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Mechanic likes his place among the planes
Salina Journal
Bob Pahls' base of operations hasn't changed in more than 30 years as an aircraft mechanic, but the letterhead has switched five times. "I haven't moved out of my office," said Pahls, now the owner of Schilling Aviation Services, 2010 Rogers Court, at Salina Regional Airport. While attending Kansas Technical Institute, he broke into the business refueling airplanes for Aircraft Services, which became Jerry Moore's Midway Aviation.
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Maintenance shops with no parts on store?
Aviation Week
The predictive power of health-monitoring and crunching the "big data" that next-generation aircraft will produce has the potential to radically transform the way maintenance, repair and overhaul is done. Luis Carlos Affonso, a senior vice president of the Brazilian aerospace company and chief operating officer of the unit that builds regional jets, even foresees a day in which airlines and MROs will be able to order most parts only when a need arises, because health-monitoring and data will allow parts users to predict exactly what they will need before anything fails.
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Bizjet market shows faint signs of recovery in China
Aviation Week (Subscription required)
There are plenty of billionaires in China, but increasingly their business aircraft are not. Last year's trend to register private jets away from mainland China is continuing this year, say industry officials, reinforced by the growing habit of not seeking a local domicile for new aircraft. These measures are probably helping the faint improvement in demand that some people in the industry are reporting for recent months.
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BASF provides light weight solution for noise reduction in aircraft
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The beginning of the light airplane movement
General Aviation News
In the 1920s Great Britain saw a great growth in civil aviation, which was an outgrowth of its light aircraft movement. This movement originated with light plane trials held in Lympne, England. These competitions led to the development of new light aircraft for private ownership and flying clubs. The flying clubs saw thousands of pilots learn to fly in the light planes, creating a market for these aircraft. This, in turn, led to the development of one of the most iconic of light planes, the de Havilland Moth.
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Windecker Eagle restoration underway
Restoration of a Windecker Eagle, the first composite aircraft to be FAA-certified, is on schedule for completion this summer, with hopes to show it at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this July. A Chinese entrepreneur, Wei Hang, has purchased two copies of the Eagle and commissioned a restoration team in Moorseville, North Carolina, to rebuild what will be the only flying model. "Mr. Hang was attracted to the Windecker Eagle because of its historical significance, rarity, style and performance," said Don Atchison, head of the restoration team.
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Pilot has logged 27,000 hours flying everything from Cessnas to 767s
Helena Independent Record
The passengers on the Chicago-to-L.A. flight felt something quite odd as their plane cruised along at 30,000-plus feet. Then the pilot's voice came over the intercom. They'd lost an engine, Larry Ashcraft told them, and they'd have to make a forced landing in Las Vegas. What they didn't know was that Ashcraft had deliberately pulled the throttle back too fast, causing what's known as a compressor stall. It was enough to probably cause the people in the plane to glance at each other with quick looks of concern.
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Bug repellant airplane coatings tested
Bug smasher pilots everywhere have hope that NASA may be flying to the rescue to save them from the summer chore of cleaning shattered insect bodies from the leading-edge surfaces of their aircraft. NASA, along with Boeing, will be testing five non-stick coatings that are the finalists in a years-long effort to foil the sticky mess that builds up on every surface exposed to the slipstream. The five coatings have already shown their ability to repel bug guts and the water in them, according to a news release, but the winner will also be inexpensive and durable.
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Armless pilot to speak at New Smyrna Balloon and Sky Fest
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Jessica Cox was born without arms, but it hasn't stopped her from flying a plane, driving a car or getting a black belt in Taekwondo. There aren't many challenges the 32-year old Arizona resident hasn't conquered despite being born with a rare birth defect. However, there's one she's still trying to tackle — tying her hair in a ponytail. "It just sounds so funny and such a small task, but it's something I'm still working on," she said.
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Jet Aviation wins Tender to operate MRO facility at Macau International
Jet Aviation via Aviation Pros
Jet Aviation recently won a tender agreement to operate a business aviation MRO facility at Macau International Airport. The company finalized a 10-year concession agreement with the Macau Airport Authority for 4,000 square meters of a new hangar built specifically for business aviation maintenance, refurbishment and overhaul purposes. Jet Aviation recently won the public tender to manage and operate an MRO business for private jets from the airport's new purpose-built hangar.
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Trade Shows & Conventions Events
Date Event Location
April 14-16 MRO Americas Miami, Florida; Booth #4707
April 21-23 WATS/RATS Orlando, Florida; Booth #211
April 27-29 Cessna Operators Conference Wichita, Kansas
April 28-30 ALEA Regional Safety Seminar - Northeast Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 5-7 NBAA Maintenence Managers Conference Portland, Oregon
May 11-14 Regional Airline Association (RAA) Cleveland, Ohio; Booth #307
May 13-14 Business Aviation Safety Seminar (BASS) Weston, FL
May 19-21 European Business Aircraft Assn (EBACE) Geneva Switzerland
June 25 NBAA Regional Forum in Teterboro Teterboro, NJ
Aug. 12-14 OBAP (Organization for Black Aerospace) Washington, DC
Sept. 17 NBAA Regional Forum in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri
Oct. 6-8 Helitech London, United Kingdom; Booth #K30
Oct. 13-15 ERAA General Assembly Berlin, Germany; Booth #B24
Nov. 8-12 Dubai Air Show Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Booth #1642


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