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Drone use among utilities to change safety, maintenance programs
Natural Gas Intelligence
Sempra Energy's San Diego Gas & Electric Co. obtained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to deploy drones (unmanned aircraft) to survey natural gas pipelines and power lines for safety and maintenance programs. It holds the promise to cut costs and improve safety and reliability for the nation's energy utility network.
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Aircraft market slips
Analysts still expect gains in the world aircraft market for 2015, though the year is not off to a sparkling start, according to the latest data from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Fixed-wing deliveries declined 15 percent overall for the first three months of the year, compared to the same period in 2014; worldwide helicopter deliveries were softer still, down 18.3 percent for the first quarter, with a similar percentage decline in billing. On the fixed-wing side, the revenue decline was 12.6 percent, reflecting the relative strength of big-ticket airframes.
Traxxall enters maintenance tracking arena
Last year, new maintenance tracking provider Traxxall Technologies opened for business. There is no shortage of maintenance tracking companies such as Camp Systems, Flightdocs, SkyBooks and others. Camp claims a significant share of the market, with more than 16,000 aircraft, and is the "factory maintenance tracking provider" for Bombardier, Boeing Business Jets, Daher, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Honda Aircraft, Piaggio, Pilatus and Textron Aviation. Avtrak exists as a division of Camp Systems, for operators that prefer to do more data entry themselves. Buyers of new aircraft can choose any maintenance-tracking provider, and Traxxall will match the first-year-free deal that typically comes with new aircraft, said CEO Scott Henderson.
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NBAA's 2015 Maintenance Management Conference breaks records
The 2015 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, held this year for the first time in Portland, Oregon, attracted a record number of attendees — more than 800 individuals representing 42 states and the District of Columbia, as well as several foreign countries. The event also featured a sold-out exhibit hall with a record 156 exhibitors. The annual Maintenance Management Conference provides attendees a high-caliber educational program with an emphasis on leadership and management.
How do airlines rank in on-time performance?
If you've had a bad experience with an airline lately, you're not alone. The number of consumer complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation has soared by roughly 55 percent from a year ago, the agency said. For the first three months of 2015, the DOT received 4,580 complaints, a 14 percent spike from the same period last year. Of that number, 163 were by people who claimed that an airline mistreated them because of their disabilities, while three passengers said they were discriminated against because of their race, religion, national origin or sex. The most commonly cited reason for flight delays were problems with aviation systems, the department noted. That was followed by late-arriving aircraft, maintenance or crew issues, and bad weather.
All Metal MS, Inc. works closely with National Guard to enhance mechanic safety
All Metal MS, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom "safety first" aircraft maintenance stands, assembly/production line platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, announced the release of custom maintenance stands for the UH72/EC145. Utilizing feedback from their valued client, The National Guard, All Metal enhanced its existing MS-414/415 maintenance stands to better accommodate the EC-145 and UH-72 aircraft.
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FL Technics will exclusively represent future metals in Russia and 11 more countries
FL Technics, a global provider of tailor-made aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, has been selected to act as an exclusive representative of Future Metals, which is the leading supplier of aerospace quality metals and other materials to the global aircraft manufacturing and maintenance industry. The company shall represent the supplier in multiple CIS countries, including Russia and Moldova, as well as several neighboring states, such as Ukraine and Georgia.
Boeing's AR tablet tool for assembly lines
Employees in one of Boeing's Washington factories (where they manufacture a military tanker airplane) are using an odd looking tablet with a dozen or more .63 mm silver balls attached to it. This is Boeing's vision of the future of augmented reality integrated on the assembly line.The silver balls track the movement of objects in 3-D space while six infrared cameras track the balls to maintain a real-time position of the tablet. Image and reality match thanks to patented algorithms created by Boeing. A mechanic can see both a real-world torque box unit he or she is assembling as well as digital instructions, parts and arrows to augment that real-world view.
NTSB releases video alert on importance of preflight checks
General Aviation News
A Video Safety Alert highlighting the extra vigilance that pilots should take in doing preflight inspections prior to a first flight after maintenance work has been released by the National Transportation Safety Board. The video also addresses the crucial role that mechanics have in ensuring that a plane's flight control system is rigged correctly after maintenance activities. It features an airborne close-call — an inflight emergency on a general aviation airplane that occurred near St. Louis in December 2014.
Report: US airport security equipment improperly managed
Maintenance of explosive detecting scanners and x-ray machines at the U.S. airport security checkpoints are not being managed properly, according to a new government report. And the Department of Homeland Security can't even definitively say they are all working properly. "(The Transportation Security Agency) is not properly managing the maintenance of its airport screening equipment," according to an inspector general report.
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