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From the Desk of the Chairman of PAMA
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As part of the continuing process of reorganizing PAMA, the Board of Directors strongly believes that for the future success of the organization it is critical that each of the chapters are directly involved in the overall management of the organization. To that end, PAMA has extended a Board of Directors position to the President of each PAMA chapter or their designated representative. The chapter representatives have full voting privileges.

Roger Sickler, Chairman, PAMA

787 having problems with unfinished work from South Carolina
Aviation Pros
Boeing paid out big bonuses to its South Carolina workforce for meeting an early deadline to significantly reduce the amount of unfinished 787 Dreamliner work traveling to Everett. But an unusual production mishap on the 787 assembly line in Everett two days earlier reveals a continued problem with incomplete fuselage sections from South Carolina, according to employees with knowledge of what happened.
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Undermanned but not overwhelmed: AGE maintainers meet requirements
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Doing more with less is something that the Airmen of the 432nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment have mastered. The growth of responsibilities, however, has been no match for the short-staffed crew. The AGE shop should have nearly 40 people, but within the last three months the already undermanned unit has lost seven people, primarily due to separations. Now, 20 individuals are responsible for more than 761 pieces of MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely-piloted aircraft equipment for both home station and deployed commitments.
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787 ELT fire caused by improper battery wiring
The U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigation into the fire on board a Boeing 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines at London Heathrow Airport last year, discovered improper wiring of the lithium metal battery that powered the aircraft's Honeywell 406AFN fixed emergency locator transmitter. According to an AAIB special bulletin published recently, the investigation concluded that the battery had been incorrectly wired to the ELT during the manufacturing process.
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CFM's Leap-1B turbofan begins ground testing
CFM International has begun ground testing of the first Leap-1B engine developed to power Boeing's new 737 Max family of narrowbody airliners. The joint venture between Snecma and GE announced that ground tests began three days ahead of schedule and that the 23,000- to 28,000-pound-thrust turbofan already has achieved full takeoff thrust. The engine is due to complete certification in 2016 as it prepares to enter service on the 737 Max in 2017.
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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!

Will the 'Internet of Things' revolutionize aircraft industry?
What a difference a century makes. When Thomas Edison was tinkering with electric light bulbs, he could have had no idea how fast things would progress technologically. But from those relatively humble, yet revolutionary, beginnings the company he founded, General Electric, is now harnessing the Internet of Things (IoT) to revolutionize the aerospace industry. By syncing the company's systems with the IoT, enormous amounts of data will be available to track flight data with the goal of reducing fuel costs, shortening travel times and boosting efficiency.
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Superior Air Parts announces Mac Little as new factory representative
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Scott Hayes, vice president sales and marketing for Superior Air Parts Inc., announced that aviation industry veteran Mac Little has joined the company as its new factory representative. "In today's highly competitive market, while having the right products at the right price is critical, it's not always enough to set a company apart. One way Superior is striving to differentiate itself is through providing your customers and dealers with a higher level of personalized service," Hayes said. "Mac has been a front line customer contact for a long time and he's very knowledgeable and well respected in the industry. We are very proud to have him on our team."
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Mattituck Services to purchase Southern Avionics and Communications
Aviation Pros
Continental Motors Group Ltd. announced that its MRO subsidiary, Mattituck Services, Inc. will add avionics and aircraft interior maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities through an agreement to purchase Southern Avionics and Communications Incorporated, which is located in Mobile, Alabama. Southern Avionics has been a regional leader in avionics sales, installation and service since 1981 and employs 14 full time people at the Brookley Aeroplex located at the Mobile Downtown Airport.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

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2 corporate jets donated to California mechanics school (Los Angeles Times)
AV8 MRO offering flat rate fee on Hawker Landing Gear overhaul (Aviation Pros)
New materials promise self-healing airplanes (AVweb)

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