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New PAMA membership chairman
The PAMA Board of Directors (BOD) has appointed Jeff Gruber chairman of the membership committee. Jeff is a long time PAMA member serving as Board of Director's vice-chairman (2010-present), Great Lakes regional director (2006-2009), and chairman of the government and technical issues committee. He is a founding member of the Central Ohio Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (COPAMA). Jeff is looking for volunteers to assist him on the PAMA membership committee. This is an excellent opportunity for our existing membership to help shape the future of the organization. If you are interested in assisting PAMA, please contact Jeff Gruber at for additional details.
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Aircraft Maintenance Services expands operations to South Carolina airport
Cola Daily
The Jim Hamilton — L.B. Owens Airport in Columbia, South Carolina, is expanding its capabilities in aircraft maintenance and repair. Camden-based Aircraft Maintenance Services has relocated its headquarters to the airport. "It's long been a goal of mine to return to CUB where I worked as a mechanic many years ago," said owner Frank Schumpert. "I'm very pleased to be here and look forward to expanding our business lines to meet the demands of our many based and transient aircraft customers."
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Xced Aviation Services opens Canadian subsidiary
Aviation Pros
Xced Aviation Services, LLC, of Schaumburg, Illinois, announced the opening of a Canadian subsidiary — Xced Aviation Services Canada. With this launching, Xced Aviation has expanded its geographic reach across all of Canada. Xced provides single investor equipment financing solutions and life cycle management of all ground support equipment for North America.
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BAE Systems inks Emirates plane maintenance deal
Arabian Business
BAE Systems has signed a five-year agreement with Emirates, the world's largest Boeing 777 operator, to provide maintenance and technical support for its entire Boeing fleet. Under the terms of the agreement, BAE Systems will deliver on guaranteed turn around times, position product in region, and provide benchmark technical support.
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Questions continue about lithium batteries
New rules recently have addressed the safety of shipping lithium batteries in air cargo, but a recent newspaper story raised questions about their use in electronic devices in the cockpit of passenger airplanes. "Because many airlines are replacing paper charts with laptops and tablet computers, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration conducted tests on what would happen if one of their rechargeable lithium-ion battery cells ignited," according to news report.
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Boeing sets sights on profit from junked jets
The Seattle Times
Boeing sees potential riches in the aircraft that land in aviation's junkyards as airlines ditch older jets for models that burn less fuel. The world's largest plane-maker is exploring ways to make money from the end of a jetliner's life. It may be in the market for a salvage company that recycles engines, landing gear and other components stripped from scrapped jetliners, said John Wojick, a senior vice president for global sales and marketing.
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BATT approved by FAA for use in US
Aviation Pros
After winning four prestigious awards, SEI Industries' Bulk Aviation Transportation Tank (BATT) was quickly adopted by numerous air carriers who supply Canada’s remote sites and, now, it's been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for use in the U.S. Initially developed as a tool for South American law enforcement drug interdiction operations, the BATT is the world's first collapsible fuel tank, specifically engineered to each aircraft's interior. Instead of rigid fuel drums that can leak and damage aircraft interiors, the BATT is soft-sided and customized to fill the fuselage area correctly.
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SAA and Boeing to develop tobacco plant jet fuel
Air Cargo News
African Airways and Boeing have joined forces to develop an environmentally-friendly jet fuel produced from a new type of tobacco plant. The carrier and the planemaker will use sustainable jet fuel producer SkyNRG's hybrid plant Solaris, which farmers can grow as an energy crop instead of traditional tobacco. Test farming of the plants, which are effectively nicotine-free, is under way in the region, with biofuel production expected from large and small farms in the next few years.
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