Friday, February 26, 2010

CFM To Launch Training Center At Hyderabad


Aviation Daily Feb 26 , 2010 , p. 11
Neelam Mathews

Planned to coincide with the bi-annual India Aviation Show in Hyderabad starting March 3, engine maker CFM International is launching a training center at the 250-acre Aerospace Park located at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in a 300-square-meter (3,210 sq. ft.) shop facility.

CFM is a leading supplier of aero-engines to the Asia-Pacific region. More than 3,800 CFM56 engines are in service with 116 airlines in 24 countries in the region; Asia-Pacific accounts for about 19% of the worldwide CFM56 fleet in service.

Snecma has a big partnership with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. for the supply of forged aluminum parts for the CFM56.

In India, more than 320 CFM56 engines are in service, and some 360 engines are on order. CFM’s main customers in India include Jet Airways, Jet Lite, SpiceJet, Go Air, Reliance, the Indian air force, Air India and Air India Express. Airlines in the neighborhood, such as Sri Lankan, Biman, Drukair and Pakistan, also operate them.

With a curriculum similar to that of the other CFM training centers in Paris and Cincinnati, the Hyderabad center will offer airline mechanics and engineers advanced courses in line maintenance and borescope inspection for CFM56-7B and CFM56-5B engines, which power the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 single-aisle jet families. The courses will be conducted by experienced, fully qualified instructors, CFM said.

Currently, Air India has repair capabilities for the CFM56.

The center is certified by India’s Director General of Civil Aviation and is fully compatible with EASA regulations, with certification under way.

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