Last week the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Part 145 repair stations, adding new ratings and certification requirements. This NPRM shouldn’t come as a surprise to the industry as it is a result of deferred issues from a 2001 Part 145 rule proposal, a revision of repair station ratings and quality assurance systems that generated a large number of negative comments.
AINmxReports » May 30, 2012
The number of job opportunities for maintenance personnel increased in the first part of this year, according to an annual survey by JSfirm.com, a web-based service supporting and matching job seekers with potential employers in the aviation/aerospace industry. “Going into this year’s survey we anticipated there might be a modest hiring increase, but the results surprised us,” Jeff Richards, business development manager for JSfirm.com, told AIN.
Avtrak has announced a new reporting feature for its GlobalNet maintenance tracking system designed to meet Mexican DGAC compliance requirements. Similar to most documentation in aviation, the GlobalNet system is in English; however, Mexico’s DGAC requires the format of an operator’s airworthiness directive and service bulletin reports to be in Spanish.
Ameco (Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corp) Beijing has added a third international customer to its Chongqing outstation. Earlier this month the MRO provider entered into a contract with Finnair to support the airline’s four-times-weekly A330 flight to the airport. Ameco Beijing’s Chongqing facility also supports Qatar Airways and TNT.
Snecma America Engine Services (Sames) has moved into a new 162,000-sq-ft facility in Querétaro, Mexico, to provide services for the CFM56-5A and -5B engines that power the Airbus A320 series. The MRO plans to add the CFM56-7B used on the Boeing 737 NG in the near future.
Aircraft Sales and Parts is now available to anyone free of charge to search, request pricing and contact the advertiser directly. “If you are looking to buy or sell any type of aircraft or aviation product you have come to the right place,” CEO and co-founder Rob Taylor said. The service is subscription-based (rather than commission-based) for the seller, so any individual can make free inquiries and there’s no charge for sales. Users are allowed to list up to a million parts and/or aircraft from a single account.
Duncan Aviation has added a 45,000-sq-ft paint shop at its Lincoln, Neb., facility capable of handling aircraft as large as Gulfstream’s G650, Bombardier’s Global Express and Dassault’s Falcon 7X. The $10 million facility features downdraft airflow and automatic monitoring and alarms. Duncan is now offering an FAA-approved chrome-free paint process.
JA Air Center is offering a zero-downtime program for King Air operators upgrading to the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. According to the company, it is the only authorized dealer specifically approved for the G1000 retrofit installation program and the only one to offer the zero-downtime option. Brad Zeman, the company’s president, said, “You fly in your qualified King Air 90/200/300/350 in the morning and we’ll loan you our King Air C90 equipped with a Garmin G1000 panel while your aircraft is being worked on.
Joseph Hough has joined Dallas Airmotive as program manager for its HTF7000 service and support operations. Hough will handle sales as well as customer service on existing HTF7000 accounts and will be based in the Phoenix area. Hough joins the company from CTS, where he had been employed since 2009 and had 19 years’ experience before that in engineering and program management functions for Honeywell Aerospace, AlliedSignal Aerospace and Garrett Engines. He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.
The FAA is proposing an airworthiness directive for the Agusta A109E and A109S based on cases of damage to the main drive shaft caused by improperly secured metallic spacers. The AD would require a one-time inspection of the lower semichannel assemblies to determine proper installation of the metallic spacers on the semichannels and for the correct seating of the gaskets. The FAA is taking comments until July 23.
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