PAMA Mx News Watch
Feb. 4, 2015

American, US Airways pilots approve contract, a step toward combining workforces after merger
The Associated Press via Winnipeg Free Press
Pilots at American Airlines and US Airways have approved a single labor contract, a step toward combining workforces at the two carriers, which merged in December 2013. The multi-year deal gives the carriers' 15,000 pilots a 23 percent pay raise retroactive to Dec. 2. The Allied Pilots Association that the contract was approved 66 per cent to 34 percent, with 95 percent of eligible pilots casting a vote. The outcome could help American avoid some of the labor-integration issues that have dogged other airlines after mergers. More

Boeing chosen to build the next Air Force One
The Washington Post
The Air Force said that it will award Boeing the contract to build the next Air Force One. The contract won't be competed because Boeing's 747-8 was the only plane made in the United States that could meet the requirements for the presidential aircraft while also being "consistent with the national public interest," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said in a statement. More

Middle East MRO market forecast at $4.6 billion
Aviation Daily via Aviation Week
The Middle East commercial aviation MRO market is growing at a faster rate than the global average and the majority of expenditures are driven by widebody aircraft. The Boeing 777-8 and -9 will account for the most new aircraft — 12 percent of the 1,900 total aircraft delivered to the region over the decade, according to Aviation Week data. Airlines in the Middle East will generate $4.6 billion in MRO expenditures in 2015, according to Aviation Week forecasts. Engine expenses account for 41 percent, followed by components at 22 percent. More

Retired Air Force mechanic restores single-engined planes called 'Texans'
What started as admiration for his father's work has launched a lifelong passion for all things aviation for Yuba City, California, resident Roger Edwards. "Some of my earliest memories were working on planes with my father at Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona," Edwards said. Edwards, 55, retired in 2003 from Beale Air Force Base as an aircraft mechanic and now restores T-6 airplanes — in his free time. Shortly after retiring, Edwards purchased an Auburn-based company that primarily sold T-6 parts called California Texans. More

Boeing identifies order bridge to 777X
Boeing CEO Jim McNerney expressed growing enthusiasm over the prospect of a smooth transition from production of the current 777 to the new 777X starting in 2018. While speaking during the company's quarterly earnings call, McNerney emphasized continued strong demand for both versions of the twinjet as evidenced by mixed orders from the likes of Qatar Airways and All Nippon Airways of Japan.More

Redhawk diesel selected by Cochise College
General Aviation News
RedHawk Aero, a subsidiary of Redbird Flight Simulations, reports that Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, has ordered six RedHawk aircraft. Students enrolled in the upcoming fall semester will use the new RedHawk aircraft while training for Private Pilot, Instrument and Commercial Pilot Certification in Cochise College’s professional pilot program. "The selection of RedHawk aircraft for our training fleet, offers us flexibility and cost savings," said Belinda Burnett, director of aviation programs and Chief Flight Instructor for Cochise College. More

MRO profile: Dallas Airmotive
Dallas Airmotive has grown significantly since Edwin Booth founded Piston Engine Overhaul Company at Dallas Love Field in 1932. That company, which eventually became today's Dallas Airmotive, served the fledgling general aviation community and built a reputation for quality engine work. Today Dallas Airmotive operates three major overhaul centers, 10 regional turbine centers, one accessory overhaul center and two aftermarket engine sales and engine parts businesses. The MRO processes about 2,500 engines a year in its more than 700,000 sq ft of production space supported by 12 certified engine test cells. More

Sporty's formally launches 172LITE trainer
From the moment Sporty's revealed details of a barebones refurbished Cessna 172 trainer at Sporty's Academy in Batavia, Ohio, renting for $99 an hour including fuel, owners of other flight schools around the country took notice. In calls and emails they all had the same questions: Do you plan to sell similar refurbed airplanes and, if so, what's the price? As a result of the strong market interest, Sporty's has formally launched the 172LITE trainer, which it is offering to flight schools and flying clubs for a fraction of the cost of a new Cessna Skyhawk.More