The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) met some resistance when, in July 2005, it became an affiliate of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), but nearly three years on, time has shown the wisdom of the move. SAE brought large-association stability–and management expertise–to the table.
Maintenance and Modifications
News and issues about aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), covering all segments of the aviation industry; and modifications for aircraft and engines. Subjects include product support of aircraft, engines and avionics, MRO company mergers, acquisitions, announcements and personnel, Airworthiness Directives, Supplemental Type Certificate approvals and other topics.
Dassault has launched a major extension of the Charles Lindbergh Hall, the Falcon 7X final assembly line at its Bordeaux Mérignac production site in France. The extension adds 260,000 sq ft and means the facility will be able to accommodate another 14 Falcon 7Xs. Construction started in November last year and the new building should be operational early next year.
Cessna has ruled out the addition of winglets to its Citation X high-speed business jet, after investigating the modification and concluding that there was not a sufficiently strong case for doing so. AIN had confirmed that the airframer had submitted an application with the FAA for certification of the winglets and that these were to have been fitted on production aircraft starting with S/N 222.
The FAA issued a special airworthiness bulletin on October 7 alerting operators of the Raytheon Beech Premier I that the agency has determined that the jet’s flap actuators are “nonconforming” parts, fabricated from material that might be subject to “brittle failures at cold temperatures.”
An FAA review of maintenance procedures following the August 26 crash of a Colgan Air Beech 1900D near Hyannis, Mass., has found that Raytheon service manuals incorrectly depict the installation of a key part of the airplane’s elevator trim system.
Maintenance professionals will soon be able to quantify the training they have received as a part of their jobs. Recently, the Aircraft Maintenance Society (AMS) was taken under the wing of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) to form PAMA-AMS. The organization’s members will be able to establish a baseline of current qualifications and work toward achieving higher educational milestones and validate their achievements.
Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI), the Chicago-based aviation maintenance management company, has restructured to better position itself for future growth.
Making jet aircraft acceptably quiet can be a dirty job. Owners don’t want to spend the money, engine makers don’t want to compromise their products’ efficiencies and airport neighbors are rarely happy with the results.
“When you paint an airplane, seven things happen, and six of them are bad.” So says Frank DeNisio, and he ought to know the potential pitfalls that can come between bare metal and a gleaming, durable paint job. DeNisio is operations manager of modifications for Dassault Falcon Jet Wilmington, the relatively new owner of the paint shop he has worked in for 27 years. Dassault Falcon Jet bought the Wilmington, Del.
There are those unsung workers whose skills are underrated and whose work may go unappreciated, or at best is taken for granted. So it is with those who paint business airplanes. It’s a sometimes nasty, often physically demanding, always labor-intensive job that requires a knowledge of chemistry and the soul of an artist.