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FAA reverses maintenance duty time legal interpretation — PAMA submission helps!
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PAMA believes that looking at days worked alone totally misses the mark when it comes to fatigue. There are numerous factors that must be considered as a whole to have a viable fatigue prevention system.

Some of the issues concern hours worked in a day. A technician might work three days in a row of 16 hours each and become fatigued way before a six-day work week ever became an issue. Also, a technician who normally works until midnight might become fatigued after only two hours of overtime due to working past the time he would normally go to sleep.

Additionally, what the person is doing while off duty can play a large role in the person's ability to perform their duties safely. A technician, who works nights, could easily spend their day cutting down trees, or cultivating a garden. Many of these tasks are more labor intensive than the actual aircraft maintenance.

We are pleased that ARSA, Transport Workers Union of America and PAMA made direct comments on this ruling. Many other organizations also supported the effort.

Innovative process to smooth helicopter ride and reduce overall aircraft vibration
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One of the largest "big ticket" items faced by the helicopter maintenance industry today is the issue of rotor track and balance. If there were a way to make the process of rotor track and balance more efficient it would be a huge boost to the helicopter operator, saving both time and money. More

IA Renewal Seminar — Fairfield, NJ
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Save the Date — March 9, 2013
This FREE seminar is structured for Mechanics with Inspection Authorization and is also open to any interested mechanic. Seating is limited (150 people) and will be on a first come, first served basis.

This year's seminar theme:

For the Training Schedule and Registration Form please click

4 places to look for aviation scholarships
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Dec. 17 marked the 109th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. In honor of their soaring accomplishment, we've researched a number of scholarships for students whose heads are in the clouds. More

January/February 2013 FAA Safety Briefing
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The January/February 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on aerospace medicine. Articles cover key issues that affect medical certification for pilots, discuss the pilot's role in this process and explain the FAA's responsibilities.

Among the feature articles in this medically-themed issue:
Understanding what your medical can (and can't) do for you, (pg 14)
How to fast track your medical certificate with FAA's online MedXPress system, (pg 20)
What pilots should know about refractive eye surgery, (pg 24)
How the FAA evaluates drugs for aeromedical use, (pg 28)

Denel chops 523 aircraft technicians    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Denel will retrench 523 aircraft specialists after the SA Air Force cancelled its contract for aircraft maintenance. The retrenchments were confirmed by Denel and the trade union Solidarity on Thursday, Dec. 13. Solidarity said it received a written notice confirming that up to 523 aircraft specialists at Denel/AMG would be retrenched‚ spokesman Jack Loggenberg said in a statement. More

Lockheed to acquire engine-maintenance, repair assets of Aveos Fleet Performance
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Lockheed Martin Corp. has agreed to acquire certain assets of the engine-maintenance, repair and overhaul business of insolvent Canadian aircraft maintenance company Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. as the U.S. defense contractor seeks to expand in Canada. Terms of the agreement weren't disclosed and aren't material to Lockheed Martin, the company said. More

Berger Group buying Hawthorne, aims for aircraft maintenance growth
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Berger Group Holdings Inc. has acquired Hawthorne Services Inc. with the intent of growing operation and maintenance support services in the aircraft and military base industries. Washington Technology reports the transaction closed Dec. 28 for an undisclosed amount and adds a fourth division to Louis Berger Group, a subsidiary of Berger Group Holdings. More


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