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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.

This was put together by a group of individuals who serve on our Technical Committee. They are all A&P's with over 20 years each in the field. Several have DME, DAR, DER or IA behind their names, and also diverse backgrounds in Corporate, General and Airline plus manufacturing. It didn't come out of a vacuum which is the best thing I see from this committee. They know and have experienced a lot plus they research it within their own business environments. I hold them in high esteem and greatly appreciate all they do for PAMA members.

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.

Aviation Workforce Think Tank UPDATE — Many new partners coming to the table!
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Aviation Workforce Development, Inc. in partner with The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association announced the first ever: Aviation/Aerospace Workforce Issues Think Tank just last month. It will be held on Tuesday May 7, 2013 in Minneapolis.
  • AWD would be that catalyst to oversee a national incentive to reach into Middle and High School programs with a curriculum that will be fully assessed for effectiveness and function.
  • Industry feedback and oversight needed to insure this new initiative would "change the numbers" for those entering aviation/aerospace career tracks.
Those onboard so far with a seat at the table:
AWD Dr. Tara Harl & Board of Directors; BOEING Mark Albert, Director Training & Development
JEPESSEN (to be announced first of year 2013); MAC Mitch Kilian-Director Government Affairs
NATCA Vice President, Trish Gilbert; NBAA President, Ed Bolen; PAMA President, Dale Forton;
UNITED AIRLINES Director of Flight Training, Derrin Groubel; AOPA CEO, Craig Fuller; ARSA Executive Director Sarah Macleod; AEA, ATEC have expressed interest as well.

More information at

PAMA taking requests to speak!
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PAMA National Aviation Maintenance Symposium — Nov. 21-22, 2013
AVM SUMMIT USA — Nov. 21-22, 2013 (TWO TRACKS). We have teamed up with PAMA (Professional Aviation Maintenance Association) to re-launch their Annual Symposium which will ALSO be held alongside the broader MRO track, guaranteeing an extra audience.

We are asking for interested parties to contact us for an opportunity to speak to our audience. In the areas of new technologies, fatigue, human factors, SMS, customer service, sales, management to name a few. It is not closed to these areas. Please contact PAMA directly at 800-356-1671 or

PAMA call for nominations 2013/2014 Board of Directors
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If you or someone you know would like to take a leadership position in the aviation maintenance community, be sure to submit a nomination for PAMA's 2013/2014 board of directors election. Nominations are due by Feb. 28, 2013.

As a not-for-profit organization by and for aviation maintenance professionals, PAMA relies on the knowledge and support of its members. Serving on the Board of Directors gives members the opportunity to directly impact the direction and operations of the only nonprofit association serving our all Aviation Maintenance Professionals.

If you are interested in being considered for the slate, please fill out the nomination form ( and return it by Feb. 28, 2013.

The following positions are open for nominations in this election cycle:

Board (2-year term): Treasurer; Director

Regional Directors (1 Year Term):
Alaska Regional Director; Central Regional Director; Eastern/New England Regional Director
Great Lakes Regional Director; NW Mountain Regional Director; Southern Regional Director
Southwestern Regional Director; Western Regional Director

Information on the responsibilities associated with each position is located at

FAA seeks fine against Pinnacle over missing part
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The FAA is proposing a $275,000 civil penalty against Pinnacle Airlines of Memphis, Tenn., for allegedly operating a Bombardier CRJ900 on 11 flights without all required parts fitted. According to the FAA, Pinnacle mechanics failed to replace a part required in the approved aircraft maintenance manual when they replaced the aircraft's right engine. More

MRO IT: Intelligent maintenance
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A distinct social shift is being played out across the globe as more people than ever have access to air travel. This year, for the first time, more people in Brazil caught a flight than a bus, with 8.7 million people taking their first commercial aircraft flight. It is a similar story in Asia and the Middle East, with hundreds of new aircraft ordered every year. As the world's airline fleet increases steadily, so does the demand for maintenance, repair and overhaul. More

Baker Aviation expands maintenance hangar space in Addison, Texas    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Baker Aviation, a full-service aircraft maintenance, management and charter company in North Texas, recently expanded into their second hangar at Addison Airport and will move into a third hangar in January 2013, bringing the total turbine aircraft maintenance space to more than 25,400 square feet. More


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