The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter thanks to the development of a nonlinear acoustic imaging technique that can detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems. According to Dr. Jack Potter, research assistant in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Bristol’s Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing research group, it has long been understood that acoustic nonlinearity is sensitive to many physical properties including material microstructure and mechanical damage.
Details of an FAA investigation released last week uncovered enough evidence to conclude that the competency of any airmen examined by designated pilot examiner (DPE) Bruce Kalashian in the agency’s Fresno, Calif., flight standards district office (FSDO) between January 2012 and January 2014 should be considered in doubt. “As a result of the evidence obtained during the investigation, the FAA has determined that these airmen will require reexamination of their competency pursuant with 49 U.S.C.
Cessna has named Air Services an authorized independent non-destructive testing (NDT) facility for the second year in a row. “With this certification, Air Services has access to all equipment and materials needed to perform NDT inspections and testing on all Cessna Citation models. Our NDT team can travel anywhere to support customer testing needs,” said Shawn Ehrhart, NDT manager of Air Services.
Cockpit lighting solutions provider Aero Dynamix received its AS9100 Rev C and ISO 9001:2008 certification. Being certified by an accredited AS9100 and ISO 9001 registrar provides organizations with a comprehensive quality management system focused on areas directly affecting product airworthiness, safety and reliability. The company plans to use the new certification as a spring board to growth opportunities in the aerospace NVIS and non-NVIS lighting arena.
JDA Solutions last week announced its SafeAssure safety risk assessment (SRA) program designed to produce complete documentation of the SRA screening of airport projects. The new tool provides a proven method of identifying, analyzing and mitigating risks that might ultimately become apparent in a client’s safety performance. The SafeAssure program encompasses the five-step safety risk management requirements outlined in FAA Orders 8000.369 and 5200.11.
Hilton Software’s WingX Pro7 flight planning and navigation app now works with Dac International’s GDC64 aircraft data interface device. The GDC64, certified for use on Part 25 aircraft, can deliver to WingX Pro7 navigation, aircraft and air data information that is available on the aircraft’s Arinc 429 databus. The GDC64 has won EASA approval for installation in the Bombardier Learjet 60 and Dash 8.
Air Services, a division of Constant Aviation providing off-wing aircraft support headquartered at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, has completed the requirements of the Cessna Citation NDI certification program and has been named an authorized independent NDI facility. The designation allows the company to perform NDT inspections and testing on all Cessna Citations.
Fifty applicants from 37 states responded to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s screening information request (SIR) for public entities interested in operating test ranges for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Duncan Aviation Lincoln’s nondestructive testing (NDT) team has added weekend shift coverage to help meet shorter turn-time demands while enhancing customer service. “We needed to add a weekend shift to serve our internal and external customers better and meet the shorter turn times they were requesting,” said Marty Lincoln, Duncan Aviation’s accessories manager. The addition calls for both new hires and the repositioning of existing team members.
Sterling Partners, a private-equity firm, has purchased Tulsa, Okla.-based pilot and maintenance technician training school Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. Sterling Partners also owns Desert NDT, a non-destructive testing services provider to the oil and gas industry. In addition to pilots and aircraft technicians, Spartan trains NDT technicians. Spartan grants bachelor’s degrees and has graduated about 90,000 students since it was founded in 1928.
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