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Ensuring that aviation has enough qualified technicians to meet projected demand means attracting more workers to the industry, but a recent survey underscores that the initial focus should be on keeping the existing pipeline flowing.
The survey, conducted by the Aviation Technician Education Council, found that 25 percent of all graduates from FAA-certified aviation maintenance technician schools do not end up pursuing aviation careers.
When proposals for a custom paint job on my second-generation Cirrus came in as high as $25,000 — with up to 10 weeks of down time — I considered stepping up to a newer model. But my investment in numerous upgrades and my comfort with the aircraft in a variety of missions and weather convinced me to keep my ham and stop looking for rye bread.
The annual Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo 2017 marks the 50th year that StandardAero has offered Roll-Royce M250 helicopter engine services to the industry. The company was first contracted in 1967, then by Allison Engine Company, to provide engine MRO services for the Canadian Air Force CH-136 Kiowa helicopter fleet.
The new president's inauguration has Washington, D.C., a bit rattled. The nation's capital has seen many transfers of power, but rarely with such a dramatic shift in tone and style. While political control has not shifted in Congress, Donald Trump's tenor and priorities have added new volatility to the legislative process.
Let's quickly review the policy landscape's risks and opportunities for repair stations.
US firm CLEANO Inc. has chosen AFI KLM E&M subsidiary BARFIELD as its national and international distributor for its Aviation Grade Cleano product, developed for the aircraft industry. Cleano is a powerful, ultra-concentrated environmentally friendly cleaning product that is biodegradable and non-toxic. Certified by Boeing, Cleano causes no deterioration, corrosion or discoloring and leaves no residues or stains on aircraft and aircraft parts.
The airline industry has reached truly amazing levels of safety and reliability. But is success blinding us to the opportunities for further improvements, especially in efficiency?
We have seen tremendous progress in the ability for humans to communicate with each other, to communicate via machines. We can visualize reality through video games, translate languages in real time through earpieces and seemingly find any information we need in seconds on the internet.
Plane & Pilot
Let's get one thing straight right from the start: You cannot have your next plane printed for you. Not now, not soon, probably not ever.
It's a beautiful dream, to be sure, like the Willy Wonka invention that let kids reach into a television screen and pull out a chocolate bar. In this case, you'd work up some CAD drawings, maybe spin an on-screen model around to check your work, then hit command-P, head over to the printer, and taxi out in your new ride. Print me up a couple extra copies, while you’re at it.
Honeywell hosted the second-annual Arizona Chief Science Officer technology day and statewide cabinet meeting. The event is designed to inspire interest in technology careers and allow students to work on collective action projects that impact their respective schools and communities. The students were all elected by their peers to serve as chief science officers.
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|May 21, 2017
||EBACE International Aircraft Transactions Seminar
|June 1-3, 2017
||Aero Expo — UK; Wycombe Air Park
|June 8-10, 2017
||Pilatus Operator Pilot Association
||Coeur d'Alene, Idaho|
|June 13-15, 2017
||NBAA Flight Attendant Conference
||Long Beach, California|
|July 5-6, 2017
||Bombardier Africa Reviews
||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Aug. 9-11, 2017
||Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada |
|Aug. 29-30, 2017
|Sept. 12-14, 2017
||AIAA Space 2017 - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
||Orlando, Florida |
|Sept. 16-17, 2017
||AFA National Convention 2017 - Air Force Association
||National Harbor, Maryland|
|Sept. 17-20, 2017
||2017 ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition - Airports Council International - North America
||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Sept. 18-20, 2017
||Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition 2017
||National Harbor, Maryland|
|Sept. 25-28, 2017
||APEX Expo 2017 - Airline Passenger Experience Association
||Long Beach, California |
|Oct. 10-12, 2017
||NBAA-BACE 2017 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition - National Business Aviation Association
||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Oct. 16-18, 2017
||AMTC 2017 - Air Medical Transport Conference
||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Nov. 1-3, 2017
||Air Cargo Americas & SeaCargo Americas 2017
|Dec. 4-7, 2017
||NAAA 51st Annual Convention & Exposition - National Agricultural Aviation Association
|Jan. 8-12, 2018
||SciTech 2018 - AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition
|Feb. 6-8, 2018
||WEST 2018 - Western Conference & Exhibition
||San Diego, California|
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