CTI Systems recently made a decisive step in the development of a new aircraft approach control system by finalising, in one of SATYS' paint shop for long range in Blagnac, France, the Twin Scan Control, as the first step towards the automation of teleplatforms.2 years of research and development by CTI Systems, and the collaboration of SATYS have led to the implementation of a new revolutionary anti-collision system, theTwin Scan Control, which allows greater precision in aircraft approach through automatic distance control. Both companies, which have been active in the aviation industry for decades, attach great importance to innovation. SATYS, with its user-oriented attention to detail, is constantly innovating in the field of safety. Not only for its staff, but also in terms of meeting deadlines and quality levels. CTI Systems on its side, inventor of the teleplatform, is constantly innovating in the development of products and systems in order to meet the new challenges of its customers.The innovative Twin Scan Control system is based on a real image of the aircraft and not a 3D surface model and as such uses the real aircraft shape including deflection of aircraft structure and position of moving parts like flaps. The systems not only controls the teleplatform speeds depending on the distance to the aircraft skin but also stops the equipment without the operators intervention at a preset distance, thus avoiding touching the aircraft envelope.The Twin scan Control facilitates the operations on the periphery of the aircraft with the target to achieve the highest possible level of safety and quality result. This novelty thus opens the door to the automated trajectory movement of teleplatforms, and consequently to future robotisation.About CTI Systems: CTI Systems, part of the Paul Wurth Group, is a supplier of integrated automated handling and processing systems, especially for heavy loads, with more than 58 years of experience. The product and service portfolio includes automated material handling solutions, aircraft maintenance systems, storage systems, surface treatment facilities, assembly lines, as well as software solutions for production control and optimisation of storage and distribution systems (MES & WMS), including the integration of machines from other suppliers.www.ctisystems.com.
Satys continues the development of its Aftermarket and VIP Painting Business Unit with the operation of two new paint hangars, based at the Bombardier Singapore Service Centre, the largest private aircraft maintenance center (MRO) in South East Asia.
Bombardier’s line of business jets is the most comprehensive of any original equipment manufacturer (OEM), with three leading aircraft families. Its line of Learjet, Challenger and Global jets allows customers to grow within the Bombardier business aircraft family as their travel requirements evolve. Bombardier has more than over 4,800 business aircraft in operation, in more than 115 countries. With a worldwide network of Service Centers, Mobile Response Trucks and Parts and Component Repair and Overhaul Facilities, Bombardier’s Service and Support teams offer comprehensive capabilities and deliver the highest quality service by the technicians who know Bombardier aircraft best.
“We are very pleased to be working with Satys to provide impeccable paint capabilities at the Singapore Service Centre, offering enhanced service and support options for our Asia-Pacific based customers,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Customer satisfaction is always a top priority at Bombardier and this key partnership will enhance reliability and expectations, further strengthening our support to our customers.”
According to Fabien Roualdes, Satys Managing Director: “Satys is honored and thrilled to work with Bombardier in developing MRO capacities in South East Asia. This partnership perfectly fits both companies’ strategies and we look forward to delivering the best service to our customers.”
This facility is also capable of accommodating any private jets but also commercial single aisle aircrafts for the Airlines market. It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020.
Bombardier, Learjet, Challenger and Global are registered or unregistered trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
site employees of Châteauroux with Christophe Cador, CEO, Fabien Roulades, Managing Director and Thierry Melet, Aftermarket & VIP Painting Director of Satys
The Commercial Court of Toulouse on 10 October 2019 chose the industrial project of the Toulouse Satys Group to take over the ATE (Aéro Technique Espace) aircraft painting site in Châteauroux. ATE has been in recovery proceedings since 17 May 2019.
Based at the Marcel Dassault Airport in Châteauroux, ATE employs about forty people and has four paint hangars for wide-body aircraft. This site will complete Satys Group’s range of services, a key industrial player that has experienced steady growth over the last few years.
Châteauroux, Satys Group’s centre of excellence in Europe for repainting aircraft
“Châteauroux will become our centre of excellence in Europe for the repainting ("Aftermarket Painting") of long-haul aircraft in Europe with a target of 50 aircraft per year. The know-how of the Satys Group combined with that of the Châteauroux teams will enable us to offer a quality and competitive service that meets the requirements of air operators. We will invest in this site. And we are taking on this challenge in France”, said Christophe Cador, Satys CEO.
“By 2019, we will have painted a total of 250 aircraft for the Aftermarket Painting activity and expect the activity to double by 2022,” explained Thierry Melet, Satys Aftermarket & VIP Painting Director.
“I would like to highlight how the professionalism and recognized competence of both the Satys and ATE teams in Chateauroux played an important role in this recovery operation. I would also like to thank our customers and the Centre-Val de Loire Region, owner of the Marcel Dassault Airport in Châteauroux for their ongoing trust,” emphasized Christophe Cador.
Qantas A380 onboard Lounge
Qantas’ first upgraded A380 with the new cabin welcomed its first passengers today.
We are very proud to have been involved in the manufacturing of the galleys for the new A380’s Qantas Business Suite.
We would like to thank AIS (Airbus Interiors Services) for trusting us to help them on this wonderful project.
Two more A380s (of a total of 12) are scheduled to be refurbished before the end of 2019.
Qantas expects to complete the refurbishment of the remaining 11 aircraft by the end of 2020.
Congratulations to the SIA (Satys Interiors Aerospace) teams!
Last June, the 53rd International Paris Air Show was held in Paris Le Bourget. The Show takes place every two years and brings together nearly 2,400 exhibitors and 350,000 visitors. It is an opportunity for Satys to meet its customers, its suppliers, but also to recruit!
At our stand at The Careers Plane, a hall dedicated to employment and training, the Human Resources team presented the Satys business activities. They were even on the French News on channel France2 which focused on employment at the Paris Air Show. There was a paint simulator which allowed the public to discover the profession of aircraft painter as well as information on the training provided in Toulouse (France) by the Satys Academy. Thanks to the "Feminizing the professions in aerospace" operation, many female students had access to the Paris Air Show to encourage them to find their calling in the aerospace sector. They took advantage of the painting simulator to put themselves in the shoes of an aircraft painter and were encouraged by a very enthusiastic team at the idea of welcoming potential recruits.
Our HR Development Manager, Marie-Antoinette Ay, received the President of the Occitania Region, Mrs Carole Delga, on our stand at The Careers Plane to present our activity. During their meeting, a training project led by the Human Resources team was also discussed. Satys is indeed participating in the development of a complementary mention to the aerospace professional baccalaureate in collaboration with the Airbus painting department, Sabena Technics and the Airbus High School. Supported by the UIMM and the GIFAS at the Ministry of National Education, this additional mention would make up for the lack of a diploma for the aircraft painter profession. Indeed, today, companies must train their painters themselves on the CQPM (Certificate of Joint Qualification in Metallurgy) and are unable to take on apprentices. With this new training, we hope to be able to promote the aircraft painter profession in secondary schools and thus have people already trained on the job market. Last March, our Human Resources team received confirmation that the additional mention to the professional aviation baccalaureate and the professional car bodywork baccalaureate would be created. It should be implemented as of the start of the school year in September 2020. Some high schools, such as the Airbus High School and the Gallieni High School in Toulouse, have already announced that they wish to add the additional mention of aircraft painter to their program. This new form of training is not intended to replace those already in existence but to provide a new way to become an aircraft painter.
Within the framework of a project called “Easynov” financed by the Occitanie Region and Europe via an ERDF fund, the Rutile project, named for titanium ore, is the Satys Surface Treatment project to regenerate titanium chemical milling baths for the industry and environment through partnerships with INSA, LMDC (educational partner) and LR Vision.
How the project started?
Satys Surface Treatment ( ex PRODEM) has been using chemical milling for almost 30 years to decontaminate, strip and lighten titanium aeronautic parts. This process produces huge quantities of final waste which is called “spent baths”. This waste is not recycled and has a significant impact on the factory’s operating costs.
The Satys R&D team has been looking for the last several years for a way to regenerate “spent baths” in order to reduce costs and help the environment.
Three years ago a process was invented based on a physico-chemical method used to precipitate the titanium.
A patent has been pending for this process since 2017 and an international patent was filed in 2018.
Following this finding, a project was put together with educational partners both private and from the Occitanie region in order to further develop this process on an industrial scale.
Satys Surface Treatment will present the project at the 46th A3TS congress in Lille on July 3 and 4, 2019.
Trenitalia presented to the press last week its new regional Pop train in Bologna station (Italy). This train was built by Alstom under the name Coradia stream.
Satys Interiors Railway contributed to this success by developing a new floor heating concept that improves the wellbeing of passengers.
In November 2018, Satys SP USA completed painting its 100th Boeing airplane. This milestone occurred 24 months following the award of the Boeing contract for paint services at PDX (Portland), fulfilling fulfilling the dream of many colleagues of Satys to take OEM painting and sealing services to America. Following a rapid mobilization and start-up, Satys SP USA (then STTS USA) completed its first airplane an EVA B777 in March, 2017. Since that time the Satys SP USA team with Group production and management support has painted 4 different Boeing aircraft, B737, B747, B777, and B787. There have been over 45 different liveries, in both passenger and freighter models. In July, 2018 the team began a process that allows side by side painting of B737 in one hangar with a wide-body aircraft in the other hangar.
While there have been challenges along the way, the commitment to safety, on-quality and on-time delivery has never waned. The Satys SP USA team continues to grow its skill level, granting nearly 100 promotions as individuals progress through the Satys training program. In addition, we have achieved several consecutive “clean” Boeing site audits and Satys Managers frequently participate in trainings and meeting in order to share best practices with other Satys sites and colleagues around the world.
To mark the 100th airplane milestone, the Satys SP USA Team gathered in front of the aircraft for a photo with our visiting CEO, Christophe Cador and then enjoyed 100 cupcakes & 100 glasses of sparkling cider. Bravo!
The French Industrial Group Satys further develops its “aircraft repainting” business in Europe by acquiring Air Livery (UK)
On October 1st Satys acquired the company Air Livery one of Europe’s leaders in the aircraft repainting business for more than 25 years.
The Air Livery headquarters are located at the Norwich Airport and it operates eight hangars on five sites in the United Kingdom (Norwich, Manchester, East Midlands, Cambridge and Southend) as well as one in Bratislava, Slovakia. The company paints over 200, long and short-hauI aircraft as well as corporate jets per year. It forecasts a turnover of £17m for 2018/19 and has 170 employees.
This acquisition will allow Satys to consolidate its repainting activity (“aftermarket”) and complement the current network: Paris - Le Bourget, Lelystad, Casablanca, Haikou (China) and Dubai (opening scheduled end 2019).
Operations will be supplemented with a long-range hangar in Europe in 2019.
This acquisition offers new possibilities as Air Livery has expertise in support and engineering (Part 145), graphics, external markings and sticker production.