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AMT of the Year FAA Administrator Marion Blakey presents the National AMT of the Year award to Paul New, president of Tennessee Aircraft Services Inc. The award was presented during an awards ceremony at the Theater in the Woods during EAA...


To accommodate the reallocation of equipment, Alteon will close training centers in Long Beach, CA, and Dallas, TX, in the United States, as well as a center in Kunming, China, by the end of 2007. A training center in Luton, United Kingdom, will close in mid-2008. This restructuring expands training at Alteon training centers in Miami, FL, and Seattle, WA, in the United States, as well as Gatwick and Manchester in the United Kingdom.

ST Aerospace expands EASA certification
Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd. (ST Aerospace) is the first company in South East Asia to receive a Design Organisation Approval (DOA) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Having met the airworthiness requirements of EASA Part 21, ST Aerospace can now approve and perform engineering design work on European Union (EU) registered aircraft.

IKHANA Group formed
IKHANA Group Inc. has been formed through the acquisition of RW Martin Inc. (RWMI) and Total Aircraft Services Inc. (TASI). By combining the engineering and FAA certification services of TASI with the aircraft modification and maintenance services of RWMI, IKHANA has created an organization that will provide a comprehensive one-stop shop for aircraft modification needs. TASI and RWMI will continue to operate as separate companies for the immediate future.

Lane appointed DAR
Daniel M. Lane, a longtime employee of Epps Aviation in Atlanta, GA, has been granted a Certificate of Designation from the Federal Aviation Administration as a Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR). With the DAR designation, Lane is approved to perform various important functions on behalf of the FAA such as the export of aircraft, aircraft engines, propellers, and components.

VEM certified for A310/A300
VEM Maintenance and Engineering has received FAA certification to perform heavy maintenance for Airbus A310 and A300-600 aircraft. VEM is a TAP Portugal Group company and is already certified by all major Civil Aviation Authorities, including FAA, EASA, ANAC (Brazil), and many other individual countries’ regulating Aviation Authorities for which VEM has significant maintenance contracts.

Xerion receives STC
The FAA has given the go-ahead to New York-based Xerion Avionix LLC for installation of the AuRACLE engine management system into general aviation aircraft. The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) reshapes how pilots manage engine information, resulting in significant improvements on in-flight fuel management and engine operations. The system operates with both four- and six-cylinder engines.

The FAA approval allows the AuRACLE to serve as primary instrumentation, replacing the aircraft’s legacy engine ‘steam’ gauges. Additionally, the system employs a unique engine interface unit installed on the engine-side of the firewall, reducing engine instrumentation firewall penetrations to one single, more streamlined cannon-style bulkhead connector.

EASA certifies Rolls-Royce Trent engine for 787
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a Type Certificate for the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 series engine. The EASA approval was delivered simultaneously with the Type Certificate of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Rolls-Royce RB211 Trent 1000 engines will be the first to power Boeing’s 787 “Dreamliner” family. New requirements will become mandatory for new engines after Dec. 31, 2007 and have been used by EASA as certification basis since March.

Abaris to host conference
Abaris Training Resources, headquartreed in Reno, NV, is hosting a two-day conference on thermoplastic composites. The conference will be held at the Peppermill Hotel in Reno, Nov. 6 to 7. Attendees will obtain a background on thermoplastic composites, including materials and processes used, historical development, current applications, manufacturers and users, and future opportunities in the industry.

Heatcon opens Philippines facility
HEATCON Composite Training has officially opened its new training facility in Manila, Philippines.

Commencing mid-2007, one-week courses will be offered, with a tailored curriculum to suit students of various experience and competency levels. These courses will be run by fully qualified instructors, in a purpose built facility designed to international standards, situated on Roxas Boulevard, in Manila; conveniently located close to the airport, restaurants and hotels.

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