The eagerly awaited proposed changes to the FAA’s Part 145 rules that govern repair stations domestically and abroad are finally out. Talk about years in the making! Twenty-three years if we go back to the first public hearings in 1989, a mere 13 from the 1999 issuance of the original NPRM that first proposed many of these same requirements.
Futures Day at Farnborough International 2012 on Friday, July 13, is expected to see more than 10,000 young people, aged 11 to 21, being hosted for a full day of visits and activities intended to inspire them to pursue careers in the aerospace industry. A careers fair with conferences, seminars, learning activities and interactive experiences will highlight Futures Day.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has developed a program to increase the ranks of aircraft maintenance engineers (AME) by reducing to three years the current four-year apprenticeship program.
The FAA this week opened a new website offering a parent toolkit that promotes the idea that kids on airplanes belong buckled into an approved child safety seat, not sitting on their parent’s lap.
King Schools has launched an online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) that it says is not only “interesting, relevant and sometimes provocative” but is also the first such course to incorporate a paperwork-free, completely online renewal process. According to John and Martha King of King Schools, the company’s FIRC “gives flight instructors more insight on issues such as identifying and changing at-risk behaviors, and conducting an effective flight review,” said John King.
Aircell, a provider of in-flight connectivity for business aviation, has established an aviation scholarship program in conjunction with the AEA Educational Foundation. The $2,500 Aircell Scholarship will be available each year to high-school seniors and/or college students who plan to attend, or are already attending, an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft repair program. The intent of the scholarship is to identify and reward those individuals who best exemplify the qualities that lead to success in the aviation industry.
The Aerospace States Association (ASA) has hit upon a new take on building model airplanes. In this case, the “models” are full size.
National Formosa University (NFU) and Pratt & Whitney signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding that allows NFU students to participate in a curriculum for commercial engine maintenance as well as other professional training at Pratt & Whitney’s customer training center (CTC) in China. During the six-week course NFU students will receive the same instructional and practical training as aircraft maintenance engineers.
The Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) has given Chromalloy’s Windsor, Conn. engine component repair station Approved Organization Exposition certification. The AOE certificate allows Chromalloy to provide component repairs, including FAA-approved designated engineering representative (DER) repairs.
The certificates were issued in accordance with the 2009 Japan Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA).
NTSB Member Mark Rosekind opened the first HAI 2012 education seminar with a discussion about how rotorcraft pilots can fight fatigue. We spoke to him after his talk.