PAMA Mx News Watch
Nov. 26, 2014

From all of us to all of you: Happy Thanksgiving!
PAMA Board of Directors
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."

— Melody Beattie More

Avionics sales dip in Q3
Avionics sales dipped slightly in the third quarter of 2014 with total sales more than $614 million, according to statistics released by the Aircraft Electronics Association. That's a 5-percent drop compared to the same period of 2013, which saw $646 million in sales. Total sales to date in 2014 topped $1.9 billion, up 2.7 percent from last year's $1.868 million. "While it is disappointing to see the third-quarter sales drop slightly compared to the first half of the year, the industry has experienced modest year-over-year growth in sales compared to the first nine months of 2013," said AEA President Paula Derks.More

MRO specialist shortage: New technicians in just 3 years, other decisive actions to be made
FL Technics Training via Aviation Pros
For quite a while now the global MRO industry has been generating an extraordinarily high demand for qualified specialists. In turn, the prospects for talent in the field have reached new heights placing aircraft mechanics on the list of top 200 most desired careers and winning them the 10th position on the top 20 High-Paying Blue-Collar Jobs. However, despite the needs and financial resources available, the number of professionals on the market is still insufficient with only as few as 2500-3000 new aircraft mechanics welcomed to the industry each year. More

Maryland RPA test site receives FAA approval to fly
General Aviation News
The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site has received a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization from the FAA to conduct tests with a remotely piloted aircraft, the Talon 240, designed and manufactured by UAV Solutions, of Jessup, Maryland. "This flight authorization is significant because it builds on the existing relationship between the University of Maryland and the Navy, and applies our mutually disciplined research approaches to the cutting edge of civil and commercial unmanned aviation," said Dr. Darryll Pines, Farvardin Professor and Dean of the UMD A. James Clark School of Engineering. More

MTU Maintenance celebrates 35 years in MRO business
MTU Aero Engines GMBH via Aviation Pros
MTU Maintenance is celebrating its 35th anniversary in the MRO business this fall. The company, which started out as a small repair shop in Hannover, Germany, has become one of the leading engine MRO providers worldwide. "MTU Maintenance has come a long way and today holds a special position in the MRO market," said Dr. Stefan Weingartner, president MTU Maintenance and member of the executive board at MTU Aero Engines. More

Watch 55-day overhaul of world's largest passenger plane in 2 minutes via Aviation Pros
VideoBrief Emirates just finished its first major overhaul of the massive A380. It took 55 days and involved the removal, inspection and overhaul of over 1,600 parts including the engines and onboard bar.More

Delta orders 50 Airbus widebodies
Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 25 A350-900s and 25 A330-900 neos, the airline and manufacturer confirmed recently. Worth some $13 billion at list prices, the deal comes as a major blow to rival Boeing, which offered its 777 and 787-9 in a competition to replace Delta's 747-400ERs and 767-300ERs. More

MyGoFlight introduces 'future proof' device holder
General Aviation News
MyGoFlight has introduced a Universal Cradle device holder that, when combined with MyGoFlight mounts, simplifies and lowers the cost of pilots using EFBs, iPads or tablets in the cockpits of planes, according to company officials. "Every time you upgrade your iPad, tablet or EFB, it can wreak havoc on your existing mounting system, especially in situations when not all pilots carry the same exact device or use the same case," said Charles Schneider, CEO of MyGoFlight. More