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As we approach 2014 we offer another 10 of the most popular stories from the past year's editions of PAMA Mx News Watch. We wish you and your family a Happy New Year!
Torqued: Brain drain in maintenance sector needs another look
Jan. 2, 2013: There would be universal outrage and condemnation if an airline tried to put students in the cockpit on passenger-carrying flights–even if "just" to handle the radios or practice touching some of the controls in cruise flight. Slow as it is to react to some safety issues, even the FAA would be all over that airline in a millisecond.
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Audit: US airline repair station oversight 'inadequate'
May 8, 2013: Oversight of aircraft repair stations by U.S. aviation regulators is marred by inspectors who haven't been trained and a system that can't identify the areas of highest risk, according to a government audit. Independent repair shops, used increasingly by airlines trying to cut costs, couldn't account for tools, document the training of their mechanics and prove work had been done properly, the report by the Transportation Department's inspector general found.
MRO industry girds for aircraft retirement tsunami
June 12, 2013: Today's news is peppered with accounts of the early retirement of passenger jets. In 2012 alone, 50 aircraft aged 15 years or less were retired from fleets. While such statistics make for good headlines, in reality those 50 accounted for less than 10 percent of the aircraft retired last year. It is the sheer magnitude of retirements for aircraft of all ages that will have a profound impact on the aerospace and maintenance, repair and overhaul industries for the rest of the decade.
Home-built aircraft causing concern
Asbury Park Press
April 3, 2013: A few days after Christmas last year, a plane crash near San Diego killed produce executive William Stern, his wife, Jennifer, and daughter Katelyn. One word stood out for those reading reports on the accident: Experimental. Stern, of Phoenix-based food supplier Stern Produce Co., was flying a 2005 experimental Lancair IV-P Turbine.
Spirit Airlines ex-employee files suit on falsified maintenance records
Feb. 20, 2013: A former senior aircraft mechanic for Atlantic City International Airport's only carrier, Spirit Airlines, claims the airline regularly falsified inspection records and performed subpar maintenance on its aircraft, according to a lawsuit filed last month in state Superior Court.
The booming field of aviation technology
The Huffington Post
June 27, 2013: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that by 2014 nearly 40 percent of employees in large aviation and aerospace businesses will be eligible for retirement, creating a huge demand for trained technicians in the field. Initially, the sector will grow by 6 percent for aircraft equipment mechanics and technicians, who perform scheduled maintenance on airplanes and helicopters.
Pentagon issues $1.5 billion worth of contracts
The Motley Fool
July 10, 2013: The Department of Defense recently awarded 19 contracts, which added up to just under $1.5 billion in total value. The largest award went to a private company to pay for "full line food distribution" in Okinawa, Hawaii. But even so, there were a few contracts worth noting, going to publicly traded companies.
State's plane repair tax may send work flying away
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 19, 2013: The sales tax on parts and labor for maintenance of privately owned aircraft in Wisconsin is sending potential customers flying off to other states where such work is tax-exempt, hindering job growth here, aviation and business interests say.
Former PAMA Vice Chairman Tom Hendershot passes
Feb. 27, 2013: Tom served on the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association Board of Directors in 2003. He also served as part of these many organizations as well the Denver FAASTeam, the FAA/Industry AMT Program, Aviation Technician Education Council; National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies; Joint Service Aviation Maintenance Technician Certification Council; Executive Director of AMT Society; and the NBAA Maintenance Committee.
Could Wright brothers, North Carolina lose 'first in flight' stature?
March 20, 2013: A newly-discovered photo is fueling a controversial theory that a German immigrant in Connecticut was really "first in flight" — not the Wright brothers. An amateur historian found a photo in Germany that some say shows the real first plane flight, by one Gustave Whitehead.
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