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As 2015 comes to a close, PAMA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the PAMA Mx News Watch a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Wednesday, Jan. 6.
From March 25: With good reason, aircraft safety concerns are paramount in maintenance operations. No one wants to see loss of life, injuries, or serious property damage as a result of poor aircraft maintenance. Aircraft maintenance manuals have very detailed, step-by-step procedures, tool, and parts lists. Certified inspectors must sign off on work cards, validating that the mechanic completed the job and completed it correctly.
AviationCV.com via Aviation Pros
From Feb. 18: Despite the recent downturn in the aviation industry and the resulting drop in the number of operating airlines, the global fleet keeps growing further thus increasing the pressure on the aircraft maintenance segment. For instance, American Airlines has been recently rumored to have instructed their mechanics to commit fraud and disregard certain safety precautions. Although these allegations have yet to be proven or dismissed, few could deny the fact that the ongoing pressure to squeeze costs has been a major task set for industry players in the recent years.
From Nov. 4: A sudden and complete loss of engine power that forced a Cessna 208 Caravan to make an off-airport emergency landing on Oct. 21, 2013, was caused by "improper maintenance that resulted in contamination of the engine's compressor turbine disc and blade assembly by glass bead remnants, which resulted in a blade failure," according to the NTSB's final report issued recently. The turboprop single was on a Part 135 flight in Hawaii when the accident occurred. There were no injuries to the two pilots and eight passengers, although the aircraft was substantially damaged during the landing.
From June 3: According to author Mark Vanhoenacker: My friends laugh at me when I ask for a window seat. You're an airline pilot, they say. You have the window seat all the time.
True enough. But the cockpit, well, that's work. As a passenger I'm actually free to enjoy the experience — to listen to music or a long-postponed podcast while gazing out at the world below, to remember that it's still a wonder to look down, not up, at clouds. The window seat is like the best table in a café on a busy street, except that instead of people-watching, entire cities, oceans, and mountain ranges parade past.
Valley News Live
From April 8: When you hear that a plane hit a vehicle driving down the highway, the thoughts that come to mind tend to be grim.
"When we get a call of a plane crash over the radio, my instinct is to think of the worst one I have been to," explains Cass County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Todd. "And when you get out here and everyone is up and around and talking, we are grateful for that."
Authorities say the crash ended the best way it could — no injuries and only property damage.
From March 18: The HondaJet, with its unique design, is ready to make a statement in the skies.
But that sleek "sportscar" of a plane, as Honda Aircraft of Greensboro calls it, goes nowhere without the old-school guts of a powerful jet engine.
Sister company Honda Aero began in 2014 building those engines in a pristine Burlington factory under the oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration.
But recently, the company celebrated its independence.
By Dane Jaques
From Oct. 7: Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Dane Jaques and I am a law partner in the international law firm Dentons. I have been practicing aviation law for nearly 30 years. I am also a former professional pilot. Prior to attending law school, I spent six years working as a motorcycle mechanic, so I know what it means to spin wrenches for a living.
Much of my legal work involves assisting air carriers, repair stations, aircraft component manufacturers, pilots, mechanics and dispatchers with FAA regulatory issues.
From Sept. 23: The restoration team working on the B-29 Superfortress "Doc" will go on live webcam for the first engine startups. The event is to be held in Wichita, Kansas, where Doc is undergoing work at its hangar. Tom Bertels, a Doc's Friends board member, told AVweb in a recent email the team wants to get all four engines running. "The goal is to power up each engine to idle speed in order to verify that everything is in order and operating within expected operating envelopes," he said.
From July 29: According to author Peter Cohan: American Airlines probably thought it was making the right move when it bought seven Boeing 787 Dreamliners. After all, the $166 million 250 to 330 seat aircraft was known for using 20 percent less fuel — thus the profits from filling them up would be higher.
But that was before American Airlines Flight 88 flew through a hailstorm outside of Beijing. The result was a punched-in nose that will keep the aircraft on the ground for now.
From Sept. 16: If you're a YouTube aviation video junkie, you've probably seen this one of what's called a blade-out test. It's intended to prove that the containment around a high-bypass turbofan engine can prevent shrapnel from ricocheting outside the engine in the event that the fan loses one or more blades. Or the engine core comes asunder. It's an expensive test, since it involves trashing a multi-million dollar engine, and it's considered to be a big deal because uncontained failures are potential nightmares. Thankfully, they're rare.
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