PAMA Mx News Watch
Aug. 28, 2013

ANSYS teams with Russians for integrated, modular avionics
Engineering simulation software company ANSYS has teamed with a Russian research institute to develop integrated, modular avionics systems. The systems to be developed with GosNIIAS, a Russian state scientific research institute, will help Russian aircraft achieve international aerospace standards, ANSYS said.More

Vector Aerospace Engine Services awarded contract for repair and maintenance on CC-138 Twin Otter engines
Ottawa Citizen
Vector Aerospace Engine Services — Atlantic of Summerside, Prince Edward Island in Canada, has been awarded a contract valued at more than $1 million for repair and maintenance on the CC-138 Twin Otters' engines, according to a news release from DND. The contract, ending March 31, 2016, also includes seven one-year extension options, which could increase the value of the contract to a maximum of $7.9 million over a 10-year period, the release noted.More

Dubai's DAE in talks to merge some assets with BBA Aviation
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, owner of U.S.-based engine repair and maintenance business StandardAero, is in talks to merge parts of its business with British aircraft services firm BBA Aviation, it said recently.More

Oxford Aviation resumes repairs after reporting hiccup
Oxford Aviation has resumed repair and maintenance work after federal regulators suspended the company's repair certification for one month. The Sun Journal reported the suspension resulted from a change in the way airplane repair companies are to report management and personnel changes to the Federal Aviation Administration.More

Code curmudgeon stresses importance of software test
Avionics Intelligence
Arthur Hicken, software evangelist and self-proclaimed code curmudgeon, discusses the need for test and measurement: "Once the software is sitting somewhere that is hard/expensive/impossible to update, then quality takes on a stronger meaning. In the realm of a mission-critical device, failure, even small can endanger lives or even kill. The cost of updating is secondary to the risk, and quality becomes paramount."More

Desert conditions good for airplane storage
The Kingman Daily Miner via The Charlotte Observer
Forget everything the Internet says about the Kingman Airport in Arizona being an airplane graveyard. There's no such thing these days, not since the government accepted bids in 1946 to salvage 5,543 World War II aircraft stored at the former Kingman Army Air Field base that once housed a gunnery school.More

ISU students restore WWII vet's C-170 Cessna
Idaho State Journal
World War II vet James "Jim" Wallace, 93, got to fly in his rebuilt 1948 Cessna C-170 airplane at Pocatello Airport earlier this month. The aircraft was received by the Idaho State University College of Technology Aircraft Maintenance Technology program almost a decade ago from Wallace in a crate.More