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Improving the efficiency of aircraft MRO

Wednesday 7 September 2016


The Institute of Aerospace Technologies at the University of Malta has once again partnered up with the local aviation industry to collaborate on a new EUR 200,000 research project called eMRO (Electronic Maintenance Repair and Overhaul).

Nowadays, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) processes are highly integrated at the back end, with back offices working closely with stakeholders such as the customer, manufacturers and airworthiness organisations to plan the MRO jobs that need to be implemented by aircraft technicians on the job floor. These jobs may be complex, involving several thousands of person hours to carry out.

Due to the nature of the business, all tasks are defined by job cards (which relate to specific manuals and repair procedures and require the use of specific replacement parts and tools) and all the work that is performed needs to be documented and tracked for traceability purposes. This is currently done throughout the industry via a paper-heavy system which renders it inefficient from a time and motion perspective on the shop floor.

eMRO will develop the basis of an electronic system that automatically generates a set of electronic job cards for the aircraft technician, provides electronic linkage to relevant documentation, listing of spares and tools needed, electronic tagging of said parts and tools used and electronic sign off on a hand-held device that the aircraft technician can use in a convenient manner. This will contribute significantly towards the reduction of the dependency of the MRO sector on paper for the execution of tasks and the documentation of activities. In this way, the system will contribute to the streamlining and reduction of person hours related to an MRO task and thus to the reduction of the cost of maintenance and air travel in general.

eMRO is being funded through the MCST FUSION R&I Technology Development Programme and is a joint collaboration between the University of Malta, SR Technics Malta Ltd., 6PM Ltd. and QuAero Ltd.


Launch of Higher Diploma in Aviation

Tuesday 19 July 2016

The Institute of Aerospace Technologies at the University of Malta is launching a Higher Diploma in Aviation which starts this October. This course is intended for ab-initio and professional pilots who seek to develop or strengthen their career path by following an MQF Level 5 University programme that will provide them with an excellent balance between theoretical understanding and technical insight into the operational environment of the modern pilot.  This approach will afford students a deeper insight into their profession, allowing them to take better decisions in the field whilst also giving them a competitive advantage in their career.

Delivered by experts in their respective fields, the course will provide an introduction to the fundamental engineering principles associated with aviation and then builds on this to address, with the academic rigour of a higher diploma, the technical and operational aspects associated with flying.  Candidates will be exposed to various areas including principles of flight, aircraft structures, automation, air traffic management and human factors. The diploma is intended to complement (and give credit to) the ground instruction and flying training provided by flying schools leading to EASA Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) or equivalent, providing a more professional understanding and insight into the technical and operational matters associated with flying modern large transport aircraft.

Running on a part-time day-course basis over two years, the Higher Diploma in Aviation can be followed by student pilots in parallel with their pilot training courses as well as by licenced pilots who are already flying operationally. Following the diploma, students can continue their studies to degree level by applying for a 2-year part-time Bachelor’s degree programme in Air Transport that is planned for launch by October 2018.

For further information about the course please click here


IAT secures funding for R&I project

Friday 11 March 2016

The Institute of Aerospace Technologies has secured funding through the MCST FUSION R&I Commercialisation Voucher Programme for a project that aims to develop a system to monitor the condition of the road network through the use of remote sensing technologies. The Institute is currently conducting a number of studies to evaluate the commercial potential of the proposal.


Exhibition of Aerospace Technology

Friday 11 March 2016

The University of Malta, through the Institute of Aerospace Technologies, participated in an exhibition organised at Casa dell’Aviatore in Rome between the 8th and 9th of February.

The purpose of this exhibition was to demonstrate various aerospace technologies developed by partners of the ACROSS research project. As part of this project, the University of Malta developed a new application that assists pilots to avoid hazardous weather during the departure phase of flight. This application was demonstrated successfully during the two-day exhibition to members of the project consortium, external industry experts, as well as the general public.  

ACROSS is a research and development project co-funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme with the main objective of developing novel technologies to reduce crew workload in the flight deck environment. The consortium consists of 35 partners from 12 different European countries. The project is being led by Thales and will come to an end in June this year. More information about the ACROSS project can be found here.

Dr Jason Gauci demonstrates the technology developed by the Institute of Aerospace Technologies at the University of Malta



IAT secures funding for TOUCHFLIGHT2/ePM

The Institute of Aerospace Technologies has secured research funding under the FUSION R&I Technology Development Programme which is managed by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST). This funding will go towards the TOUCHFLIGHT2/ePM (R&I-2015-015-T) research project which will be a collaboration between the University of Malta and QuAero Ltd., a local aviation consultancy company. The total funding for this project is € 190,182. 

TOUCHFLIGHT2/ePM will build on the concepts developed during a previous R&I project called TOUCHFLIGHT (R&I-2012-065) and will also propose novel concepts for the interaction between pilots and avionic systems based on the use of touch and speech technologies. The project will start in February 2016 and will have a duration of 28 months. The project will be coordinated by Prof. Ing. David Zammit Mangion and Dr Jason Gauci from the Institute of Aerospace Technologies.



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Meeting with Latécoère and ONERA

The Institute of Aerospace Technologies recently had a workshop with representatives from Latécoère and ONERA. Latécoère is a French aircraft company which works closely with the major aircraft manufacturers (such as Airbus and Boeing) and airlines and specialises in areas including avionics racks, test benches, harnesses and sensors. On the other hand, ONERA is the French aeronautics, space and defense research lab. The IAT has worked with both of these entities in past research projects, including ALICIA.

IAT Scholarship for Master of Science

Applications for the scholarship are invited to support full-time studies in Aerospace within the Institute of Aerospace Technologies leading to the award of the degree of Master of Science in Aerospace (by research).


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