March 16 through 18 marks the dates for the third annual Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) Society’s maintenance skills competition (MSC). The event will be held in conjunction with the Aviation Industry Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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On March 31 last year the FAA added a section to FAR Part 65 regarding airframe and powerplant mechanics’ certificates, but most A&Ps are not aware of it.
FlightSafety International (Booth No. 2678), with customers in 154 countries, is here at the NBAA Convention with news of a host of new products, services and awards. The company has rolled out a new online recurrent international procedures training system, as well as new availability for King Air 200 and Bell 200/400 series helicopter training.
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.
A number of business jets–more than 3,000 by some estimates–are sitting idle on the ramp as their owners wait for the economy to improve. According to Rich Schuller, founder of Schuller Aerospace Services International of Scottsdale, Ariz., there could be trouble brewing for those owners.
The FAA has issued a Notice of New Task Assignment for the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) to develop maintenance requirements for aircraft used in commercial air-tour operations as covered in 14 CFR Part 136–Commercial Air Tours and National Parks Air Tour Management.
Aviation Resource Group has added mobile aircraft maintenance and repair to its services. The first phase of the expansion is stationed at Long Island MacArthur Airport to cover all of Long Island and Northern New Jersey GA airports. The company plans to expand its service into the surrounding tristate area. A fully equipped customized panel van manned by FAA-certified A&P mechanics will drive directly to the aircraft in need of service.
DRF Luftrettung at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport has obtained an EASA Part 147 certificate as a training organization. The certification allows the company to hold EC 135, BK 117 and BO 105 helicopter type rating courses for aircraft technicians. “The training course takes five weeks and consists of an engine course as well as theoretical and practical training of two weeks each.
Forty of FlightSafety International’s full flight simulators located at 15 learning centers in North America have been qualified under the EASA flight simulator training device catch-up process. The process was developed to qualify simulators located outside of EASA member states’ jurisdiction so they can continue to be used in the training of European-licensed flight crews under EASA regulations.
Last week, Dallas television station WFAA-TV ran a two-part news story claiming hundreds of aircraft mechanics might have been improperly certified by FAA-approved testing centers as long ago as the early 1990s. “The FAA now admits 1,300 mechanics’ credentials may be in question,” it stated. Roland Herwig, a spokesman for the FAA, told AIN that the number refers to Tobias Aerospace in San Antonio.