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|Maryland technicians urged to support tax-and-jobs bill
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is looking for constituent support of Maryland Senate Bill 212. The bill would eliminate the 6 percent tax on aircraft parts and labor for the next 5 years. Maryland is the only state from South Carolina to Maine that still imposes this tax, and this has resulted in aircraft owners flying their Maryland-based aircraft to neighboring states to for avionics maintenance and upgrades and other aircraft maintenance. Unfortunately, this trend has also resulted in maintenance operator staff reductions due to lost work to neighboring states. AOPA contends that the tax exemption would support growth in A&P jobs throughout the state of Maryland.
The bill passed the Maryland Senate unanimously (for the 3rd year in a row) and is being held up by one delegate (for the 2nd year) in the House. Technicians residing in the state of Maryland are encouraged to call Delegate Jay Walker (D - Prince Georges) and express their support the bill; his opposition is causing good jobs to leave the state, and that is certainly not good for Maryland technicians nor for general aviation as a whole.
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Pro Star Aviation
Pro Star Aviation is proud to welcome two new hires to our Maintenance team: Zac Cote and Tyler Mullens.
In December, soon-to-be A&P Certified Zac Cote from Nottingham, New Hampshire, was hired on as an apprentice at Pro Star Aviation. Zac, currently in pursuit of his Associate of Science Degree in Aviation Technology at Nashua Community College (NCC) in Nashua, NH, is currently gaining valuable hands-on experience at Pro Star while he continues his education requirements at NCC. Zac's anticipated date of graduation is for May of this year.
Around the world, aviation regulators are being asked to push aviation safety to even higher levels, all while easing burdens on regulated firms. Yet the budgets for doing this are often static or even shrinking. That means being very careful about regulatory priorities. At the recent symposium of the U.S.'s Aeronautical Repair Station Association, regulators from Brazil, Canada, Europe and the U.S. described the priorities they were setting under budget pressures.
Owners of older Citations will soon be able to upgrade their instrument panels with Garmin’s 10.6-inch touchscreen G700 TXi display, under an STC that JetTech expects to be approved soon, the company announced at the 2018 Aircraft Electronics Association conference.
The STC covers Citation models 500, 550, S550, and 560, and it will allow installation of one or two G700 TXi displays.
Honeywell's new Aspire 150 and 350 are designed to offer airborne connectivity via Iridium's Next satellite constellation. Lighter and smaller than previous-generation Aspire hardware, the 150 and 350, announced at the Aircraft Electronics Association conference, are also equipped with a built-in router.
Iridium's new Certus high-speed service is set to begin operating after the network's satellites finish launching this year.
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics introduced the MD32 Magnetometer designed specifically for the company’s MD302 Standby Attitude Module.
The MD32 Magnetometer delivers independent heading reference without orientation limitations or the need for special installation hardware. Its compact design, unique mounting flexibility and convenient cockpit calibration ensure easy, economical installation.
General Aviation News
Montgomery Aviation, the FBO at Indianapolis Executive Airport and Frankfort/Clinton County Airport in Indiana, has been renamed First Wing Jet Center.
The flight school is now known as First Wing Flight.
Sister companies, Eagle Creek Aviation and Naples Jet Center, retain their names, according to company officials.
Montgomery Aviation was named after former owners, Dan and Andi Montgomery, who have since retired.
MRO-market labor pressure is neither new nor unique to AAR, but it appears to be growing. Recent industry analysis projects that global demand for aircraft mechanics will out-strip supply by 2022. By 2028, industry is projected to need 10 percent more mechanics than it will have, based on current trends.
"We're much closer to a supersonic business jet (SSBJ) being formally launched" as costs and persistent risks related to regulatory, engines and sonic boom noise are "progressively mitigated," according to aviation analyst Brian Foley. "The final impetus will be from the realization that to command this relatively small but high-value market requires being early to capture finite sales."
Rolls-Royce's demonstrator engine, featuring a new lean-burn and low-emissions combustion system for future jet engine programmes, has started icing tests.
The ALECSys (Advanced Low Emissions Combustion System) demonstrator successfully started the tests in Manitoba, Canada, at temperatures of -20C, one month after its first ever test run in Derby.
As drone technology continues to evolve, fuel cells appear to be becoming more practical as power sources. Although still expensive and slower to respond to load changes, fuel cells have power-to-weight ratios currently two to five times higher than standard lithium ion batteries. And in the past couple of months, several projects have surfaced that point to significant advancements in the technology and its applications.
The first comes from HES Energy Systems.
| || Trade Shows & Conventions Events|
|March 26-29, 2018
||International Operators Conference
||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|March 26-29, 2018
||61st Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show — Aircraft Electronics Association
||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|April 9-11, 2018
||Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2018
||National Harbor, Maryland|
|April 15-18, 2018
||90th Annual AAAE Conference & Exposition — American Association Of Airport Executives
||San Diego, California|
|April 25-27, 2018
||2018 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit
|April 30-May 3, 2018
||AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 — Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
|May 1-3, 2018
||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|May 06-10, 2018
||AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 — Aerospace Medical Association
|May 14-18, 2018
||2018 NHA Symposium
|May 16-17, 2018
||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|June 21, 2018
||Regional Forum in White Plains, NY
||White Plains, New York|
|June 25-29, 2018
AIAA Aviation 2018 - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
|Aug. 14-16, 2018
Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (LABACE2018)
||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Oct. 16-18, 2018
||NBAA-BACE 2018 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition - National Business Aviation Association
|Oct. 19, 2018
||2018 Florida International Air Show
||Punta Gorda, Florida|
|Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2018
||NBAA2018 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition — National Business Aviation Association
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