Published on June 21st, 2016 | by Jim Lee


Eirtech Aviation launches new Composites Division as its success in the market continues

On 14th June, Eirtech Aviation announced the expansion of its aviation services, with the launch of a dedicated Composites Division, which offers clients a range of new composite services including repair, training and manufacture of composite components.

The Irish headquartered company is already recognised as one of the world’s leading specialist aircraft services companies and the addition of composites, augments its total client offering, affirming Eirtech Aviation’s position in the marketplace. Already, the company provides tailor made engineering services, aircraft finishing services and asset management solutions, that ensure regulatory compliance and has over 20,000 m² of Paint Hangarage for wide and narrow body and regional aircraft, across four European locations.

The new offering will complement Eirtech Aviation’s existing services, which in particular includes: Engineering – Part21J Design Organisation (DOA); Production – Part 21G Production Organisation (POA); Materials – Sourcing and supply of Materials; CAMO – Part M Continuing Airworthiness Management and Technical Services with the company’s technical services consultants supporting, for example, aircraft redeliveries and record reviews.

The announcement coincides with the appointment of, Paul Kennedy, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge on composites, and is it developing the National Policy document for Composites in Ireland. His role will be to develop and grow Eirtech Aviation’s Composite’s Division.

In a comment on the announcement, Mr Kennedy, Composites Manager said, “Today’s announcement is great news for our clients as we introduce repair capabilities to meet all of the requirements of the structural repair manual, from Wet Lay-up to High Temperature Fibre and Metal based repairs. We are also in the process of developing the current Part 145 repair approval so that we can meet all of our client’s requirements, including the provision of Aircraft on Ground (AOG) services.

“But it doesn’t stop there. We have developed a range of Composite Materials and Processes training products and are already working in partnership with our clients to develop bespoke training products that are specific to their needs.”

Niall Cunningham, founder and CEO of Eirtech Aviation

Niall Cunningham, founder and CEO of Eirtech Aviation

Niall Cunningham, CEO of Eirtech Aviation added, “Aviation is a sector that is constantly evolving and the introduction of newer aircraft manufacturing technologies has driven our own evolution in the area of composites; these materials are now playing a more integral role in aviation development, including aircraft like the Boeing B787, Airbus A350 and Bombardier C Series.

But in addition to the newer aircraft we have to be able to maintain current fleets, and there is an ever-increasing need to support the legacy components that obviously require increasing levels of maintenance support”.

Paul is a fantastic addition to the Eirtech Aviation team. He has unrivalled expertise in the area of composites and his involvement with major university research projects ensures we have the knowledge and the know-how to continually meet our client’s needs, both now and into the future.”

Eirtech Aviation now has the requisite expertise and knowledge to assess and repair minor and major composite damage on aircraft.

The company uses state-of-the art processes putting the safety of the aircraft to the fore, while ensuring fast turn-around times to minimise ground time, an important component for many airline operators.

SmartLynx selects Eirtech Aviation’ Passenger USB Power System on its A320

In a recent development, Smartlynx Airlines (Estonia) selected Eirtech Aviation, to supply their newly developed passenger USB power solution, on their Airbus 320 aircraft.

The newly developed Eirtech USB charging system, is in response to the passenger’s need to stay connected at all times, the device will allow passengers to charge their personal electronic devices during the flight.

Eirtech's Dublin facility

Eirtech’s Dublin facility

Eirtech’s innovative In-Seat USB Power system requires no permanent physical modification of the seats. It is extremely light weight at less than 1lb (455 grams) per three-seat configuration, with one USB outlet per passenger. It can be installed on a staged basis, which minimises ground time and is suitable for many different aircraft types; the system is both EASA and FAA approved.

The Company’s CEO of Eirtech Aviation noted; “As a solutions-driven company we have developed a USB power system that offers multiple benefits to both airlines and their passengers. The days of only offering a service that gets the passenger from A to B are long gone. Passengers now have high expectations set by not only the airlines, but by other industries that are offering digital innovations to make life easier and more experiential for the consumer. This means that airlines have to tap into the passenger experience and that in turn means satisfying their most basic of digital needs – charging their personal electronic devices.”

Sander Janson, Technical Director of SmartLynx Airlines Estonia added; “Eirtech Aviation’s in-seat USB power system was a great solution for us; it is silent, fan-less and has an LED light making it easy for our passengers to locate on their arm rest. Crucially, installation was simple and fast and the main USB power supply can be independently controlled by our flight crew, allowing them to switch it on or off, as necessary. Smartphones and tablets are the here and now and airlines need to act smart to ensure that passengers can stay connected in the sky.”

SAS signs major contract with Eirtech Aviation

In a piece posted on 20th June, we noted that, SAS – Scandinavian Airlines, had signed a contract with Eirtech Aviation, for Aircraft end of Lease Technical Services, until 2019, which builds on the strong relationship between the two companies, while expanding the scope of services being offered. This contract will see over 40 SAS aircraft, which have reached the end of their lease period, pass through Eirtech Aviation’s Technical Services department, located at Shannon Airport. A dedicated Technical Services project team of over 20 people, assisted by Eirtech’s CAMO personnel, will support the contract, working across a range of aircraft, including Boeing 737s, Airbus 320s and Airbus 340s.

Mr. Cunningham described the tendering process for the SAS contract as, “very rigorous”, adding; “We knew that the competition was stiff but I think that our team’s focus, experience and flexible way of working, together with our passion for what we do was a winning combination. We have the requisite experience for this size of project and having worked with SAS previously, have been able to demonstrate our ability to match our team and skillset to every project requirement.”

Martin Haglund, Head of Aircraft Transfer at SAS added, “When looking to award a contract of this magnitude, we need to satisfy a range of very specific criteria. Whilst price is obviously crucial, we were equally looking for a specialist company that could deliver a flexible solution with a wide range of competences, driven by highly motivated professionals to meet SAS core values.”

Spectralux Avionics signs MOU agreement with Eirtech Aviation

Earlier this year, Eirtech Aviation Services, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Spectralux Avionics, to collaborate on the certification of a dual stack FANS 1/A and ATN CPDLC Data Link Solution, on commercial air transport aircraft. The all-in-one data link solution, named Envoy, was announced at the AEEC Airline Maintenance Conference in April.

Spectralux’s Envoy Data link unit provides flight crews the capability to send and receive Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting Systems (ACARS) messages over Very-High Frequency Digital Link (VDL) Mode A/2 and SATCOM networks. Commonly referred to as ‘Dual Stack’, Envoy provides CPDLC compliance with both ATN and FANS networks. It also provides a flexible ACARS solution to satisfy the most demanding requirements of an airlines flight operations and maintenance departments. The solution will enable airline customers, aircraft leasing companies, and operators to meet all known FANS 1/A CPDLC mandates with an all-in-one solution.

Spectralux, the preferred supplier of Eirtech for Data Link units will provide hardware, software, technical data, and engineering support services. Eirtech will develop European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificates (STC), provide the specific aircraft engineering and manufacture and supply installation kits.

Spectralux and Eirtech will collaboratively pursue retrofit applications for various single and twin aisle air transport category aircraft. The solution which includes Envoy, STC’s, and Installation kits will be available through direct and in-direct sales channels.

Eirtech will provide both FAA and EASA approved engineering documentation and certification needed for aircraft installation and certification, including STCs.

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About the Author

Jim has had a life-long interest in military matters and aviation. Initially, he fused both of these interests together with a passion for military aviation, initially as a photographer. He has travelled extensively over the years and has been the guest of many European air forces, plus the air forces of the United States, Russia and others throughout the world. His first introduction to journalism coincided with an interest in the civil aviation industry was when he initially wrote for and later edited, ‘Aviation Ireland’, the club magazine of the Aviation Society of Ireland. Jim was a contributor to Flying in Ireland since its inception over 10 years ago and is now a key contributor to this site. He has also contributed items for a number of other aviation magazines and has produced a number of detailed contributions to Government policy documents, most recently the Irish Government’s White Paper on Defence. He is also deeply involved in the local community and voluntary sector and has worked both in local government and central government.

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