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Face of Defense: Crew chiefs keep Falcons flying
U.S. Department of Defense
Tools clang and several pairs of grease-stained boots can be seen darting back and forth beneath an earthbound fighter jet as airmen work quickly to repair their bird for flight. The mechanics seem to embrace the pressure with a bit of levity while accomplishing the task at hand. This is a crew chief's realm, a place where the rubber literally meets the road, and "almost" doesn't count. The daily grind is real and words like responsibility and ownership carry weight.
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Can this airport be saved?
Air & Space Magazine
On a hot afternoon in August 1945, the voice of Donald Douglas boomed over loudspeakers in the cavernous assembly buildings of the Douglas Aircraft Corporation at California's Santa Monica Airport. All up and down the queues of C-47 Gooney Birds and A-26 Invaders, rivet guns and impact wrenches fell silent as Douglas informed the first shift that World War II was over. Japan had surrendered. "We all put down our tools and streamed out onto Ocean Park Boulevard, laughing and singing and hugging each other," one employee recalled in a book on the manufacturer.
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General aviation flights declining in New York, nationwide
Every Wednesday, a friendly pilot landed at Long Island MacArthur Airport with bagels and coffee to share with the mechanics at Edward Libassi's shop. On Thursdays, another pilot arrived with hot cross buns. Those social drop-ins have largely ended — one of the many signs of a major decline in general aviation flights on Long Island and nationwide that has spanned nearly 15 years. The prolonged downturn has Libassi, longtime owner of A&P Aircraft Maintenance, longing for the bustling days of old.
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MRO Europe spotlight: Technology
Aviation Week
Dent & Buckle provides airlines with a solution for recording damages and repairs on airplanes. It is a combination of cloud-based recording software and mobile applications that are installed on tablets and smartphones. The software makes use of 3-D environment that allows high precision recording and viewing of records during inspections. Dent & Buckle also can be integrated with MRO systems for automatic tracking of part location, which ensures correct records for each airplane and traceability of repair records.
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Airvault to provide maintenance record management for Endeavor Air
Aviation Today
Endeavor Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, has licensed the AirVault Mx Records Management Solution to provide web-based aircraft maintenance record management to the Minneapolis-based carrier. The cloud-computing method will provide paperless management and mission-critical IT service of the aircraft maintenance records for the airline's fleet of Bombardier CRJ-900 and CRJ-200 aircraft.
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Cessna boosts range of Citation Latitude
Cessna announced improvements in expected range and runway performance for the Citation Latitude, basing its projections on data from the flight-test program for the new twinjet. The midsize jet's range is being extended by 200 nm, to 2,700 nm, at long-range cruise. In addition, the Latitude's takeoff distance has been shortened to 3,668 feet, down from a previously projected 4,030 feet.
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Aircelle opens MRO facility for jet engine nacelles in France
Aerospace Technology
Safran's subsidiary Aircelle has opened a new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Pont-Audemer in the Normandy region of France. Located adjacent to Aircelle Europe Services' existing facility, the new center doubles the company's capacity for MRO on jet engine nacelle hardware. Aircelle Chairman and CEO Martin Sion said, "The workload of Aircelle Europe Services' MRO activity has grown considerably since the company's creation in 2002, and this new facility provides additional volume needed to handle our current thrust reverser and nacelle products, while also opening capacity for the new nacelles from Aircelle's program wins in recent years, in particular on A320neo and A330neo."
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