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FlightSafety International announces that it has been selected by Honeywell as its exclusive maintenance training provider.

BLR Aerospace (BLR) is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to amend its supplemental type certificate (STC) that will expand the approved performance envelope for King Air 90s equipped with BLR Winglet Systems. FAA approval is expected by the end of June.

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, displays eight class-leading business jet and turboprop aircraft from Cessna and Beechcraft, including Europe’s most recently-certified business jet, the Cessna Citation Latitude, at this year’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) at Geneva’s Palexpo convention center.

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announces during the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) that it has successfully completed the wing and fuselage mate of the first Cessna Citation Longitude, just six months after revealing the new aircraft. This is a significant milestone in the production of this class-leading aircraft, which is on track for first flight this summer and entry into service in 2017.

Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC’s) PurePower PW800 engine is delivering on its promises with regular flights. The engine has completed over 2,000 flight test hours on the Gulfstream G500 test aircraft. Since its certification in February 2015, it has been setting new standards for the long- and ultra-long-range business jet segments. P&WC is a United Technologies Corporation company (NYSE:UTX).

Daher showcases its broad range of capabilities – from the production of aircraft and aerostructures to its expertise in engineering, support and modernization to the new “Charter Pack” coverage for TBM commercial charter flights – at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE 2016).

Lufthansa Technik is ready to begin a comprehensive cabin modification program on a Boeing BBJ 787-8 for an undisclosed customer. The planned layover will last about two months. The green aircraft will arrive in early autumn at Lufthansa Technik's completion center in Hamburg, Germany.

Comlux the Aviation Group announces that its VIP airline division, Fly Comlux, has signed an aircraft management contract with Crystal AirCruises for the operation of its future Boeing B777-200LR VIP.

Elliott Aviation, an aviation services company and one of the industry’s largest avionics installers, announces the addition of a mobile ADS-B installation team. This team will be able to complete select Collins, Honeywell and Garmin ADS-B turbine aircraft installations at locations in the United States that are equipped to handle aircraft maintenance. Installations can be completed in as little as five days.

West Star Aviation announces a new agreement has been reached to provide economized pricing on its Hawker Auto Throttle and Aviation Partners' Winglet STCs when installed as a package.

Flite Line Maintenance welcomes Andrej Janik to its team as maintenance manager. With an increased demand for specific aircraft types, Flite Line Maintenance has been quick to add the Citation 500 series, Challenger 604 and Embraer 100, and 300s aircraft to the current roster of planes maintained at its facilities. Adding a new maintenance manager to service these planes has been warmly received by both local and itinerant business aviation traffic.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics announces the selection of CRS Jet Spares, LLC, as a SmartStem® authorized distributor for the business and regional jet market. 

Ralph Rosenbrock, senior technical advisor of HeliValue$, is presented with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, the most prestigious award presented by the Federal Aviation Administration to an aviation maintenance technician.

Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) receives supplemental type certificate (STC) validation from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for the installation of AvFab’s high density seats, aft jump seats and medical stretchers in specified models of Beechcraft King Airs.

In an effort to provide visiting customers with thorough information in clear, concise, no-nonsense language, Duncan Aviation announces the release of its most recent version of the NextGen Straight Talk book. The book, updated in May 2016 by a team of avionics experts at Duncan Aviation, clarifies the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) avionics upgrades, known collectively as the Next Generation (NextGen) initiatives.

West Star Aviation announces it is performing its first 96-month Embraer Legacy 600 heavy inspection. The 96-month inspection will require the interior to be removed down to fuselage skins and frames, as well as all large exterior fairings, landing gear, flight controls, wing leading edges, and flaps to be removed. The inspection requires West Star to conduct various system functional tests and NDT inspections, as well as interior, corrosion and fuel tank inspections.

Duncan Aviation delivers the company’s first Falcon 7X 1C inspection, with added interior refurbishment and complete paint, two days ahead of schedule.

Baker Aviation, a full-service aircraft maintenance, management and charter company in North Texas and master distributor for the HOT-STOP® 'L' fire containment kits, in affiliation with Industrial Energy Products (IEP), the manufacturer of the HOT-STOP 'L' product line, have designated GlobalParts.aero as the first domestic stocking dealer.

Rick Garcia, president and CEO of Gulf Coast Avionics, announces that the company has hired John Theobald as its new avionics manager.

Banyan Air Service is approved as an authorized dealer and installation facility for Advent Aircraft System’s recent FAA STC for the advanced-technology GPS/digital anti-skid braking system (Advent eABS™). This STC is for Beechcraft King Air B300/B300C equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line GPS 4000S or Garmin G1000/430W/530W avionics.

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announces the recipients of the 2016 Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT) Employer rRecognition awards. These awards are presented annually to companies that provide qualified new and recurrent AMT training to their employees. CD Aviation Services, a provider in small turbine engine maintenance, service and support, announces it has received the 2016 AMT Employer Recognition award from the National Air Transpiration Association for aviation maintenance that encourages and supports continual AMT training. This is the second consecutive year CD Aviation Services has received this award.

Flying Colours Corp. confirms signing the first customer for INAIRVATION’s pre-engineered retro-fit cabin solution for Bombardier Global aircraft types. Flying Colours, which was named a North American partner by the Austrian-based joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and F/LIST during NBAA 2015, is already working with the European partners on the design engineering for the cabin. The undisclosed client confirmed the order in late April. Work on the project has already begun. The aircraft induction at Flying Colours is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016, whilst re-delivery is anticipated to be in the first quarter of 2017.

Flying Colours Corp. confirms signing the first customer for INAIRVATION’s pre-engineered retro-fit cabin solution for Bombardier Global aircraft types. Flying Colours, which was named a North American partner by the Austrian-based joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and F/LIST during NBAA 2015, is already working with the European partners on the design engineering for the cabin. The undisclosed client confirmed the order in late April. Work on the project has already begun. The aircraft induction at Flying Colours is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016, whilst re-delivery is anticipated to be in the first quarter of 2017.

The Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing announces that the North American PBJ Mitchell named Semper Fi returned to flight on May 15, 2016, after a 23-year restoration. Semper Fi is the only original PBJ flying in the world.

Despite Pratt and Whitney's lack of continued support for its PT6A-20 engine, Turbines Inc. refuses to let the trustworthy engine fall by the wayside. With no parts or even manuals available, Turbines Inc. relies on over 30 years of employee experience to keep customers' planes in the air. 

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Are some people too incompetent to realize their own incompetence?

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The 2016 Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) took place April 5-7 in conjunction with MRO Americas in Dallas, TX. The presenting sponsor for the competition was Snap-On.

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I attended a presentation by Dr. Tony Kern a few years ago at the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference (NBAA MMC). Dr. Kern discussed professionalism. He gave us some things to think about concerning what it means to be a true professional. Some would say they are professionals because they follow all the regulations strictly. He disagreed, saying that was akin to saying, “I do what I need to get by — I follow the MINIMUM standards.” The purpose of Dr. Kern’s presentation was to encourage us be true professionals by going above and beyond the minimums to ensure we are doing the most we can to keep our customers safe.

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Unless you work in a very small maintenance shop, chances are high your company has regular staff meetings. You might have weekly staff meetings with your shift supervisors and leads. You may need to attend regular staff meetings with upper management at your company. Staff meetings have become a way of life in many companies.

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Everyone probably knows a few lawyer jokes such as, “What’s the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer? A bad lawyer makes your case drag on for years. A good lawyer makes it last even longer.” “How do you tell if it is really cold outside? A lawyer has his hands in his own pockets.”

We can joke about lawyers, but the sad truth is that our industry is burdened with an extreme amount of litigation. It is a scene that plays out all too often. An aviation accident happens. People are injured or killed. Lawsuits are filed seeking compensation for these injuries or deaths. 

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Another year has come and gone. We are in production for our Jan/Feb issue of D.O.M. magazine. It’s hard to believe we launched D.O.M. magazine almost eight years ago. Time sure flies when you are having fun!

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We can learn what not to do as leaders from Star Wars’ Villain Darth Vader.
 

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The week after Christmas last year, I went on my first backpacking trip with my brother and friends. We hiked a section of the Appalacian Trail (AT) in The Great Smokey Mountain National Park. This year, we are returning to backpack another segment of the AT in the Smokeys the week after Christmas.

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I don’t tend to watch much late night TV. I’m usually in bed after the weather forecast is finished on our local news. But on a recent business trip, I found myself channel surfing after the local news and stopped when I saw Kevin Spacey being interviewed. I don’t remember which talk show it was, as I was paying close attention to what Spacey was saying. His message was inspiring – "Send the Elevator Back Down!"

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Successful companies are built upon trust. Management trusts its employees to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. Employees trust the company to provide a safe and productive work environment. Customers trust companies to provide products and services with value and quality. But what happens when trust is broken? There have been many examples of businesses struggling or failing because of betrayal of trust. Volkswagen is the latest example.

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...you might want to take your tests sooner rather than later! There have been some significant changes to FAA Order 8900.2A which covers Designated Mechanic Examiners ­(DMEs) and the Performance Test Standards (PTS) they are required to test to.

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An interesting project was completed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last summer. More than 2,500 AirVenture attendees took part in building a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer during the seven days of the show. The project was dubbed the One Week Wonder.

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I came across an interesting blog this morning on smartblogs.com by S. Chris Edmonds. The title of his blog is “What Would Your Best Boss Do Today?”
In his blog, Edmonds asks us to think about the best boss we ever had. If that person would come into your workplace and see how you are leading your team, what would he or she think?

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Every employee can make an impression on a customer. As you look around your company, what will that impression be?

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Last week, I was in Miami attending the MRO Americas trade show. As part of the show, I witnessed competitors from around the world compete in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition. There were 39 teams competing in 20 different events to see who was the best of the best. Our May issue of D.O.M. magazine will have an article on the highlights of the event including the winners of the different categories.

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I have worked with a few mechanics over the years whose behavior could be considered toxic. They had poor attitudes and constantly complained. It seems like nothing was ever good enough for them. They were knowledgeable mechanics, but unhappy to say the least. Working with someone who has a negative attitude is not fun. Their attitude can make the other employees miserable. Even worse, the toxic behaviors can sometimes spill over to other workers – thereby creating a work environment of disgruntled employees. If this happens, it is very difficult to change the culture back to a positive one. It seems like no matter what we try to do, the group continues to have a negative perception on everything.

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What do you do if you can’t find a suitable gear bag for your bicycle? If you are an A&P, you design one! That’s what Cody and Justin Greenwell have done. They have launched a Kickstarter project to help fund manufacturing of their bicycle storage solution – the CODEPAK.

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In the Jan/Feb issue of D.O.M. magazine, I interviewed Steve Slade for the cover story. Slade is the director of maintenance for Maritime Helicopters in Homer, AK, and has quite the story to share. Over the years, he has worked as a mechanic, a pilot and a pilot/mechanic.

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The deadline for nominations for Helicopter Maintenance magazine's 2014 Helicopter Mechanic of the Year Award is November 15. You still have time to nominate a deserving individual for the award!

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As I write this blog, NBAA2014 is almost over. Here are a few observations from this year's show.

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How much of a problem would it be if the FAA left one word out of a rule? It would be a "serious" problem!!

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What do we need to do to advance professionalism in our industry?

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The D.O.M. magazine team is in Oshkosh, WI for EAA’s annual AirVenture –“The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”

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The D.O.M. magazine team is in Oshkosh, WI for EAA’s annual AirVenture –“The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”

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A Hawker 800XP operator, who was experiencing a squawk on both #1 and #2 HF systems, recently contacted us for support. He was not able to receive transmissions on either system.

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Inherent with most business aircraft is the need to utilize engine bleed air. Whether it be for de-icing, cabin heat or system control; bleed air is vital to the aircraft operation. Leaks in the bleed air system are common and often neglected for one reason or another, but one thing is for certain; a leak never fixes itself.

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Each industry has their own set of acronyms and abbreviations that often leave outsiders scratching their heads. There are nearly 3,000 identified aviation acronyms. However, in honor of the Duncan Download’s 200thblog post, I asked our own experts to share 200 aviation-related acronyms that they use most during a normal work day.

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I was recently asked by a customer, “Is it possible to wash my Pratt & Whitney engine too much?” The operator considered his inquiry to be silly when, in fact, it’s a very valid question. In fact, it’s important to periodically clean your engine as a part of preventive maintenance. And, if you operate your aircraft in adverse environments, such as air pollution and salt-water exposure, it’s very important to increase your wash schedule. Here's why.

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Bombardier has released Service Bulletin (SB) for all Challenger 600 model aircraft. SB ATA 55-11 titled "SPECIAL CHECK/MODIFICATION – PASSENGER DOOR –EPOXY RAMP REMOVAL AND CORROSION PREVENTION."

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Contributed by aircraft parts consignment experts, Bob Tooker and Susan Masek

Managing an excess of ­aircraft parts can be a challenge for any operator. You want to sell the surplus, but simply can’t find the space, man-power or the time. Partnering with the right aircraft parts consignment program is very important. Remember these tips as you search for the best match.

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During autopilot-engaged flight, oscillations can occur in the roll, pitch or yaw axis. The most commonly squawked oscillation occurs in pitch or often referred to as porpoising. Autopilots (A/P) are designed so that the computer senses the need for correction and then commands a servo motor to drive the control surface via a cable. The drive and speed of the motor, as well as the proper tension of the cable, is determined by design based on the specific characteristics of the aircraft it is installed in.

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The normal engine startup sequence for Citation 560XL aircraft removes power from the avionics system, causing it to drop offline. The reason for this is the avionics are isolated from the start system. SB560XL-24-14R2 allows the avionics to stay online by using the APU generator during engine start.

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D.O.M. magazine is seeking nominations for its second annual Maintenance Manager of the Year and Above and Beyond awards!
 

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I recently asked a customer who logs many hours flying in international skies what he thought was most important when landing on foreign soil. His reply was simply, “make sure your SAFA manual is up to speed.” After a little bit of research and a quick Google search, I found the following link that does a good job explaining the EU Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) programme.

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I recently asked a customer who logs many hours flying in international skies what he thought was most important when landing on foreign soil. His reply was simply, “make sure your SAFA manual is up to speed.” After a little bit of research and a quick Google search, I found the following link that does a good job explaining the EU Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) programme.

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Contributed by Lanny Renshaw, Assistant Manger Turbine Engine Services

There are many reasons that your TFE731 engine may be leaking oil. The hardest part is determining where it is leaking and what to do about it. The following is a list of the most common places you will find oil leaks and their causes.

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Contributed by Cary Loubert, Bombardier Airframe Tech Rep for Duncan Aviation.

One word can strike terror in the heart of any DOM and Chief Pilot: CORROSION, especially during a large maintenance event. But that is the purpose of these events, finding and correcting any structural deficiencies.

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As an aircraft owner / operator, you know as well as anyone, that an aircraft workscope can expand at a moments notice for any number of reasons. It can quickly go beyond the capabilities of the service facility performing the work.

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Meet Duncan Aviation Industry experts at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas, booth #C8127.

In little over two weeks, the largest annual gathering in the business aviation industry will take place October 10-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. As Duncan Aviation reps get ready for NBAA 2011, I stopped by to ask them a few questions about the show. Here are some of their answers.

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Norm Chance, Contributor, D.O.M. magazine

Here is a scenario that we seem to see all of the time. Honeywell 331 customers have run into massive part delay issues. In a playbook taken from the not so smooth Boeing 787 Dreamliner project, Honeywell has decided to start outsourcing its engine parts from various overseas suppliers.

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Greg Napert, Publisher, D.O.M. magazine

It’s been really burning me up lately to watch as the media tears apart companies for purchasing business jets. 

A real shortfall of recent attempts at economic stimulus is the lack of ability of Washington to recognize that it’s encouraging the purchase of goods that stimulates the economy. It’s not any more complicated than that.