Rocket City–otherwise known as Huntsville, Alabama–is rightly proud of its high profile in the U.S. space industry. But it has much wider ambitions in the aerospace sector and is well on the way to fulfilling them, according to city officials exhibiting here at the Farnborough International airshow.
Rolls-Royce broke ground last month on a $50 million jet engine test facility at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. It is the company’s second test facility on the site and is expected to generate 35 new jobs. It will be used to conduct research, development, crosswind, thrust reverse, cycle and endurance tests on all Rolls-Royce civil aerospace engines.
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has expanded its library of safety tools with 11 new documents for pilots, mechanics and operators. The tool kits and safety leaflets focus on four primary areas the team believes will help reduce helicopter accidents. These include safety management, training, maintenance and equipment/technology.
FlightSafety International recently introduced its Proficiency Protection Program offering training at no cost to pilots and maintenance technicians in Europe and around the world who are involuntarily unemployed. The company will provide, at no cost, recurrent training courses to business aircraft pilots who were training under a full-service contract at the time they lost their jobs.
In addition, maintenance technicians who were enrolled in FSI’s master technician program can finish the next course toward the completion of the program.
In September 2010, the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the recession had ended in June 2009 and a recovery was under way.
Striking machinists at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics plant in Fort Worth, Texas, voted by a large margin to accept a revised contract offer from the company, bringing to a conclusion a 10-week walkout at the facility that assembles the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Fort Worth Local 776 voted 1,873 to 447 on June 28 to accept a four-year contract, The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported.
Jet Aviation Basel said it will save as many as 60 jobs previously slated to be eliminated. A Swiss labor law-mandated consultation phase resulted in 115 employee suggestions on how to reduce the cuts. Last September AIN reported Jet Aviation would axe up to 300 of the 1,565 jobs at its Basel completions facility over a 12-month period as part of a larger cost-cutting program.
TSA Administrator John Pistole announced the retirement of deputy administrator Gale Rossides last week , effective July 1. Rossides has been with the TSA since its inception 10 years ago and, according to Pistole, “was one of the original six hired in 2001 to build the TSA.” During the TSA’s first years, she built the foundation for the agency’s workforce planning strategy. She later served as senior advisor to the deputy secretary of DHS to assist in the stand-up of the TSA’s parent agency and returned to the TSA in September 2005.
The FAA has just released a greatly expanded version of the original Pilot Record Improvement Act advisory circular (AC 120-68F) to address more operational situations employers might encounter related to a new-hire pilot’s professional certifications, safety record and possible law-enforcement actions.
A machinists strike at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics plant in Fort Worth, Texas, which manufactures the F-16 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, has stretched into a seventh week, with no sign of an end. Demonstrations were also reported at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Md., where union members are also employed, and at Lockheed Martin’s corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Md.