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Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) announces that ASU founder and CEO, Mike Atwood, has been inducted into the Association of United States Night Vision Manufacturers (ANVM) Hall of Fame, established in 1995 to honor those individuals who have made a major contribution to night-vision technology.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - 11:09

On January 11, the FAA published a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) titled Safety Management Systems. 

The summary of this NPRM states:

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Exhaust Repair

Advantage Aviation Technologies, Inc. (AAT) has developed a repair for the EC135/EC145/BK117 exhaust. Recent inspections of this exhaust have found the insulation heat shield blankets to be deteriorated, disintegrated and burned due to the extreme heat. Due to the high vibration environment this part will develop cracks, dents and chafing during normal service.
Let Enhanced Aircraft Systems (EAS) market your hard earned STC or PMA EAS is in the process of developing a new website, with an expected launch sometime in February. This site will serve as a clearing house for aircraft improvement products such as STC’s and PMA’s. Companies that have products, and seek help with sales and marketing are encouraged to call Glen Golden, President of Enhanced...
At Last – A Real Helicopter! Although they had advanced the theory of vertical flight, early inventors like Igor Sikorsky failed to create an aircraft that satisfied the requirements of the Federation Aeronatique Internationale (FAI), the aviation world’s official bookkeeper. Nevertheless, there were plenty of odd birds among aviation enthusiasts determined to defeat gravity and fly straight up...

SATCOM - More than the name implies

Today we truly live in the communications age. Never before in human history have we had the ability to reach the entire world with a message, picture or data so quickly. Television, radio, internet, fax and the new leash that ties us all together, the cell phone, allows almost instant communication from just about anywhere in the world. In the aviation industry, when we hear the term Satcom, we...
Dana Kerrick | Contributing Editor Walking through the hangar, looking up at the rotor system of the helicopter I maintain, I often think back to the early times of helicopter development. In the early days of aviation, airplane wings were constructed of wood and fabric because this was the technology of the time. These materials served the industry well enough for many years. When it was time to...
BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Jan 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS:KAMN) released the following statement today from Neal J. Keating, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "It is with great sadness that we announce today the passing of our founder and Chairman Emeritus, Charles H. Kaman. Mr. Kaman passed away peacefully this morning. "Charlie Kaman, as he was...
WICHITA, Kan. — Mid-Continent Instruments announces the addition of weather radar capabilities, including calibration, overhaul, repair and exchange. The instruments leader is expanding its equipment and employees to incorporate the additional services. Mid-Continent Instruments is aggressively growing its avionics repair capabilities and offering its customers factory-level support on legacy...
Oceanside, CA , January 31, 2011 — DART Helicopter Services and its subsidiary Geneva Aviation have completed an agreement with Flightcell® International, Ltd., that will enable commercial helicopter operators to install satellite telephone capabilities quickly and easily in rotorcraft. DART and Geneva Aviation have pending Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the Federal Aviation...

This has recently been an interesting topic being discussed on the NBAA Part 135 discussion thread regarding TSA screening for air ambulance personnel. There are many opinions on this subject, depending on what your perspective is. In this case, my feelings are that the “screening” of air ambulance medical personnel is not warranted, and does not accomplish anything to promote safety of flight. What next? If there is a fire in the aircraft hangar, do we need to screen the arriving firefighters before we let them do their jobs? What about bus drivers and train engineers?

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