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Audit: US airline repair station oversight 'inadequate'
Oversight of aircraft repair stations by U.S. aviation regulators is marred by inspectors who haven't been trained and a system that can't identify the areas of highest risk, according to a government audit. Independent repair shops, used increasingly by airlines trying to cut costs, couldn't account for tools, document the training of their mechanics and prove work had been done properly, the report by the Transportation Department's inspector general found.
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Aircraft repair tax break set to become law
The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill that creates a tax break for aircraft maintenance and repair companies such as Dothan's Commercial Jet Inc. House Bill 216 sailed through the House recently and passed the Senate easily. Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to sign the bill into law.
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EADS North America delivers HC-144A maintenance training unit to the US Coast Guard
Avionics Intelligence
The U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center has purchased the prototype CN235 aircraft and plans to transform it into an HC-144A maintenance training unit. The HC-144A is based on the Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter. More than 230 CN235s are in service around the world.
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Behind the scenes: Boeing's Dreamliner battery fix
It was a monumental challenge, a logistical effort Boeing had never faced before: Simultaneously moving a small army of technicians to 13 international locations, transporting 15 tons of tools per repair kit and installing newly designed equipment in the field, taking five days per airplane working around the clock in two 12-hour shifts.
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Constant Aviation completes EMB-135 wing replacement
AIN Online
The damaged-aircraft repair team of Cleveland-based Constant Aviation completed its third EMB-135 (Legacy 600/650) wing replacement. Dart consists of maintenance, structural, engineering and avionics technicians poised to deploy to any location within 24 hours. To date it has completed three Legacy 600 wing replacements, four EMB-135 nose replacements and numerous structural jobs in the field.
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Higher maintenance costs clip JetBlue's profits
Seeking Alpha
JetBlue's revenues increased by 8 percent year-over-year to $1.2 billion in the first quarter on higher passenger traffic. However, the carrier's profits declined by 53 percent y-o-y to $14 million due to higher aircraft maintenance expenses.
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Tillamook, Ore., blimp hangar faces huge renovation cost
The Oregonian
The Tillamook Air Museum, the only World War II blimp hangar still open to the public, faces a bleak future. Port of Tillamook Bay commissioners in Oregon grapple with the fate of the building touted as the largest wooden structure in the world, they are facing a repair bill of at least $15 million. It might as well be $1 trillion. "We don't have that kind of money and we are never going to make that kind of money with the building," said port Commissioner Jim Young.
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