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April 29, 2009
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U.S. and Japan Sign Aviation Safety Agreement
from FAA via ARSA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the signing of a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) and associated implementation procedures for airworthiness (IPA) between the U.S. and Japan that allows for the reciprocal certification of aircraft and aviation products. The BASA addresses areas such as airworthiness certification, environmental testing and approvals, and technical assistance.

The FAA and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) worked closely for several years to ensure their respective technical expertise and procedures for airworthiness certification meet the high standards each agency sets for aviation safety. The BASA/IPA is important because the FAA will be able to accept standard aircraft parts and certain aircraft designs from Japanese manufacturers and JCAB will be able to do the same from U.S. manufacturers.

Ron Utecht, Co-CEO of Timco, Receives Nuts & Bolts Award
from AMT
Ron Utecht, Co-Chief Executive Officer and President of Timco Aviation Services, has accepted this year's "Nuts and Bolts" award from the Air Transport Association's (ATA) Engineering and Maintenance Committee for his outstanding service and contributions to the airline industry over the course of his career. More

Danny Martinez Joins AAR as Vice President & General Manager of AAR Aircraft Services
AAR Corp. recently announced that Danny Martinez, former Vice President of Line Maintenance for American Airlines, has joined the Company as Vice President and General Manager of AAR Aircraft Services -- Indianapolis. Martinez will be responsible for leading operations at the Company's state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance facility located at the Indianapolis International Airport.More

Pratt & Whitney and ITR Sign $5 Million Part Repair Agreement
from PR Newswire
ITR signed a four-year exclusive part repair agreement with Pratt & Whitney's Dallas Airfoil Repair Operations (DARO) and Turbine Overhaul Services (TOS) worth an estimated $5 million. The agreement will cover turbine blade and vane repairs for the JT8D engine. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. More

TechOps Core to Delta Long-Term Strategy
from Aviation Week
Diversification of its revenue stream is a strategic goal of Delta, and one of the key elements of that strategy is developing and growing Delta TechOps, the airline's CEO, Richard Anderson, said Wednesday at Aviation Week's MRO Americas Conference & Exhibition. "Our MRO business absolutely is at the core of that strategy," Anderson said. Other elements of the revenue diversification strategy include the carrier's credit card affinity program, its cargo operation, private jet business and ground handling, he said. More

Lufthansa and Bombardier Sign Flight and Maintenance Training Agreement for CSeries Aircraft in Europe
from Marketwire
Bombardier Aerospace, Lufthansa Flight Training (LFT) and Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT), today signed the first Authorized Training Provider (ATP) agreement for the Bombardier CSeries aircraft. The agreement will ensure that European operators of CSeries aircraft have access to world-class training services right at their doorstep. LFT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG while LTT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG. More

The Small World Of MRO
from Aviation Week
Good processes, good relationships with your prime contractor and good luck all seem the necessary ingredients for small businesses looking to make big plays in U.S. military maintenance, repair and overhaul, according a panel on the issue April 22 at Aviation Week's MRO Military conference in Dallas. More

Electronic Repair Administration Project Launch
The ATA e-Business Program is launching a new industry-wide project to develop a suite of electronic messages (XML) to automate the component repair order process. The scope of the project includes electronic messages for part quotation, work scope, repair purchase order, shipment, teardown report and invoicing. To participate and ensure that your business needs are considered, join the ATA e-Business Program! Learn more at

Interview with John Allen, Flight Standards Service Director
from Focus FAA
John Allen, Flight Standards Service Director, takes the “hot seat” in a Focus FAAwebcast interview with Jerry Lavey. More

Hundreds of Aircraft Mechanics Improperly Licensed
from WFAA-TV
Hundreds of FAA-certified aircraft mechanics nationwide - including dozens in Texas - may have been improperly licensed since the early 1990s, a WFAA-TV investigation has found. More

Gulfstream Names Vince Ruscitti Director of Dallas Service Center Operations
from AMT
Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed Vince Ruscitti director of service center operations in Dallas. He will oversee both the Gulfstream and General Dynamics Aviation Services maintenance facilities at Dallas Love Field. Most recently, Ruscitti served as the senior service operations manager at the General Dynamics Aviation Services center in Dallas. More

Database on Bird Strikes to Go Public
from Focus FAA
The FAA reversed itself today and announced that it will release all of its bird strike data to the public. The list is comprised of reports on bird strikes submitted by airports, airlines, pilots, controllers, and mechanics. The bird strike list was created in 1990 as a protected voluntary program with the expectations that aviation officials would be more willing to report this type of information if it were kept confidential. More

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