are gaining traction!

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Hi All,Saw this & thought it was interesting in the context of the CVM deal with Delta Airlines.
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmichaels/...s/#225095992648
In 2010, Delta experienced 5,212 maintenance cancellations in its mainline fleet. Every day, it cancelled at least one flight due to maintenance-related issues. It then went to work, attacking maintenance delays by reducing this figure 80% to 1,212 just two years later. Delta wasn’t finished. Soon, cancellations plunged below 500, and by 2017 there were less than 100 maintenance cancellations – a 98% improvement since 2010. And amazingly, in 2017, it had 242 days with no maintenance cancellations. Not surprisingly, it leads all major U.S. airlines in on-time performance.
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Hi All,Looks like a busy week for SHM (and hopefully SMN/CVM).In addition to the A4A NDT forum in Seattle, I see that Sandia Labs have made a couple of presentations to the ICAS (Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences) in Brazil.
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http://icas.dglr.de/icas2018/sessionlist-thu.html
ADDRESSING TECHNICAL AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS TO DEPLOY STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEMS ON COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT
D. Roach¹, T. Rice¹; ¹Sandia National Laboratories, United States

SHM QUALIFICATION PROCESS AND THE FUTURE OF AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE
F. Dotta¹, R.P. Rulli¹, P.A. da Silva¹, L.C. Vieira¹, A.K.F. Tamba¹, G.O.C. Prado¹, D. Roach², T. Rice²; ¹Embraer S.A., Brazil ;²Sandia National Labs, United States
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Hi All,It seems AEM are in the market to recruit an Accountant.I assume that operationally things are ticking along, and they are now beefing up the admin side of the business to cope with the growing revenue. wink.gif
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https://www.aem-corp.com/wp/about-aem/careers/

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As the following is being presented Wednesday week at the A4A 2018 NDT Forum, it possible we might see an announcement before or at the conference?

SHM Utilization – Validation, Certification and Airline Perspective for Implementation – Dennis Roach, David Piotrowski and Paul Swindell– Sandia National Laboratories, Delta Air Lines, and FAA

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Thanks ChromeDome01.
I seem to recall that it has been previously mentioned by Mgmt (Dec17) that they plan to commencing returning capital to shareholders in 2018 and/or 2019.Assuming the options are exercised, we could expect cash inflow of approx $4.11m.Drawing a long bow, but if there is no internal requirement for the cash, a return to shareholders in the order of $0.035/share could be on the cards?
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Hi All,I note there are currently 1,829,082 unlisted options with an expiry date of 15/2/2019 on issue.
Any one know who holds these options?
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Hi All,AEM are advertising another position vacant.
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https://www.aem-corp.com/wp/about-aem/careers/

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Hi Mullokintyre,I see there is a buyer for 130K @ $1.28 this morning.I wonder if it's the same buyer who picked up those 120K @ $1.29??
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Credit to DreamCatcher on HC for the below.
https://www.barchart.com/stocks/quotes/SMN.AX/opinion

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Hi Draughtsman,I note that the buyer for 120K @ $1.20 yesterday has moved their order to 120K @ $1.30 today.Perhaps supply is finally starting to tighten as demand is increasing??
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Hi All,The 2018 full year accounts should be out Monday.I'll be interested to see some of the sales, debtor & inventory numbers among others.Also hopefully an update on how things are progressing...
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Hi All,New position advertised at AEM.
Confirms to me that things as still progressing to plan.I assume this is one of the "Senior Engineer" positions mentioned in the June quarterly.
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Hi All,
Nothing specifically SMN related, but an interesting read.


https://www.verticalmag.com/features/predic...e-future-proof/


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Hi Ciabatta,I believe the below provides some indication of potential savings.
Probably drawing a long bow, but if the "estimate" were also to apply to Delta's B757 fleet (111), the potential saving becomes $16.65m.Not bad coin. smile.gif

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https://www.mro-network.com/engineering-design/more-and-smarter-sensors-are-coming

“CVM has been accepted by Boeing and included as an alternative method of compliance,” Poutier explains. “It avoids ripping up floorboards and taking out seats to inspect the wingbox.” He estimates CVM has saved $150,000 in lost revenue per aircraft during a heavy check by speeding up inspections.
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Hi All,Just following on from the Delta B757 "in hangar" situation.
I came across the below article which indicates UPS will also have a modification to the B757 cockpit which will also see all of their aircraft "in hangar" in the short-medium term.
UPS have approx. 75 aircraft, so assuming they have the same requirement as Delta for CVM it would seem a logical time to install sensors & kill two birds with one stone.As they mention a US based MRO shop, so Delta Techops may also be in a position to assist??
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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/...r-certi-447611/

UPS expects around 5 May to receive from the Federal Aviation Administration a supplemental type certificate (STC) to operate 757Fs with cockpits upgraded with Rockwell Collins’ Large Format Display Systems, says UPS director of engineering Ed Walton.

UPS expects to choose a US MRO shop to perform the 757F work because those aircraft typically fly domestic routes, while the 767Fs could be upgraded anywhere in the world, says Walton.




UPS plans for only a “couple” 757Fs to be upgraded this year, reflecting the need for aircraft during the company’s end-of-year busy package delivery season, Walton says.




Modification work will accelerate next year. UPS anticipates its MRO providers will run three 757F lines and two 767F lines simultaneously, meaning UPS will be short five aircraft through the end of the project.




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Hi All,I see that the draft agenda for the 2018 Airlines for America NDT forum has been updated (copy attached).The Forum runs from 17 September to 20 September in Seattle Washington.I believe that while attendance is limited to around 100, those who do attend are generally the key OEM /Operator decision makers/influencers, i.e, Senior Structural Engineers, etc.

There are several interesting sessions including these:
SHM implementation options on commercial airplanes– Alydin Akdeniz – Boeing

SHM Utilization – Validation, Certification and Airline Perspective for Implementation – Dennis Roach, David Piotrowski and Paul Swindell– Sandia National Laboratories, Delta Air Lines, and FAA

Product Technology Showcase – SMS and AEM – Trevor Lynch -Staunton

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Big volume day - 325+K.
Let's see if the 150K @ $1.35 disappears yet again...
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There're backkkkkk. laugh.gif
Now 150K @ $1.35 & making up 61% of the total sell volume..

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Looks like the 150K seller @ $1.33 has dropped off overnight.
We shall see if he/she/they reappear today.
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Interesting movements recently.I note that one seller of 150K @ $1.33 makes up about 50% of the total sell volume.
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Hi All,Not saying this is the B757 application mentioned recently, but it does require repetitive testing...Check the costs involved, both in terms or inspection & opportunity cost arising from aircraft downtime.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2...mpany-airplanes
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Hi Mullokintyre,Interesting question (obviously I don't provide any financial advice & you should always do your own research)!
I've been following SMN since 2016, and made my original purchases well above the current SP.I managed to keep the faith, and averaged down with the recent decline in the SP (and wish I could have purchased more!).
I don't currently have an exit & hope to be around for many years.Having said that, no one ever went broke making a profit, so I can see your thought process also.
I feel that the company strategy is progressing to "plan", and therefore am interested to see how things develop, particularly the statement in the December update:"The Company expects to commence returning capital to shareholders in 2018 and/or 2019, based on estimated future revenue streams"

Best Wishes!
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Hi All,Nice increase ahead of the EGM today (currently up 7.14%).Depth is also pretty skinny on the sell side (52K) compared to the buy (240K).
Hopefully some additional positive news will kick things along!
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Someone made a very timely purchase of 70K at $1.05 yesterday, unfortunately, it wasn't me!
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Hi All,Very positive news from SM today (IMO).
"Delta and SMS have priortized the B757 applications for expedited approval due to Delta's maintenance scheduling which will see most of their B757 fleet "in hanger" beginning in early Q4-2018, and fully available for necessary CVM installations. Currently, Delta operates 111 B757 aircraft, while - in just the US - American, United, FedEx and UPS operate over 300 additional B757 aircraft."
Quite a few B757 kicking around globally too:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Boeing_757_operators
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Question answered - Nope.
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Sorry, that looked lovely on screen before I submitted!Anyway opening bid is 70K @ $1.05..

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HI All,Interesting opening bid at the moment.I wonder if it will get pulled before the open? huh.gif
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BuyersSellersNo.VolumePrice ($)Price ($)VolumeNo.170,0001.0501.02024,020218041.0151.0307,0001111,5001.0001.0409,00
01110,0000.9901.05015,154314,0000.9601.0707,500112,0000.9551.09015,0001318,1400.9
501.1002,762116000.9451.1205,0001323,5680.9401.1304,900117000.9351.1404,000128 buyers for 215,746 units18 sellers for 121,209 units

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Hi All,For those interested, I came across a couple of old (2011) clips on YouTube that provide some background on SMN in the early days & the CVM technology.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE6KnLytue4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICUqRVOjwhQ
Military applications, much like bridges, still seem to be on the back burner, but who knows...

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Hi All,Found the attached presentation over the weekend.It is very similar to one I posted a while ago, but does have some additional information.It is dated March 2018.
http://www.smsystems.com.au/wp-content/uploads/smn2018_v2.pdf
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Hi All,I see that the below position, posted by AEM on 30/6/18, is no longer advertised.I assume that the position has been filled.
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This is the second.
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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/...-in-201-450373/
FARNBOROUGH: Sikorsky plans upgrades for S-92 in 2019
  • 17 July, 2018
  • SOURCE: FlightGlobal.com
  • BY: Dominic Perry
  • Farnborough
Sikorsky plans a 2019 launch for a number of undisclosed upgrade packages for its S-92 heavy helicopter, which could include uprated engines.

The US manufacturer, now part of Lockheed Martin, is battling a downturn in the market for civil rotorcraft that has seen sales and output slide over the past two years.

Upgrades would help to lift orders and provide better value for existing operators, it believes.

Nathalie Previte, vice-president of strategy and business development, says any enhancements would offer "better performance, range and payload", as well as reduced operating costs.

The 11t-class rotorcraft is powered by twin GE Aviation CT7 engines, and Previte says one option under the package of upgrades would be to offer a version of the CT7-8A7 that powers the CH-148 Cyclone – the military derivative of the S-92.

"That's something we are looking at," she says.

However, she says an uprated powerplant will not be the only option on offer. "A lot of times technology insertion comes with new hardware – but what we are going to develop is a modular approach depending on what customers want. We will not introduce something if it does not provide additional capability to our operators – we are in discussions about their needs."

The upgrades will also be available as retrofits to the existing fleet, says Previte.

Sikorsky has a strong presence in the offshore oil and gas segment, with the S-92 the mainstay of crew-change operations in the North Sea.

Although offshore operations have been hard hit by falls in the price of crude, Previte says it is seeing a recovery in the segment – flight hours rose by 3% last year, and Sikorksy expects to see a 6-8% rise in 2018.

However, Previte acknowledges that this has partly been driven by the difficulties experienced by the Airbus Helicopters H225, the S-92's direct rival in the sector.

Around 10 offshore-configured S-92s are currently parked, she says, although she notes that the manufacturer is seeing increased interest in modifications to convert transport helicopters for search and rescue operations.

No orders for new oil and gas-roled S-92s have been received for "quite some time", admits Previte, with production of both that platform and the smaller S-76D "at single-digit levels".

Recent sales have mostly focused on SAR-configured examples of the S-92, she says, pointing to the presence of a HM Coastguard-liveried helicopter outside Lockheed's chalet.

Sikorsky has also announced the sale of a VIP-roled S-76D to the government of Maharashtra in India.

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Hi All,Found a couple of interesting items in relation to Sikorsky.Here is the first from the FAA Williams J. Hughes Technical Centre newsletter.
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http://narfe-njchapter1664.org/documents%2...s%2027Jun18.pdf


Structural Health Monitoring Technical Interchange Meeting:

The Software and System Branch (ANG-E27) reviewed structural health monitoring (SHM) testing by Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) on rotorcraft components at Sikorsky Aircraft. This program is intended to gather data for zonal inspections and determine any effects on the certification process of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) for rotorcraft. The information will be used by the SAE G-11 SHM committee in developing industry standards for implementation of SHM on rotorcraft. The team met with the S-92 program office to present data from the FAA SHM research program. The S-92 team was very receptive to the potential use/testing of SHM and discussed a couple of problem areas that might benefit from SHM use. The team agreed that a collaboration with the S-92 office could be beneficial and set up plans for further discussions.


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Hi All,I note AEM are advertising another position vacant.This adds to the 2 positions advertised 30/6/18.Hopefully part of the flagged expansion rather than just general staff turnover.
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Let your career take flight with us! AEM is a leading designer and manufacturer of Aircraft Communication Systems, Illuminated Panel Products, Caution Warning Panels, and also offers its services for Contract Manufacturing. As the face of AEM, our Administrative Assistant presents the first impression of our company to the world. This role involves a variety of receptionist, administrative and sales duties focusing on providing support and assistance to the AEM team and our customers.

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Hi All,Good news for Embraer (and hopefully SMN).
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http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/st...175s-1027370051

Embraer, United Airlines Sign Contract For 25 E175s

RTTNews) - Brazil's Embraer (ERJ) and United Airlines said that they signed a firm order for 25 E175 jets in a 70-seat configuration. The contract has a value of US$1.1 billion, based on current list prices, and will be included in Embraer's 2018 third-quarter backlog. Deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2019. Including this new contract, Embraer has sold more than 420 E175s to airlines in North America since January 2013, earning more than 80% of all orders in this 70-76-seat jet segment.

The E-Jets family has received more than 1,800 orders and over 1,400 aircraft have been delivered. Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleet of 70 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 150-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline carriers.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-...0716-story.html
Boeing rewriting aerospace rulebook as '797' plans take shape

Boeing is seeking to rewrite the rules for creating commercial jets as it hones plans for a new midrange aircraft nicknamed the 797.For decades, Boeing pushed its planes to fly ever farther. The 787 Dreamliner, the company's last all-new jetliner, opened nearly 200 nonstop routes. The 777X will be the first twin-engine jet designed to haul more than 400 travelers halfway around the world.

But for its next aircraft, Boeing plans to dial back the ambitions for range, shooting instead for a plane that's tailored for, say, the eight- to ten-hour flight from Chicago to Central Europe. That market hasn't been considered cutting-edge since the Berlin Wall was standing and the company's 757 and 767 were forging new trans-Atlantic connections. More recently, Airbus SE has been edging into the niche by bumping up the range of its popular single-aisle jetliner, the A321neo.

What's revolutionary about the so-called 797 is the gush of money that Boeing hopes to get not from making and selling the plane, but from keeping it in the air. The mid-market family would be the first Boeing jets designed to make money for the world's largest planemaker long after the point of sale.

The initial purchase of a jet represents about 30 percent of the lifetime costs of operating the aircraft, said Stan Deal, who heads Boeing's new global services division. Capturing a bigger slice of the remaining 70 percent that comes from services and maintenance over the following decades represents a lucrative opportunity for Boeing -- and a cushion against down cycles when airplane sales stall.

That's why Deal -- whose division focuses on keeping airplanes flying, from selling spare parts to scheduling crews -- is deeply involved in creating the business case for what the company calls the "NMA," for new midmarket aircraft. He's also laying plans to sell spares decades from now if Boeing wins a $16-billion military trainer-jet contract.

Deal said he's on the phone about every other day with Leanne Caret, head of Boeing's defense business, and commercial planes honcho Kevin McAllister, who's ultimately responsible for the 797.

"It really is a Boeing-wide effort to launch one of these," Deal said ahead of the Farnborough air show outside London. The NMA team is "highly integrated, with representatives from my team and Kevin's, and strong functional representation from engineering, manufacturing and supply chain."

For a third year running, the 797 -- a plane that doesn't exist yet and still requires approval from Boeing's board -- will loom large over the discussions of sales, strategy and supplier strain this week at the aerospace industry's largest trade expo. Boeing is mulling a two-jet family with 220 to 270 seats designed for midrange routes.

The intensity of the planning underscores the difficulty of projecting sales decades into the future for aircraft parts that Boeing doesn't make today. An official decision on whether to go forward won't be made until next year, Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg told reporters Sunday. The planemaker is laying the groundwork now to bring the first aircraft to market by 2025 if directors sign off on the business case, a relatively quick turnaround for such a complex machine.

The planes plying those 5,000-nautical-mile routes now are often outdated and too heavy, or modern but with engines and wings designed to cruise 14 hours or more like its Dreamliner. While airlines would see operating costs plummet with the 797, Boeing's theory goes, passengers would cheer a roomier twin-aisle cabin and distinctive fuselage that is wider than it is tall.

The Chicago-based manufacturer plans to use many of the cutting-edge systems it pioneered on the 787 to lower risk, while channeling its innovation into the design and production of the aircraft.

Boeing and Airbus are convinced they can trim costs by about one-third through new digital tools to anticipate how planes are built, and how they will be flown, says Carter Copeland, an analyst with Melius Research. The NMA would put these theories to the test, and Boeing is already testing some of the concepts on new aircraft programs such as the 777X and T-X trainer.

Muilenburg is a believer in the power of data. Boeing is investing in an information backbone that would span the life of an airplane: from the engineers honing the design, to the tooling that brings it to life, to the sensors continually streaming data to Deal's team as it flies.

"This is perhaps the biggest transformation that's happening at our company," Muilenburg said.

There's another reason to focus on the life-cycle profit from the all-new airplane: reaping money on the factory-fresh models will be tough. Airlines want the pricing to be on par with the aircraft already on the market -- such as Airbus's A321neo.

The challenge is to bring manufacturing costs down to the point where Boeing could profitably charge the $70 million or less that major customers are willing to pay. Twin-aisle aircraft have never been made so inexpensively, and the 797 could bleed cash if Boeing misjudges the digital savings. The Dreamliner was also supposed to be a low-cost wide-body, but Boeing lost money on the plane for a decade after outsourcing heavily and mismanaging suppliers.

Since the NMA is the only all-new aircraft in development at either Boeing or Airbus, companies are eager to participate. That's given Boeing an opening to set new contracting terms with large suppliers such as Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. and United Technologies Corp.

"You have a fresh block of clay and you can try things you never tried before because you don't have to unwind old deals," said Robert Spingarn, an analyst with Credit Suisse Group.

The 797 would complement another Boeing initiative to take more work in-house, from luxury seats to auxiliary power units. Doing so gives Boeing rights to sell the spare parts for those components over a jet's 30-year commercial life. Deal's team has a laser focus on growth after Muilenburg launched the division last year with marching orders to triple revenue to $50 billion over a decade.

"To design an aircraft for life-cycle management, means you fundamentally restructure the content from your suppliers to give you more after-market royalties," said Kevin Michaels, managing director, AeroDynamic Advisory, a consultant in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Deal says Boeing continues to scout for opportunities to bring more work under its own roof. The company in particular focuses on "major pain points" for airlines, like badly delayed premium seats, as well as creating a "more enduring design-development ecosystem so that the product risk is lower as well."

Michaels sees Boeing potentially extending its grip on components such as landing gear, engine coverings known as nacelles -- maybe even demanding a share on the so-called aftermarket sales of the engines themselves. The strategy comes with risks, though, since Boeing is taking on more of the manufacturing costs previously borne by suppliers.

"If you're trying to build the world's cheapest jet on a per-seat basis, vertical integration really isn't the way to go," said aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia. "These are now cost centers that bring their own risk-sharing -- as well as losses."



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Hi All,I see there is now a short news article on the SMN website in relation to CVM Bridge monitoring.

https://www.smsystems.com.au/krqe-news-cove...dge-monitoring/

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Hi All,I see the 2018 Airlines for America draft agenda is now available.
http://a4andtforum.com/wp-content/uploads/...-web-agenda.pdf
Good to see the "SHM Focus" on Wednesday 19th September.
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Hi Seboya,I'm a bit surprised FZR aren't offering script as consideration.
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This also:
http://www.worldhighways.com/sections/even...oves-mountains/

PPRS Nice 2018: maintenance moves mountains

Strategic maintenance was a major theme at the second Pavement Preservation and Recycling Summit in Nice, France

The world is changing, mobility is changing and so roads must change and adapt for the future.” With this brief statement, Jacques Tavernier opened the second PPRS Summit.

“At the same time there is a growing awareness of poor or non-existent maintenance for highways. The question for this conference is how to adapt road maintenance in the face of this challenge,” said Tavernier, in his role as president of the PPRS Congress Nice 2018 that was held over three days in the Nice Acropolis.

The need for a strategic long-term approach to road maintenance has been recognised in France with the recently set up National Observatory for Roads, explained Frederic Beauchef, vice president of France’s Sarthe County Council.

The observatory was created with the central government at the insistence of France’s local government authorities - the Departments which have seen their revenues from Paris decline over the past decade, explained Beauchef.

The has led to “painful choices” in order to fulfil the duty of the local government preserve the precious public asset, he told the opening session. The observatory is monitoring the condition of France’s departmental roads using a template as part of a strategy to prioritise maintenance.

There remain sensitive road-user issues in France, said Beauchef. One is the increasing number of heavy trucks which cause the most road damage but are not being taxed accordingly.

Lessons learned

You learn from successes but also from failures, despite the pain, said Anne-Marie Leclerq, deputy minister for infrastructure within the ministry of transport for the Canadian province of Quebec. On September 30, 2006, a span of the six-lane Concorde Bridge in Laval, near Montreal, collapsed, crushing to death five people and injuring six.

The bridge had been inspected only recently, she told attendees. Inspection teams did see some concrete rubble at one corner of the road under the bridge, but it was too late. Soon after a 20m section had a catastrophic failure that would change forever the way the Canadian province inspected bridges.

Although putting in mostly only one layer of steel reinforcement was not a contravention of building codes at the time, it was found to create a weak plane. There were also issues over the quality of concrete used for abutments. The finger of blame was pointed at several engineering firms over the years for inadequate repairs and inspections.

But the result was an impressive tightening up of building codes and in particular inspection regimes, she explained. This is important because 70% of the province’s bridges date from the era as that of the Concorde Bridge, between 1960 and 1980.

There are now specialist inspection teams available to local authorities on a 24/7, 7/7 basis. A closer review of on-site new construction work is in place. While the province has not introduced a BIM process, it is at least considering its use, said Leclerq.
Importantly, there is also a much greater emphasis on communication with the public about construction of new infrastructure as well as repairs and maintenance to older assets. It is about being transparent with road users, said Leclerq.

“Enriching the maintenance environment” is one of the most important lessons to be learned from disasters, said Yukio Adachi, a director of management planning for the Japanese firm Hanshin Expressway Engineering.

“A disaster is a crisis that exceeds the capabilities” of infrastructure to maintain integrity. That is the definition of failure as used for a major study of 15 bridge failures by PIARC, the Paris-based World Road Association and whose disaster management team Adachi is a secretary. The recently completed study 'Unpredicted Infrastructure Failure' put forward disaster mitigation measures for highways authorities worldwide, Adachi explained.

Asset management should be reviewed to accommodate the fact that designs have greatly moved on from the 1960s and 1970s. What were sufficient inspection regimes for new designs back then should be updated and intensified for the fact that materials have aged. Traffic weight limits and numbers have been reached or exceeded, at times placing excessive stress levels on the design. If there have been periods of infrequent or no maintenance, then succeeding levels should be intense and much more frequent.

If there were known errors during the construction phase, and even if these were corrected, Adachi suggested that much more non-destructive testing be carried out to ensure a structure's continuing integrity. This should happen even if the structure has been well-maintained and documented as such.

However, failure can be caused by outside influences that have nothing to do with the integrity level of the structure itself. This was the case of a fire under an overpass of the 10-lane Interstate 85 near Atlanta, in the US state of Georgia only a year ago.

A large amount of plastic conduit was stored under a span of the I-85 to keep it dry. But a suspected arsonist created a fire of such intensity that the heat and smoke engulfed the five-lane 30m span and collapsed it – only 45 minutes after the fire had been detected.

Luckily, no one was killed or injured during the rush hour disaster of the 30-year-old structure that carries 250,000 vehicles a day. However, the state government alerted local authorities to not store material under an overpass, said Meg Pirkle, chief engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

There could have been a disaster of a traffic jam kind had the GDoT not pulled together all the engineering, emergency services and communications teams, even as the fire was being extinguished, she told delegates. An hour after the fire had been detected, an emergency operations centre was set up. Four hours after the fire was detected, demolition contractors were on-site waiting for the debris to cool down.

Rather than source steel replacement beams of a 30-year-old design, the bridge’s original designers – who were rebuilding the span – updated the design with stronger bulb tee beams. Being longer, these beams could be installed more quickly than the original style beams and with a single crane movement per beam, said Pirkle.

The contractor also replaced several adjoining spans because of heat damage, which complicated the work because of their individual trapezoidal shape. However, the contractor was incentivised with $3.1 million to complete the estimated two-and-a-half-month operation a month early; it opened only six weeks after the fire.

During the whole process, Pirkle said the bridge authority was under intense media and public pressure to complete the work. Communication with the public was tremendously important to keep them on side.

In fact, by communicating possible travel delays, there were very few traffic jams as people flocked to public transport. There was generally 40% less traffic in affected areas and a minimal increased use of other arteries. Public transport authorities also noted a 27% rise in ridership during the construction period.

Yvonne Gunreben, of the federal German ministry of transport, told delegates that disaster was avoided in the case of the Leverkusen Bridge. The cable-stayed suspension design has one set of towers and cables in the middle of the road to support a steel girder road deck. The 1965 structure over the Rhine River connects the cities of Cologne and Leverkusen.

The bridge is also known as the A1 Rheinbrücke because it is a main route to the Dutch industrial port of Rotterdam. As such, it is used by heavy trucks that have got heavier over the decades. Around 120,000 vehicles use the bridge daily, of which around 12% are heavy trucks.
But inspections revealed an increasing number of cracks over the years and last year the decision was taken to replace it by 2020 – ahead of the planned 2035 date. Until it is replaced, no heavy goods vehicles will use the bridge. Other bridges in the area have similar weight restrictions.

It was all a wake-up call that forced the hand of the Federal German Government to allocate a higher-than-expected amount of the road budget to maintaining bridges. Around 35% from now until 2020 is going towards bridges, increasing after that to 43% up to 2030.




Data is key

“Information and data is expensive to collect,” said Bud Wright, chief executive officer of AASHTO - American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. “As well, each state has different resources to do this.

“There are also political concerns and priorities. This can manifest itself in a state government versus local authority conflict when setting targets for maintenance. All the while, never forget that the vision remains a collective one, that being better asset management at all levels.”

Delegates also heard how one European project, Isabela, is attempting to quantify the social implications of highway asset management.

The research is attempting to produce an analytical tool that can be used within most asset management systems to input hard on the effects of maintenance decisions, explained Alfred Weninger-Vycudil, with Austrian-based PMS-Consult.

The research is looking at the “social implications” of maintenance, including the monetary value of having a road out of commission at different times of the year and also for differing lengths of time. What is the effect on the local and regional economy? How are people’s movements affected and what it the result on lost business versus improved business if roads are improved?

Most decisions to maintain roads are made by technical people but funding is often based on social issues, he said.




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Hi All,I assume there is plenty of potential globally for CVM bridge monitoring.
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https://www.firstpost.com/india/andheri-bri...es-4701011.html

Mumbai bridge collapse turns lens on city's infrastructure: Spot warning signs early to prevent mishaps, say experts
The recent road overbridge collapse at Mumbai's Andheri railway station during a spell of heavy rain has raised concerns over the robustness of the city's infrastructure. Following the incident, various authorities have stepped up their efforts to assess the stability of bridges in the city. Western Railways public relations officer Ravindra Bhakar said that the Western Railway, Central Railway and BMC, along with IIT-Bombay are currently in the process of conducting a structural audit of all 445 bridges going over rail tracks in Mumbai. He said that the audit is expected to be completed in about three to four months.

Prominent urban development experts say that the audit is likely to assess whether the construction of the structures are as per the design and whether they are strong enough to withstand the load of people, vehicles and utilities. The process is likely to consider whether the designs of the bridges were appropriate in the first place.

Sudhir Badami, a transportation expert and an IIT-Bombay graduate in civil and structural engineering, says, “Any bridge is designed to take a certain amount of load. This includes the dead weight (that of the structure itself) and the live load (weight which is not permanent in nature.) Utilities like wires and cables — which are very heavy — can be said to be dead weight as they are normally permanently affixed to bridges. To an extent, bridges are resilient enough to handle overloading, provided the support system is in condition. If the bolts on the top holdings and bottom holdings have rusted, this needs to be identified in the audits.”Numerous reports point to the possibility of utility cables leading to pressure on the Gokhale Bridge which links Andheri West with Andheri East. According to a report in Hindustan Times, at least 60 utility cables ran below the paver blocks of the bridge.

Another urban development expert and civil engineer, Shirish Patel, says, “Any structure will always give plenty of warnings before it collapses — whether it is through cracks or corrosion. These need to be identified through regular inspections — all that needs to be done is to be on the lookout. Most importantly, an inspection of the base of the bridge needs to be conducted from a very close distance — of just a few inches.” Patel also said that painting of steel structures is an important aspect, as it prevents them from getting corroded.

Both Badami and Patel have assisted the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in various capacities in the past. Badami was earlier part of a road monitoring committee set up by the Bombay High Court. Patel is best known for being a co-conceiver of the satellite city Navi Mumbai.

Western Railway PRO Bhakar said that the bases of bridges running across railway tracks will be inspected, but said that it is not clear as of now as to how this inspection will take place. He further said, “The IIT-Bombay will supervise the audits and suggest any new technologies that can be used for this purpose. The extent of corrosion and the load-bearing capacity of the bridges will be tested.”

On the issue of structures collapsing despite the conducting of audits and inspections, Badami observes, “Audits should give a clear indication on whether a particular structure should be closed to people and repaired or not. Then, the question is whether the engineer decides on whether to, let’s say, close a bridge for the public pending repairs — or whether politicians take this decision. Many a time, politicians do not want to temporarily stop people from using a particular structure because they fear that there may be a hue and cry.”

He further recalled, “In 2008 or 2009, there was a report of the standing technical advisory committee submitted to the BMC. In this, the panel submitted 68 points which the civic body needed to attend to — one of which was conducting audits of bridges.” This committee consisted of engineers from the BMC, Maharashtra government, and other institutes like Central Road Research Institute, Delhi and IIT-Bombay.

Infrastructure under lens

The mishap at Andheri on 3 July, due to which one woman lost her life, brought the spotlight on the condition of bridges in the city. The incident had led to train services on the Western line being halted for several hours.

Authorities have shut down at least two overbridges which go across railway tracks in Ghatkopar and Malad due to concerns over their safety during an inspection.

Last week, after the Andheri bridge collapse, cracks were also noticed on a bridge at the Grant Road railway station in south Mumbai. The bridge was closed and traffic diverted to other routes for a day. However, the bridge was later opened again to traffic after authorities concluded that the crack was only on the surface and the structure was safe.

In October last year, a portion of a skywalk, which was being repaired, caved in near the Charni Road railway station in south Mumbai. One person was injured in the incident. The accident had occurred only weeks after a stampede at Elphinstone Road station, in which 23 people died and many more were wounded.

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Hi All,As part of the Weeks sale process FZR have made an offer which would result in shareholders (other than FZR) receiving $4.7m.
There are 52,714,183 shares on issue with FZR holding 24,669,630.Therefore non-FZR shareholders would receive approx $0.166/share (assuming my calculations are correct).
The FZR offer for values the Weeks royalty at $6.6m which is materially higher than the other offers received under the sale process.
Not much joy there.
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Hi All,Saw this recently from Delta Airlines:
https://news.delta.com/delta-emphasizes-customer-comfort-first-refreshed-777-200er
Delta has embarked on a full-fleet interior renovation of its 777 aircraft, with the first refreshed 777-200ER taking flight this afternoon from Detroit (DTW) to Beijing (PEK) featuring the award-winning Delta One suites, the new Delta Premium Select cabin and the widest Main Cabin seats of Delta's international fleet, among other interior upgrades.
I could be wrong, but if you are taking aircraft off-line to renovate the interior, it occurs to me that it would also be an ideal time to install CVM sensors.
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Hi All,Recently news on Bridge monitoring demonstrates that although the current focus is on commercial aviation, SMN isn't a one trick pony.I also saw this recently.Maybe a long way off, but perhaps a potential application for CMV at some stage?
I assume there are lots of O&G pipelines around the world.The potential cost is both financial & environmental.

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https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/...il-13052143.php NTSB: Damage during installation led to oil pipeline crack Updated 4:27 pm EDT, Thursday, July 5, 2018

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a fatigue crack caused last year's rupture of the Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota. The NTSB said in a report released Thursday that the crack likely originated from mechanical damage to the pipe exterior caused by a metal-tracked vehicle during installation. Investigators say the crack grew to a "critical size" and resulted in the Nov. 16 rupture near Amherst.

An estimated 210,000 gallons of oil spilled from the TransCanada Corp. pipeline between the Ludden, North Dakota, and Ferney, South Dakota, pump stations. There were no injuries associated with the incident.

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Finally, Boeing & Embraer announce deal.
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/201...commercial-jets

Boeing Revs Up Airbus Challenge on $4.75 Billion Embraer VentureBoeing Co. is forming a $4.75 billion venture with long-time industrial partner Embraer SA, a move that will bolster its arsenal in the newest battlefront with Airbus SE: the market for smaller jetliners.

Under a preliminary deal, Boeing will own 80 percent of a partnership controlling Embraer’s commercial airplane and services businesses while the Brazilian manufacturer holds 20 percent, the companies said in a statement Thursday. The tie-up bolsters the duopoly held by Boeing and Airbus as competitive threats emerge from rivals in Russia, Japan and China.

By adding Embraer’s E-Jet family to its portfolio, Boeing will expand its manufacturing base abroad while extending its reach into the market for 100-seat planes. While the two companies have discussed combining for more than a decade, the talks gained urgency in recent months as Airbus prepared to take control of the C Series -- the advanced jetliner that has drained billions of dollars from Bombardier Inc. Airbus is set to detail its plans for the Canadian jet family on July 10, days before a major aviation trade show in Farnborough, England.

“For Embraer, it means that we will have better access to markets with Boeing,” Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, Embraer’s chief executive officer, said on a conference call. “Boeing also values a lot the way that Embraer designs, develops and engineers aircraft.”

Boeing will pay $3.8 billion for its stake in the venture -- a valuation that prompted Embraer investors to look for the exits. The Brazilian company plunged 14 percent to 23.07 reais at 1:03 p.m. in Sao Paulo, after falling as much as 16 percent for the biggest intraday decline since the days following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Embraer had surged 35 percent this year through Wednesday on anticipation of the deal.

For a look at how Boeing’s ‘bargain’ is sinking Embraer shares, click here

“The valuation was lower than we expected, but we see a 20 percent upside to yesterday’s closing price” of 26.95 reais, BTG Pactual analyst Renato Mimica said in a note.

Boeing advanced less than 1 percent to $334.09 in in New York. Through the close of trading July 3, the shares had gained 13 percent this year, the fourth-best performance among the 30 members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.


Defense Plan
The commercial venture will be run by a Brazil-based CEO and management team, while Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will have ultimate control. Embraer, a jewel of Brazilian industry, plans to use the proceeds of the joint venture for high-return investments and reducing debt, as well as a special dividend payment and a potential share buyback program.

The Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil-based manufacturer will remain a separate company that makes military and private jets while reaping a revenue stream from the new partnership. The structure, along with the company’s flagging sales and an increasingly challenging market, helped win the support of the Brazilian government.

Boeing and Embraer said they plan to form a second joint venture to develop new markets for defense products and applications that bolster the Brazilian company’s military portfolio, including its KC-390 cargo aircraft.


Segment Sales

The companies expect to finalize the agreement over the next several months and present it in November for formal approval by Brazil’s government, which has veto power, Souza e Silva said. It will go before shareholders by December, he said. Once the transaction is ratified by the government, there will be no need to involve the next president in the conversations, the CEO said. Brazil will hold presidential elections in October.

The deal is expected to close by the end of next year, a goal that Embraer Chief Financial Officer Nelson Salgado called conservative. The companies foresee the need to get antitrust approvals in at least 10 countries in which they jointly operate. Boeing said the partnership would add to its earnings beginning in 2020.


Engineering Expertise
For years, Boeing and Airbus focused on larger, more-profitable jetliners and shifted away from the smaller planes, which have similar development costs but sell for lower prices. Airbus’s deal with Bombardier, and Boeing’s pact with Embraer, signal that the big planemakers intend to deny a foothold in the lucrative narrow-body market to ambitious newcomers, such as Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China.

Embraer brings engineering talent that Boeing could tap for the new midrange jet on its drawing board, dubbed the 797 by analysts. Embraer also has lower-cost production capabilities that the Chicago-based planemaker could use to build components such as actuators and landing gear as it brings more supplier work in-house, said Canaccord Genuity analyst Ken Herbert.

The Brazilian company has overtaken Bombardier as the largest manufacturer of regional jets while burnishing its reputation for engineering prowess. In an industry where product delays are the norm, Embraer has introduced 10 all-new aircraft over the past 15 years, largely on-budget and on-time, Ron Epstein, an analyst at Bank of America Corp., wrote earlier this year.

For a look at the impact of the Boeing-Embraer deal on Bombardier, click here

The Brazilian planemaker debuted the first of its E2 family of upgraded jets this year. The E190-E2 competes directly with Bombardier’s smallest C Series, seating as many as 114 travelers and powered by the same Pratt & Whitney geared turbofans as the Canadian jet.

Created in 1969 by the Brazilian government and privatized in 1994, Embraer has been touted as a source of national pride for the commodities-driven country and an example of efficiency and innovation, though corruption scandals in the past few years have tainted that image.

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First sale over $1.00 for quite some time.Lets see what transpires!

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Hi Mullokintyre,Yes, sell volume seems to have dried up since 30/6/18.An announcement might not happen today, it might not happen tomorrow, but bring on the Pantene! laugh.gif
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Hi All,Unfortunately, the FAA certification referred to is from 2014.I should have checked the link in the article- DOH!
Still, interesting to see the work on bridge monitoring is still progressing.

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Hi All,Something new, but at the same time old - Bridge Monitoring!This is also an interesting passage:
"Recently, Sandia and Structural Monitoring Systems, which has a significant presence in North America, worked together with Delta Air Lines Inc. and the Federal Aviation Administration to get the Comparative Vacuum Monitoring sensors industry certified for crack detection on commercial aircraft"
It could be wishful thinking but this reads as if the "certification" is complete.
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https://share-ng.sandia.gov/news/resources/...s/#.WzvtP7gRWUk
<h1 id="mainHeading">Sandia Labs News Releases</h1> July 3, 2018

<h3 class="entry-title"> Smarter, safer bridges with Sandia sensors </h3> Real-time structural health monitoring to detect bridge cracks







ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Along with flying cars and instantaneous teleportation, smart bridges, roads and subway lines that can send out warnings when they’re damaged are staples of futuristic transportation systems in science fiction.

Sandia National Laboratories has worked with Structural Monitoring Systems PLC, a U.K.-based manufacturer of structural health monitoring sensors, for over 15 years to turn this science fiction into science fact. They outfitted a U.S. bridge with a network of eight real-time sensors able to alert maintenance engineers when they detect a crack or when a crack reaches a length that requires repair.

Sandia National Laboratories mechanical engineer Stephen Neidigk positions a Comparative Vacuum Monitoring sensor on a bridge. In his other hand is the control system that periodically checks the sensor and a wireless transmitting device to autonomously alert the maintenance engineers if it detects a crack. (Photo by Randy Montoya)


Next week, Sandia Senior Scientist Dennis Roach will present his team’s work at the ninth International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management. His presentation will include data on this trial bridge, a general assessment of the sensors used and his proposal for how to make structural health monitoring more routine in transportation infrastructure.

The goal of structural health monitoring is to increase supervision of critical areas, extend the lifetime of structures and ultimately reduce operating costs and improve safety. In order to assess the condition of a bridge or another kind of transportation infrastructure, sensors are mounted on the structure and their data needs to be properly analyzed.

In 2016, more than 54,000 bridges in the U.S. were classified as “structurally deficient” by the Federal Highway Administration’s National Bridge Inventory. This means about 9 percent of U.S. bridges need regular monitoring. “Areas that are difficult to access or things that are remotely located like bridges, pipelines and other critical structures present significant challenges to properly monitoring the health of the structure or equipment,” said Roach. “A network of structural health monitoring sensors could be a solution, or at least help ensure the necessary vigilance over these components.”

Recently, Sandia and Structural Monitoring Systems, which has a significant presence in North America, worked together with Delta Air Lines Inc. and the Federal Aviation Administration to get the Comparative Vacuum Monitoring sensors industry certified for crack detection on commercial aircraft. Roach’s work with structural health monitoring for commercial aircraft began in 2001 through the FAA’s Airworthiness Assurance Center, which has been operated by Sandia for the FAA since 1990.

‘Foolproof’ Comparative Vacuum Monitoring sensors

The structural health monitoring system for the trial bridge consists of eight Comparative Vacuum Monitoring sensors, a vacuum pump to form the vacuum, a control system to turn on the vacuum pump and periodically check the sensors and a wireless transmitting device to autonomously call or text the maintenance engineers if a sensor detects a crack. The whole system is powered by a lithium ion battery, which is recharged by a solar panel.

The sensors were placed along several welds on a truss 100 feet above the deck, or flat road surface, on a suspension bridge.

The Comparative Vacuum Monitoring sensors produced by Structural Monitoring Systems are made of thin, flexible Teflon and have rows of little channels, called galleries. They can be stuck onto critical joints or welds or placed near other places cracks are likely to form. When the metal is whole, the pump is able to remove all of the air out of the galleries, forming a vacuum. When a tiny crack forms in the metal underneath the sensor, it can no longer form a vacuum, similar to how a vacuum cleaner stops working when the hose has a leak. These sensors can detect cracks smaller than the thickness of a dime.

The sensors can be produced in many different shapes, depending on the region that needs to be monitored, such as across a long weld or around a series of bolts. They can even be placed in a series in front of a tiny crack, to see whether it grows and if so, how fast. Each sensor has numerous control galleries and monitoring hardware so it can tell if there’s something wrong with the sensor or connecting tubes. Because of these control galleries, the sensors are practically foolproof.

Henry Kroker, a Structural Monitoring Systems engineer who played a key role in the bridge monitoring project, said, “Comparative Vacuum Monitoring sensors provide an elegant ‘Green-Light, Red-Light’ method for constantly surveying critical components. In many years of trial and permanent use in the aviation and now civil industries, these sensors have not produced any false calls.”

Future of structural health monitoring

The team’s work on smart infrastructure began in 2005 through a Sandia-sponsored Laboratory Directed Research and Development project. The project explored using mounted sensors and wireless data transfer to continuously monitor a wide array of civil structures ranging from heavy mining equipment to railway systems and bridges. These sensors can monitor the health of structures and mechanical devices by detecting the presence of corrosion and cracks and even the condition of critical moving parts.

Roach and his team also use piezoelectric sensors, fiber optics and printed eddy current sensors for structural health monitoring. Printed eddy current sensors, a Sandia-patented technology, can be installed on curved surfaces and use changes in a magnetic field to detect cracks. On the other hand, a network of piezoelectric sensors can monitor a wide area instead of just a few patches. Each sensor takes turns sending out a vibration through the underlying material that the other sensors receive. Cracks or other damage within the sensor network change the “pitch” of these vibrations. However, these pitch changes are more complex than the “yes” or “no” results from the vacuum monitors. Comparative Vacuum Monitoring is ready and certified for commercial use, the other technologies are still in different stages of lab and field testing.

Tom Rice, the mechanical test engineer in charge of testing various structural health monitoring systems, said “In 15 years of testing Comparative Vacuum Monitoring sensors, they have achieved a tremendous track record for producing dependable structural health monitoring. Once they get incorporated into more systems, in areas of concern, it’s just going to make aircraft, trains and bridges safer as time goes on.”

Structural health monitoring is especially good for hard-to-reach or remote areas, but it’s not a panacea for all inspection needs, Roach said. “There’s still plenty of times when you want a human in there with a flashlight or other inspection equipment, reasoning it out.” With that caveat, he added “Structural health monitoring is only beginning to scratch the surface of the varied types of infrastructure it could be used for.”

Railcars and rail lines, ships, wind turbines, power plants, remote pipelines, storage tanks, vehicles, even buildings could benefit from real-time, remote structural health monitoring. “The civil infrastructure industry is becoming more aware of the benefits structural health monitoring can provide and is now interested in using them,” said Roach.

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Hi All,I don't think that this presentation by Embraer/Sandia to the IWSHM last year has been posted previously?I found it tucked away under "technical papers" on the SMN website.
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http://www.smsystems.com.au/wp-content/upl...-Divulgacao.pdf

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Might have spoken too soon. blink.gif
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No problem Draughtsman, nice to see some green for a change!
This may also be of interest.I note that Delta TechOps are the Principal Sponsor, Boeing are a Gold sponsor & Airbus are one of the Silver sponsors.
CheersDr_Dazmo

http://www.iata.org/events/Pages/maintenan...conference.aspx

14th Maintenance Cost Conference (MCC)
​​​​​The annual Maintenance Cost Conference (MCC) offers a unique opportunity for airlines, OEMs and MROs to present the latest trends on aircraft maintenance and share best practices on maintenance cost management.


When: September 19 - September 21, 2018
Where: Atlanta, USA
Venue:​Twelve Atlantic Station

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Hi All,Is the scent of FOMO is getting stronger??
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Hi All,
Came across this one today too.

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https://japantoday.com/category/features/tr...investment-wave

Airline industry on cusp of major investment wave
Today 05:47 am JST 3 Comments
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The commercial aviation industry is at the beginning of a technology investment wave fueled by advancements in high-speed, in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity.

In the new Honeywell Connected Aircraft Report, aviation professionals around the globe in the commercial aircraft sector reveal that spending on connected technologies will increase dramatically in the coming years, driven by a rapidly growing demand for solutions that enhance the passenger experience, save airlines money and improve operational efficiency.

Connected technologies are defined as those that make use of data sent to and from the aircraft to benefit passengers, pilots and operators. Some examples include applications that track fleet fuel usage; give pilots landing and navigation aids; crowd-sourced weather information accessed via mobile devices; and analytics solutions that use data from “smart” sensors, sending it to maintenance personnel or aircraft operators during flight.

The report finds that spending will be largely focused beyond the cabin, with maintenance ranking highest among the pain points that airline decision makers want to tackle. Investment in connected technologies is expected to rise significantly during the next 12 months, and to increase even more rapidly over the next five years.

“The airline industry is beginning to seriously invest in Connected Aircraft technology to proactively improve daily operations. The result is airline employees performing their daily roles more effectively, while also delivering the kind of service that passengers expect, including increased safety and on-time arrivals,” said Kristin Slyker, vice president, Connected Aircraft, Honeywell Aerospace. “With the massive potential for cost savings and improved operations, predictive maintenance is the No. 1 area in which airlines are looking to invest. Our research revealed nearly 60% of airlines are looking to purchase predictive maintenance technologies over the next year, and even more are expected to invest down the road.”

The Honeywell Connected Aircraft Report features survey responses from maintenance personnel, flight and ground crew, fleet management personnel and other key stakeholders in the commercial airline sector on near and long-term technology purchase plans.

Connected Aircraft technologies are seen as one of the most important long-term investments to improve all-around operations and competitive standing within the industry. The benefits of these technologies also go well beyond passenger entertainment in the cabin. The next wave of investment in connectivity is to address three main challenges: maintenance effectiveness, fuel consumption and aircraft turnaround time.

Challenge No. 1: Maintenance

Maintenance issues routinely cause airlines to ground aircraft minutes before departure, which is never ideal for a business that relies on taking off and arriving on time and safely. These delays cost the industry hundreds of millions of dollars a year and contribute significantly to passenger dissatisfaction.

Based on insight from commercial respondents, improvements in maintenance are the most important benefit airlines want to see from an investment in the Connected Aircraft. Maintenance was ranked as the top priority in the report, with 88% of respondents labeling it as an “Extremely Important” or a “Very Important” investment.

“In my business — commercial aviation — safety and reliability is paramount. Therefore, it is high priority to provide preventive, predictive and reliable maintenance,” said one respondent from an aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

“We want to be able to predict when a component is about to fail, and change it before it does,” said a fleet management professional at a passenger airline.

Challenge No. 2: Fuel Consumption

Fuel typically accounts for 20 to 40% of an airline’s operating costs. If airlines can reduce the amount of fuel used, that will make a dramatic impact on the bottom line. Therefore, it’s no surprise that 73% of survey respondents listed fuel efficiency as “Extremely Important” or “Very Important” to an airline’s investment plan.

“We are one of the biggest domestic operators with comparatively lower turnaround time, [so] fuel use data is a big concern for us. We are operating in a very busy environment; if a single flight is disrupted, it becomes a great concern to manage the schedule,” said a fleet management employee at a passenger airline.

“Saving fuel, shortening or eliminating delays, and having better real-time information will result in lower operational costs. On the customer side, we want to be the brand of choice. The new generation of business travelers (our most lucrative customer) wants to be connected at all times and have information readily available. The airline that can provide this will have a competitive advantage,” said a ground operations employee at a passenger airline.

Challenge No. 3: Aircraft Turnaround Time

To keep passengers happy and costs on track, pushing back from the gate in a timely manner for on-time arrivals is important. Passenger experience was one of the top reasons for airlines to invest in the Connected Aircraft, with 76% of respondents listing it as “Extremely Important” or “Very Important”.

“Connected-related purchases will increase operational efficiency, improve fleet management, provide energy efficiency, ensure flight safety, give customers delight, [and reduce] aircraft turnaround time and costs,” said an aircraft research and development expert at an aircraft OEM.

Big Investment Now, Bigger Investment Later

Investing in the Connected Aircraft is important for airlines around the globe. In fact, 81% of respondents cited connected technologies as a high or very high priority for their business. And while 86% of respondents said they were looking to make a Connected Aircraft purchase over the next year, the number jumps to 95% over the next five years.

“[Connectivity technologies] are a high priority because of the accurate statistical data they provide in all sorts of ways. It’s very important in this industry to have tools that help you be proactive rather than reactive. Connectivity-related products go a long way in making this approach possible,” said a ground operations professional from a passenger airline.

According to the report, 61% of respondents are planning to spend more in the next year than they currently do on Connected Aircraft technology, and 69% are planning to spend even more in the next five years. Airlines are also willing to give that investment time to pay off; 27% expect a return between 12 and 18 months, and 28% expect a return between 19 months and three years.

About half of the respondents expect to spend up to $1 million per aircraft on connectivity technologies over the next year, with most looking to spend $100K to $500K. The bigger jump is seen over the next five years, with 38% of respondents reporting that they expect to spend at least $1 million per aircraft on connected technology during that time span. A full 17% plan to spend more than $10 million per aircraft on connected technologies over the next five years. These significant investments signal the increasing value of connected technologies in the coming years.

Connectivity has reached a point of maturation where its value is being seen both inside and outside the cabin. Connected technologies help airlines and related businesses stay competitive and ahead of the curve, and help solve some of the industry’s biggest problems.

“The Connected Aircraft brings immense opportunity to increase flight efficiency and productivity for pilots, maintainers and flight operations managers, while delivering a safer and more enjoyable experience for passengers,” Slyker said. “Data is allowing us to help airlines maximize their aircraft utilization and increase their return on investment.”
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I should say that I suspect they are "new" positions, but could potentially be replacement of existing staff. icon14.gif

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Hi All,
I have a feeling in my water that things are starting to gain traction at AEM.
Found 2 new positions advertised this morning. biggrin.gif

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Hi All,
Thought this was interesting.
Please excuse any format issues.

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http://www.arabianaerospace.aero/new-busin...ntre-stage.html

New business models put aircraft maintenance centre stage
Posted 4 May 2018

New industry standards, shorter asset lifespans and a new generation of technologically advanced aircraft have constantly kept operators and maintenance providers on their toes. James Elliott explains how airlines and MROs need granular insight into every part of every asset as new maintenance and planning models enter the commercial aviation industry.

Commercial aviation maintenance models have changed drastically over the last 20 years. Back then, aircraft maintenance was a rigid A, B, C, D check process based on a batch of maintenance tasks executed at specific times in an aircraft’s lifecycle. When an aircraft came in for D checks, there could be more than 1,000 maintenance items, meaning it could be out of service for six weeks.
Fortunately, the industry then migrated to a more flexible model, MSG-3 – packaging up individual maintenance items in any way an airline wanted. For example, if there was an opportunity to carry out D check maintenance during a C check, this could now be done. Fleet usage was optimised and balanced because maintenance could be managed more fluidly – no tasks were missed and there was no unnecessary duplication.
New generation aircraft – such as the Boeing 787 or the Airbus A350 – have been designed with MSG-3 in mind. These aircraft are now supported with ‘phased’ maintenance programmes, with the aim of achieving the shortest possible turnarounds.
When launching the A350, Airbus aimed for the aircraft to be maintained under its “usage parameter” concept – based on flight hours, flight cost and other parameters rather than traditional checks – to ensure optimised utilisation of available resources.
The base check interval of the A350 has extended to 36 months, meaning the average number of base checks over 12 years has halved to just four, compared to previous generations of aircraft.
But with fleets expanding and more routes being flown than ever before, this presents a challenge for operators as they are now looking at maintenance windows on an aircraft-by-aircraft basis. For any fleet with more than 100 aircraft, managing a maintenance plan and schedule for all aircraft becomes a complicated issue.
Resource constraints, such as hangar availability and the number of available technicians, also influence the ability to carry out maintenance. Airlines must also manage known requirements, such as seasonal fluctuations – fleet utilisation and air passenger traffic is much higher during holidays.
The question then becomes, how do operators move hundreds of aircraft through MRO hangars during these busy spells?
Maintenance planning tools must look to align flights, optimising fleets for usage and yields, then individual aircraft going into hangars for as little time as possible.
Alongside this, MRO is currently in a boom period – older fleets are yet to retire, while new aircraft are being delivered at a rapid rate.
Global management consulting firm, Oliver Wyman, estimates a steady 3.8% compound annual growth rate MRO market growth, with 58% of fleets being new-generation aircraft by 2027.
However, legacy aircraft aren’t as old as they used to be – the lifespan of a narrow-bodied jet used to be 25 years; now it’s closer to 14. At MROs and airlines, technicians undergoing training to deliver staged maintenance services are the younger generation – millennials – for whom using technology in the workplace is a necessity, not an option.
Maintenance is no longer about simply ‘turning wrenches’ – some of those technicians who have been around longer aren’t as interested or as fast at learning new software techniques as the younger generation. Some MROs are responding with new services, such as mobile technology and applications. For example, the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO) now has a mobile team that can work anywhere without a hangar.
Historically, maintenance plans and schedules were certificate-based and, ultimately, the responsibility of an airline to report its practices to the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) or the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This schedule was then translated into the task cards to use for the tools, licenses and parts required for maintenance. The ‘wrench turning’ required in the airline’s plan could be outsourced to an MRO, which would take the task cards and execute them according to the airline’s parameters.
Now, OEMs and MROs are transitioning towards new business models to take the whole maintenance aspect away from the airline. In a highly competitive arena, airlines want to concentrate on flying passengers, selling tickets, managing fuel costs and beating competition from international and low-cost airlines.
Commercial aviation is following the defence model of in-service support – contracting out maintenance to OEMs or third-party providers.
Outsourcing of line maintenance was one of the top three 2017 MRO trends outlined by market research company Technavio, while Boeing and Airbus have set up their own MRO divisions, where they are looking to generate £50 billion in annual revenue.
But OEM contracts are taking a while to be introduced, as airlines are reluctant to be locked into an expensive in-service support contract. Independent MROs are realising they occupy a competitive position to provide fleet planning and the ‘wrench turning’ associated with meeting that new model.
Regardless of the chosen model, the end goal is to reduce aircraft maintenance windows – the number one competitive differentiator between maintenance providers. From a planning perspective, what used to be called ‘out of phase maintenance’ in the days of ABCD is now the industry standard – whole maintenance programmes are planned with individual tasks in mind.
This requires MRO software, which recognises and packages individual tasks where they fit best according to scheduling parameters – flight hours, flight cycles etc.
Software with a component-based view offers significant advantages by getting part numbers and granular detail into each maintenance programme. That information should then be packaged into the required maintenance format – task-by-task, component-by-component. This means, as maintenance models and standards continue to shift, the software can easily adapt to keep track of all components.
As commercial aviation MRO continues to move forward, those who adapt fast will remain competitive in a consolidating market. But these opportunities cannot be realised without component-centric support, providing the granularity required to react and take advantage of new maintenance models.
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Hi All,
I don't follow Twitter, but saw this on the AEM website.
Pleased to know that they hit their sales quota in May & celebrated with a BBQ.
I certainly hope they enjoy a BBQ or celebrate every month! laugh.gif

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Celebrating #NationalSelfieDay2018 with a BBQ - kidding! We hit our sales quota last month so we're celebrating our team for making it happen #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

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Just to follow on:
http://airman.dodlive.mil/2015/08/25/c-17-health-care/
Can't copy & paste for some reason, but worth a quick look if you have an opportunity.
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Hi All,A bit of a departure from the current commercial aviation focus, but no shortage of potential.
CheersDr_Dazmo
http://www.mcchord.af.mil/News/Article-Dis...-17-operations/
<h1 class="title" itemprop="headline">Global partners work together to streamline C-17 operations </h1>OINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Personnel from the 305th Air Mobility Wing, U.S. Air Force leaders and Boeing Co. representatives hosted the C-17 Globemaster III Enterprise Home Station Check Lean Event here, June 18. The Air Force-wide enterprise event brought together everyone affiliated with the C-17 missions and worked to minimize the time frame for the aircraft’s home station check process, which is a required scheduled inspection. All participants who attended worked to streamline and lean out productivity issues.

“The C-17 is important as it focuses on humanitarian missions, as well as contingency response or training missions for other partners in the reserve units as well as active duty, and of course, the combative posture and presidential support it provides,” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Peter Gonzalez, 305th Maintenance Group representative. “It's important that we make sure that there is no room for error and that the aircraft meets its requirements for the missions.”

Showcasing the C-17’s global reach, the event also consisted of global aviation partners from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Hungary.

"We usually only see what we do instead of what others do, but after attending this event and meeting different units, everyone has come to a final consensus with an action plan that works for all,” said Royal Canadian air force warrant officer Scott Savage, 429th Transport Squadron crew chief. “The impact this event is making is huge, it has created connections with our global partners, and now if there is a certain issue we run into, we can contact other units we met here to see if they can help.”

During the event, there were 68 process improvements identified. With the planned streamline, the process at JB MDL went from 96 hours to 41 hours, a 42.7 percent improvement.

“When you’re doing an event this size with global aviation partners the pay off, in my opinion, is huge because where else can you go to find better business practices?” said Chief Master Sgt. John Elstrom, 305th Maintenance Group superintendent. “We’re looking for the best ideas from across the entire global fleet and that can come from our global partners, and vice versa.”

Participants presented their research and data to the 305th AMW leadership in order to address all issues associated with the C-17’s HSC process. With a decrease in the number of maintainers and aircraft Air Force-wide, the event is expected to help create better ways to use its limited resources and push it to its maximum capability.

“Whenever you can return the aircraft quicker by reducing its downtime to become available to the warfighter, for whatever those needs are, it is always a good deal,” said Elstrom. “Anytime we can make the U.S. Air Force become more efficient and align with global aviation, it’s a good business practice to put into play, and events like this do that.”

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Hi All,
Though this was interesting.I assume the AD requires repetitive HFEC inspections & therefore also assume that the estimated cost is recurring?It seems the $71,400 cost is per inspection cycle for all 140 aircraft, so only $510 each.The cost is calculated by the FAA as 6 hrs per inspection cycles at $85/hr.I'm assuming however that the 6 hours of lost time is worth far more to the operators than the inspection cost!
I wonder if this is one of the proposed applications for CVM inspection?

Dr_Dazmo
https://www.crewroom.net/single-post/2018/06/19/FAA-issued-an-AD-requiring-crack-checks-on-certain-model-Boeing-767-300-airplanes
<h1 class="font_5" style="line-height:1.2em;">FAA issued an AD requiring crack checks on certain model Boeing 767-300 airplanes</h1>
June 19, 2018

FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive, ordering operators of certain Model 767-300 and -300F series airplanes to conduct checks on the wing structure following reports of fatigue cracking on airplanes with winglets installed.


Boeing launched certain models of 767-300 with winglets in 2007 and, later many airlines including American, Delta and United modified their planes and installed winglets.

FAA directive requires high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections for cracking of the lower outboard wing skin, and repair or modification if necessary.

The AD also requires one of three follow-on actions: Repeating the HFEC inspections, modifying certain internal stringers and oversizing and plugging the existing fastener holes of the lower wing, or modifying the external doubler/tripler and doing repetitive post-modification inspections.

According to FAA, this AD affects 140 airplanes of U.S. registry and would cost $71,400 for carrying out inspection and estimated Costs–On-Condition Actions would be $22,270.

Effective Date of the AD is July 10, 2018.

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Correct, and FMO is fat finger syndrome! lmaosmiley.gif
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Oh, I think it's FOMO blush.gif
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Now up almost 10% on relatively healthy volume - 228K.Is this FMO?
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Um, up over 7% today smile.gif I wonder if we will see an announcement "soon"?
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Hi All,I thought the below was interesting.I also seem to recall some previous work by SMN in relation to fuel tanks, but havn't seen anything recently.

CheersDr_Dazmo



http://www.mro-network.com/airframe/boeing...peak-until-2021

Boeing 737-800 Not Expected To Peak Until 2021
The Boeing 737-800 is the most popular narrowbody aircraft in the world, with more than 5,000 expected to be in service by the end of 2018, according to Aviation Week Network’s Commercial Aviation Fleet & MRO Forecast. Its main rival—and second-most numerous aircraft in service—is the Airbus A320-200. And while the A320 family has outsold the 737NG family, Boeing’s baseline 737-800 remains the top choice for airlines, lessors and financiers.

Powered by CFM56-7B engines, the 737-800 entered service in 1998. Since then, engine, airframe, avionics and cabin upgrades have maintained the aircraft’s popularity with airlines and passengers; in-service numbers are expected to peak in 2021 at around 5,200 aircraft. Furthermore, no 737-800 retirements are expected before 2021.

At that point, Boeing will be focusing production on the -800’s successor, the 737 MAX 8, whose in-service numbers should rise to about 2,400 in 2022 from 363 in 2018, according to Aviation Week Network. In fact, MAX 8 production is expected to overtake 737-800 output this year and then sharply accelerate. Aviation Week predicts 502 deliveries of the newer aircraft in 2019, versus 84 of the -800.

Naturally, fleet estimates depend somewhat on oil prices. Should these creep back to the $100-per-barrel mark, 737NG retirements may accelerate, but a return to recent norms of $50 per barrel could mean deferrals of MAX deliveries.

For now, the 737-800 remains popular across most vintages, which should prove a boost for the maintenance and modifications market. “Demand is strong for the 737NG family, and a lot of operators are extending lease periods with aircraft lessors,” says Donatas Dockus, vice president of sales for aircraft lessors at Lithuanian MRO provider FL Technics.

Aftermarket

The 737NG output has stayed at high rates for almost two decades, offering a steady stream of overhaul work for airframe and engine MRO providers. Most of this is for the 737-800, which will provide $14.7 billion of maintenance demand in 2018, rising to nearly $16.6 billion in 2022.

“The 737NG fleet is large and drives a lot of maintenance requirements,” agrees Troy Jonas, vice president of global sales and marketing for MRO provider AAR. It will continue to drive a large share of MRO needs in the foreseeable future.

Aviation Week Network expects the maintenance market for all 737 types to reach $21.7 billion in 2018. Of that total, 41% is projected for component work, 27% for engine maintenance, 22% for line maintenance, 5% for airframe work and 5% for modifications.

FL Technics reports that 737NGs entering its hangars are on average 9.5 years old. At that age, most 737NGs are approaching their first heavy check. The company says its turnaround time for an initial C check is 3-4 days, rising to 11-14 days for older aircraft requiring heavier checks that incorporate some out-of-phase work.

One of the most time-consuming aspects of heavy checks is fuel tank inspections, which require “many hours to remove the sealant inside the fuel tanks so we can access the structure to do both visual and [nondestructive testing] inspections,” Jonas says. “The irony is it takes all that effort, but we very rarely find defects—it’s just part of the inspection requirements.”

Both AAR and FL Technics report vapor barrier cracking near the wing root as a common issue during 737NG checks. “Cracks are often found in the wing root structure, and they require reinforcing repair, involving repairs to the fuel tank structure,” says Kestutis Jasutis, head of production planning for base maintenance at FL Technics.

Access to the affected sites is difficult, however, and further operational checks are required after repairs are performed. Even then, problems can recur: “A few issues that we see occur are with the lower 663 section vapor barrier,” says Jonas. “It’s fairly common to find that it’s cracked, and previous repairs to the same area have not proven to hold up.”

Another common problem is corrosion near wet areas such as bathrooms and galleys, although such issues are not restricted to the 737NG and often occur on any type of aging aircraft. At their most severe, such problems can require floor beam replacements.

Engines

Unlike the A320, which comes with a choice of CFM or IAE powerplants, the 737NG is powered only by the CFM56-7B. Boeing also released the 737 MAX with a single-engine option—the CFM Leap 1B—and some industry watchers say this has hurt its sales against the A320neo, although lack of choice never harmed its predecessor, the 737NG.

Instead, the 737NG has benefited from an engine that has proved extraordinarily reliable and durable, with some lasting one-third longer than their initially envisaged mean time between overhauls. And despite being 16% less fuel-efficient than the new Leap engine, the CFM56-7B still offers economic operations for cost-conscious operators.

The Aviation Week Network predicts CFM56-7B maintenance spending will jump to $4.2 billion in 2018 from $3.3 billion last year, stabilize until 2022 and then steadily rise to $6.5 billion by 2026.

However, those forecasts may prove an underestimate because they were made before the uncontained failure of a CFM56-7B on a Southwest Airlines flight in April. Following the accident, in which one passenger died after engine debris shattered an adjacent window, the FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency ordered operators to perform ultrasonic inspections of any -7B fan blades with more than 30,000 cycles. The airworthiness directive (AD) was then extended to mandate inspection of fan blades before they reach 20,000 cycles, with follow-up checks required every 3,000 cycles.

The April incident, and another engine failure that occurred with a different Southwest 737 in 2016, were both linked to metal fatigue. The FAA said the extended AD covers about 3,700 engines, which will increase unscheduled maintenance spending considerably over previous forecasts.


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Hi All,I see William Rouse has notified acquisition of 100K shares at nil consideration.I assume these are the shares issues as a result of Resolution 6 at the AGM in December for zero consideration with a deemed value of $1.25/share (in line with the placement value) for Mr Rouse's efforts in the AEM acquisition.
I am however a bit confused as the resolution advised that the issue would be made no later than one month after the AGM?I can only assume that the issue was effective 12/6/18 to assist with Mr. Rouse's tax, i.e., he is currently sitting on a potential capital loss ahead of EOFY.
Any thoughts?
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Hi All,
This position advertised approx. 13/4/18 has now disappeared from the AEM website.
I therefore assume it has been filled.

Dr_Dazmo

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Let your career take flight at Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing (AEM)! Be part of the team that is launching the world's first rollout of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) on commercial aircraft. You will apply your talents in ways that make our world a safer, more efficient place. AEM provides the engineering and manufacturing for our parent company, Structural Monitoring Systems. SMS holds the world's first FAA approved solution for monitoring cracks using in-situ sensors permanently installed on aircraft. We are seeking an Engineer to design, develop, manage and maintain Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) Systems.
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Plenty of volume (relatively), but not much price appreciation. wacko.gif Its like the old days of CST waiting for FDA approvals..
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Hi All,Looks like AEM are looking to recruit again.
CheersDr_Dazmo
SMT Operator lFull TimeProduction Kelowna, BC, CA4 hours agoRequisition ID : 1025Salary Range : 14.66 To 21.12 (CAD) HourlyLet your career take flight with us! AEM is a leading designer and manufacturer of Aircraft Communication Systems, Illuminated Panel Products, Caution Warning Panels, and also offers its services for Contract Manufacturing. We are looking for a Surface Mount Operator to join our team! This position has opportunity for advancement. This role is responsible for operation & maintenance of Surface Mount Technology (SMT) equipment.

This position is responsible for setting up, operating and maintaining automated SMT equipment and visually inspecting populated PCB’s. Secondary responsibilities will involve operating the “Automated Optical Inspection Machine” and PCB washer as well as other related duties.


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Hi All,Appears that the "Key Global Aerospace Executive" mentioned in the March quarterly is now official!
Cheers
Dr_Dazmo
http://www.smsystems.com.au/staff/
Rich Poutier
Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing
Mr Poutier has a highly accomplished three-decade career track of strategic and tactical leadership in the management of advanced technology aircraft and technical operations within the airline industry. He has proven expertise in negotiating Airframe and Engine Maintenance MRO agreements, sales/trade agreements, purchase agreements, aircraft lease agreements, and cultivating key vendor, customer and government regulatory relationships. Previous work experience includes Senior Vice President at International Lease Finance Corporation (“ILFC”) responsible for the Company’s global Technical Services Department which interfaced with airlines maintenance and engineering providers and regulatory authorities around the globe for aircraft and engine-related issues. ILFC was the world’s largest aircraft lessor by value, and primarily leased Boeing and Airbus aircraft to all major airlines worldwide.
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Hi All,I had another listen to the August 2017 conference call over the weekend.My attention was piqued by the Q&A towards the end of the call (approx. 53:25 minutes in).I’ve listened a couple of times now, and taken the below transcript (which I believe is an accurate representation). Before we even see the licencing agreements scale up, the point of sale revenue from equipment sales is dramatic. It’s going to be extremely high. So when you’re talking about a fleet wide application , the number of sensors involved and the amount of equipment is a very big number.


So that number will effectively be realised before we even build the sensors. Effectively we’re paid to make the sensors and then delivery the sensors, so it’s an instantaneous revenue component. The licencing agreement will then start year one in the range we’ve indicated.[color=#002060][/color]

This suggests to me that SMN/AEM may be "pre-paid" for production of sensors.From this perspective, I'm excited to know that the clean-room is complete, particularly if it was the limiting factor between production of 500-600 sensors & 2000 sensors per month.
Interested to know what others think!
CheersDr_Dazmo

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Hi All,The March quarterly update advised that:
"Previously the production capability was limited to approximately 500-600 sensors per month, due primarily to a lack of clean-room capacity and floor area."
I have it on good authority that the clean-room expansion has now been completed, both ahead of schedule & under budget.It's nice to know that things are progressing according to plan! smile.gif
CheersDr_Dazmo

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Big start to the day laugh.gif
Hope the format looks OK.
Dr_Dazmo


Bid ($) Offer ($) High ($) Low ($) Volume Trades Value ($) Open ($)
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Interesting article, especially in relation to ongoing monitoring (and CVM).
CheersDr_Dazmo
https://www.thenational.ae/business/aviation/boeing-747s-take-unexpected-detour-on-way-to-the-scrapyard-1.734300

Boeing 747s take unexpected detour on way to the scrapyard
A funny thing happened to an older generation of Boeing 47 jumbo jets on their way to dusty oblivion in desert parking lots.

Instead of being scrapped, the humpbacked planes are back in demand as workhorses of global shipping. Booming trade is stoking the need for big, long-range jets to haul time-sensitive goods, from Apple iPhones made in China to fresh flowers grown in Latin America.

Interest in Boeing’s 747-400 freighter family was already rebounding last year, even as Delta Air Lines and United Continental hosted nostalgic farewell tours to mark the end of US passenger service on the four-engine behemoth nicknamed the “Queen of the Skies.” With Boeing’s factory-fresh models sold out through 2021, cargo carriers are snapping up jumbo freighters that were built from 1993 to 2009 - if they can find them.

“It’s tightened up, that’s for sure,” said William Flynn, chief executive of Atlas Air Worldwide, the world’s largest operator of jumbo freighters. The lessor is in the process of adding six 747-400 freighters to its fleet. “There’s just a finite number of aircraft,” he said.

Demand is strongest for used 747s originally built as freighters, since they have hinged noses that flip open to load oversize cargo such as oil-drilling equipment. Lease rates have rebounded for the aircraft, while the number of stored models has shrunk to the point where almost every airworthy plane is spoken for, according to George Dimitroff, head of valuations for Flight Ascend Consultancy.

The resurgence is even starting to extend to cargo-haulers converted from passenger jumbos, which are heavier and can load only via doors carved into the side. Once written off as dead, the converted 747 freighters have shown new life over the last nine months, Mr Dimitroff said. While it’s not quite a comeback, lease rates have climbed for older models.

One sign of the renewed interest: “We’re seeing aircraft get D-checks that were in storage for a long time that we thought were going to be parted-out,” he said, using an industry term for heavy maintenance. The cost, typically more than $3 million (Dh11m) a plane, is an indication they’ll fly again, instead of being chopped up.

To be sure, the revival involves a small subset of the 1,544 jumbos that have flown away from Boeing’s Seattle-area factory since the four-engine 747 debuted in 1970. There’s no sign of a similar resurgence for brand-new passenger versions of the 747-8, or Airbus’ A380 superjumbo.

A global trade war could snuff interest in the older freighters. So would a big increase in oil prices.

“If we get to $90 a barrel, it’s going to start getting really ugly for the four-engine aircraft again,” said Brian Postel, vice president for aircraft acquisition at Unical Aviation, a California-based supplier of aircraft parts and maintenance. A US benchmark exceeded $70 a barrel this month for the first time since 2014.

Still, the recent trend reverses the steady stream of 747s that had headed to boneyards this decade. Airlines switched long-range flying to more economical twin-engine models, and Boeing last year dropped the 747 from its long-term forecast for passenger planes. Package carriers parked early-build freighters amid whipsawing fuel prices and a prolonged air-cargo slump.

The total number of permanently retired or scrapped Boeing jumbos more than doubled, from 442 in 2010 to 890 this year, according to a Bloomberg Intelligence analysis of Flight Ascend data.

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Hi Draughtsman,I had a search & unfortunately can find anything on status code "AC"

Anyone out there have any idea??
CheersDr_Dazmo
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Interesting close.More than 50% of the trades (something like 142K) for the day went through in the last 30min.. huh.gif
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Hi All,Nice to see some green shoots today.Seems however that someone would like to maintain the status quo (around or below $1.00), but (upward) pressure is mounting.
I'm hopeful that in the near future we shall see some news to get the momentum building.Fingers crossed!

CheersDr_Dazmo

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Posted on: May 21 2018, 09:34 AM


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Hi All,
I wonder if the rising jet fuel price increases the incentive to reduce costs elsewhere, i.e, maintenance inspections?

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/20/airlines-fa...approaches.html

Airlines get higher fuel bills just as busy summer flying season approaches
  • Jet-fuel prices have gained around 60 percent over the past year.
  • Fuel is generally airlines' second-biggest expense after labor costs.
  • Summer is the busiest season for U.S. airlines.
More travelers are packing airplanes, but it's getting more expensive to fly them.

Jet-fuel prices have climbed 15 percent this year, and have surged around 60 percent over the past year, according to S&P Global Platts, presenting airlines with a growing fuel bill just before the summer travel rush, the busiest time of year.

Airlines have a few options to handle the spike in their biggest expense after labor: cut service or raise fares. That amounts to a game of chicken. Airlines don't want to risk losing customers to a competitor with better fares or a more robust schedule.

"I envision this like a high school dance," Jamie Baker, senior airline analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase. "It's always tricky to go first."

Making the wrong choices could risk further declines in the sector. The NYSE Arca Airline Index is down nearly 9 percent this year, while the S&P 500 is up 1.5 percent. Investors have shown they will punish airlines over even the possibility of an airfare war.

American Airlines, the world's largest carrier, trimmed its 2018 profit forecast last month, as jet fuel costs rose. CEO Doug Parker last month told investors that fares would likely rise because of the increase in fuel prices.

Airlines set prices and sell tickets often months in advance, so passengers may not be paying for the more expensive fuel, at least just yet.

Airfare during the peak summer travel season is looking cheaper than last year, according to a recent report from fare-prediction app Hopper. A trip to Europe is about $1,019, a 9 percent drop from summer 2017, while a roundtrip domestic flight is about $347, around 6 percent less than a year ago, the report said.

What comes with a ticket has changed this year though. Delta and American are taking their no-frills basic economy tickets international and will be charging for checked luggage for some of the cheapest coach-class tickets.

American and some of its competitors have announced some service changes, cutting some under-performing routes. For example, American is cutting a Chicago-Beijing flight and plans to drop some South American routes.

"Those decisions are probably easier to make in this fuel environment," American Chief Financial Officer Derek Kerr said at an industry conference last week.

Kerr and his counterpart at Delta Air Lines said they would look at possible service cuts in the fall after the busy summer travel season, which they each forecast would be strong.

Airlines can't simply walk away during the most important season of the year. "You can't tell passengers: 'We're not going to fly to Rome,' " said J.P. Morgan's Baker.

Delta Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson said one thing on Delta's side is an worldwide increase in revenue that the carrier generates per seat it flies a mile, a key industry metric.

That "gives us comfort that we've been able to pass that through," Jacobson said at the conference. That's good news for airlines but perhaps not for consumers.

Carriers are hesitant not to cut back on service, particularly as low-cost carriers expand their international service.

Airlines have increased capacity between the U.S. and abroad 4.3 percent in the May-July period from a year earlier, according to Planestats.com, a site of consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

A strong economy that has helped fuel both leisure travel demand and more lucrative business travel as so far provided cover.

U.S. airlines' net income peaked at a record $26 billion in 2015, the year after oil prices started to crater. But even with more expensive fuel in 2017, U.S. carriers' brought in about $17 billion last year, a 9 percent rise from 2016, according to the Department of Transportation.

"Fuel matters, but what matters more is demand," said Savanthi Syth, airline analyst at Raymond James.

U.S. and foreign airlines carried a record 965 million people last year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. This past January and February, months that are general weaker for passenger traffic, airlines transported 4 percent more passengers than the first two months of 2017.

"How the overall economy does is going to influence demand for tickets," said Gary Leff, a travel-industry analyst and author of the View from the Wing blog.

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Looks like a Mexican standoff at the moment. laugh.gif
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Hi Draughtsman,
Looking at the trading in recent days, I have a feeling in my gut that we will see some sort of action soon (fingers crossed).
It might just be wishful thinking (or window dressing), but the buyers seem to be building & the volume for sale reducing.
I think we could be taxiing (is that correct spelling?) to the runway.. wub.gif

Cheers
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Hi Mags,
Good question.
Perhaps it is driven by the desire to achieve targets in order to receive short term bonus payments??
Does that sound a bit cynical?

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo
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<h1 itemprop="headline name">Treasury Wine Estates facing China glut</h1>Treasury Wine Estates is facing a supply glut of its own making in China, raising doubts over the sustainability of its rapid growth on the mainland as distributors report they are sitting on up to three years' worth of low-end stock. Source, Australian Financial Review




Where there's smoke..

SP down 11%


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Interesting.
I assume there are plenty of these aircraft around the world, but unlikely to be on the SMN radar.

Dr_Dazmo

https://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/NTSB-...r-230825-1.html

NTSB Finds Wing Crack In Piper Trainer

By Mary Grady | May 15, 2018

NTSB investigators working to determine the cause of the recent in-flight breakup of a Piper trainer have discovered a wing crack in another Piper PA-28R-201 aircraft, the agency said on Tuesday. The crack measured about 0.040 inches long and deep. “The plane inspected had a similar number of total airframe hours and cycles [to the accident airplane] and was used exclusively for flight training of students,” the safety board wrote in its investigative update. After the crack was found, the wings were removed. “The airplane’s wings were subsequently reinstalled and examined using new inspection procedures developed by Piper Aircraft,” the safety board said in its investigative update. “A bolt-hole eddy current inspection probe was used to confirm the location and size of the previously identified crack.” Nine additional PA-28R-201 airplanes were inspected using eddy-current inspection (ECI) techniques under NTSB supervision. No crack indications were detected in those inspections, the board said.

ECI techniques can be used to detect cracks in metal structures, using an inspection coil that creates a magnetic field. When placed next to a conductor, this field induces an “eddy current” in the metal, which creates an imbalance when it detects a flaw. This imbalance then is magnified and shown on an oscilloscope. The NTSB update says the investigative team is examining the corrective actions taken after an accident in March 1987, in which a Piper PA-28-181 lost a wing in flight. After that accident, an Airworthiness Directive was issued (PDF), which required owners to remove the wings of their airplanes to check for cracks. The NTSB’s observation that a crack was located successfully using Piper’s new inspection procedures seems to imply that a new directive might allow the use of ECI techniques rather than wing removal. Piper spokesperson Jacqueline Carlon told AVweb on Tuesday: “Piper Aircraft continues to support all investigative efforts by the NTSB.” The NTSB did not respond to AVweb’s request for comment.

A student pilot from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an FAA examiner were killed in April when the Piper PA-28 they were flying crashed shortly after takeoff from Daytona Beach International Airport. A wing detached from the aircraft prior to the crash.
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Hi All,
Saw this & thought it was interesting.

Dr_Dazmo

http://atwonline.com/mro/us-lawmakers-prop...nance-workforce

US lawmakers propose bill to expand aviation maintenance workforce

May 14, 2018

A group of bipartisan lawmakers in the US House have introduced a bill to expand the ranks of skilled aviation maintenance technicians in the US. The bill, called the Aviation Maintenance Workforce Development Pilot Program Bill, is intended to stave off a looming shortage of maintenance workers by launching a pilot program that would allocate $500,000 in grants to aviation workforce development programs run by governments, industry and academia.

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Sam Graves (R–Missouri) with co-sponsors Markwayne Mullin (R–Oklahoma), Brenda Lawrence (D–Michigan) and Daniel Lipinski (D–Illinois).

“As a pilot and an ATP [airline transport pilot-certified commercial pilot], I have seen firsthand the importance of having a skilled workforce of aviation technicians and mechanics,” Rep. Graves said in a statement May 9 when the bill was introduced. “This legislation provides a viable path forward to address the skills gap and ensure the United States remains a world leader in the aviation industry.”

The bill is similar to a bill introduced in the Senate by Sen. James Inhofe (R–Oklahoma) in March, although the House bill would allow high school students to participate in the workforce development pilot program.

“The professionals of the aircraft maintenance workforce are imperative to keeping our nation’s aviation system the safest and best in the world,” Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Illinois) said. “This program will help recruit and train the next generation of aircraft mechanics.”

The legislation has the support of close to two-dozen groups representing a wide cross-section of the aviation industry, including commercial and general aviation, cargo airlines, regional airlines, repair stations and others.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Hi Draughtsman,
I totally agree!

Given the initial ramp up from 500-600 sensors to approx. 2000 (233-300%), I suspect that in addition to Delta & Southwest, SMN is in advanced discussions with a number of other Tier 1 operators.
Unfortunately, due to non-disclosure agreements, we are unlikely to know until everything is in place much like the Delta deal.

Hopefully the company keep shareholders up to date with progress on the sensor ramp up, i.e, clean room progress, commissioning of the laser, etc.

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo
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Posted on: May 14 2018, 09:32 AM


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My sincere condolences to Dagmar & Udo family.
I will miss Arty & his valued contribution to the Sharescene forum.

Dr_Dazmo
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dr_dazmo
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Hi All,
AEM appear to have some additional recruiting underway.

http://www.aem-corp.com/wp/about-aem/careers/

I assume that AEM may be filling multiple vacancies ( SMT Operator I) with single position advertisements as the position description is relatively generic.

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo

Electronic Production ManufacturingFTPRAEM Corp., Kelowna, BC, CA2 days ago

This is a junior position with opportunity for advancement. Responsible for operation of automated Surface Mount Technology (SMT) equipment. This involves set up and operation of SMT equipment including parts storage cabinet, stencil printer, SMT placement machine, reflow oven, automated optical inspector, and cleaning equipment. Additional responsibilities include preventative maintenance and programming of related equipment.
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Thanks Balance, you could be right.
These articles always seem a bit cryptic as there rarely specifically mention the technology / product being used.
It might just be wishful thinking on my part. laugh.gif

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo


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Hi All,
Came across this today, and don't think I've posted previously (apologies if I have).
I've attached the link & the section of particular interest.


Cheers
Dr_Dazmo

http://www.mro-network.com/operations/azul-considers-house-a320-embraer-aircraft-mro

Azul Considers In-house A320, Embraer Aircraft MRO
Azul’s maintenance activities continue to grow as airline expands and adds new Airbus and Embraer models. Feb 07, 2018


Are there any new technologies you are adding to enhance Azul’s maintenance operations?

We started a health-monitoring process and maintenance-operations quality-assurance analysis to better help with anticipating failures, and it has shown good results so far. Also, we are implementing wireless quick access recorders in some aircraft to get a better and faster retrieval of data for analysis. We will keep exploring opportunities with health monitoring.




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They're not alone:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_McDon...MD-80_operators

As of October 2017, a total of 340 MD-80 aircraft (all variants) were in service or are being delivered as used aircraft.

Delta lead with 106, followed by American with 43, then Allegiant third with 27.

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Posted on: May 4 2018, 01:19 PM


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Hi All,
Must confess that I hadn't even heard of Allegiant Travel until recently (they have issues!), but thought this was interesting (particularly the bit I've highlighted).
I think it shows the importance of keeping planes available for service (from an airline perspective).

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo

http://www.mro-network.com/airlines/allegi...rovement-effort


Allegiant Targeted MRO In System-Wide Improvement Effort
Carrier's shortcomings linked to aging MD-80s, inadequate procedures.

Allegiant Air has prioritized improvement of its maintenance operation in the last two years as part of a larger effort to address shortcomings identified by FAA that contributed to a spate of in-service incidents.

The carrier, which is under fire following a recent report from CBS's 60 Minutes television program that questions whether the airline puts enough emphasis on safety, has acknowledged problems in its operations. An August 2015 rejected takeoff at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport was linked to improper maintenance oversight, for instance. FAA discovered that an overhaul on an elevator component done by MRO provider AAR several months earlier didn't follow procedures, and a key part--a cotter pin--was not reinstalled. While FAA's report on the incident faulted AAR, the agency also cited Allegiant for failing to provide adequate oversight of its vendor.

That incident and many others--a 2016 Tampa Bay Times investigation found that Allegiant had about 80 maintenance-related disruptions in 2015--led FAA to step up surveillance and conduct a carrier-wide audit in early 2016, two years ahead of schedule. The audit, a Certificate Holder Evaluation Process (CHEP) done every five years on airlines and repair stations in addition to routine oversight, is a top-to-bottom review on an operator's system to ensure it is complying with regulations. Allegiant's CHEP, completed in June 2016, found numerous "procedural issues" and "minor discrepancies," including several in the maintenance arena. Among them: missing items from manuals and improper tracking of inventory. But, FAA emphasized, the review "did not find any systemic safety or regulatory problems," adding that Allegiant has addressed the minor findings.

FAA's CHEP findings reinforced the conclusions reached by a team of independent auditors brought in by the airline in 2015. Another issue brought to light by the audits: the airline's rapid expansion combined with its reliance on MD-80s pushing 30 years of age was creating major disruptions.

"To simplify a very complicated problem down to just one thing, we ran out of planes that weren't broken," Jude Bricker, former Allegiant COO, said in November 2016. "There were times where we would have upwards of 20 airplanes that were out of service at any given time."

Expansion wasn't coming off the table--the company grew available seat miles 18% in 2016 and 9% last year--so the airline took steps to improve its operation. It added more spare aircraft beginning with its 2016 peak summer season and consolidated MD-80 operations at two bases: Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) and Sanford, Florida (SFB).
Allegiant then lined up enough Airbus A320-family aircraft to accelerate retirement of its remaining MD-80s. The ULCC ended 2017 with 89 aircraft, including 37 MD-80s. It will retire the venerable twinjets this year, while adding 30 Airbus aircraft, leading to a net drop of seven aircraft in its fleet and completing its transition to an all-A320-family operator.

The airline also has made personnel changes as part of its improvement efforts. Among them: new line maintenance teams at several key stations, including LAS and SFB, and new leadership in maintenance planning.

"Candidly, in past years, we didn't execute very well in leadership areas, in places we should have done better," Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallagher said in January.
Neither Allegiant nor the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224, which represents its pilots, would discuss the airline's operation or the 60 Minutes report, opting instead to provide prepared statements. Two sources with firsthand knowledge Allegiant's operations but not authorized to speak on the carrier's behalf tell MRO Network that while the airline's issues were real, management is making positive strides and understands the importance of establishing an effective safety culture.

Data provided by FAA shows that Allegiant's rate of in-service disruptions--diversions, turn-backs, engine failures, and passenger-related disturbances--is coming down. The figure, measured per 1,000 departures, fell by half from fiscal 2015 to the six months ended March 31, the agency said.

"Since the 2016 CHEP, the FAA has conducted ongoing evaluations of Allegiant's safety compliance, as it does with all carriers, and has not identified any significant or systemic problems with the carrier's current operation," FAA said. "Had we identified such problems, the FAA would have taken immediate action."

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/201...25-billion-deal

Boeing to Buy Aircraft Parts Supplier KLX in $4.25 Billion Deal


Boeing Co. is acquiring KLX Inc. for $4.25 billion in an all-cash transaction that includes $1 billion of net debt, as the world’s largest planemaker bolsters a fast-growing new division that offers maintenance, spare parts and other services to airlines.The aircraft maker will pay $63 per share and the deal is conditional upon the successful divestment and separation of KLX’s Energy Services Group, Boeing said in a statement.

The deal is the largest struck so far by Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg, who has been scouting acquisitions that would more than triple sales at Boeing’s services business to $50 billion within a decade. Boeing has held preliminary talks with partsmaker Woodward Inc., according to media reports in February, and is deep into talks to form a joint venture that would give it control of Embraer SA’s commercial jets.

“We continue to see global services as our biggest market-growth opportunity,” Muilenburg told reporters at the company’s annual meeting Monday, hours before the deal was announced.


Targeted Deals
While Boeing remains focused on organic growth, the company is exploring targeted takeovers and investments to round out its product portfolio, he said. Boeing is also scouting deals in areas such as avionics -- electronic communications or navigation equipment -- where the planemaker is taking over work previously handled by suppliers.

Boeing created the services division last year by assembling an assortment of highly profitable units that support customers and altogether account for about 15 percent of total sales. The foray rattled aerospace suppliers and enginemakers, which typically make the bulk of their profit tending to aircraft over 30-year commercial lives.

KLX, which was spun out of B/E Aerospace Inc. in 2014 amid pressure from shareholder activists, got about 90 percent of its $1.49 billion in sales from aircraft parts and aftermarket services in its most recent fiscal year. The remainder came from the business catering to oil and gas drillers. Revenue in the energy services division has tumbled 60 percent to $153.2 million since the separation as oil prices fell, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Speculation of a possible tie-up with Boeing has swirled since KLX said in December that it was reviewing options that included a sale. Boeing approached the aerospace partsmaker last year before the strategic review, DealReporter said in an account earlier this year.


Distribution Sales
KLX would add about $500 million in distribution sales to Boeing’s Aviall parts subsidiary, which generates about 40 percent of annual revenue at the company’s services division, said Ken Herbert, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity.

Boeing would add between $1 billion and $1.5 billion to its annual services sales if it pulled off a separate deal with Embraer, which specializes in regional jets, Herbert wrote in a report earlier this year.

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Hi All,
I see that the March quarterly report & brief company update has been released.
I don't think there is anything new, however it provides the reassurance that:

"The process of identification and formal approval for multiple applications, on multiple aircraft types with multiple airlines, progressed well during the March 2018 quarter."

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo
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Hi All,
Found this which seems to provide a general indication of how the Avionics industry is performing (very healthy!).
I note AEM participated in the survey.

Cheers
Dr_Damo

https://generalaviationnews.com/2018/04/30/avionics-sales-up-13-in-first-quarter/

Avionics sales up 13% in first quarter

Worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales were up 13 percent in the first quarter, according to the Aircraft Electronics Association‘s first-quarter 2018 Avionics Market Report. In the first three months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to more than $639 million as reported by the participating companies.

The figure represents a 13% increase in total sales compared to the first-quarter 2017 amount of more than $566 million.

The dollar amount reported (using net sales price, not manufacturer’s suggested retail price) includes all business and general aviation aircraft electronic sales, including all component and accessories in cockpit/cabin/software upgrades/portables/certified and noncertified aircraft electronics; all hardware (tip to tail); batteries; and chargeable product upgrades from the participating manufacturers. It does not include repairs and overhauls, extended warranty or subscription services.

Of the more than $639 million in first-quarter 2018 sales, 56.8% came from the retrofit market (avionics equipment installed after original production), while forward-fit sales (avionics equipment installed by airframe manufacturers during original production) amounted to 43.2% of first-quarter sales.

According to the companies that separated their total sales figures, 76.1% of the first-quarter sales occurred in North America (U.S. and Canada), while 23.9% took place in other international markets.

“The report shows that industry saw a significant increase in sales in both the retrofit and forward-fit markets to begin the year, a positive indicator for the overall health of the industry,” said AEA President Paula Derks. “This first-quarter report also comes on the heels of the 2017 year-end report that showed the retrofit market up 20% in sales from the previous year. It appears that avionics sales growth has continued into the first three months of 2018.”

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www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/United+Airlines+%28UAL%29+Increases+Economic+Stake+in+Azul+%28AZUL%29+to+8.0%25/14107187.html

United Airlines (UAL) Increases Economic Stake in Azul (AZUL) to 8.0%


Today, Azul (NYSE: AZUL) is announcing that current shareholder United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) has just concluded a private preferred share transaction with Hainan Airlines. The transaction increased United's economic stake in Azul from 3.7% to 8.0%.

"We continue to look for new ways to provide more connectivity for our customers, and we are excited about today's announcement as Azul has been a great partner," said Andrew Levy, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of United Airlines. "Following our initial investment in 2015, connecting traffic between our airlines is at an all-time high, significantly benefiting our customers traveling between the US and Brazil. Azul's strong network in Brazil, unique business model and exceptional customer service make this transaction a good long-term investment."

"Today is an important step forward in our partnership with United Airlines," said John Rodgerson, CEO of Azul. "Our customers are benefiting from having access to our collective networks that extend throughout North America with United and in Brazil with Azul. This investment reinforces our strategy, our business plan, our opportunities for growth and in our 11,000 crew members that take care of our customers every single day."

Azul and United today connect via their gateways in Sao Paulo – Guarulhos (GRU), Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL) and Orlando, Florida (MCO). In Brazil connecting customers have access to the largest domestic network in the country, serving more than 100 cities, while flying Azul's award winning domestic experience. In the United States, customers have access to United's industry leading global network. In addition to unparalleled connectivity, Azul and United customers can earn elite status miles as well as enjoy benefits such as priority boarding, lounge access and priority baggage when flying the two airlines.
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dr_dazmo
Posted on: Apr 27 2018, 10:37 AM


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Hi All,
Just having a more detailed look at the March 2018 presentation, and found something interesting.
The number of Delta Aircraft quoted in the presentation doesn't seem to reconcile with the Delta fleet as listed on the Delta website.

https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/about-delta/corporate-information/aircraft-fleet.html

For example, the Delta website lists only 26 A321 aircraft (9 owned & 17 leased), which the SMN presentation indicated 49 aircraft.
Seems like a relatively large difference (23).

Similarly, the Delta website list 122 A319/A320 aircraft, while the SMN presentation indicates 41 aircraft.
Again, a large difference (81).

Interesting, but I assume aircraft fleets are a fluid, and websites are updated infrequently. wacko.gif

Cheers
Dr_Dazmo
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