PAMA Mx News Watch
May. 8, 2014

Turbine business aviation accidents, fatalities drop in 1st quarter
AIN Online
The total combined number of accidents, incidents and fatalities declined for the worldwide U.S. and non-U.S. turbine business-aircraft fleet in the first three months of this year versus the same period last year, according to data compiled by AIN. However, some individual segments were inconsistent with the overall results.More

Frontier set to lease maintenance hangar at Denver airport
The Denver Post
Frontier Airlines is looking to open a maintenance facility in Denver, potentially bringing jobs back to its hometown that were lost under its previous ownership. A Denver City Council committee recently will consider a five-year, nearly $12.4 million lease with the Denver-based carrier for largely unused Continental hangar space.More

Hamad International opens after delays and shows great promise
By Matt Falcus
Hamad International Airport finally opened its runways to flights recently — more than a year after its first attempt at a soft launch was canceled. Built to eventually replace the aging and inadequate Doha International Airport, Hamad International welcomed its first flight under a water cannon salute shortly before midday. Like most of the neighboring Gulf emirate states, Qatar has experienced a massive growth in aviation as its homegrown airline, Qatar Airways, grew rapidly by offering connecting flights between East and West through its Doha hub.More

Delta Private Jets opens Cincinnati MRO facility
AIN Online
Delta Private Jets has opened a new 40,000-sq-ft comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at its headquarters at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. "Enhancing our maintenance capabilities by gaining FAA certified repair station status represents a growth opportunity for us," John Daly, Delta Private Jets COO, told AIN.More

Demand for light business jets improves in 1st quarter
Flightglobal
Corporate earnings reports have provided fresh evidence of improving market conditions in the long-depressed light jet segment in the first quarter, but not enough yet to raise deliveries. Textron chief executive Scott Donnelly, who manages Cessna and now Beechcraft, recalled how only a year ago Cessna had to reduce Citation Jet production rates, as all the market signs continued to point to lower demand for small, twin-engined aircraft.More

NASA selects research and technology proposals from small businesses, research institutions
Avionics Intelligence
NASA officials have selected 383 research and technology proposals, from 257 U.S. small businesses and 29 research institutions, for negotiations that could lead to contracts worth a combined $47.6 million under NASA's Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer Program.More

Factory-authorized maintenance training now available for Twin Commander technicians
AviationPros.com
Twin Commander-specific formal training for maintenance technicians now is available in a factory-authorized course. This seven-day, 42-hour course is designed to meet the training requirements of the technician who will be working on Twin Commander 690, 690A, 690B, 690C, 690D, 695, 695A and 695B aircraft at a factory-authorized service center.More

FAA and general aviation leaders launch 'Got Weather?' safety campaign
Avionics Intelligence
General aviation groups and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration are partnering to launch an eight-month "Got Weather? #GotWx" national safety campaign to help general aviation pilots prepare for potential weather challenges during the 2014 flying season. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and GA leaders will kick-off the "Got Weather?" campaign this week in Anchorage at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering.More