AINmxReports » January 16, 2013

January 16, 2013 - 1:01pm

The latest upgrade in Duncan Aviation’s “Glass Box” project is a Falcon 900B retrofitted with a full Universal Avionics LCD glass cockpit, replacing the original Honeywell SPZ-8000 cathode-ray-tube displays.

The upgrade includes five Universal EFI-890R LED-backlit LCDs, engine indicating system replacing the original engine instruments, dual Universal UNS-1Fw flight management systems with Waas/LPV/satellite-based augmentation system capability and dual Vision 1 computers delivering synthetic vision on the primary displays.

January 16, 2013 - 12:51pm

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will be sharing U.S. airspace with manned aircraft in the next couple of years, and it’s likely that the advent of these flying machines will mean more work for aircraft technicians.

January 16, 2013 - 12:40pm

Sterling Partners, a private-equity firm, has purchased Tulsa, Okla.-based pilot and maintenance technician training school Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. Sterling Partners also owns Desert NDT, a non-destructive testing services provider to the oil and gas industry. In addition to pilots and aircraft technicians, Spartan trains NDT technicians. Spartan grants bachelor’s degrees and has graduated about 90,000 students since it was founded in 1928.

January 16, 2013 - 12:35pm

The annual Aircraft Electronics Association Rate & Labor Survey showed that most respondents expect their businesses to grow this year and that rotorcraft work is increasing.

According to the survey, 56 percent of respondents (up from 49 percent last year) expect their level of business to grow during the coming year. Just 6 percent expected business to decrease, down from 15 percent in 2009 and 8 percent in 2010.

Avionics installation work that the companies expect to see includes retrofits of glass cockpits, ADS-B upgrades and Wi-Fi system installations.

January 16, 2013 - 12:25pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issued a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing the manufacture, sale and use of emergency locator transmitters that broadcast solely on 121.5 MHz. Comments on the NPRM are due 30 days from publication in the Federal Register, according to the National Air Transportation Association. Publication is expected next week.

January 16, 2013 - 12:20pm

Jet Aviation Geneva received EASA Part 145 approval for line and base maintenance on the Gulfstream G650 in December. The Geneva facility, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gulfstream parent General Dynamics, is now authorized for all Gulfstream models through the G650. The facility also holds authorizations to maintain Globals, BBJs, Hawkers, Falcon 50/900/2000s and the Citation 550/560XL/XLS. In addition to EASA and FAA Part 145, Jet Aviation Geneva also holds approvals for Aruba, Bermuda, Brazil, Cayman, Qatar, South Africa and the UAE.

January 16, 2013 - 12:15pm

Snap-on Industrial has developed a new line of toolboxes designed for rolling on rough ramps, over hangar tracks and back and forth to flight lines. The new Flight Line Roll Cabinet series come in five- or six-drawer configurations. The “Phantom Caster” wheels feature a kingpin-less design to prevent possible FOD and solid rubber wheels to absorb shock. The cabinet top includes a wraparound stainless-steel cap that excludes moisture and dirt. A keyless T-bar mechanism allows locking of drawers for movement without a key, also to prevent FOD.

January 16, 2013 - 12:10pm

AAR Aircraft Services is holding a Martin Luther King Day of Service job fair on January 21 from noon to 6 p.m. at its Indianapolis maintenance center. The company has 70 job openings for aircraft and avionics technicians, including 20 positions for lead technicians, supervisors and inspectors. AAR is also hiring for positions at facilities in Duluth, Minn.; Miami; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Hot Springs, Ark.

January 16, 2013 - 12:05pm

Odyssey Aerospace Components, a manufacturer of business jet interior cabinetry and components, is hiring, with jobs open for cabinetry manufacturers and stress engineers. The company recently hired John Turner, who “is responsible for engineering leadership while meeting the company’s vision and customer-centric goals.” Turner most recently worked at Weber Aircraft and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, master’s in industrial engineering and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force.

January 16, 2013 - 12:00pm

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is seeking nominations for its annual awards. Nominations are due by March 1.

 

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