Study Confirms U.S. Aviation Maintenance Trade Surplus, Highlights Economic Risks of Industry Restrictions
A new study by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) provides fresh insights about the aviation maintenance (MRO) industry’s economic footprint and impact on the U.S. economy. ARSA is an international trade association representing MRO companies.
The report prepared by AeroStrategy, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based management consultancy, determined that spending in the global MRO market exceeded $50 billion in 2008, with North America (the U.S. and Canada) accounting for $19.4 billion of the total. When induced and related economic effects are considered, the MRO industry’s impact on the U.S. economy is $39 billion per year.
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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!
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FAA Gives Southwest Airlines More Time for Repairs
from The Washington Post
The Federal Aviation Administration gave Southwest Airlines the green light to continue flying about 50 commercial jets, or 10 percent of its fleet, allowing the carrier more time to remove unauthorized parts from its planes. The brackets in question support exhaust gates on older Boeing 737s. They are designed to divert engine exhaust away from the wings when a jet's flaps are extended.
San Antonio Aerospace Firms Seek More Work
from the San Antonio Express-News
With the military retiring old airplanes, companies in San Antonio's aerospace maintenance repair and overhaul business want to diversify. At the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce's Aerospace luncheon Tuesday, speakers from Boeing, StandardAero and Lockheed Martin's Kelly Aviation Center talked about the need to get more commercial work and the importance of training San Antonio's young workers to take the place of a skilled, but aging aerospace work force.
West Star Aviation in Growth Mode
from AIN Online
A pair of significant milestones underscores West Star Aviation’s continued growth in a depressed economy. The company is in the final stage of a planned service capabilities expansion and facilities consolidation at its Dallas Love Field (DAL) location. In addition, the company’s East Alton, Ill. (ALN) facility has been named a Piaggio Aero authorized service center.
Ameco Aviation College Expansion Complete
from AIN Online
After 18 months and approximately $6.9 million, Ameco Aviation College (AAC) on Beijing Capital International Airport has opened the doors on its new addition. The four-story, 27-classroom portion of the building and two-story attached workshop feature a solar heating system and extensive building insulation to reduce energy consumption.
Rise of the Machines
from Aviation Week
The speed at which new technology develops also will accelerate, spawning new designs, materials, production techniques, repair methodologies and robotic tools. One of the prime beneficiaries will be aircraft safety, driven by onboard systems that not only monitor but accurately predict when worn or underperforming parts need replacing.
Air Safety Legislation is Competing for Time with Health Care
from the Buffalo News
Airline safety remains a priority in Congress, following the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, but an obstacle stands in its way: health care reform.While that may seem nonsensical at first blush, both the health care bill and the legislation including those air safety measures must be approved by the Senate Finance Committee -- which for months has been focused on trying to devise a bipartisan health care reform bill.
Alaska Air's Fuel-saving Landing Experiment Could Save Millions
from USA Today
Long after dark one night last week when few planes were in the air, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 descended toward Seattle-Tacoma International Airport its engines at idle power. Aboard were Alaska pilots and technicians and officials from the Federal Aviation Administration's Washington, D.C., headquarters. The occasion was the latest test of an experimental landing procedure at the airport that promises to save millions of gallons of fuel, lessen residents' exposure to jet noise, cut pollution and save airlines' precious dollars. More
NASA, FAA Work Focus On NextGen R&D
from Aviation Week
While users push for more near-term benefits from the U.S. NextGen airspace modernization effort, a research transition team established by the FAA and NASA is trying to ensure longer-term technologies stay on track to deliver the increases in capacity and efficiency required by 2025.
India, U.S. Working on Aviation Safety Pact
India and the U.S. are working on a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) which would lead to mutual acceptance of aeronautical products developed in either country. A limited BASA process is expected to be completed by year 2010, an Indian civil aviation ministry statement said.
NTSB Plans New Emergency Medical Helo Rules
from Aviation Week
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to propose 19 new safety recommendations aimed at minimizing the risks of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations at a Sept. 1 board meeting in Washington (D.C.). The new recommendations were developed following the NTSB's Feb. 3-6 hearing that evaluated factors that led to an increasing number of HEMS accidents. At that hearing, the board noted that from 2003 through 2008, 77 people died in 85 HEMS accidents. Last year was the deadliest on record for HEMS operations, with 29 fatalities in eight accidents - an increase from seven deaths in two accidents in 2007.
Aircraft Maintenance Takes Off at Glamorgan University
from Wales Online
An airplane will soon be coming in to land at a Welsh university’s new hangar as part of a £1.5m investment. The University of Glamorgan is to get its very own aircraft hangar, along with a full-size plane, under new plans for its Faculty of Advanced Technology to establish an Aircraft Maintenance Training Center.
China-made Jumbo Jet Prototype Nose Project to Start
from People's Daily Online
The prototype of China's C919 jumbo jet nose project by China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) Chengfei Civil Aircraft Company started on September 2, marking the initial breakthrough made by China's independently designed and manufactured C919 jumbo jet project. Reporters learned that the C919 jumbo jet project is considered a key project relating to the overall revitalization of China's domestic civil aviation industry. AVIC Chengfei Civil Aircraft Company has organized and established a large work team to plan and assess the location, capacity, equipment and other aspects of the project.
Erickson Air-Crane Helitankers Dampen Wildfires from Southern California and Canada, to Europe and Down Under
The summer of 2009 has been another season fighting inferno for Erickson Air-Crane, manufacturer of the world-renowned Helitanker and heavy-lift helicopters. As an essential tool for the Forest Service, the Aircranes are credited for helping contain several wildfires and are now hard at it on some of the worst fires of the season. In Southern California, four of Erickson’s Helitankers are on the scenes battling several deadly wildfires which are raging out of control, consuming homes and forcing thousands of evacuations.
Rockwell Says Aerospace Aftermarket to Improve
Avionics maker Rockwell Collins Inc is expecting the commercial aerospace aftermarket to start improving over the next year, with a robust recovery possible in 2011, the company's chief executive said. More