Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) opened its third offsite Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic school campus earlier this month in Myrtle Beach, S.C., following receipt of FAA certification on January 4. Classes began at the Myrtle Beach facility on Monday. Five years ago, PIA opened a campus in Youngstown, Ohio, and added another facility in Hagerstown, Md., last April. “It’s an exciting time for us,” said Gary Hoyle, director of campus operations. “I’ve been at Pittsburgh Institute for 38 years, and this is the first time we’ve ever done something like this.
AINmxReports » Janurary 18, 2012
The economy is getting better, which means some things may be getting worse. That’s how it appears as the business aviation industry slowly and haltingly starts to emerge from a long and deep recession and a search begins for skilled labor to fill the growing number of openings.
Manufacturers are offering stepped-up support for visitors traveling by business aircraft to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Ind., February 5. Bombardier is positioning field service representatives at local Indianapolis FBOs to help Learjet, Challenger and Global operators with any last-minute problems. Bombardier’s North American customer services team will be standing by, including parts logistics representatives and mobile repair engineers.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) welcomed the FAA’s issuance of a policy statement clarifying when manufacturers must make instructions for continued airworthiness (ICA) available to maintenance providers.
The FAA is seeking new members to join the new Commercial Air Tour Voluntary Accreditation Program Working Group, which will address an FAA assignment to the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (Arac) regarding air tour operator maintenance programs. A previous group, the Commercial Air Tours Maintenance Working Group, had recommended that Part 91 and 135 tour operators flying aircraft with nine or fewer passenger seats develop a voluntary accreditation program that would be used for operators to maintain their aircraft under a continuous airworthiness maintenance program (Camp).
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association’s National Aviation Maintenance Symposium opens tomorrow at the Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Eurocopter recognized its U.S. affiliate American Eurocopter as the regional hub for MRO for the Eurocopter EC135 and EC145 for North American and Latin American customers. American Eurocopter can provide up to D-level MRO for EC135 and EC145 airframes, blades and dynamic components. The company also provides full service and support for the AS350, EC120, EC130, EC155 and AS365. “This designation reflects our substantial investment in support and services in recent years and our close cooperation with Eurocopter,” said Marc Paganini, president and CEO of American Eurocopter.
Antoine Ajarrista was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Dassault Falcon’s Little Rock completion center. Ajarrista served as senior vice president of operational control at the Little Rock facility for the past three-and-a-half years. A graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris, with a master’s of science degree in engineering, Ajarrista was production director at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac facility before moving to Little Rock.
General Electric has named West Star Aviation’s East Alton, Ill., facility a member of the GE authorized service center network. The West Star facility is capable of servicing and supporting the GE CF34 engine, including related parts and products. The CF34 powers Bombardier’s Challenger jets. West Star’s Grand Junction, Colo., base has been a GE authorized facility for more than six years. West Star East Alton added nine employees recently to expand its Bombardier service program.
The FAA granted TSO approval for LED position and anti-collision lights manufactured by AeroLEDs. The approval means that the AeroLEDs position and nav lights are qualified for installation on all certified aircraft for which they are compatible. The company’s Pulsar NSP nav/strobe/position light, Pulsar N/S nav/strobe and SunTail tail strobe use LED lights with a life expectancy of 50,000 hours and no external power supply. Pilots can comfortably fly with the AeroLEDs lights switched on without worrying about the shorter lifetime of Xenon or incandescent bulbs.