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Tales of an aircraft mechanic
Airline Reporter
According to author Kris Hull: Working for an airline might seem prestigious to most on the outside: A job filled with adventure and travel, with good perks. However, like with most things, reality is very different. For the past nine years, I have spent my time working as an FAA-certified and licensed Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic, or A&P. A&Ps are the lifeblood of civil aviation in the U.S. In short, we are tasked with ensuring that all aircraft in the US are maintained in an airworthy and safe manor.
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Continental introduces 310 hp diesel V6
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Continuing the rapid trend toward diesel power in light airplanes, Continental Motors launched the V6 CD 300, a 310 horsepower jet-A-burning engine that's due to hit the market in about two years. Continental has also dropped the Centurion name from its diesel line, which it acquired as part of its purchase of Thielert in Germany a year ago.
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FAA: Hangars no place for homebuilders
AVweb
The FAA says most of the work involved in building an airplane is a "non-aeronautical use" and it has singled out homebuilders in a new proposed policy statement. Policy on the Non-Aeronautical Use Of Airport Hangars says homebuilders will have to build the components of their projects elsewhere and can only move to a hangar for final assembly. Comments are being accepted until Sept. 5 and can be submitted online citing docket number FAA-2014-0463.
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Boeing 787-10 to be assembled exclusively in South Carolina
AINonline
Final assembly of the Boeing 787-10, the newest and longest member of the Dreamliner family of airplanes, will take place exclusively in North Charleston, South Carolina, the manufacturer announced. Boeing will continue to assemble both 787-8s and 787-9s in Everett, Washington, and North Charleston. Design of the 787-10 has started in Everett, and schedules call for final assembly of the first 787-10 to begin in South Carolina in 2017.
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Enders: Airbus order cancellations no cause for alarm
AINonline
Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders told investment analysts that he doesn't see an impending end to the upward cycle in demand for airliners despite the spate of order cancellations Airbus's civil division suffered during the first half of the year. Speaking during the company's quarterly earnings conference call, Enders, in fact, suggested that traditional cyclicality no longer exists in the form it once took, evidenced by the strong movement Airbus saw in its backlog and increasing deliveries during the global recession of 2008 and 2009.
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Earning his wings under the hood
Vineyard Gazette
Dan Wilson's weeks are almost always split in two. For three days, Wilson works in a World War II-era hangar at Katama Airfield in Edgartown, Massachusetts. For another three days, he works out of a more modern hangar at the Martha's Vineyard Airport. Sundays, he takes off, so to speak. A mechanic by trade but a pilot by passion, Wilson can be found roaming the skies when he's not busy taking a wrench to a faulty airplane engine or completing annual inspections.
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Refurbed aircraft value: Challenge for appraisers
AVweb
"This is a fairly new thing and we're just now going about how to value an airplane that is totally reconditioned. The problem we have as appraisers is that...the way we gather our data is based on past events. And when these [refurbed] airplanes are sold, there are no past events. This is a problem that the banks have, too. There's no data to use. How much will it sell for? What is the key?" says Brian Jacobson of the National Aircraft Appraisers Association.
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