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Janitrol Aero Announces FAA Approval for an AMOC to the Recent AD on South Wind Cabin Heaters

The Alternate Method of Compliance (AMOC) will enable owners of 8000-series South Wind heaters to upgrade their systems and exempt them from AD requirements.

 Montgomery, AL (January 30, 2018) — Keith Bagley, president of Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET), announced today that the company has received FAA approval for a global Alternate Method of Compliance (AMOC) covering AD 2017-06-03 on South Wind 8000-series cabin heaters.

FAA releases Technical Paper on ADS-B Installations

The FAA published its long-awaited Technical Paper (AFS-360-2017-1 (Rev 0, 09/25/2017)) regarding the installation of ADS-B Out equipment. The purpose of this technical paper is to further explain the FAA's policy regarding alterations to aircraft for the installation of ADS-B equipment. This policy applies to aircraft certificated under 14 CFR § 23, 25, 27, 29, and their predecessor regulations.

GAMA Publishes 2017 Third Quarter Aircraft Shipments

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today published the 2017 third quarter shipment and billings for general aviation aircraft. General aviation airplane shipments increased by 1.7 percent and rotorcraft shipments increased by 7.7 percent, year-to-date. Airplane billings, however, declined slightly to $13.2 billion, a 2.8 percent decrease compared to 2016, while rotorcraft billings increased by 8.8 percent, to $2.7 billion.

What Maintenance Professionals Need to Know About ADS-B

Bob Jones talks about how this new mandate will affect maintenance operations.

At ATP, in our unique position as the hub connecting many of the industry’s key players, we spend a lot of time speaking with maintenance professionals, manufacturers, regulators, and leaders at associations such as GAMA, HAI and NBAA. Recently, in some of our discussions, it became apparent that there is still a lack of awareness – and even some confusion – about how the ADS-B mandate will affect our maintenance customers and friends.

Maintenance - The Backyard of Aviation Gets Some Attention

Aviation Maintenance Professionals

Performing in the Hidden Backyard of Aviation

The general public is well familiar with the cockpit crew, flight attendants and passenger service personnel. Little attention is given to the professionals who work in the maintenance of the aircrafts. Two recent stories merit consideration because of the forecasted shortfall of AMTs, and due to the critical safety function, which is performed in the hidden backyard of aviation.