To keep up with changing times and meet the needs of the industry, the maintenance sector needs more freedom to provide technicians with real-world training and support the development of clear industry standards, according to attendees at the final Future of Aviation Maintenance Summit, held late last year at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Virginia Beach, Va.
If business aviation observers are on the right track, the industry is again facing a shortage of the skilled craftsmen it needs to keep up with burgeoning demand for business aircraft.
This latest labor shortage has its origins in the recession that began in 2001, when business aircraft sales dropped precipitously and thousands of skilled workers–people who had been so badly needed during the boom of the late 1990s–were laid off.
Jeppesen and Arinc yesterday announced an alliance that will integrate “best of class” EFB components from each company’s portfolios to produce what officials are billing as “the industry’s most advanced electronic flight bag system.” Arinc’s eFlightDeck technology combined with Jeppesen’s EFB software, applications and data will give buyers a complete package from a single source.
Sino Swearingen said it has received the last of a series of 13 FAA type inspection authorizations for its SJ30-2. Function and reliability testing and a “few open items” must still be completed, said the San Antonio company, which expects type certification of the light twinjet before year-end. No information on sales orders was revealed.
In its most recent AS9100 surveillance audit, Sabreliner’s southeast Missouri operations received a score of 98.9 percent, its highest rating for quality since receiving its certification in 2004. The facility received 870 points out of a possible 880.
“Obtaining ISO 9001:200 and AS9120 certification of our quality-management system was a critical part of meeting the demand for the highest level of quality control. It means so much to us to know that we are performing at the highest standards possible in meeting the requirements of the business jet community,” said CRS Jet Spares president Armando Leighton Jr.
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