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PAMA partners with Potomac Management Resources
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association has contracted with Potomac Management Resources to provide administrative and management assistance with member services, communications, board support, financial management, and industry relations. PAMA previously engaged PMR for association management following its separation from the Society of Automotive Engineers in 2009. "We're excited to be working with PAMA again," said Carol Montoya, CAE, president of PMR. "The commitment of the leadership and members to maintaining the highest level of professionalism for aviation mechanics and managers is commendable, and we’re proud to be a part of those efforts."
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Major maintenance due for Airbus A380s
Aviation Week
In response to pressure from a major customer, Airbus has announced it may launch both a reengined version of the A380 and a stretched version of the giant widebody in the next decade. These possibilities have caused some to worry that the A380 orderbook, never very large, might be challenged by interest in more-attractive derivatives. But the A380s already flying, and those scheduled for delivery, are already starting to require major maintenance and this need will continue for the next five years.
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Illinois city council prepares to vote on MRO funding
Hundreds of jobs are expected once a $43 million aircraft maintenance and repair facility is up and running at Illinois' Rockford airport. City leaders vote on whether to chip in millions of dollars for the project. The funding will come from the existing tax increment financing district around the airport. When that TIF was created, the value of all the properties inside its borders were calculated, and when those values increase because of development, the extra money goes into a big pot to be used by future developers.
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BASF provides light weight solution for noise reduction in aircraft
BASF Corporation America
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1st Air Force One could undergo restoration
A Virginia company is exploring the potential for buying and restoring the first presidential Air Force One, a 1948 Lockheed C-121A Constellation used by Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dynamic Aviation announced t's researching the availability of parts, including engines and propellers, that can get the airplane, known as Columbine II, flying again. Owners Harry Oliver and Lockie Christler — son of the late Mel Christler, who had owned it for years — hope to sell it to Dynamic founder Karl Stoltzfus, brother Ken Stoltzfus said.
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TransAsia pilots undergo mandatory proficiency tests following crash
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
The dozens of pilots who operate TransAsia Airways' ATR propeller-jets began proficiency tests recently, three days after one of the carrier's ATRs crashed into a river, killing at least 40 people. The airline said it had canceled 90 flights over the next three days to accommodate the requirement by Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration that all 71 of its ATR pilots be retested. Preliminary investigations indicate the pilots of the doomed flight shut off a running engine of the ATR 72 after its other engine went idle, a move that aviation experts said was an error.
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American Airlines pushes for North Carolina sales tax break
The Charlotte Observer via Aviation Pros
North Carolina lawmakers are weighing a proposal from American Airlines and other carriers to exempt them from millions of dollars in sales taxes on fuel, a request that could affect Charlotte's status as one of the nation's largest airline hubs. With a cap on jet fuel taxes set to expire next year, American, which merged with US Airways, has joined Delta, United and other airlines to seek an industrywide exemption from the tax. A bill to address the issue is expected soon.
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Runway, hangars to attract new business to North Dakota airport
The Dickinson Press
The new $14 million Bowman Municipal Airport in North Dakota is set to open in late May, and officials with the Bowman County Commission and the Bowman County Airport Authority are hopeful it will boost more than just air travel. "It's gonna be a great asset for years and years," said Bill Bowman, a county commissioner and state legislator from Bowman. One of the main features of the new airport is the longer, reinforced concrete runway, which will allow the airport to manage more traffic.
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The new avgas
Aviation Pros
Looking back 25 years, no one would have thought there would be a problem with having enough avgas to fly general aviation aircraft. Now there are price issues and environmental concerns. There have been a couple of significant events regarding avgas recently. First, a major player has announced its unleaded 100+ octane avgas, and the second, the federal government has set aside money for testing candidate fuels and published a very detailed roadmap of the steps for testing fuels from the companies developing candidate fuels.
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FAA updates knowledge exam
As of recently, pilots taking the FAA knowledge exams for the private pilot certificate will no longer need to suffer through questions pertaining to outdated systems and procedures. A new question database, which is scheduled to become active, excludes questions that were deemed no longer pertinent. Questions regarding NDB, Radar Summary Charts, En Route Flight Advisory Service, Medevac and Transcribed Weather Broadcast are no more.
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