PAMA Mx News Watch
Jan. 7, 2015

To save money, Washington builds copters from surplus parts
The Seattle Times
There are no seats or control sticks in the helicopter's interior, and the tail boom is behind the body but disconnected, like a joint out of socket. The engine and transmission sit a few feet to the side of the fuselage, near shelves full of parts. Rotor blades are nowhere to be seen. If you didn't know better, you'd think this aircraft named Caroline was a mess. But as Bob Hendrick stands on a maintenance-shop floor at the Olympia Regional Airport, he compares the scene to those TV shows where mechanics build a custom motorcycle.More

California flying club named to Top 10 flight schools list
General Aviation News
When Bakersfield Flying Club president Bill Woodbury learned that the club had been named as a top tier American flight school, he was shocked for two reasons: First, he never thought of his club as a flight school and, second, his group had never sought such notoriety. "Of course I was pleased and honored to learn of our recognition," said Woodbury, "but to say I was surprised is an understatement." More

GE's Passport engine for Bombardier Global 7000/8000 begins flight-testing on historic 747
Aviation Pros
GE Aviation's Passport Integrated Propulsion System for Bombardier's new Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets began flight-testing on GE Aviation's 747-100 flying test-bed. On Dec. 30, 2014, a single Passport engine successfully demonstrated aircraft systems and instrumentation functionality. Flight-testing will continue through January prior to expected FAA certification in 2015.More

Machida to offer hands-on demonstrations with helicopter engines at HAI
Machida Inc. via Aviation Pros
Machida is proud to showcase for the first time in our hands-on display, the new portable DPU 7-7070 high definition digital processing unit with our engine manufacturer approved VSC-3-140-NL, 3mm videoscope. This scope and processor combo hails over 12 standard and new desired features including stunning photos, video recording in high definition, easy to use software, picture-in-picture, new updated zoom features, and portable image archiving that can be saved and shared via an SD Card. More

Why we still can't track an airplane
Bloomberg Businessweek via Aviation Pros
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. More