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Panama City News Herald
An international company is once again considering opening an airline maintenance facility at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, the head of a local industrial recruitment agency said Wednesday.
Economic development recruiters have dubbed the effort "Project Cali," and the airport previously was picked as the top site in the United States for the unidentified company to open its business.
PRNewswire via Aviation Pros
Boeing delivered the 8,888th 737 to come off the production line to Xiamen Airlines. The airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800, features a special livery commemorating the airplane's significance.
Just as seven is considered a lucky number for Boeing, eight is considered to be a fortunate number in Chinese culture because it sounds similar to the word that means "prosperity" or "wealth."
Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced that it has attained new certifications allowing each U.S. company-owned service center to support the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands.
"We are committed to fostering relationships with our customers that continue well beyond the initial aircraft purchase. We recognize that investing in and expanding our service capabilities to ensure Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker customers have convenient access to high quality, factory-direct expertise is paramount to their satisfaction," said Brad Thress, senior vice president, customer service.
M1 Composites Technology Inc. has achieved the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 approval, adding to its extensive list of accreditations. This approval allows M1 Composites to maintain and certify aeronautical products under the jurisdiction of the European Union from its world-class facilities in Canada.
"As an EASA approved maintenance organization, we can now offer European operators and MROs the same extraordinary quality, rapid turnaround time, and cost savings we currently provide to our North American customers." said Lorenzo Marandola, president of M1 Composites.
The production line for the Dassault Falcon 5X large-cabin business jet is still in "frozen" mode at the airframer's Bordeaux Mérignac factory, as engine manufacturer Snecma is still trying to sort out issues with its Silvercrest turbofan that will power the French twinjet. "Production is frozen as a precaution," a Dassault spokesman told AIN late.
Dassault is expected to release a new certification and production schedule in the coming weeks — next month at the latest, he said.
TP Aerospace has signed two wheel and brake service contracts with airlines covering 737 aircraft.
The first is with Malaysian startup carrier Rayani Air, which has selected TP Aerospace's Asian division to support its intended fleet of 737s under its Land for Less (LFL) program.
According to TP Aerospace, LFL will secure Rayani's guaranteed availability and cost savings while cutting turn-around-time dependency, the risk of unexpected high repair costs and wheels and brakes supply shortages.
GE Aviation recently filed petitions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for inter partes review of five patents granted to United Technologies and another to Rolls-Royce, including technology at the heart of the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G, or so-called geared turbofan. GE claims the office improperly granted the patents mainly because of the age of the technologies and concepts in question.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The single-engine Cessna aroused suspicion at the Yellowstone Regional Airport even before it landed.
The pilot didn't radio the airport before landing, prosecutors say. And, as the Cessna taxied to a hangar, they say the pilot and a passenger were lowering sunshades over the windows. That struck officials as odd, considering the plane was about to be stored indoors in a hangar.
Now the plane is at the heart of a legal dispute over whether the federal government abused its powers in seizing property — or whether the pilot and his friend were part of an elaborate criminal enterprise.
According to author Paul Bertorelli: In a recent blog, I recounted a conversation I had with my friend TK, who at 55 was considering himself a little long in the tooth to take up motorcycling. That naturally led to considering how old is too old to take up flying airplanes or jumping out of them. Should people of a certain age not even consider these activities? He was thinking no to the riding question.
My answer is kneejerk: Hell yes you should consider it.
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