In the annual announcements by Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer and other aircraft manufacturers about the half-million or so additional pilots who will be needed to fill cockpits over the next 20 years, often overlooked is the need for an even greater number of maintenance technicians: about 600,000 by 2031, according to Boeing’s most recent forecast. So if there is already, or will soon be, a shortage of qualified pilots, is there not also a shortfall in maintenance personnel? And not just in commercial aviation but business aviation and civil helicopter operations as well?
As the pool of maintenance technicians recedes, Greensboro, N.C.-based Timco Aviation Services is meeting its hiring requirements through a program with Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). According to Kip Blakely, Timco’s v-p of industry and government relations, local-area residents are attracted to the maintenance program because it offers graduates the potential for a well paying career in the local area.
MRO Exchange has launched MROmarketplace.com, an online site that facilitates the procurement of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul projects by maintenance repair organizations and other aircraft service providers.
The site “provides MROs and aircraft owner-operators with an online platform to expedite the RFP/RFQ/RFT process, enabling them more quickly to identify the most suitable worldwide transactional partners for maintenance, repair and overhaul work required on aircraft,” said Vince Mariano, CIO.
Timco Aviation Services has purchased the assets that were used by Pemco World Air Services in its former aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operation at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. The company has also signed a lease agreement for the hangar previously occupied by Pemco and will use the facility to expand the existing base of business there serving regional aircraft operators.
Timco Aerosystems’ new dynamic sled test facility in Wallburg, N.C., has received FAA approval for the testing of aircraft seats to show compliance with regulatory codes 14CFR25.562 and 14CFR23.562. The approval enables Timco to test seats for compliance with critical occupant safety impact standards, including 16-g horizontal and 14-g vertical structural thresholds.
Timco Aerosystems has opened a new 120,000-sq-ft aircraft interiors manufacturing facility in Wallburg, N.C., near its Greensboro headquarters. The facility adds capacity to Timco’s existing seat manufacturing operations in Pacoima, Calif., where it assembles its FeatherWeight series of seats.
Bill Hardy, an A&P mechanic with Greensboro, N.C.-based Timco Aviation Services, was chosen to receive the FAA’s Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award, presented to people who have more than 50 years of service in the aircraft maintenance industry. Recipients must also have a minimum of 30 years as an FAA-certified mechanic. n
Timco Aviation Services has announced that Timco Aerosystems’ interiors engineering and manufacturing division will be expanding its operations by adding a new facility in Wallburg, N.C. The company will invest $2.75 million and create about 275 new jobs over the next five years. The decision comes as the company continues to expand its business producing aircraft interior products.
Timco Aviation Services plans to begin widebody operations at its Macon, Ga., facility early next year, according to CEO Kevin Carter. “We’ve had requests from customers to expand our widebody capacity, which has been offered only at our Greensboro, N.C. facility,” Carter told AIN.
Chris Erickson, chief repair station officer and compliance officer at Erickson Air-Crane, has been elected president of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) at the association’s annual board meeting. Erickson assumes the presidency after two years as the association’s senior vice president. Dr.
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