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AMT Day passes House
On April 30 House Resolution 444 was introduced and approved by a voice vote. Next stop, the Senate.

House Resolution 444: supporting the goals and ideals of National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day (May 24), honoring the invaluable contributions of Charles Edward Taylor, regarded as the father of aviation maintenance, and recognizing the essential role of aviation maintenance technicians in ensuring the safety and security of civil and military aircraft.

Ken MacTiernan, Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association and AMTSociety, thanks everyone who called their Congressman for their support in voting for the resolution.
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AME of the Year Award
In March 2008, at the annual AME Symposium, the Central AME Association presented Richard Komarniski, president of Grey Owl Aviation Consultants Inc., with the NAASCO Outstanding AME Award which is awarded annually to an AME who has shown outstanding achievement in aviation maintenance. Richard was selected by his peers in the central region for not only his 34 years as a devoted AME but for his contributions to the development and awareness of error prevention strategies (human factors) for fellow technicians worldwide.

Saling receives safety award
Ed Stimpson, chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), presented the Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award to George Saling at the 53rd annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS). The award is presented annually to an individual whose work has enhanced safety in business aviation.

Saling has developed safety management systems that have become the best practice standard for the National Business Aviation Association, said FSF president and CEO William R. Voss. Saling also was instrumental in establishing the NBAA Maintenance Committee and the Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards (FERMS), a web-based tool that provides real-time information about business aircraft performance and maintenance.

Vector Helicopter receives cockpit STC
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America has received Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for installation of the Sagem Avionics Integrated Cockpit Display System 8 (ICDS-8 or ‘Glass Cockpit’) upgrade for the Bell 206 helicopter. The system consists of two 8-inch color LCD monitors and delivers an average weight savings of 15 to 21 pounds. It employs a solid-state AHRS system which eliminates expensive gyros. Another benefit is the ability to standardize fleets and reduce direct operating costs by eliminating the requirement to purchase, store, and maintain/overhaul analog instrument spares.

EASA approves Chelton EFIS
Chelton Flight Systems, part of Cobham’s Avionics and Surveillance Div., announces that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved software version 6.0B for use on the company’s electronic flight information system (EFIS). European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) 210.1028 allows 6.0B deployment on hundreds of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft within countries under EASA’s jurisdiction.

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