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American Airlines' maintenance workers claim airline lax on safety
The Associated Press via Skift
A union group is suing American Airlines, claiming supervisors are pressuring mechanics to release planes before they are safe to fly. Local 591 of the Transport Workers Union says that union officials who raised objections were threatened with termination or even arrest. American Airlines denies the allegations, saying that it complies with federal safety rules. A spokesman said that regulators have not contacted the airline about any critical issues. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration declined to comment because the matter is under investigation.
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Mississippi aviation school starting new mechanic program
Dothan Eagle
The Alabama Aviation College in Ozark will soon begin offering a short-term certificate program to experienced mechanics who need credentials to obtain better employment opportunities. The short term certificate course can be completed in as little as a semester and consists of three classes – an airframe class, a power plant class and a general class.
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Rebuilding plane inspires dreams for Minnesota teens
Duluth News Tribune
Grounded and chopped into three parts, an airplane built in 1948 still is fueling the dreams of Northland, Minnesota, teens. The Aeronca Sedan rests in a hangar at the Richard I. Bong Memorial Airport in Superior. Members of the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association are partnering with local students to give the craft new life. "Kids seem to hear 'no' so much," said Al White, a member of the nonprofit Duluth/Superior EAA Chapter 272. "We want to give them the idea that if you dream about something, you can do it."
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BASF provides light weight solution for noise reduction in aircraft
BASF Corporation America
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Pinnacle Solutions wins NASA aircraft maintenance, operations contract
The Huntsville Times
Pinnacle Solutions is the recipient of a new NASA contract to support aircraft scientific research missions at Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The Huntsville, Alabama, engineering company said the Aircraft Maintenance and Operations contract was awarded under the Total Small Business Set Aside program. Pinnacle will support the missions by providing labor, material and parts and equipment for the aircraft, which are used to meet both center and agency platform, research and support aircraft requirements for scientific research missions.
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More jobs to go at Air France
MRO Network
The upheaval in the European aviation sector continues as Air France confirms it is looking to shed another 800 jobs. In a statement published recently, the carrier revealed that the new wave of voluntary redundancies were in response to a trend for "weaker unit revenues" that had developed since last summer. Air France says this weakening in revenues requires "additional measures" to those it has made in recent years under its Transform 2015 plan — which has seen 8,000 jobs cut in the past three years — and will include revising growth plans for its fleet and "maintained wage moderation," as well as efforts to improve productivity and increase revenue.
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More than a pretty face
The cowling surrounding a reciprocating engine is a sophisticated aerial garbage disposal. Its job is to throw away about $1.50 out of every $6 you spend on avgas. Gasoline contains more energy per pound than TNT, but engines turn only about a quarter of that energy into useful power. What happens to the rest? It dribbles off as waste heat, to be absorbed by the atmosphere. Half blows out the exhaust pipe; some of that, however, can be harvested and put to good use by a turbocharger.
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