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Pro Star Aviation appoints Christopher Mancini as DOM
Pro Star Aviation via Aviation Pros
Pro Star Aviation LLC. has announced their selection of Christopher Mancini as their new director of maintenance.
In his new role, Mancini will utilize his 24 years of experience to manage the day-to-day airframe MRO responsibilities at Pro Star's main facility in Londonderry, New Hampshire.
Holding an FAA Airframe & Power plant license, Mancini started his career serving for the United States Coast Guard where he advanced to petty officer second class. He has since furthered his career having worked as an A&P technician, project manager, manager, as well as sales support at Bombardier Inc.
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Aircraft maintenance union requests fed mediation with Southwest
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Despite enjoying record profits last year of $1.1 billion, Southwest Airlines refuses to have meaningful negotiations with its Aircraft Maintenance Technician and Related union — the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association — prompting the union to request federal mediation from the National Mediation Board. Southwest Airlines and AMFA-represented Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Ground Support Technicians, Plant Maintenance Technicians, Maintenance Controllers and Technical Instructors have been in negotiations for close to three years.
EPA opens comment period for aircraft emissions rules
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comments through Aug. 31 and is planning a public hearing on Aug. 11 on its combined proposed rule and advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that would find greenhouse gas emissions from certain aircraft engines endanger public health and seek input on setting emissions standards. Though the EPA released the ANPRM earlier in June, it formally published the combined proposal and ANPRM recently in the Federal Register and thus opened the public comment period.
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Solar plane lands in Hawaii, ending perilous leg of global journey
After nearly 118 grueling, consecutive hours over the Pacific Ocean, the sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 is back on land — and freshly stamped into aviation record books.
Pilot Andre Borschberg landed the plane on the Hawaiian island of Oahu five days after he took off from Japan — ending the longest and most dangerous leg in his team's attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.
The leg — the eighth of a planned 13 — set a record for the world's longest nonstop solo flight in terms of time.
Video: Amazing river bar landing
This video definitely fits into the "don't try this at home" category, unless, of course, you are a highly experienced bush pilot. The pilot managed to land and take off from a postage stamp gravel island in the middle of a river in Alaska, using water assisted landing technique.
The airplane touched down in the water a few feet before the island with what appear to be 29-inch tundra tires and came to a stop right in the middle of the small gravel bar.
Gulfstream expands maintenance ops to New Jersey airport
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that it now provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services for its operators at Jet Aviation's Teterboro Airport facility in New Jersey.
Gulfstream's resources in Teterboro include 11 technicians along with support personnel. The technicians are authorized to work under a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration repair station authorization and will be managed by Gulfstream’s company-owned service center in Westfield, Massachusetts.
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The Spirit of St. Louis lands again
Air & Space Magazine
Last January, one of the National Air and Space Museum's most famous treasures, which had been suspended from the ceiling for 22 years, was lowered to the Museum floor. Its temporary location "gives our visitors a wonderful opportunity to see this remarkable aircraft up close in a way that normally they will not have a chance to," says curator Bob van der Linden. "It's a very rare opportunity."
New Apple iOS 8.4 fixes GPS bug
To the relief of a great many pilots, Apple's latest iOS 8.4 update for the iPhone and iPad, released this week, fixes a major bug in iOS 8.3 that has been preventing the use of many external GPS receivers with apps like ForeFlight Mobile.
GPS and app makers say they have successfully tested iPads running with the new iOS version and all appears to functioning properly once again.
Summertime, and the tailwheels are flying
Airshow season is at its height and hundreds of thousands of people are flocking to watch some of the coolest airplanes on the planet being flown by some of the finest pilots around. At the same time, summer weather means the backcountry airstrips are open and pilots with a certain lust for adventure are taking advantage of the season to do some of the most enjoyable flying imaginable.
What’s the connection between the two? Most of the airplanes involved in those endeavors have tailwheels.
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