A study performed by research firm Conklin & de Decker for GE Aviation found “significantly increased operating efficiency, reduced variable costs and net savings” for buyers of the Power 90 engine upgrade. The Power 90 program replaces the King Air C90’s original Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20/21 engines with the GE M601E-11A. Smyrna Air Center of Tennessee owns the STC for conversion of the King Air to the M601E.
AINmxReports » September 22, 2010
According to Boeing, over the next 20 years there will be worldwide demand for 466,650 pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel. A Boeing spokesman told AIN the demand for trained personnel is based on new and replacement aircraft sales projected in the company’s Current Market Outlook 2010-2029. “The world’s airlines are going to be hiring more than 23,000 pilots and 30,000 maintenance technicians annually through 2029,” he said.
Eclipse Aerospace announced that two campaigns to fix problems with the EA500 very light jet are bearing fruit. To meet FAA certification requirements, the EA500 requires a special chemical that has to be applied to the windshield to dissipate precipitation static. A modification replaces that cumbersome process, which has to be done every eight to 12 months, with a thin carbon strip bonded to the windshield and the airframe.
Health and usage monitoring systems (Hums) have been available for integration with fixed-wing flight deck avionics for some time. The idea is to have a central point that monitors aircraft systems to provide an up-to-the-minute look at the overall health of the aircraft. An indication of excessive temperature, for example, could foreshadow a component or system failure.
Doug Larson, a graduate researcher at the University of Minnesota, is conducting a survey of maintenance technicians “to look at the experience and education of aviation maintenance instructors and see what it tells us about the job of educating maintenance technicians.” He is asking all aircraft maintenance instructors to take a 15-minute anonymous online survey
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