PAMA Mx News Watch
Dec. 19, 2012

FAA alters Part 43 preventive maintenance regulations
Avionics Intelligence
Federal Aviation Administration officials have amended Part 43 maintenance regulations. FAA officials have removed, from the Part 43 preventive maintenance category, the task of updating databases used in self-contained, front-panel or pedestal-mounted navigation equipment. They have also added text that describes which equipment and, under which conditions, pilots can update aeronautical databases as a non-maintenance function. Equipment not meeting this criteria will continue to be updated as a maintenance function.More

FAAST Blast — Week of Dec. 10-16, 2012
Keep up to date on your industry with the biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update.
In this week's blast:
FAA Safety Briefing Offers new E-Reader Files
Dec. 31 Deadline for AMT Awards
Let's Go Island Hopping

Job opportunities
WANTED: Engine Maintenance Manager — Avex, Inc.

Seeking a full time engine maintenance manager to work with management team at busy service center. Must have 10+ years of general aviation experience.

Position is full time with competitive salary, benefits, bonus etc. Facility located in Southern California.

WANTED: 10-14 positions available (contractor and full time) — Hawker Beechcraft
A/P Mechanics
Avionics Technicians
Sheet Metal Technicians

'Complex' avionics certification delays Eurocopter EC175
Eurocopter has released further details on the avionics issues that have caused a six-month certification delay to its in-development EC175 medium twin. Announced on Dec. 12, the deferral of the approval process until mid-2013 means entry-into-service is now pegged for September next year.More

Hiring on schedule for Duluth, Minn., aircraft maintenance base
Duluth News Tribune
AAR Aircraft Services' new maintenance base in Duluth, Minn., has been operating less than a month, but 100 new jobs have already been created. That's 100 down, 125 jobs to go. AAR's hiring is on schedule to create 225 jobs within a year to operate three production lines servicing Air Canada's fleet of 89 Airbus A320 jets, according to Dany Kleiman, an AAR Aviation Services Group vice president.More

American Airlines cutting jobs at Alliance Maintenance Base
Dozens of workers at American Airlines maintenance base at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, are losing their jobs. American Airlines says 252 workers are being laid off and over the next few weeks about 700 employees are transferring within the company. The airline said 230 took an early retirement option.More

Alabama: Impact of Airbus assembly line goes beyond Mobile
Avionics Intelligence
Office of Governor, The State of Alabama has issued the following news release:
On July 2, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world announced it would be building an aircraft assembly line on Brookley AeroPlex in Mobile, Ala. The Airbus announcement event was a true celebration — with nearly 3,000 guests in attendance — and the cheer from the auditorium could be heard around the world.More

Aircraft maintenance company opens; Employs 90 people
An aircraft maintenance company welcomed its first project in Duluth, Minn. recently, and it already brought more than 90 jobs to the area. AAR opened up at the old Northwest Airlines maintenance facility that's been vacant for more than two years.More

Aerotek seeks maintenance personnel
Finding qualified aircraft maintenance personnel is becoming increasingly difficult and has led one recruiting firm to go on the road. Aerotek St. Louis recently held a job fair in Kansas City to recruit more than 100 aircraft mechanics, technicians, inspectors and engineers for a defense contract.More