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By Dane Jaques
In my last column I wrote about the significance of the FAA Form 8130-3, Airworthiness Approval Tag and how it certifies to the world that a part or component is in an airworthy condition. I also mentioned that failure to accurately complete a Form 8130-3 can result in civil liability for you and your employer, possible FAA certificate action and, in certain cases, criminal charges for individuals and companies. In this article I will touch on a second area that presents a threat to unwary technicians: accurately listing the standards to which the repair or overhaul was conducted in Section 12 of the Form 8130-3.
Tru Simulation Plus Training publicly unveiled its new Wichita Aviation Maintenance Training Academy, which opened to students in October.
The academy, housed in about 43,000 square feet of buildings on the north end of the Textron Aviation West Campus, is the company's first center dedicated to maintenance training on civil aircraft.
Tru Simulation is a subsidiary of Textron Inc., the parent company of Textron Aviation Cessna and Beechcraft.
Robins Air Force Base
The implications are tremendous.
The C-130 Air Force Special Operations Command Acceleration Plan now being worked in the 560th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron directly affects current world events.
"Just look at the news. It will get you on board with this," said Mike Smith, AFSOC Acceleration Plan team lead. "This aircraft directly affects what happens on the news. These planes get beat up and they're used, so it's very important for us to step up the plate," he added. "These mechanics have bought into it to get these aircraft back to the warfighter as quickly as we can."
Gama Aviation (Engineering) has received FAA approval for its repair station based at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas. The FAR Part 147 certification covers work on airframes, engines, instruments and radio equipment. According to Dennis Richey, executive vice president, engineering, Gama Aviation has identified a strong business aviation market in the region centered on Las Vegas.
According to author Paul Bertorelli: A couple of blogs ago, we examined avionics for old guys, but what about avionics for old airplanes? As the fleet ages along with the pilots who own it, a not-that-old airplane these days is one built in the early 1980s. As an inveterate observer of panels, I always peer inside the windows of airplanes to see what the owner has done with avionics upgrades. In a way, it’s a peek into pilot’s view of flying and perhaps a core bore into the thickness of his wallet.
McClatchy via Aviation Pros
Honda Aircraft has been awarded final type certification for the HondaJet, allowing deliveries of the light business jet to begin.
The certification also means that the full effect of Honda Aircraft's first aircraft offering will begin to be felt in the business jet market and by competing aircraft makers, including Wichita's Textron Aviation and Bombardier Learjet.
While the single-pilot HondaJet — with seating for up to six passengers and a $4.5 million price tag — comes in at the low end of the business jet market, one expert thinks the jet is only the company's first offering.
All Metal MS via Aviation Pros
All Metal MS, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom "Safety First" aircraft maintenance stands, production line platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling announced the delivery of its custom "Safety First" Maintenance Stand, Cowling Racks and Blade Racks to The United States Border Protection San Diego, California, fleet of AS-350 aircraft.
A new business at the Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canadian airport is hoping to land customers by selling and refurbishing old planes — stripping them down to their bare bones to rebuilding them from scratch
Brewer Aviation is the brainchild of John Brewer, who's operated a tourism business in Cavendish for almost 30 years. Brewer is also an aviation enthusiast who is returning to his passion for flight.
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It's only a matter of when. We will exhaust Earth's storehouse of petroleum ... someday. Total reserves are estimated at between one and two trillion barrels, and at current rates, that could last, according to some sources through 2100 or so. Or the planet could heat up to a point where carbon-based fuels are no longer viable and we'd be forced to use alternative sources of energy. We humans have never been very good at planning for the distant future, so designing airplanes for a time when the only source of energy for propulsion is electricity seems like a science fair project.
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