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Announcing the 2015 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year
Every year for more than 50 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration have recognized aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety.
The recipient of the 2015 National Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year is
Donald D. Streitenberger, Jr., of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Streitenberger is Chief Inspector for The Kroger Company at Cincinnati Lunken Airport, where he is responsible for directing inspections of Kroger's fleet of bizjets, establishing methods, techniques and practices used to comply with all applicable FARs and manufacturer recommendations, and approving aircraft for return to service.
Don has served on the board of directors of the Ohio Aircraft Technicians Society (OATS), which is the Cincinnati chapter of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).
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NBAA Safety Committee announces 'Top Safety Focus Areas' for 2015
The National Business Aviation Association Safety Committee released its third annual list of "Top Safety Focus Areas," highlighting two primary safety issues — loss of control in flight and runway excursions — which the committee's research shows should be primary risk-mitigation targets for all operators.
GE Honda wins FAA production certificate for HF120 engine
GE Honda Aero Engines' plant in Burlington, North Carolina, received an FAA production certificate for the HF120 engine that will power the HondaJet and other light business jets. The company obtained FAA approval for the engine in December 2013 and this latest certification means that the Honda Aero Inc. facility demonstrated the repeated ability to build HF120s to type-design specifications, meaning the FAA no longer needs to inspect every engine before it is shipped to the customer.
Bell Helicopter to show 2 airframes, 1 mockup at 2015 AeroExpo
Bell Helicopter has announced its show plans for the 12th edition of the International Aviation Tradeshow and Convention, 2015 AeroExpo in Toluca, Mexico, March 19-21. The company will showcase the Bell 407GX and the Bell 429. The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X full-size aircraft mockup will also be displayed in law enforcement configuration.
"Our presence in Mexico continues to expand, and the country remains a key market for us as we look to grow and enhance our product offerings," said Jay Ortiz, Bell Helicopter's vice president of Latin American sales.
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BASF Corporation America
BASF Aerospace Materials responds to rising demands for improved noise reduction with the easy to install lightweight Basotect® UL melamine foam for thermal and acoustic insulation in sidewall panels and bulkhead structures. Basotect is a flexible, open cell foam with high sound absorbing capacity, good thermal insulation properties and an ultra-low density of 6 g/l (0.37 lb/ft3).
Plane-maintenance provider pulls out of Waterbury-Oxford
Michigan aircraft-maintenance provider Pentastar Aviation is pulling its services from Waterbury-Oxford Airport, less than three years after expanding to the East Coast, its partner announced.
Charter jet and aircraft management provider Key Air, which is headquartered at the airport, said its maintenance partnership with Pentastar is ending, and that Key Air will begin offering maintenance services in its stead.
NASA's electric airplane project moves forward
NASA engineers are now testing an airplane wing fitted with 18 electric motors, and they plan to replace the wings and engine of a Tecnam P2006T with an improved version of the system within the next two years. The project, called LEAPTech, for Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology, "is a key element of NASA's plan to help a significant portion of the aircraft industry transition to electrical propulsion within the next decade," according to a NASA news release.
L-3 Aviation products opens MRO in India
L-3 Aviation Products held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today in celebration of the opening of its new Manufacturing, Repair and Overhaul facility in Bengaluru, India. L-3 AP's official theme for the ceremony, "India's Partner — Today, Tomorrow and in the Future," reflects the company's commitment to its customers by expanding its local footprint and advancing its long-term investment in the region.
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Your refurb: New paint
While it may be a shallow measuring gauge, the most popular indicator of the success of an aircraft refurb is the paint job. A good one can be used to disguise many ills while a bad one can overwhelm the perfection of the new leather interior and top-of-the-line glass panel.
So, in the process of refurbishing your airplane, what can you do to improve the odds of getting a top notch paint job at a price that doesn't require a third mortgage?
How does tired pressure maintenance impact aircraft safety?
With good reason, aircraft safety concerns are paramount in maintenance operations. No one wants to see loss of life, injuries, or serious property damage as a result of poor aircraft maintenance. Aircraft maintenance manuals have very detailed, step-by-step procedures, tool, and parts lists. Certified inspectors must sign off on work cards, validating that the mechanic completed the job and completed it correctly.
FAA forecast mixed for GA
The FAA released its annual aviation forecast for the next 20 years, predicting growth for the turbine and rotorcraft fleets but downturns in sales of most fixed-wing piston airplanes. The business jet market grew in 2014 for the first time since 2008, and the forecast predicts "robust growth" in that sector over the long term, driven by higher corporate profits and the growth of worldwide GDP.
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||Minnesota Aviation Maintenance Conf.
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||Miami, Florida; Booth #4707|
||Orlando, Florida; Booth #211|
||Cessna Operators Conference
||ALEA Regional Safety Seminar - Northeast
||NBAA Maintenence Managers Conference
||Regional Airline Association (RAA)
||Cleveland, Ohio; Booth #307|
||Business Aviation Safety Seminar (BASS)
||European Business Aircraft Assn (EBACE)
||NBAA Regional Forum in Teterboro
||OBAP (Organization for Black Aerospace)
||NBAA Regional Forum in St. Louis
||St. Louis, Missouri|
||London, United Kingdom; Booth #K30|
||ERAA General Assembly
||Berlin, Germany; Booth #B24|
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