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Last November 5, the FAA issued Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) 2010-1060, “Policy Clarifying Definition of Actively Engaged for Purposes of Inspector Authorization.” The original deadline for comments was December 6, but the FAA extended the comment deadline to January 17. Either deadline was too early for a call to action in this column, but I wanted to make some comments on the NPRM, Inspection Authorization, and advanced certification.
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What can the director of maintenance at a small helicopter operation teach other professional DOMs? Plenty about the value of networking, for one thing. W. Reed Parsons, 54, is the DOM at Longhorn Helicopters in Denton, TX (KDTO). He oversees a staff of three FAA-certificated airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics. The Longhorn fleet consists of six light helicopters—one Bell JetRanger and five two-place piston-powered Schweitzer/Sikorsky 300C aircraft. 
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The development of subordinates is a major supervisory responsibility, and coaching is a basic part of employee development. Just as in a sporting event, coaching is observing behavior and providing feedback that is both immediate and specific. If you are concerned with efficiency as well as with getting work done, you can easily help each of your people with their work problems. Here are ways you can be a good coach: When one of your people undertakes a major project, track the individual’s progress by first having him or her agree with you on the feedback system you will use.
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More than 40 years ago. Probably best remembered for the “original, one and only” Woodstock Music Festival and the man on the moon. A lot has changed in the last 40 years, but some of the ideas that came about in that era are still applicable today, even though they have mostly been forgotten. Laurence Peter and Raymond Hull’s 1969 book “The Peter Principle” received a lot of publicity and recognition when it came out, and interestingly enough, the basic principles still apply today, with virtually no changes required to them.
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From photographs alone, we can see that Willa Beatrice Brown (Chappell) was beautiful, daring and a trifle flamboyant. Beyond her broad smile and beneath her fashionable white jodhpur flying costume was an academic with a rare talent for business administration. She was also fearless on many levels while racial segregation permeated public schools and the military. 
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If you are a DOM for a Part 135 air carrier, you have likely signed an airworthiness release to return an aircraft to service after an inspection or repair.  You may have even done so without doing any of the actual work, but rather relying upon other mechanics that actually performed the inspection or repair. However, as a recent opinion issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) shows, you may be signing the airworthiness release at your own peril.
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If I may offer my readers some advice on preparing for their 2011 parts requirements, it is this: buy early. I have been observing the price of aircraft parts and its impact on the market for many years. I am less than encouraged by what I see. Several fleet operators over the years have asked me for my predictions on price increases for parts. Now, it isn’t the prices that I am concerned about. It is the supply. I am genuinely concerned about the technical ability of many important manufacturers to provide parts in a reasonable timeframe.
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There was the first time I heard it from my then top hero, my uncle John (or should I say Captain John). In the early 1960s, when I was about eight years old, I could not have had better influential role models preparing the way for me in my nascent aviation career than my dad and my uncle John.
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On December 14, 2010, the FAA issued STC ST03901AT to the Banyan Avionics team based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) for the Thrane and Thrane AVIATOR 200 Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) system for the Cessna 500, 550, S550, 552, 560, and 560XL  aircraft.
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Spirit Avionics Ltd. has successfully completed the prototype aircraft’s upgrades for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Program management, cngineering and Certification services were provided by Spirit Avionics Ltd. The technical services for this program were performed in unison by Spirit Avionics, Lane Aviation and Tritex Air. Now that the prototype’s design has been approved by the FAA program team, Spirit Avionics and their subcontracting team will begin the process of upgrading the remaining 17 King Air B300 aircraft over the next 4 years.
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Cessna Aircraft Company is adding three new maintenance trucks to its international ground-based Mobile Service Unit (MSU) fleet serving Citations across North America and Europe. The latest mobile additions to the Citation Service Center support network became active in December. They are positioned in Colorado and Indiana in the United States and in Lyon, France. These MSUs will be joined soon by more MSUs in North America, including five in the United States and one in Canada, and another unit in Europe.
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Duncan Aviation recently integrated an iPad application for wireless control of the cabin systems in a Falcon 900. This installation utilizes an iPad app, an Aircell CTR Wi-Fi source and an interface unit to communicate instructions to the Honeywell MH cabin management system.  This fully customized iPad cabin control interface does not impact any existing functionality or tie up system resources.
01/01/2011 - 12:00
Greenwich AeroGroup announces that Western Aircraft has been granted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award, for its exemplary safety and training program. OSHA’s SHARP Program recognizes employers with less than 250 employees who operate excellent safety and health management systems.  It is one of the highest awards OSHA can give to a small company.
01/01/2011 - 12:00
Continuum Applied Technology announces an agreement with Tunica Air Group to implement CORRIDOR Aviation Service Software in their Mississippi and Tennessee facilities. CORRIDOR is an enterprise software application designed specifically for aviation service providers, managing all aspects of the complex maintenance process. Tunica Air Group is comprised of FAA Certified 145 Repair Stations specializing in aircraft maintenance and fleet management.
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Universal Avionics and Greenwich AeroGroup’s Western Aircraft have partnered to develop a technologically advanced cockpit for the Dassault Falcon 900B.
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Shadin Avionics announces that the first two products of the new AIS-450 Digital/Synchro Data Converter Platform will be available for sale in first quarter of 2011.  These products will function individually as a single channel ARINC 429 to synchro heading and a three channel ARINC 429 to synchro heading, pitch, and roll and both products will hold TSO authorization. 
01/01/2011 - 12:00
Plane Power Partners, Ltd. announces the availability of its latest FAA-PMA approved lightweight alternator kit. The newest alternator, the AL24-FS60, is approved for installation on most 360 and 540 series Lycoming engines on 28 volt Cessna 172 and 182 aircraft with multigroove belt/pulley drive systems.

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