West Coast Aviation Services has named Anton Pint, formerly FAA accountable manager, the new Part 135 director of maintenance for West Coast Charters and Alfredo Garcia, formerly sales manager, the new general manager for West Coast Aircraft Maintenance. Pint has been a Black Hawk mechanic in the Army and lead TFE731 mechanic for Garrett Aviation LAX. Garcia has been in the industry for some 20 years and got his start with Garrett LAX as an A&P mechanic.
The recently published 2012 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook prediction of demand for 185,600 pilots and 243,500 new aircraft technicians in the Asia-Pacific region through 2030 has a potentially significant impact on the U.S. industry.
I never wanted to be an aircraft mechanic. That’s probably a good thing, because I would never fly in anything I worked on.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is asking its members to participate in a study of how people view the aircraft mechanic career path. Pat Kinane, senior quality assurance auditor for AAR, told AIN he is pursuing the project as a dissertation study toward a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Capalla University.
Single Point Assist has launched a new AOG subscription service tailored for destinations in Asia and Latin America. Operators can register with the company on a monthly or yearly plan. Upon encountering a maintenance issue, subscribers contact Single Point Assist, which will dispatch a local technician, usually line mechanics from the airline industry, who can quickly diagnose and repair the problem.
The Ohio General Assembly has included an amendment to a recently enacted sales and use tax exemption for aircraft maintenance and repair transactions done at an FAA Part 145 repair station.
Jet Repair Anywhere has announced the availability of its free online mechanics interactive Web-based forum. It is designed to be a place for mechanics and industry professionals to share their knowledge, insight and tips with other aviation experts.
Almost everywhere I go, the subject of mechanics being recognized as professionals filters into the conversation. Often there is a mild tone of bitterness, as people lament the fact that mechanics are somehow not considered professionals. What decides whether a trade or skill is considered a profession? According to one measurement, if a third party pays you for your knowledge and ability you are a professional.
A mechanic at Taylor Municipal Airport in Texas died April 11 while attempting to board a Beech King Air 200 while the engines were operating at idle power. According to the NTSB, “unexpected pressure” between the interior and exterior of the airplane caused the door of the aircraft to open forcibly once unlatched, and it struck the mechanic’s head.
In a study on the projected number of aircraft mechanics and technicians needed in the future, the General Accounting Office said the FAA’s mechanic training curriculum has not changed significantly in more than 50 years.
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