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New hangar opens, brings 300 jobs to Cecil Airport
A new hangar opened at Cecil Airport, and that means 300 new jobs for Jacksonville, Florida. "We are the aviation Mecca in this region, and anytime you can create 250 to 300 jobs, that's a great thing for Jacksonville," said Rusty Chandler, chief of the airport. The Jacksonville Aviation Authority officially opened hangar 935, the largest at the airport. Flightstar, a leading provider of heavy maintenance and repair services to the commercial aviation industry, will work out of the new hanger.
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MRO profile: Global Aviation
Global Aviation, an independent aviation service company, recently opened a new 35,000-sq.-ft. hangar, bringing its capacity to 98,000 sq. ft. at Hillsboro Airport in Oregon. The new hangar offers the additional space needed to accommodate the increasing demand for maintenance, modifications and completions work as well as room for more tenant aircraft. "We had a greater demand for maintenance than space available so we looked at the option of opening a facility on Portland International Airport. After running the numbers it made more sense simply to expand our own operation," Flo Newton, Global Aviation's president, told AIN.
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Hartzell Propeller appoints Segers Aviation as recommended service facility in Dubai
Aviation Pros
Hartzell Propeller Inc. named Segers Aviation SA as a Recommended Service Facility in the Dubai Airport Free Zone, United Arab Emirates. The Segers Group of companies consists of specialists in engine and propeller overhaul, with other locations strategically situated in the U.S., U.K., South Africa and Singapore. Segers Group is the parent company of Proptech Portsmouth Ltd. in the U.K., which has been a Hartzell Recommended Service Facility for more than 20 years.
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PlaneLogiX: Bringing GA aircraft maintenance into the 21st century
General Aviation News
All aircraft owners know the importance of their maintenance logbooks — and just as many look at those records and think "what a mess." You're not alone. That's why three under-30 innovators have created a new aircraft maintenance record backup and transcription program that's proven to be quite popular with the GA crowd. Called PlaneLogiX, the service was born out of something we've all muttered under our breath: "There's got to be a better way."
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Report: Airliners crash less, but repairs are more expensive
Despite the long-term trend for fewer airline fatalities, innovations in aircraft are raising the cost to repair and replace planes, according to a study released recently. The study by Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty insurer and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University noted that the fatality rate for commercial flights dropped to two people per 100 million passengers during the last decade, from 133 per 100 million during the 1960s. But planes filled with sophisticated electronics — and made of composite material rather than metal — are becoming more expensive to repair and replace.
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Texas Air Composites acquired by Washington company
Dallas Business Journal
Aviation Technical Services Inc. has acquired Fort Worth-based aircraft repair company Texas Air Composites Inc. Recently, the Everett, Washington, company announced that it acquired the repair station, its 138,000 square feet of facilities in Fort Worth and its more than 100 employees. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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FAA boosts contingency plans after Chicago fire
The FAA says it will improve contingency plans so it can better react to emergencies like the fire at Chicago Center in September. An internal review of the response after the sabotage and attempted suicide that shut down one of the country's busiest ATC facilities says more airspace flexibility and a plan for staff deployment to other FAA sites are needed to ensure minimal disruption to the system.
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BASF provides light weight solution for noise reduction in aircraft
BASF Corporation America
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The plane with panoramic pods to give passengers a pilot's eye view
Daily Mail
It is the perfect plane for anyone who really wants a pilot's eye view as they fly. A new concept plane puts passengers in pods underneath each wing, allowing them to get exactly the same view as the pilot. The firm behind it hopes the Triton will be used to take holidaymakers over some of the world's most beautiful areas. 'Triton affords passengers breakthrough panoramic views and luxury accommodations never before seen in sightseeing adventures and luxury travel,' the firm behind it, Micronautix, said.
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