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COVID-19 business initiatives for the aerospace aftermarket

Welcome to our resource for sharing trends, news and insights on how to navigate through some of our industry’s current challenges.

Defying and overcoming seemingly impossible challenges is how the aviation industry has inspired imaginations all around the globe for generations—and our current challenge is no different.

The desire to reach for the skies is why many of us got into aviation in the first place. And facing our current situation, it is that same passion to inspire, inform and innovate that will provide us with a guiding light to navigate out of these darker situations.  This dedicated resource page is here to help provide a guiding light: To provide useful insights, news, expertise and solutions to help get us all back on track.


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Considering your Battery Service

Recent events could be causing a hidden problem from many aircraft owners. Aircraft batteries can actually incur wear and tear as they sit idle. Battery self-discharge is a real problem, as anyone with a mobile phone will know first hand. However, the rate of self-discharge is dependent on the type of battery, state of charge, charging current, ambient temperature and other factors.

In this section, we will be outlining the parts and processes that are available for services your aircraft batteries to ensure that your aircraft is ready for a return to service

All batteries are subject to laws of entropy and will begin to self-discharge as they sit idle. Whether your aircraft is using Ni-Cd (nickel-cadmium), Li-ion (Lithium-ion), or lead-acid, they all face a risk self-discharging while they sit idle. However, each battery type and brand differs considerably in replacement cost. Li-ion can run almost five times the price of a Ni-Cad, with Ni-Cad still factoring in the thousands of dollars.

The cost of battery replacement versus the cost of battery maintenance is considerable. Therefore, it's in the best interest of an aircraft owner to consider the battery service of their aircraft before re-entry into service.

However, aircraft owners do have some options when it comes to how they proceed with their battery maintenance. They are as follows:

Send them in for repair:

Satair provides battery service options to fit your specific needs, all of which comply with all CMM/OMM, FAA, EASA 145/Dual certification requirements. Our repair stations are located in various locations around the globe, and the shipping of your aircraft batteries to and from your location is a no-hassle operation, which follows straightforward shipping certifications to ensure the safety of your batteries.

Acquire battery maintenance training & Do-it-yourself

Satair specialises in offering training courses in the service all wet nickel-cadmium batteries manufactured by Saft and Marathon. While the process for our training programs has changed due to COVID-19, the training covers all aspects of aircraft battery servicing requirements.

Get the know-how you need in our Battery Maintenance training

If you are still unsure about your specific options for battery service. Learn more about your options, or get in contact with a Satair representative for more guidance.
Aircraft battery servicing


If you are already aware of the issue that batteries face while sitting idle, and know that you will need to replace either full batteries or cells, here is a list of battery parts contingent on your aircraft:

Part # Description Aircraft
2758:F6177 Ni-Cad Battery A320
416526:F6177 Ni-Cad Battery A320
416548:F6177 Cell A320
410406:F6177 Cell A320
405CH:F6177 Ni-Cad Battery A330
413597:F6177 Cell A330
4059:F6177 Ni-Cad Battery A330
465823:F6177 Cell A330
774403-04:F6177 Lithium-Ion Battery A350
505CH2:F6177 Ni-Cad Battery A350/A380
414984:F6177 Cell A350/A380
024147-000:09052 Ni-Cad Battery B737/B747/B757/B767
024257-000:09052 Cell B737/B747/B757/B767
018550-000:09052 Ni-Cad Battery B737/B747/B757/B767
018520-000:09052 Cell B737/B747/B757/B767
9750B0818:U6335 Sealed Lead Acid Battery B777
9250-0142:U6335 Kit Reblock B777

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Converting From Passenger into Cargo

Many airlines are temporarily converting their passenger aircraft to move cargo. But what should you consider before taking action on this process?

If you are already in the process of researching converting your passenger aircraft to transport cargo, or if you are already doing so, but need the parts that will ensure the least amount of wear and tear, we have been compiling the information that you need to consider, as well as an all-in-one parts list to help expedite the process.

What are your options for a temporary conversion to transport cargo

The first is a relatively no-hassle option, which involves deploying thick plastic seat bags which are rigorously fastened to the passenger seats. These bags can safely hold small to mid-sized cargo while offering some protection to the seat fabrics and to the cargo itself.

The second option required a bit more planning and maintenance, as it involves removing the passenger seat altogether—thus allowing the aircraft to operate more like a standard freighter. Straps can be used to fasten cargo to the ground securely, and this option allows for both larger cargo sizes, as well as larger cargo quantities to be transported.

Find the specific parts list and details in Temporary passenger to cargo aircraft conversion or you can find specific parts below.

Depending on whether you intend to remove your aircraft seats or leave them in, here is a list of parts available to help you on your way to a temporary conversion:

Conversion Parts without Seat Removal

Part # Description
JCA252JCAER01408-101 Seatbag Cargo
10073073 Package STC


Conversion Parts with Seat Removal

Part # Description
AC10-02117Z1 Net
AC10-02117Z2 Net
AC10-02117Z3 Net
AC10-01171Z1 Net
AC10-01171Z2 Net
AC10-01171Z3 Net
AC10-02163Z1 Net
AC10-02163Z2 Net
AC10-02163Z3 Net
AC10-01530Z1 Net
AC10-01530Z2 Net
AC10-01530Z3 Net
AC10-01530Z4 Net
TS40-0299600 Net
TS20-0444300 Net
AC10-01530Z1110601-10 Filling Stud
110602-10 Filling Stud
123410 Pallet

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Preparing aircraft for re-entry into service

With the majority of the global fleet grounded, the obvious next step is to prepare for their eventual re-entry into service. However, it also begs the question to whether we should expect a surge in demand for maintenance parts needed for that process?

Your options for re-entry into service maintenance and parts replacement will differ depending on your set-up, and in this section, we go through the various options for getting you aircraft back in the skies.

In April, IATA released a bulletin entitled the Guidance for ground handling during COVID-19. Along with a subsequent bulletin on Guidance for ground handling return to service.

We spoke with our product manager Jesper Allenberg, to outline more specifically what operators are going to need for re-entry into service.

"Whether an airline has an inhouse MRO or line-maintenance facilities, or if it is outsourced to an independent MRO, typically the process entails going through the aircraft manuals and various other documentation to build a material list. This will outline everything that is needed for the scope of work that will need to be performed on the aircraft, when entering a parking or storage program, and subsequently before re-entry into service," says Allenberg.

"A lot of what is needed are consumable materials, like lubricants and oils, as well as expendable parts like O-rings, nuts, bolt, etc. Due to the expediency with which many aircraft are now being grounded, we've been compiling these parts to make it easier for operators."

If you’re looking to expedite your aircraft back into service, then contact us to speak with a Satair representative directly.


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An EASA bulletin and cabin air filters

In a Operational Recommendations Bulletin released by EASA on March 7, 2020, it addressed the importance for airlines to review their procedures for utilising recirculated cabin air. Within the bulletin, it provided a couple of suggestions for what airlines can do to increase the safety of their aircraft’s cabin air and the cabin air filtration systems onboard the aircraft.

In response to concerns of airborne spread of the novel coronavirus through cabin air, the European Aviation Safety Association (EASA) recently released a safety guidance bulletin which addresses cabin air filtration.

The most extreme of the options suggested is to stop using recirculated air altogether—provided the recirculation system does not contribute to critical flight functions. While this reduces the potential for SARS-Cov-2 particles being distributed throughout the cabin, it means that if there are SARS-Cov-2 particles present, they will remain stagnant in the air. In other words, there will be no potential for them to be captured by an air cabin filtration system.

The bulletin goes on to mention that once HEPA filters are installed and functioning within the aircraft, that recirculation fans, “should not be stopped, but increased fresh air flow should be promoted by selecting high PACK FLOW, whenever possible.”

Read this article to learn more about EASAs safety bulletin and understanding your options for securing that your aircraft has the most effective cabin air filters.

If you already know, or have already planned to change your cabin air filters to comply with EASAs guidance, here is a list of specific PALL cabin air filters that fit those compliances:

Type A320 Family A330 Family A380 Family 737/757 Family 777 Family
QA06423-01 QB0408-01 QB0754-00
CD01068F4 CD00944F3
QB0434-02 n/a QB05154-01