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From the Desk of the Chairman of the Board — PAMA

With a desire towards transparency the PAMA Board of Directors wishes to provide both the positive and negative facts of PAMA's present situation.

After a period of declining membership and decreasing fiscal solvency the PAMA Board of Directors voted to cancel its contract with PAMA President Dale Forton. It was determined certain PAMA assets, such as the PAMA domain name and website were interwoven with Mr. Forton's personal business resulting in a difficult situation. As can be understood, this is not in the best interest of an organization. These items were corrected and will be closely monitored by the organization's Board of Directors. It is a lesson learned.

Currently the BOD is taking steps to solve the problem of leadership and administration in order to meet the requirements of the organization as we rebuild. The PAMA Board of Directors is successfully taking steps to implement a new website and procedures to insure a smooth transition today and in the future as organizational leadership change occur. The BOD appreciates the membership's tolerance for this temporary inconvenience as we implementing these changes.

We ask that you bear with us and as soon as the system is in place we'll let you know. PAMA is still a viable organization with strong leadership.

Finally, the BOD is keenly aware that the role of PAMA national in relationship to its membership has not always been clear or of significant benefit. It is the view of the BOD that we have an opportunity to shape the future of the organization to be of greater value to its membership. To that end, last week we solicited comments from our newsletter subscribers asking for their thoughts. To those that responded, thank you. We ask that you take a moment to reflect on your vision for PAMA and share it with the Board. In the past it has been easy to complain about the organization; today is your opportunity to do something about it. Send your thoughts to

Certainly these are trying times for our organization but your BOD has a positive outlook and with your help we will become a stronger, better organization than ever before.


Roger Sickler, PAMA Chairman

Lockheed, General Dynamics poised to land $250 million in aircraft upgrades for Germany
Washington Business Journal
Lockheed Martin Corp. and General Dynamics Corp. will share $250 million in upgrades to Germany's fleet of P-3C Orion surveillance planes, under a planned deal reported by the Pentagon. The State Department approved the possible foreign military sale, which was then certified by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency that coordinates deals with overseas allies.
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Lufthansa says cost cuts are permanent plan amid profit erosion
Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe's second-largest airline, said wringing savings and efficiency gains from operations is a permanent challenge as higher costs continuously erode profit. The carrier has to absorb an increase in annual expenses of about 2 percent every year, Chief Executive Officer Christoph Franz told reporters recently in Frankfurt, Germany, where Lufthansa is based.
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  FAA Approves AD Free Overhauls

C&D Associates announces FAA approval for relief from combustion heater Airworthiness Directives AD2004-21-05 (imposed on Janitrol B series) and AD81-09-09 (for South Wind/Stewart Warner.) A.D.’s no longer apply to units undergoing zero-time overhaul by C&D Associates Inc. As always C&D Associates Inc. heaters remain A.D. free.

Boeing's huge parts center at Sea-Tac remains global core of supply
Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing is moving engineering jobs to California, but the biggest source of repair parts for aircraft will continue to be the 700,000-square-foot Boeing Spares Distribution Center, at the edge of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Recently, Boeing Co. announced it will move about 1,000 positions, for engineers supporting older current models, to California, a move that angered the union representing engineers.
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Saab and Mxi Technologies partner on military fleet management
Avionics Intelligence
Defence and security company Saab and MRO software company Mxi Technologies are cooperating in the provision of Military Fleet Management using Mxi's Maintenix software. Saab, acting through its Business Area Support and Services, signed a Teaming Agreement with Mxi Technologies to provide Military Fleet Management to armed forces worldwide.
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  Now Hiring Mobile Repair Team Technicians!

West Star Aviation is adding talented Aircraft Technicians to our Mobile Repair Teams, which are primarily located out of Colorado, Illinois and South Carolina. If you possess exceptional technical knowledge on a variety of corporate aircraft, enjoy traveling and working in various locations, then submit your resume today!

Lufthansa plans Puerto Rico aviation facility
The Associated Press via USA Today
German company Lufthansa Technik announced recently that it had signed a deal with Puerto Rico's government to build a facility for aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul in the U.S. territory. The facility will be based at the Rafael Hernandez International Airport in the northwest town of Aguadilla and is expected to serve short- and medium-haul aircraft, according to Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla.
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Airport looking to offer repair, inspection services
The Union County Airport in North Carolina could generate more revenue for and possibly help attract new business to the county by offering aircraft repair and inspection services according to Union County Airport and Stadium Director Ronnie Wade. In an address to Union County Council recently, Wade presented council with a plan to allow a "fixed-base operator" to set up shop at the airport and provide aircraft repair and maintenance services as well as conduct inspections of aircraft.
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Maine's aviation businesses, both large and small, are taking off as demand for services grows
Maine Sun Journal
Kevin Dauphinee didn't over-reach when he founded his company, Black Bear Aviation, in central Maine in 2011. He set up shop at the Dexter Regional Airport, where, he says, his leasing costs were low enough that he could charge aircraft maintenance and restoration rates that were 25 percent to 35 percent lower than competitors. His strategy of starting small and paying attention to customer service has paid off for Dauphinee.
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