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Maintenance Placards

The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) has identified that attempting to fly in an aircraft currently undergoing maintenance, and not yet returned to service, is a causal factor in a number of fatal GA accidents. This month’s #FlySafe topic suggests adopting informal lock out/tag out procedures to ensure pilots are aware of un-airworthy aircraft conditions.

See the fact sheet here: https://go.usa.gov/xnsPN


Embry-Riddle Worldwide offers Free Online Course on Aircraft Maintenance

Embry-Riddle Worldwide will explore Aviation Maintenance from Feb. 26 to March 12. The free, two-week course covers aircraft maintenance, inspections, and how to effectively manage global challenges facing the industry.

Participants will learn about the different types of maintenance and inspection classes, as well as how to integrate safety into daily operations, while also maintaining efficiency.


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.