Voice of our customers – Interview with Squadron Leader Jon Pullen, UK Team Atlas of the Royal Air Force

What has been RAF’s A400M experience of dealing with this unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic crisis?

Squadron Leader Jon Pullen, UK Team Atlas

It is true to say that few forecasters foresaw the devastation to home and working lives that we have all faced over the past three months as we have come to learn to live in our new COVID-19 reality.  And while this was just as true for the UK as for our European neighbours when our Prime Minister announced we were all to ‘Stay at Home’ from 23 March, we did have the benefit of having seen for the previous two weeks how Spain and Italy in particular, had led the European reaction to the crisis.

This gave us a short period to look at our Business Continuity Planning and to focus on the A400M’s core role while protecting our Team.

The UK Team ATLAS response was swift, clear, well communicated and focused on two key areas:

Firstly, the personal safety and health of personnel and their families. Like most of our colleagues from other Nations, this relied on personnel working from home if possible, splitting key personnel into separate locations, adapting shift patterns to avoid personnel meeting, and the adaption of the work place to minimise infections.

And secondly, maintaining Defence capability. From a Defence Tasking perspective, the intent was to protect critical sorties by working closely together with our Tasking Authority to ensure that when the aircraft was called upon it would be available. At the heart of this effort was our National Standby Aircraft that has been on three-hour Standby for the duration of the crisis. Notable tasking included:

– Medical Evacuations undertaken from the Orkney and Shetland Islands, Northern Ireland as well as the British Overseas Territory of Turks & Caicos Islands

– Delivery of essential equipment to build a Medical oxygen generation plant in the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.

– Delivery of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the remote Islands of Ascension and St Helena.

– Collection of more than 175,000 items of PPE to the UK.

This was as well as maintaining the aircrafts routine core tasking, altogether well summarised by one of our Senior Commander’s, Air Marshall Andrew Turner:

How would you describe the support provided by EPI & PCs to support RAF operations during this crisis period?

The results of this communal effort have been exceptional with 100% of all tasking being achieved. The TP400 has played it’s role in this success, especially through the modifications to the Propeller Gear Box and Combustion Chamber where we are starting to see timely improvements in Engine Availability.  Additionally, the Engines impressive Power and efficiency have enabled tasking to the furthest Southern reaches of the South Atlantic as well as operating from remote Airfields such as the Ascension Islands, where due to the Aircraft’s key Tactical mission Capabilities, the ATLAS is the only platform that can currently land on the damaged Ascension Island Runway.

But to achieve all of this takes Teamwork and whilst the front-line focus has rightly been on the RAF Brize Norton ‘Team Atlas’, without our other supporting contractors, especially the UK’s Engines Community, this outstanding performance would not have been possible.  Both Rolls-Royce and the EuroProp International Teams have risen to the challenge:  whether it was through the proactive engagement to identify and expedite critical engine spares at the start of the Crisis, the deployment at short notice of a Rolls-Royce Boroscope Team to retrieve material from inside an Engine or the swift response from the EPI Tech Services Team to provide a Tech Variance to enable the Engine to remain on Wing. The fact that this service has continued to be delivered despite EPI & Rolls-Royce facing the same constraints as the rest of the community and all as part of routine Business Communication is pleasing and reflects well on how far the UK Engine Community has come over the past 12 months.

Our challenge now is to reflect on the changes we have made over the past 3 months, to understand how we adapted together as a Community to respond to the crisis, how our methods of communication have improved and critically, to continue with the new ways of operating when our reasons for change fade from us.  Finally, I am looking forward to when I can once again meet up with my Friends and colleagues from across the community, to perhaps make fun of their WEBEX Camera backdrops (so many Bookshelves), and of course to share a glass of Rioja… though perhaps at a reasonable social distance.

Jon Pullen

Credit: Squadron Leader Jon Pullen, UK Team Atlas

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Ramón Fonoll

Ramón Fonoll holds a Master degree in Industrial Engineer from ICAI School of Engineering, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid.

Before joining ITP Aero in 1998, Ramón Fonoll held different positions in industrial companies such as Saint Gobain, Indra, and Thyssen Group.  He joined ITP Aero as Manager of the Facilities Engineering, later including additional responsibilities as Purchasing and Logistics for the ITP Aero MRO Business.

In 2005, he was appointed as Manager of the Accessories business Unit.  Later in 2011, he was designated Manager of the Commercial Support and Marketing department and, in 2015, Head of Marketing, Strategy and OEM.

From 2016 to 2019, Ramón Fonoll was the General Manager of Aeromaritime America Inc., a subsidiary of ITP Aero in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

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Europrop International’s second TP400 User Conference

 

For the second time, Europrop International brought together the TP400 Community on the 5th and 6th of November in Munich. The event welcomed around 100 participants across customers, partners and suppliers.

The event was an excellent opportunity for the Nations to share their experience, problems, best practices, as well as expectations, on TP400  operations with EPI, other customers and partners.  EPI presented topics related to product, service and maintenance improvements.

This event is a unique opportunity to have a global feedback on TP400 operations, as customer satisfaction is a top priority for our company”, said Hervé Bouaziz, Europrop International’s President.

All our customers were represented at the Conference: France, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey, Belgium and United Kingdom.

For us, the TP400 User Conference is fundamental to get the chance to gather our TP400 Community and to listen to our customers’ expectation, which allow us to deliver a better service”, said Daniel Adrados, Europrop International Services and Support Director.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hervé Bouaziz named President of EPI

Hervé Bouaziz has been named President of Europrop International GmbH (EPI), effective November 4, 2019. As the head of this European consortium formed by ITP, MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce and Safran Aircraft Engines, Hervé Bouaziz will assume responsibility for the TP400, the turboprop engine powering the Airbus A400M military transport.

Hervé Bouaziz started his career in 1994 with the French defense procurement agency DGA as a test engineer at the flight test center. He moved to the DGA’s aircraft programs unit in 1999, in charge of the air-to-ground capabilities of the Mirage 2000 and Rafale. In 2001 he was named director of the Mirage 2000 N and D program. In 2005, he was appointed deputy Armament Attaché at the French embassy in Washington, D.C. He returned to France in 2008, moving back to the DGA as head of the armed forces systems division at the Defense Analysis Center, before moving to Safran in 2010 as deputy to the Senior Vice President for Defense and Security. In 2013 he was named Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at Safran Electronics & Defense, prior to his appointment in 2016 as Vice President for Military Engines Programs at Safran Aircraft Engines.

 

Hervé Bouaziz, 51, holds degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique (1988) and Sup’Aero (1993) engineering schools, as well the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in the United States (2005). He also earned his air force pilot wings in 1994.

 

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Hervé Bouaziz named President of EPI

Hervé Bouaziz has been named President of Europrop International GmbH (EPI), effective November 4, 2019. As the head of this European consortium formed by ITP, MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce and Safran Aircraft Engines, Hervé Bouaziz will assume responsibility for the TP400, the turboprop engine powering the Airbus A400M military transport.

Hervé Bouaziz started his career in 1994 with the French defense procurement agency DGA as a test engineer at the flight test center. He moved to the DGA’s aircraft programs unit in 1999, in charge of the air-to-ground capabilities of the Mirage 2000 and Rafale. In 2001 he was named director of the Mirage 2000 N and D program. In 2005, he was appointed deputy Armament Attaché at the French embassy in Washington, D.C. He returned to France in 2008, moving back to the DGA as head of the armed forces systems division at the Defense Analysis Center, before moving to Safran in 2010 as deputy to the Senior Vice President for Defense and Security. In 2013 he was named Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at Safran Electronics & Defense, prior to his appointment in 2016 as Vice President for Military Engines Programs at Safran Aircraft Engines.

 

Hervé Bouaziz, 51, holds degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique (1988) and Sup’Aero (1993) engineering schools, as well the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in the United States (2005). He also earned his air force pilot wings in 1994.

 

 

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Hervé Bouaziz

Hervé Bouaziz started his career in 1994 with the French defense procurement agency DGA as a test engineer at the flight test center. He moved to the DGA’s aircraft programs unit in 1999, in charge of the air-to-ground capabilities of the Mirage 2000 and Rafale. In 2001 he was named director of the Mirage 2000 N and D program. In 2005, he was appointed deputy Armament Attaché at the French embassy in Washington, D.C. He returned to France in 2008, moving back to the DGA as head of the armed forces systems division at the Defense Analysis Center, before moving to Safran in 2010 as deputy to the Senior Vice President for Defense and Security. In 2013 he was named Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at Safran Electronics & Defense, prior to his appointment in 2016 as Vice President for Military Engines Programs at Safran Aircraft Engines.

Hervé Bouaziz, 51, holds degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique (1988) and Sup’Aero (1993) engineering schools, as well the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in the United States (2005). He also earned his air force pilot wings in 1994.

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EPI and the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) extend the TP400 service contract

EPI has the great honour to continue providing the RMAF with technical and logistic support, parts availability and MRO services for their TP400 engines fleet.

Indeed, during the 2019 LIMA Exhibition, Christophe Bruneau, President of Europrop International, signed an agreement to extend for the fourth year the services contract for the TP400-powered Airbus A400M of the Malaysian Air Force. The signing ceremony was witnessed by YB Tuan Haji Mohamad bin Sabu (Minister of Defence of Malaysia), YBhg Dato’ Halimi bin Abd Manaf (Secretary General, Ministry of Defence), YB Tuan Loke Siek Fook (Deputy Ministry of Defence) and General Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin (Chief of Defence Forces).

We are very pleased to extend our partnership with the RMAF, which has one the highest level of engines and aircraft availability.” said Christophe Bruneau.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force began operating the Airbus A400M in March 2015 and currently operates four aircraft.

 

Picture : YBhg Dato’ Halimi bin Abd Manaf, Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence of Malaysia, and Christophe Bruneau, President of Europrop International

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Europrop International at 2019 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia

The 15th edition of LIMA Exhibition starts today and will last until the 30th of March 2019, in Langkawi (Malaysia). This exhibition is the largest show of its kind within the Asia Pacific Region.

Today, at the beginning of LIMA’s Exhibition, the President of Europrop International, Christophe Bruneau, and the Chairperson of Global Turbine Asia, Dato’ Nonee Radzi signed the Approved Maintenance Organisation contract. This contract makes both parties maintenance partners in Malaysia for the TP400 engine.

This contract was signed in the presence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Secretary of State to the Minister of the Armed Forces, Geneviève Darrieussecq, the Senior executive vice president of international and public affairs of Safran SA, Stéphane Abrial and the CEO of Global Turbine Asia, Valérie Patuel.

Participation of local industries and companies in the TP400 engine support for every Export Customer, is at the heart of Europrop’s aftermarket policy.

More information on LIMA Exhibition

 

Christophe Bruneau and Dato Nonee Radzi at 2019 LIMA
The TP400 at 2019 LIMA Exhibition

 

Airshow with the A400M at 2019 LIMA
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Europrop International’s first TP400 User Conference

On October 23-24, EPI organized its first TP400 User Conference in Madrid. During two days, the event was gathering 70 participants from across customer and partner TP400’s community.

Designed to share Nations’ feedback, the User Conference was the opportunity for customers, partners and EPI to meet and share feedback, solutions and best practices on dedicated engine topics.

We are excited to be introducing the first TP400 User Conference and to welcome our customers and partners to a uniquely valuable experience,” said Christophe Bruneau, Europrop International’s President.

Coming from France, Germany, Malaysia, Spain and United Kingdom, EPI end-users and partners shared their experience during workshops sessions. To end the day, Europrop International welcomed William Dean Chief Pilot Defence from Rolls Royce as a guest speaker.

The User Conference ended by a visit in the ITP Aero ML2 Shop so that attendees could see the TP400 engine maintenance facilities.

The TP400 User Conference was aimed to provide insights to our customers. It was an honor to gather all the TP400 community and have the valuable opportunity to understand their expectation and provide better service” said Daniel Adrados.

 

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Europrop International has completed the assembly of the 400th TP400 engine

Discover the TP400-D6 engine

Europrop International at a glance

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EPI achieves the assembly of the 400th TP400 turboprop

July 18, 2018 – Europrop International GmbH (EPI) has completed the assembly of the 400th TP400 engine in Munich where its final assembly line is located.

This milestone marks a remarkable achievement for the European partnership which combines the best of Europe’s aerospace companies’ resources and expertise: ITP Aero (Spain), MTU Aero Engines (Germany), Safran Aircraft Engines (France) and Rolls Royce (United Kingdom).

“The delivery of the 400th TP400 demonstrates our organization capacity to pace our customers’ needs in terms of production,” said Christophe Bruneau, President of EPI. “Based on the long-term experience and the state-of-the-art technologies of each partner, we are working on engine continuous improvements to ensure our customers the best availability as part of their operations.”

EPI was created in 2002 to design, develop and produce the TP400 engine which has been chosen in 2003 to power the new generation A400M military aircraft. This aircraft was designed by Airbus Defense and Space to meet Air Force’s requirements for several key missions, such as strategic, tactical airlift and air-to-air refueling.

The TP400 is a key asset to the A400M’s unrivaled capabilities, while delivering an output of 11,620 shaft horsepower making it the most powerful turboprop in the West. With a high autonomy of 4,800 nm (8900 km), the TP400-D6 can power extended round trip sorties from its main operating base. This is also the first military engine to have a civil certification by EASA.

“The forces and the pilots are pleased with the TP400’s power which enables them to perform their future missions in any condition”, continues Christophe Bruneau. “Thanks to this engine, the A400M is flying almost as fast as a commercial aircraft.”

Since the first A400M entered into service in 2013 with the French Air Force, the TP400 has logged more than 140,000 flight hours. The TP400-powered A400M aircraft are currently operated around the world by six Air Forces (Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Turkey and Malaysia).

 

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Europrop International at a glance

TP400-D6 engine

TP400-D6 on MTU website

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