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.
Wichita’s new National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT), still under construction, is offering nondestructive testing (NDT) courses this fall. Through a cooperative effort between Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC), NCAT will offer a series of 11 NDT courses at WATC’s Comotara Center campus.
The FAA has awarded a one-year renewable contract to Abaris Training to train its aviation safety inspectors in advanced composite maintenance and repair. The course, “Composite Awareness for the Aviation Safety Inspector,” reflects the growing use of composite materials in interior panels, control surfaces, wings and fuselages.
Hawker Beechcraft has developed a maintenance training program, in partnership with FlightSafety International, for its product lines. The new MxPro program incorporates both academic and hands-on training. It immerses technicians in a learning environment specifically designed to replicate real-life service issues and events.
The aerospace industry needs to make a concerted effort to attract young people to aviation careers, according to presenters at this year’s New Jersey State Aviation Conference, the theme of which was “Challenges in Aviation Education.”
The need to attract new talent becomes increasingly important as industry professionals age. “The whole aviation industry
The European division of Women in Aviation International will be hosting its annual conference in Ferrara, Italy, from September 4 to 6. The focus of this year’s event is “transforming your life, company and industry for a better tomorrow.” Women in Corporate Aviation is sponsoring the registration of two full-time college students.
Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI), which provides hourly cost maintenance programs for entire aircraft and engines, is introducing its Premium Engine program here at the EBACE show.
Ameco’s Aviation College (AAC) has undertaken the construction of an additional, 80,000-sq-ft facility to meet demand for its growing student body. The facility is scheduled to enter service next month. AAC, the first in China to achieve CCAR147 and EASA147 certification, is also the initial one authorized by CAAC to be the examination organization of civil aviation maintenance personnel.
Future technicians can now take advantage of a combined FAA Airframe and Powerplant mechanic and associate degree program offered by St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Fla., and National Aviation Academy.
A year after training school Silver State Helicopters shut its doors and declared bankruptcy–leaving 2,400 students deep in debt with their professional pilot training incomplete–helicopter flight schools are facing the double burden of tight credit and suspicion by lenders about students’ ability to repay loans.