PAMA Mx News Watch
Mar. 5, 2014

MRO partnerships flourishing around the world
Aviation Week
Lee Ann Tegtmeier writes: "Having flown more than 35,000 miles in the past month between North America, South America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific — on aircraft including an Embraer 190 within Brazil to a Boeing 777-300ER from Dubai to Singapore — how could airline operations not have occupied my mind?"More

Winglets go a long way to give airlines fuel savings
Chicago Tribune
Boeing calls the odd-looking upturned wingtips on aircraft "blended winglets," Airbus calls them "sharklets" and Southwest Airlines, in ads, simply calls them "little DooHickeys." Whatever the name, these wingtip extensions have become prevalent in recent years and have saved airlines billions of dollars in fuel costs.More

787 fire repair boosts composites confidence
Aviation Week
On the morning of July 12, 2013, the quiet atmosphere of Boeing's 787 Operations Control Center in Everett, Wash., was broken by a phone call from British Airways at London Heathrow Airport. The caller asked if Boeing knew there was smoke coming from a 787 parked at the airport.More

Renew or modernize: Concerns over the future of military aviation from an MRO perspective
Not unlike the commercial one, the military aviation market has recently seen two distinct trends. The first one is primarily related to an increase in the demand for new products whilst the second is largely to do with the need for solutions aimed at maintaining and modernizing the existing fleets.More

Airbus to raise A320 Family production to 46 a month by the 2nd quarter of 2016
Airbus has decided to increase production of its best-selling single-aisle aircraft family to 46 a month in the second quarter of 2016, up from the current rate 42. The new higher production rate will be achieved gradually, with an intermediate step at 44 aircraft per month in the first quarter of 2016.More

Bombardier expands mobile maintenance service with Learjet
The Wichita Eagle
Bombardier has expanded its customer response service by adding a dedicated airplane, a Learjet 45, to support U.S. business aircraft operators needing repairs. The airplane will operate around the clock and be based at Chicago Executive Airport in Palwaukee, Ill., Bombardier said. The airport is near the Bombardier Parts Hub and Chicago-based Customer Response Team truck.More

PCC's Aviation Technology graduates in March 7 completion ceremony
A total of 19 Pima Community College Aviation Technology Program students will mark completion of their certificate and degree training in a ceremony Friday, March 7 in Tuscon, Ariz. Additionally, 12 continuing avionics and structural repair students will receive certificates for their interim accomplishments in the program.More