Industry reponses and requests

Industry Responses and Requests By Stan Mackiewicz November 1998 Stan Mackiewicz is the president of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA). Responding to a petition by PAMA, the FAA has agreed to extend the closing...

The aviation maintenance industry is now beginning to respond having finally recognized the problem, but money and support are lacking from the FAA. If the maintenance industry could have a fraction of the budget money spent on correcting the date problems in computers, the industry could assure a positive flow of quality candidates into the schools to become aviation maintenance professionals.

PAMA Calls for Papers
PAMA is issuing a call for papers for PAMA 99 Technical Symposium and Trade Show scheduled for April 20-22, 1999, in Phoenix, AZ next year. This is the associations' first call. A blue ribbon peer panel has been assembled to review papers on topics affecting the individual aviation maintenance professional, and have chosen the theme phrase of "Professionals in Every Sense of the Word." Selected papers will be presented at the Symposium. The panel is made up of industry, education, manufacturing, media, and technical aviation maintenance professionals. Writer's guidelines are as follows:

• Obtain a Call for Papers form from the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) by calling (202) 216-9220, or write to its offices at 636 Eye St., NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20001
• Paper must be submitted to PAMA by February 1, 1999
• Papers will be selected on the basis of appropriateness and originality
• Selected authors will be notified by March 2, 1999. There will also be a press release

Some of the topics sought include:
• Federal government - are they really here to help?
• Parts acquisition
• Cost of doing business
• Safety - lessons learned
• Paperless maintenance programs
• New technology

King Kong meets David
Two Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committees (ARAC) have been wrestling with the issue of Major/Minor repairs and alterations. The Major/Minor and Part 43 Working Groups are coming together after years of working on different aspects of the issue. The joint meeting of the committees, one dominated by air carrier and FAA certification engineers, and the other made up of general aviation associations and proponents, will meet to attempt to resolve the issues. Last year, a meeting was held in Washington with top FAA officials who gave the green light to the ARAC to solve the problem.

Proposals include changing the FAR Part 1 definition and adding a new appendix to Part 43 containing a list of items that better define when a repair is major.

How should Thanksgiving be spent?
Answer: Reading and responding to the NPRM for Part 66. As of the end of September, less than 100 comments have been received by the FAA Office of Chief Counsel, Rules Docket. They are happy, they think the industry agrees with the proposed rule as written. Do you?

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