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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.
General Aviation News
From July 15: According to author Paul McBride: One of the first places to start in checking the condition of a plane's engine would be by conducting a close inspection of the internal condition of the cylinders. A very thorough borescope inspection of each cylinder by a knowledgeable aircraft maintenance technician would provide information needed to make further decisions as to what additional work may be required.
Depending on what type cylinders are installed on the engine — chrome, plain steel or a nitride type — the borescope inspection will provide you with the information you need.
From Feb. 4: What started as admiration for his father's work has launched a lifelong passion for all things aviation for Yuba City, California, resident Roger Edwards.
"Some of my earliest memories were working on planes with my father at Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona," Edwards said.
Edwards, 55, retired in 2003 from Beale Air Force Base as an aircraft mechanic and now restores T-6 airplanes — in his free time.
Shortly after retiring, Edwards purchased an Auburn-based company that primarily sold T-6 parts called California Texans.
From Jan. 28: The Alabama Aviation College in Ozark will soon begin offering a short-term certificate program to experienced mechanics who need credentials to obtain better employment opportunities.
The short term certificate course can be completed in as little as a semester and consists of three classes – an airframe class, a power plant class and a general class.
Bloomberg Businessweek via Aviation Pros
From Jan. 7: The disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jumbo jet shocked many people unaware that such a thing could happen. That event, combined with the recent loss of a second commercial aircraft over the Java Sea — debris from the plane is now being recovered — is spurring calls for more precise, "persistent" tracking of commercial airline flights.
From July 8: This video definitely fits into the "don't try this at home" category, unless, of course, you are a highly experienced bush pilot. The pilot managed to land and take off from a postage stamp gravel island in the middle of a river in Alaska, using water assisted landing technique.
The airplane touched down in the water a few feet before the island with what appear to be 29-inch tundra tires and came to a stop right in the middle of the small gravel bar.
From Jan. 21: When Mike Adams called from the X-15 that he was in a spin, no one listening on the ground could believe it. The rocket-powered airplane was traveling around four times the speed of sound in the thin upper atmosphere. How could it be spinning? His wife and mother, both at Edwards that day, were quietly led out of the viewing area adjacent to the control room while ground crews tried to figure out what was going on.
From April 8: A U.S. District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina, sentenced Paul Douglas Tharp to 60 days in jail, in addition to three years' probation and a $5,000 fine for operating an aircraft without an appropriate pilot rating. Tharp was also accused of making false statements to the FAA. In or around 2011, according to the FAA, Tharp was hired as an aircraft mechanic by Warriors and Warbirds to repair and refurbish a multi-engine C-46. He never held an A & P certificate.
From Dec. 2: Hi, my name is Bill and I'm a toolaholic...
Very few aircraft builders are not tool hounds. These are the people who walk through the local tool stores with a glazed look in their eyes. They are thankful when their spouse gives them a wrench for a present, even if they already have 12 identical ones in the toolbox. When a tool catalog arrives in the mail, they trip over the first step leading to the front door because they are heads down in the catalog. If this describes you, you need help!
From March 4: The world's first 3-D printed jet engine — a breakthrough for aerospace manufacturing and beyond — took the spotlight at the Avalon Airshow in Australia. Monash University in Melbourne and Amaero Engineering partnered to develop the engine to show how the technology can make a complex machine in a fraction of the time taken in traditional manufacturing. They garnered global attention from aerospace manufacturers, defense contractors and military entities visiting the expo, which is taking place in Geelong.
By Ryan Clark
From March 4: A California jury recently found an airplane mechanic liable for the crashing death of a Napa physician, awarding the victim's family $13.3 million. This decision effectively flies in the face of a previous National Transportation Safety Board finding that initially blamed the tragedy on pilot error. The jury's decision once again raises the importance of regular aircraft maintenance and preemptive inspections.
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