It was a great opportunity for Global Turbine Asia Sdn Bhd to involved in Safran Helicopter Engines Operators’ Symposium which was held on the 6th & 7th November in Hanoi, Vietnam. The theme for this event is ‘Focused on Making a Difference’ were strategically aim to prove that customers’ needs and missions being the priority for every single day. This event attended by helicopter operators and partners from across South – East Asia, Australia and New Zealand to share their latest information, products and services. There were different forum and workshop coordinated for the customers and they also shared their experiences on flying the Safran – powered helicopter. It was an interactive event as a platform that able to develop more networking, collaboration and ideas among the Asia Pacific operators. Full of appreciation to all customers for their continuous supports and dedicated passions in the helicopters industry.
GLOBAL TURBINE ASIA CELEBRATES 38,000 FLIGHT HOURS ON SAFRAN ARRIUS 1A ENGINES WITH ROYAL MALAYSIAN NAVY
Langkawi, 28 March 2019 —,Global Turbine Asia (GTA) today marked the Royal Malaysian Navy’s 38,000 flight hours on Safran Arrius 1A engines with a celebration at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2019 (LIMA’19).
The Arrius 1A engines are fitted on the twin-engine AS555 SN Fennec helicopters flown by the Royal Malaysian Navy’s 502 Squadron Naval Air Wing. These helicopters are utilised in various roles such as training, detection and over-the-horizon targeting as well as anti-piracy missions. Notably, Navy Commandoes had foiled an attempted hijacking of a Malaysian chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden with a Fennec helicopter in 2011.
Global Turbine Asia Chief Executive Officer, Valerie Patuel remarked, “This achievement is the culmination of a successful relationship built on trust through the years. We are honoured to work hand-in-hand with the Royal Malaysian Navy to support their fleet of Arrius 1A. The maturity and maintenance practice of the 502 Squadron Naval Air Wing sets a high benchmark in our industry.”
Efficient, compact and robust, the Arrius engines were
chosen to power numerous light helicopters. Arrius engines have been proven to
comply with the highest standards in terms of reliability and safety and
received the EASA Part 145 Certification from the European Aviation Safety
The Fennec helicopters were procured by the Malaysian government in 2001, with the first helicopter entering active service in late 2003.
GLOBAL TURBINE ASIA SIGNS BY-THE-HOUR SUPPORT CONTRACT WITH WESTSTAR AVIATION SERVICES COVERING SAFRAN eAPU60
27 March 2019, Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition, Malaysia Global Turbine Asia, Weststar Aviation Services and Safran Power Units announce the signature of a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract covering the eAPU60 auxiliary power units fitted on operators’ AW189 helicopters. This contract formalizes a 3-year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of 4 eAPU60.
“It all starts with delivering with our pledge to our customers. Aircraft availability and safe flight operations are paramount. At Weststar Aviation Services we take pride in delivering excellence to our customers under very demanding conditions and sometimes in remote operations. We need a dependable partner offering the highest level of support. We are confident through partnering with Global Turbine Asia our customers will receive uninterrupted levels of service” declared Russel George Allen, CTO of Weststar Aviation Services.
Valérie Patuel, CEO of Global Turbine Asia, announced that the partnership presented an opportunity for both parties to gain immense value through sharing their expertise and further enhancing the support levels required for demanding offshore Oil and gas operations: “Global Turbine Asia is the first company in Asia-Pacific region to have licensed engineers on eAPU60. We are very proud to support the largest Oil and gas Operator in the region and such a influential market leader like Weststar Aviation Services. We are confident the SBH will have a direct impact in their operation in terms of cost saving and aircraft availability optimization.
“This contract reflects the relationship of mutual trust between Weststar, Global Turbine Asia and Safran Power Units. Weststar selected us because of our recognized expertise and experience in turbine support services. We’re proud to initiate a long-term Support-By-Hour (SBH®) agreement with our strategic customer, Weststar” added Laurent Le Foll, Vice President Commercial & Customer Support of Safran Power Units.
This partnership compliments an existing collaboration between both parties on the SBH® covering Arriel 2S2 engines fitted on Weststar Aviation Services S-76C++ operated in Indonesia.
Langkawi, 26 March 2019 – Global Turbine Asia Sdn Bhd (GTA) today signed an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) License agreement with the engine manufacturer Europrop International GmbH (EPI), paving the way for GTA to bid for maintenance activities of TP400-D6 engines used in A400M.
GTA had earlier attained European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 certification for TP400-D6 engine in October 2018, making it the first non-European company to achieve the mandatory certification standard for military equipment.
Significantly, this AMO License agreement further consolidates the partnership between EPI and GTA. The agreement marks a major milestone in the industry and with this collaboration, constitutes the first time EPI relies on a foreign third party to carry out maintenance activities on their engine. It allows GTA to perform Level 1 and Level 2 (on-base) maintenance on TP400-D6 engines, the highest level attainable outside an OEM workshop.
The successful signing today is a culmination of GTA’s efforts that began in 2015 when it embarked on becoming the Malaysian reference as Safran’s helicopter engine Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), and also as a recognized centre of excellence for the fixed wing industry.
The partnership with EPI strengthens the foundation that GTA has been building towards becoming a homegrown Malaysian solution to the maintenance for state-of-the-art turboprop engines, with the medium-term ambition to also be a key player in the region. GTA’s aspiration is in direct support of the Malaysian Aerospace Blueprint 2030.
With the Airbus A400M and its TP400-D6 engine holding EASA certificates, EASA recognition is mandatory for any company seeking to become part of the TP400 ecosystem. The EASA 145 certification complements GTA’s Malaysian Directorate General for Technical Airworthiness (DGTA) AMO certificate achieved in 2017.
Being EASA Part 145 certified and a Europrop Approved Maintenance Organization for the TP400-D6 are key pre-requisites to be able to provide direct support to GTA’s longtime customer, the Royal Malaysian Airforce (RMAF). RMAF is a strategic user of the TP400-D6 in the Asia-Pacific region where GTA aims to extend their footprint.
Global Turbine Asia can be found in booth No B486 Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre, Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2019 (LIMA’19).
On 10th December 2018 Global Turbine Asia (GTA) Sdn Bhd had a yearly technical review with the Malaysian Army Aviation (MAA) and Airod Sdn Bhd was in charge of the helicopter’s maintenance for the MAA.
The objective of this meeting was focused to review the main engine technical topics of the year in order for GTA to bring solutions meeting for the MAA operational needs. The MAA operates A109 LOH powered by SAFRAN HE ARRIUS 2K2 engines that required reliable engines, high availability rate, and also a local efficient engine support organization to ensure their daily missions achieve in Malaysia.
The new service available within the range of engine Health Monitoring and predictive solutions to track engine life parameters and proactive maintenance action implementation. This is to allow MAA to monitor the engine trend margins (Torque and Temperature) which is free of charge service.
This key event led to mutual discussions which drives GTA to have a better understanding towards the customer expectations in order to adapt the technical and commercial support to the MAA daily operational requirements.
On the 27th November 2018 took place in Global Turbine Asia (GTA) Sdn Bhd, a yearly technical review with the Royal Malaysian Police and SAS (Systematic Aviation Service Sdn Bhd) in charge of the helicopters maintenance for the Royal Malaysian Police.
The objective of this meeting is to review the main engine technical topics of the year in order for GTA to bring solutions meeting the Royal Malaysian Police operational needs. Indeed, the Royal Malaysian Police operates six AS 355N powered by SAFRAN HE ARRIUS 1A engines requiring reliable engines, high availability rate, but also a local efficient engine support organization to ensure their daily missions in all Malaysia.
This key event led to mutual discussions, allowing the GTA to have a better understanding of the customer expectations in order to always adapt the technical and commercial support to the Royal Malaysian Police daily operational requirements.
On October 13-16 November 2018, Global Turbine Asia (GTA) was honored to facilitate a Compliance Audit (AN: 76/18) on the Safran Helicopter Engines Arrius 1 for the AS5555SN Fennec Aircraft which owned by The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The audit session was conducted by the Directorate General Technical Airworthiness. Besides, GTA has also undergone a Verification Audit for the maintenance of TP400-D6 Engine of Airbus A400M aircraft. The aimed was specifically to certify and verify the Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) status compliance with TAMM Regulation 4 and Regulation 5 according to the stipulated scope and level.
The execution of this audit provides a platform in the engine aircraft maintenance and repair industry for GTA to ensure that the service given are quality proved, meet the specifications and more proactive on customer demand.
Our beyond appreciation to DGTA for their collaboration and support together with the GTA team for their cooperation during the audit session.
On 23 – 24 October 2018, Global Turbine Asia (GTA) and a representative from Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) was invited to the EUROPROP International’s First TP400 User Conference in Madrid which organized by the EUROPROP International (EPI). There were 70 participants involved across customers and partners in TP400’s community from France, Germany, Malaysia, Spain and United Kingdom. The TP400 User Conference stands as a successful platform with informative feedback and best practices shared by the AM400 users. This conference presented the updates from OEM on the current challenges and progress of the engine and identified the potential improvement in the fleet program. The workshop session had been exposed the participants with four major content which included the preservation, data modules, technical date and quality aspects. EPI end-users and partners shared valuable experience and exchange feedback about the engine in order to develop the future improvement strategy. GTA together with RMAF will continue supporting this milestone mark as a remarkable effort by EPI for the future of the aircraft industry, specifically the TP400 engine.
22 May 2018 – In embracing Ramadhan, it is a yearly tradition for GTA to spread the spirit of sharing and giving by hosting an annual buka puasa feast. This year was no exception.
GTA was surprised and feel greatly honoured with the turn out this year. With over 260 guests, double in number than the previous year, this year’s joyous do was definitely a memorable one.
Joining in the breaking fast and dinner was GTA Chairman, Dato Nonee Radzi, members of the Board of Directors, representatives of the French Embassy, business partners, customers, management and staff of Global Turbine Asia.
Among the other important guests who attended the dinner were YBhg. General Tan Sri Roslan bin Saad (R), YBhg. General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Rodzali bin Daud (R), YBhg. Lieutenant General Dato’ Sri Hj Mutalib RMAF, YBhg. Dato’ Sathiya Seelan (PDRM), YBhg. Major General Dato’ Hj Mohamad Salleh RMAF, YBhg. Brigadier General Dato’ Dr Md Zaki RMAF, YBhg. Dato’ Tuan Mustafa (BHICAS), and Mr. David Jones (RUAG).
In her bilingual speech, GTA CEO Madame Valerie Patuel highlighted that the Buka Puasa Dinner is indeed a very special come-together event for GTA as a multi-religion and multinational Company. She stated that “Whatever our religion, we are all one GTA Family”.
It was hard not to notice the close proximity not only between the GTA Family, but also between them and their friends of the industry. For us at GTA, events like this is always a golden opportunity to strengthen the bond we have with our customers and partners.
The night drew to a close as the cultural performances ended. All in all, it was an excellent successful night filled with good food and good company.