A Truly Timeless Tri-Pacer

A Truly Timeless Tri-Pacer

“All you have to say is this…‘I don’t care what it costs.’ And then, of course, you’ve got to really mean it, which, of course, no one ever does.”— Quote from 1999 movie “Blast from the Past” When it comes to PA-22 rebuilds, there are good Tri-Pacers and there are great Tri-Pacers, but there is…

In 1970, PanAm Quartered Engine Change Times

In 1970, PanAm Quartered Engine Change Times

In June of 1958, I graduated from Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades with honors. In July of 1958, at 17 years old, I got hired by Pan American World Airways as a temporary aircraft cleaner. Pan Am was not hiring any aircraft mechanics then. I was given a commitment to work through Labor Day…

Conversion Experience: Transformation Business Evolves

Driven by e-commerce and express services, especially in the Asia Pacific region, the passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion market looks good, especially in the narrow-body niche. Although air cargo transport is cyclical and subject to trade politics, volumes are still growing and OEM forecasts are optimistic. Although the basic processes are well understood, conversions involve major design…

Allegiant Becomes Early Adopter of Airbus Skywise Health Monitoring

Allegiant Becomes Early Adopter of Airbus Skywise Health Monitoring

Airbus has launched first operations of a new Skywise service – Skywise Health Monitoring (SHM) on Allegiant Air’s A320s. Together with Skywise Reliability Services (SRS) and Skywise Predictive Maintenance (SPM), SHM is hosted on Skywise, gathering live diagnostic feeds from the aircraft through its ACARS link to the airline’s information system. Airbus says using the…

The State of the Shortage

The State of the Shortage

Delta Air Lines estimates hiring 500 mechanics this year. The company says it’s on track to double its TechOps business in the next five years, from $1 billion to $2 billion in revenue. Embraer will double the 100 commercial jet aircraft maintenance services jobs they expected to bring to Macon, Georgia, the company said only…

What’s New in Vibration Monitoring and Mitigation Helicopters

What’s New in Vibration Monitoring and Mitigation Helicopters

From airframe-specific Health Usage and Management Systems (HUMS) to portable rotor track and balancing units, there are a lot of advanced technology tools available to help keep helicopters flying smoother, safer and more efficiently. Unlike the pampered “keep the passenger happy” lives enjoyed by the typical corporate or commercial aircraft, the average helicopter has to…

Corrosion: The Never-Ending Battle

Corrosion: The Never-Ending Battle

Corrosion is a fact of life. From the factory to the flight line to the MRO hangar aircraft manufacturers, operators, and maintainers aim to manage it so that airplanes can fly as safely and as long as possible. According to the latest report from LMI, the U.S. military’s corrosion cost tracking contractor, the U.S. armed…

HANGAR HOME HAPPINESS

HANGAR HOME HAPPINESS

After my engagement dissolved, and she and I sold our house near Dallas where we’d lived several years together (cue the music: All of My Exes Live in Texas), I rented an apartment while I dreamed of what my next significant place should look like—and as a pilot, those dreams had an aerial view. A…