West Star Aviation Academy will accelerate the skill development and abilities required to certify new technicians more quickly than the industry’s traditional 18-30-month on-the-job apprenticeship program,” company officials said in a press release.
New editions of the FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbooks for General, Airframe, and Powerplant are now available from Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA).
Given the engine times and now having #2 and #4 pistons and rings replaced and valves rebuilt, I’m leaning heavily toward performing the same maintenance on #1 and #3, with new pistons and rings, even though they aren’t suspected of any issue, but wanted to seek your wisdom on this first.
Serving the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, from a 70,000-square-foot hangar at the airport, provides avionics installations, modifications, and flight line support for aircraft owners.
The $1 million expansion includes a new conveyor system, paint booth, drying oven, blast cabinet, workbenches, fixtures, and a full range of welding equipment and capabilities.
The new hangar will be used exclusively to support helicopters while the current facility will be dedicated to fixed wing MRO, support, and completions, company officials explained.
Richard Hrezo submitted this photo and note: “My 8-year-old grandson John has racked up 45 flights in my RV-7A and doesn’t hesitate to earn his keep with a screwdriver and youthful flexibility. He loves everything airplane and aviation and is a ‘good stick.’ This allows ‘Pop’ to sip coffee while those access panels come off.”
The new complex includes a 27,000-square-foot maintenance hangar, a 23,000-square-foot hangar dedicated to aircraft special mission modifications, as well as maintenance and avionics support offices, technical workspace, and rooms for composite fabrication, paint, and sheet metal fabrication.
The fifth edition features updated content reflecting new regulations and changes affecting aviation mechanic certification. Recent innovations in batteries and alternative fuels are also included, according to officials with Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA).