PAMA Mx News Watch
Sep. 24, 2014

Coalition of aviation groups sends 'serious' petition to FAA
Aviation Pros via ARSA
Recently, a coalition of aviation trade associations asked the Federal Aviation Administration to fix a seven-letter mistake in the Code of Federal Regulations that would create serious headaches for the aviation maintenance industry. The group, which includes the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, the Aerospace Industries Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, Airlines for America, the Cargo Airline Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the National Air Carrier Association, petitioned the FAA to correct the new repair station rule.More

Mechanic flies vintage B-17 over Boonton HS 'Bombers'
Parsippany Daily Record
Many Morris County, New Jersey, residents may have been shocked to see a B-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber circling the skies over Boonton. But there was no need to duck and cover, says Al Cianella, a proud 1967 alumnus of Boonton High School who arranged for the vintage World War II-era aircraft to fly over his alma mater as a treat for his beloved Boonton Bombers. A retired heavy-equipment mechanic, Navy veteran and self-described "aviation nut," Cianella said the idea came to him last year after he saw a restored B-17 fly over a valley in Stewartsville, where he now lives.More

AAR's Louisiana MRO facility lands substantial new contracts
AAR Corporation
AAR announces that it has secured multiple contracts for work to be done at its newest maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana. These contracts represent a major milestone for the repair station, including agreements with two major U.S. carriers, since AAR began operations at this location a year ago.More

FL Technics training to support Atlas Air Service with online courses
Aviation Pros via FL Technics Training
FL Technics Training — a global provider of aviation technical training services — is further expanding its clientele by starting a cooperation with Atlas Air Service, a German business aviation company, engaged in charter flights, aircraft sales, MRO as well as pilot training. Under the cooperation, FL Technics Training will provide the company with 40 training courses through its Online Training platform.More

AOPA says homebuilding an aeronautical use
AVweb
AOPA says pretty much anything to do with aircraft storage and active maintenance and construction should be considered an "aeronautical use" and be permitted in hangars on federally funded airports. In comments to the FAA on its proposed policy on the definition of aeronautical uses, AOPA says it wants the FAA's policy to use "common sense" and reflect "the practical realities of general aviation flying and ownership." More

FAA certifies Aspen Avionics's new VFR flight display
FLYING
Aspen Avionics has received FAA certification for the VFR version of its Evolution primary flight display, billed as the first glass panel upgrade designed specifically for pilots flying under visual flight rules. Why offer a VFR-only PFD? Aspen says its market research shows VFR pilots and non-current IFR pilots represent over 50 percent of the flying population.More

Aviation groups aim to stabilize, reduce carbon emissions
USA TODAY
International aviation groups pledged to halt the growth in carbon emissions by 2020, as officials met at the United Nations Climate Change Summit. The industry also agreed to reduce carbon emissions to 2005 levels by 2050. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, council president of the International Civil Aviation Organization, a branch of the U.N. that recommends policies, said the agreement will meet challenging global targets to limit greenhouse-gas emissions while allowing airlines to support the economy and tourism. More