PAMA Mx News Watch
Feb. 25, 2015

Remembering Trudy Sickler
PAMA
It is with sadness that the PAMA board of directors informs the membership that Trudy Sickler, Board Chairman Roger Sickler's wife of 48 years, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 22. Trudy was his constant companion, as well as his partner in business for 20 years. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Roger asks in lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society.More

GE Aviation invests millions in new jet engine
Aviation Pros
GE Aviation is less than a year away from launching its next all-new commercial jet engine to airline customers, and the debut of the LEAP engine is already having a ripple effect on southwest Ohio's economy. The jet engine manufacturer pledged to spend $300 million on its Ohio buildings and equipment from 2013 until the end of this year. Investments include a new test engine facility to handle higher production volumes in Peebles, the Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center opened at University of Dayton, and a consolidated Additive Development Center opening in West Chester Twp. to study new materials.More

Royal Jet awards SR Technics MRO contract
Baviation
Royal Jet, an Abu Dhabi-based private charter company, has awarded SR Technics, a leading airline technical solutions provider, a five-year contract to maintain, repair and overhaul their CFM56-7B engine fleet. The CFM56-7B engines are currently in service on Royal Jet's six luxurious Boeing Business Jet (B737-700 IGW) aircraft, which are used by the carrier's VIP guests. More

FAA certifies Genuine Hawker Winglets for Hawker 400XPR upgrade
Beechcraft
Beechcraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced at the National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition in Orlando that its Hawker 400XPR winglet testing and certification is complete. Genuine Hawker Winglets are now available for installation on Beechjet 400A / Hawker 400XP aircraft at Textron Aviation service centers. "Genuine Hawker Winglets deliver distinct performance improvements while maintaining wing life and aircraft inspection schedules," said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service. More

The cold facts for aircraft maintenance teams in extreme weather
Aviation Week
Aircraft are designed to operate in extremely low temperatures because cruising altitude is far below zero. So why are there so many flight delays when it gets cold? The answer is that the extreme cold effects the ground operations, which causes a ripple effect in delayed flights. Here is a look at some MRO ground functions that the cold delays.More

Ex-pilot warns over 'toxic plane fumes' ahead of inquest
BBC
A coroner has warned that exposure to toxic fumes in plane cabins pose a health risk to frequent fliers and aircrew. The comments come in a leaked report, ahead of an inquest into the death of a co-pilot for British Airways who believed he had been poisoned by prolonged exposure to contaminated cabin air. British Airways has said it will not comment until after the inquest.More

Purdue expands jet propulsion lab
FLYING
Aiming to improve the fuel efficiency and emissions profile of jet engines, Purdue University has announced an expansion and improvement of its Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories. "This expansion will boost Zucrow's research collaborations with leading firms and provide additional educational opportunities to prepare our students for jobs in industry, academia and the public sector," said Leah Jamieson, Purdue's John A. Edwardson dean of engineering.More

Some big questions about RPAs, including the big one: Insurance
General Aviation News
Airlines pilots have already reported RPAs coming near while on approach. An RPA recently flew onto White House grounds. The owner said he had no intention of flying it to the White House but lost sight of it. Whatever the regulations the FAA develops after the comment period, there will always be those who plead ignorance of them, others who just make a mistake, and still others who do what they want to do and dang the regulations. Will any excuse help the pilot and passengers if an unmanned vehicle violates the airspace and strikes an aircraft?More

The world turns on turn of a wrench — Save aviation workforce
Aviation Week
According to author Brett Levanto: Maintaining a world-class labor force is an everyday challenge for the aviation maintenance community. Repair stations invest heavily in finding the right people with the right skills and certifications and keeping them current on regulatory and technical issues. Unfortunately, trials lay ahead. Depending on the day of the week the numbers may vary, but the truth remains the same: We desperately need qualified workers to meet growing global demand for air travel in the next 30 years.More