The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is taking steps to address the looming pilot and mechanic shortage facing airlines globally. IATA’s training and qualification initiative looked at manufacturers’ market outlook studies, which predict that 17,650 new passenger aircraft will be delivered by 2018, requiring more than 200,000 new pilots, or nearly 19,000 pilots a year.
Aviation International News » June 2008
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.
When it comes to getting your aircraft worked on, Millville Jet Center on Millville Municipal Airport in New Jersey has quite an appeal. The nontower IFR airport is open 24 hours a day and has no landing fee, ramp fee, noise restrictions or state sales tax on parts or labor for any aircraft with a max takeoff weight of more than 6,000 pounds.
England’s Oxford Airport will be the new home of PremiAir’s fixed-wing maintenance operations. The company’s Hawker Beechcraft authorized service center will make the move next September from PremiAir’s headquarters on Blackbushe Airport, Surrey. The Blackbushe facility will become a dedicated rotary-wing maintenance base.
You can throw away your pen thanks to Mxi Technologies. The company has added electronic signature (e-signature) capability to its Maintenix aviation maintenance management software. The new functionality in the integrated, intelligent software solution can significantly reduce the amount of time spent on data entry.
German customs authorities have awarded Lufthansa Technik Logistik authorized economic operator (AEO) status in recognition of the company’s adherence to comprehensive security and safety guidelines laid down by the European Union.
As a result of the expertise Mayo Aviation has gained by operating and maintaining its own fleet of Beech King Airs, it has added the King Air 90 and 200 series to its Part 145 repair station certificate. The company also operates and works on the Learjet 31/35/55, Cessna Citation 560 and Challenger 300/600.
Hawker Beechcraft has selected India-based Arrow Aviation Services as an authorized parts distributor for Rapid Aircraft Parts Inventory and Distribution (Rapid).
The development of a composite and metal bond component repair station is in progress in the Asia-Pacific region as a joint venture between Spirit AeroSystems and several major aviation companies.
Spirit will partner with Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company and its subsidiary, TAECO, along with Oklahoma-based First Wave MRO, to establish a regional service center near TAECO’s facility in Xiamen, China.
Standard Aero will eliminate tons of waste and reduce energy use and noise as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s top “green leadership” program. The company earned a spot in the EPA’s prestigious National Environmental Performance Track program by maintaining a sustained environmental compliance record and making new commitments to reduce and recycle at its San Antonio facility.