Parts marking system released

Insta Etch of Phoenix has released its Etch2000 professional parts marking system.

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Code 1 Aviation premieres

A group of industry experts with more than 80 years of experience has formed a new company, Code 1 Aviation, at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida, home to the Sun ’n Fun fly-in, to provide maintenance, restoration, avionics, sales, training and consulting services for owners of Warbirds.

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Fargo Jet Center mechanic awarded Mechanic of the Year

The North Dakota Professional Aviation Mechanics Association (NDPAMA) recently awarded Fargo Jet Center mechanic Keith Murray the North Dakota Aviation Technician of the Year at the North Dakota Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium.

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Making progress at PAMA

Our third edition of the PAMA Newsletter in General Aviation News reminds me of how fast our life goes by nowadays. When getting an A&P I never thought that writing articles for magazines and websites would be part of my daily routine.

I recall less than a year ago when I started as president of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, I was barraged with ideas and actions that needed attention. I am still sorting through some of them by priority. I am happy to report a couple of them are completed.

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Gleim maintenance courses approved for AMT awards program

All of the online courses for aviation mechanics and IAs offered by Gleim have been approved for the FAA AMT Awards Program.

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Aircraft maintenance conference in Des Moines

The 2012 Midwest Regional Aircraft Maintenance Symposium and Trade Show will be held Feb. 17- 18 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. The two-day event provides a refresher on aviation maintenance topics and allows attendees to meet first hand with a wide range of aviation vendors.

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Ask Paul: What’s best? A flush or overhaul?

Q: I recently found paper towel bits and pieces in a Lycoming engine in an aerobatic airplane. The pilot said he saw the oil pressure go to “zero,” so he reduced power, and landed safely. Would you suggest a flush or overhaul? What’s the best way to go about this?

ED NELSON, via email

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Wipaire joins Twin Otter support network

Viking Air of Victoria, BC, Canada, has appointed Wipaire Inc. of Saint Paul, Minnesota, as a Factory Endorsed Service Center (FESC) for the Twin Otter Series 400 and legacy de Havilland fleets.

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$11.35 million: What will it cost you?

Dec. 18, 2011: One of the largest air crash disaster verdicts was handed down by a Philadelphia jury, which awarded $11.35 million in compensatory damages to Dr. Robert Marisco Jr. and his fiancee Heather Moran, both of Akron, Ohio, in an action against Winner Aviation Corp.

I must first state I am very sorry for their injuries and suffering in this crash. It seems an error chain is what caused the accident, as usual, and each link in that chain has a part to claim.

As the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA), we must address a concern we have expressed for years based on our country’s legal system, as well as a few other issues this affects.

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Harkins joins Dallas Airmotive

Michael J. Harkins has joined Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) company, as Regional Engine Manager for the Mid-Atlantic states. Harkins will be responsible for selling repair and overhaul services on Honeywell TFE731, 36 series APU and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305 engines.

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