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With the approval of the PAMA Board of Directors, the Nominations Committee chaired by Byron Heidorn, PAMA member # 25022180 has put forth the following slate of nominees for open positions on the 2017 PAMA Board of Directors.
Today, AeroEngine Protection Corp (AEPC™) and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) announced the formation of a scholarship program for individuals interested in a career as an aircraft maintenance technician. Aircraft maintenance technicians are the lifeline of the aviation industry as they are responsible for keeping aircraft flying by maintaining the aircraft to the safety standards mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As more aircraft are produced over the next several years, the need for qualified aircraft maintenance technicians will continue to grow exponentially.
NBAA-BACE opens with delegates in a fighting mood as they collectively tackle what President Ed Bolen says is the biggest challenge to ever face business aviation. He's of course talking about a bill, now treading water in Congress, that would turn the air traffic control system over to an unelected board of directors with membership weighted toward airline representatives.
If you get the sense that a recovery in the beleaguered business aircraft market always seems to be at least "one more year" away, you're right. Again this year, Honeywell's annual business aviation forecast moves the goal post for a return to good times by a year to the right, meaning a notable uptick in new business jet sales now isn't anticipated to occur until 2019 at the earliest.
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An aviation maintenance program at a community college in Springfield, Illinois, that got a big corporate donation to grow its operations hopes to draw attention to the need for young mechanics.
Lincoln Land Community College Aviation Program Director Dave Pietrcak said they're ready to show off an expanded facility thanks to last year's $850,000 donation from Springfield-based Levi, Ray & Shoup.
While the annual Honeywell Aerospace business jet outlook projected another decline in new deliveries for 2017, avionics OEMs, installation shops and aircraft internet service providers can positives in the latest forecast. The forecast, combined with new product announcements on the day before the start of NBAA 2017 shows the aftermarket for in service business jets is ripe for retrofits with new avionics and connectivity technologies.
Dassault is working on a clean-sheet business aircraft design but part of the news is that the development process will be virtually paperless. CEO Eric Trappier told a news conference at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas a new software system called 3D Experience will take the project from concept to delivery enabling quicker, more accurate decisions with fewer errors and lower cost. "We will be a truly digital enterprise," he said.
Just two years ago, GE's Business and General Aviation unit announced a new, clean-sheet turboprop and the company said at NBAA-BACE that it will soon run a conforming prototype. The engine is called the ATP for advanced turboprop and although it's not based on the H-series engines GE bought from the Czech Republic-based Walter Engines in 2008, the engine is being developed and manufactured in the company's Prague facility.
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"It simply won't work," say too many pilots. "You cannot run a business making only 50 airplanes a year. To build good, safe airplanes, you must operate a large enterprise."
If you are one of those naysayers, are you sure about that?
I write about the world of light aviation, a segment of recreational aircraft spanning hang gliders to Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA). In that space, we have only a few companies that make 100 aircraft a year; most are far smaller.
Students graduating from the Aerospace & Aviation programs at the University of Limerick are now employed at some of the top aerospace companies around the world. School of Engineering Professor and chair of aeronautical engineering Michael McCarthy explains that we will soon "see a growing presence of IT graduates in aerospace companies, as the effects of Big Data, machine-learning and increasingly sophisticated robot-controlled productions, take root."
| || Trade Shows & Conventions Events|
|Oct. 10-12, 2017
||NBAA-BACE 2017 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition - National Business Aviation Association
||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Oct. 16-18, 2017
||AMTC 2017 - Air Medical Transport Conference
||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Nov. 1-3, 2017
||Air Cargo Americas & SeaCargo Americas 2017
|Dec. 4-6, 2017
||8th International Conference On Biofuels, Bioenergy & Bioeconomy
|Dec. 4-7, 2017
||NAAA 51st Annual Convention & Exposition - National Agricultural Aviation Association
|Jan. 8-12, 2018
||SciTech 2018 — AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition
|Feb. 6-8, 2018
||WEST 2018 - Western Conference & Exhibition
||San Diego, California|
|Feb. 21-23, 2018
||Air Warfare Symposium & Technology Exposition 2018
|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 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|
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