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Idaho to build SkyWest maintenance building at airport
The Idaho Statesman
SkyWest Airlines is working out the details of a contract to rent an aircraft maintenance facility the city of Boise, Idaho, plans to build within the next year, Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp said. When the building, which will cost between $17 million and $20 million, is finished, SkyWest will begin a long-term lease that would repay the city's investment in it, Hupp said.
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AAR sees widebody MRO work returning stateside
Demand in the United States for MRO work on widebody aircraft is on the rise as airlines increasingly chose to have such work completed stateside, according to MRO service provider AAR. The company notes that a facility it plans to open in Rockford, Illinois, is being designed specifically to accommodate newer widebody types like Boeing 787s and 777s, and competing products from Airbus. "The focus will be on next-generation widebody aircraft," the Wood Dale, Illinois-based company said.
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Reorganized Sabreliner to expand civil MRO offerings
Sabreliner Aviation President Greg Fedele said the company plans to exploit experience gained in servicing military aircraft to expand its services into the civilian MRO arena. The company has provided maintenance on C-12s and C-21s, military versions of the Beechcraft King Air 200 and Learjet 35, respectively. "We have an interior, paint, avionics and engine shop, and we do metalwork, composites and structural engineering, all right here," Fedele said.
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FAA selects fuels for testing to get the lead out of general aviation fuel
Federal Aviation Administration via Aviation Pros
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration announced it has selected four unleaded fuels for the first phase of testing at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center. The goal is for government and industry to work together to have a new unleaded fuel that reduces lead emissions for general aviation by 2018. Shell and TOTAL, with one fuel each, and Swift Fuels, with two fuels, will now work with the FAA on phase-one testing, which will begin this fall and conclude in fall 2015.
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Employers struggle to fill middle-skill jobs
National Skills Coalition via Aviation Pros
According to a recent analysis from National Skills Coalition, employers in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., face a shortage of sufficiently trained workers to fill middle-skill jobs. Middle-skill jobs are often overlooked; they require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree and make up the largest part of America's labor market. The updated and re-released analysis, "Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs: State by State Snapshots," shows each state's current and projected demand for middle-skill jobs, as well as its current middle-skill gap.
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Embraer opens US engineering and technology center
Declaring its seriousness to expand in the global aerospace market, Embraer cut the ribbon on its new engineering and technology center in Melbourne, Florida. The center will eventually employ about 200 people, Embraer officials said, and will carry on engineering projects across all three markets Embraer is active in. The center also represents the first time the company has moved primary engineering and development out of its headquarters in Brazil. The 75,000 square-foot facility will perform work for Embraer's business jet, airline and defense segments.
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The restoration of a PBY Catalina
Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport is a municipally-owned airport located in Sanford, Maine. It is home to a fixed wing flight school, rotary wing flight school, a school specializing in ATP licenses, as well as a full host of FBO services. There is also an excellent diner to facilitate the infamous $100 hamburger. KSFM was originally a Naval Auxiliary Airfield during World War II, built at the same time as three others in the state. It has also been the host to Presidential aircraft, as both Bush administrations were keen to visit Kennbunkport.
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