PAMA Mx News Watch
Jan. 29, 2014

IA Renewal Seminars are showing up on PAMA.org
Professional Aviation Maitenance Association
On PAMA's new website's home page under Chapter news or in the Calendar Section you can look for IA renewal opportunities in your area. We are posting any and all we know about on our calendar. Please send any we are missing in to us at admin@pama.org.More

Delta balancing reliance on older aircraft, maintenance cost containment
Aviation Week
A sharp rise in fourth-quarter maintenance costs didn’t keep Delta Air Lines from reducing full year-over-year maintenance expenses, despite growing its fleet — a notable achievement for a carrier that minimizes new aircraft expenditures in favor of squeezing the most out of its older airframes. Delta’s fourth-quarter maintenance expenses grew 18 percent to $415 million, a jump that executives tie to a higher percentage of scheduled airframe heavy checks in an otherwise routine quarter.More

Lockheed begins production of Navy's automated aircraft test system
Defense Systems
The Navy has awarded a $103 million contract to Lockheed Martin for new electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) stations and related support equipment. The contract authorizes two low-rate initial production options of the eCASS, which is designed to repair and troubleshoot problems with aircraft at sea or ashore more efficiently.More

New 600-worker KCI maintenance operation moves forward
Aviation Pros
Aviation Technical Services will finalize its lease for its 600-employee aircraft maintenance facility at the so-called "Super Hangar" facility at Kansas City International Airport Feb. 1, and plans to begin operations by April. ATS, which is based in Everett, Wash., announced in December it was opening its first maintenance and overhaul operation outside its home state at KCI. The Kansas City Council has approved a $150,000, seven-year lease for 325,000 square feet of space that includes two, ten-year renewal options.More

GA sim technology advances into headwinds
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Two decades ago, Gentile bought a 1978 Warrior II, and found existing desktop-based simulators lacking the kind of attention to detail that would make them truly useful tools for real-world pilots. In those days, a virtual Cessna sprang to life instantly, without penalizing pilots who don’t pause to allow the oil to warm. The fact that software developers hadn’t troubled themselves to model the gradual increase in temperature, to pick one example, frustrated Gentile. More

NCTC receives retired DC-9s for aviation program
Prairie Business Magazine
The last DC-9 in Delta Airlines’ fleet flew into retirement at Thief River Falls Regional Airport. The twin turbojet DC-9-50 is a gift from Delta to Northland Community and Technical College to be used for training in the school’s aviation maintenance technology program. “This is the last one in the air,” Capt. Bill Yaniero said after stepping off the plane, along with his son, Dylan, and First Officer Travis Wright. More

Allegiant selects the AirVault cloud-computing service for aircraft maintenance records management
Digital Journal
AirVault announced that Allegiant Travel Company has licensed the AirVault Mx Records Management Solution to provide it with a new, web-based aircraft maintenance record management system. More than an airline, the Las Vegas-based travel company is pleased to have an innovative, web-based method to manage aircraft maintenance records efficiently. More

Hauser backs new light aircraft
Business Weekly
Aviation technology startup e-Go aeroplanes is hoping to raise £800,000 from its current crowd-funding campaign on Cambridge U.K. neighbor, SyndicateRoom, to accelerate a sales push in the U.S. An early flight across the Atlantic in commercial terms looks a possibility as e-Go is close to reaching £600,000, executive chairman Malcolm Bird has revealed to Business Weekly. More