PAMA Mx News Watch
Jul. 22, 2015

FAA not effectively implementing repair station oversight in EU
U.S. Department of Transportation
As international air service expands, U.S. air carriers increasingly rely on foreign repair stations to meet their maintenance needs. Currently, more than 400 FAA-certificated repair stations in Europe perform work on U.S.-registered aircraft and components. To avoid duplicative oversight, the United States and the European Union (EU) signed an aviation safety agreement on May 1, 2011, to permit foreign authority safety inspectors to inspect EU repair stations on the behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration. More

Global Jet Services offers FAA-accepted maintenance training for Embraer's Phenom 300 Aircraft
Global Jet Services
Global Jet Services Inc., a leading innovator specializing in on-location aviation maintenance and professional development training, has recently added the Phenom 300 to its existing training offering for Embraer aircraft. A two-week Initial-level maintenance training course covers all applicable ATA chapters, addressing the Phenom 300 aircraft systems' theory, operation, inspection and servicing. Hands-on sessions are conducted to acquire an applied understanding of aircraft systems, and to participate in effective maintenance practices.More

David McCullough on the Wright brothers
Air & Space Magazine
According to David McCullough: Well, [the Wright brothers] might have [accomplished the same aeronautic feats] in France, but I doubt it. I think it was the atmosphere — and much of the book is about this — the atmosphere of America at that time. In a town like Dayton, which was really in the manufacturing surge — not just big things like railroad cars and cash registers — but everything. Every imaginable thing.More

Duncan Aviation hosts free Denver NextGen seminar
Duncan Aviation
Operators may join Duncan Aviation's Mark Francetic and many of the company's channel partners on Thursday, Aug. 6, for a free NextGen seminar at the Denver Marriott Tech Center in Denver, Colorado. Not only will they have a view of the majestic Rocky Mountains, they'll also be attending one of the few remaining Duncan Aviation seminars scheduled this year. More

Extend battery life using updates to Concorde Battery Component Maintenance manual
Concorde is committed to first class customer support and focuses efforts on current product improvement as well as new product development. Part of this effort is evaluating maintenance procedures for clarity to ensure customer safety for optimal product performance and in turn extending battery life, improving customer experience and minimizing end user inconvenience.More

True Blue intros lithium-ion battery for experimental aircraft
True Blue Power launched sales of its new 16 amp-hour TEX16 lithium-ion main-ship battery designed for experimental aircraft at EAA AirVenture 2015. Special pricing of $2,800 is available during the show. "The TEX16 is designed with the same architecture as FAA-certified True Blue Power battery products," according to True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instruments.More

Pilot who landed plane on NJ highway talks about ordeal
Police released video that showed the incredible emergency landing on Route 72 in Stafford Township, New Jersey, by a small plane pilot. The skydiving plane lost its only engine, prompting pilot Michael Barbato to land, then immediately steer the plane out of traffic and onto the median. Everyone on board did have parachutes, but Barbato says he never would have used it. More

Small firm has big plans for California airport
Los Angeles Daily News
They served their country with honor in years past as distinguished officers in the United States Army. Now they want to honor their fellow veterans with jobs. That's the goal of former Major General Peter James Gravett and Chief Warrant Officer Carl Burhanan, who have, in a manner of speaking, signed up to serve once again. The two formed Van Nuys, California-based FBO Investments VNY Inc. and have a $77 million plan to bring more than 350 jobs to Van Nuys Airport, with roughly 60 percent of them aimed at vets.More

Many new pilot-friendly features in ForeFlight 7.2
ForeFlight has added a number of new features in the latest version-7.2-of its iOS app, including connectivity to Garmin avionics, graphical flight notifications, weight-and-balance profile syncing, improved winds aloft information and support for the newest Appareo Stratus 1S and 2S ADS-B receivers. Version 7.2 of ForeFlight Mobile is available now on the Apple App Store.More

California man pleads guilty to falsely certifying oxygen cylinders for aircraft
U.S. Department of Transportation
Recently, Danniel Hoose, owner of Shasta Fire Equipment Inc., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, California, to one count of falsely certifying more than 570 oxygen cylinders for re-use, including re-use in aircraft. In May 2015, an information was filed alleging that in the spring of 2013 Hoose represented that he performed hydrostatic testing on a special permit oxygen cylinder installed in an aircraft, when, in fact no such testing had been completed. More

Pilot skillfully lands small plane without wheels
Yahoo News
The man was flying his WWII replica spitfire above Sibson Airfield in Cambridgeshire over the weekend when his landing gear failed. He was forced to circle above the runway for 20 minutes to burn fuel before finally being able to land. Mark Norman, who was at the airport to film skydivers, captured the dramatic moment on camera. "I had been here all day filming the skydiving and they shut our operation down so that he could crash," he told Metro.More