First Quarter 2014
Volume Fourteen, Issue One

Aviall takes broader role on CF6 program

GE Aviation’s long relationship with global parts distributor Aviall continues to grow with the recent implementation of a new agreement for distribution of CF6 engine parts.

This latest agreement adds CF6 flowpath material to a 2011 deal covering non-flowpath CF6 parts. As a result, Aviall now has distribution rights for all CF6-80C unique material and CF6-80C/-80E common material. A 2005 agreement, GE’s first with Aviall, covered CF6-50/-80A engine parts.

“This is great news for our customers,” says Jeff Glenn, GE Aviation’s program manager for Aviall distribution agreements. “CF6 engines power a more mature fleet, so making sure parts are easily available is crucial. And Aviall’s customer service responsiveness, including same day/next day delivery capability, is excellent.”

Aviall, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, also has long-running agreements in place for distributing GE aviation systems, and parts – including life-limited parts – for J85, CF34-3 and CFM56-3/-5A engines. In addition, Aviall is a GE Aviation vendor, supplying material for multiple GE engine programs under terms of a partnership launched in September 2009.

Aviall serves its customers through a network of more than 40 global stocking locations and two distribution centers – one in Dallas and another in Amsterdam. Adds Glenn, “I’ve visited that warehouse in Dallas, and it is one impressive operation!”

Contact: Chris Gilmore

Tech talk - The importance of LLP and influencing parts

Jeff Conner, GE Aviation’s director of mature fleet strategies, discusses the importance of life-limited parts and how influencing parts – even the ones that do not come into direct contact with the LLP – play a major role in overall aircraft engine performance.

GE’s Celma facility expands offerings

The range of services at the GE Aviation, Services – Celma engine maintenance, repair and overhaul center is growing in 2014 as the shop begins overhauling GEnx engines. The first is targeted for induction during the first quarter.

Located in Petropolis, Brazil in the state of Rio de Janeiro, the shop has come a long way since 1951 when electric domestic fans were built there. Today, at 540,000 square feet with two test cells, the facility overhauls more than 300 CF6, CFM56 and CF34-10E engines annually. CF34-10E new-engine assembly was added in 2011.

The recent addition of an 80,000-pound capacity test cell further enables the site to overhaul GEnx engines.

Visit Brazil with a tour of GE Aviation, Services – Celma, where 1,200 GE professionals provide overhaul and repair services for CF6, CFM56 and CF34-10E engines – and soon for GEnx.

Contact: Angela Jarczyk

Shops gear up for GEnx PIP upgrades

The GEnx engine is now in its third year of service. And as with any new engine program, feedback from GEnx customers – combined with performance data analysis – is helping to shape the workscope of coming Performance Improvement Program (PIP) upgrades.

These PIP upgrades, scheduled to start this year, will be performed on over half of the 400-plus GEnx engines currently in revenue service, according to Jason Gerber, GEnx maintenance cost leader. “We’re in good shape getting ready for the upgrades,” Gerber says. “We’ve been listening to the fleet, learning from the leading indicators we’re seeing in the field, and adjusting as necessary the repair plan we mapped out years before GEnx was placed in service on the 787 and 747-8.”

The GEnx PIP upgrades are taking place during the first restoration shop visit, which typically addresses only the hot section of the engine. But to further improve fuel consumption, the PIP upgrades require an expanded workscope that instead encompasses almost the entire engine: The compressor, the turbines, even the fan for the GEnx-1B.

“Normally, we wouldn’t get into heavy workscopes in all the modules until the second or third shop visit,” Gerber explains. “But we’ve planned this accelerated repair program carefully to make sure we get every engine back on wing as quickly as possible and deliver the higher fuel burn our customers expect.”

Gerber says the accelerated GEnx repairs program is indicative of the way GE has always done business. “We’re being anticipatory and proactive, and continually investing in ongoing testing and technology development.”

Contact: GE Aviation Operations Center (AOC)
1-877-432-3272 (U.S.) or +1-513-552-3272 (International)

GE’s Big Bet on Next-Generation Engines

In 1990, GE Aviation’s Brian Rowe bet $2 billion on a revolutionary jet engine design that would go on to influence three decades of propulsion. That engine – the GE90 – fueled extraordinary gains in the aviation industry and set the stage for the new GE9X, now in development for the Boeing 777X.

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Wales engine overhaul facility honored with two national awards

GE Aviation, Services – Wales maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility has received two high-level awards honoring top businesses in the UK.

The Nanatgarw-based company won the People and Skills Award and the prestigious title of Manufacturer of the Year, presented annually to a company judged to be the best all-round ambassador for competitive manufacturing in the UK and a role model for peers in the industry.

Managing director Mike Patton says the awards are a testament to his team. “Our people are hardworking and dedicated and they know what we need to do to be successful. These awards are a great way to say ‘thank you’ to our workforce for their continuous support of the business.”

The Wales shop serves more than 90 customers worldwide, including easyJet, Continental and Emirates, just to name a few.

FAA grants GE Aviation Organization Designation Authorization

GE Aviation has joined an elite group of aviation companies appointed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as holder of an Organization Designation Authorization (ODA). The ODA enables GE Aviation to act on behalf of the FAA in managing certification projects and determining compliance in accordance with stringent FAA procedures, guidelines, and oversight.

Previously, dozens of GE technical personnel licensed as designation engineering representatives operated on behalf of the FAA and under FAA supervision, to oversee and approve GE’s certification data. Now, GE’s ODA status streamlines the process.

“We worked hand-in-hand with the FAA to achieve this authorization,” says Paul A. Hill, senior engineering manager for Airworthiness and Certification at GE Aviation, and GE’s ODA Lead Administrator. “We are confident in our ability to successfully manage this significantly increased responsibility, and we feel certain our ODA status will bring greater efficiencies to our many daily interactions with the FAA.”

Achieving ODA required the efforts of hundreds of GE Aviation personnel representing Engineering, Supply Chain, and the Six Sigma Quality team, among others.

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