2020: A Hand Tool Odyssey

2020: A Hand Tool Odyssey

Aircraft MRO work is extremely demanding, dirty, and often difficult, but armed with a growing list of new technology hand tools and accessories, today’s technicians can do their jobs better, faster, and safer. With the rush to go “all-digital” in today’s hangar, it’s easy to overlook just how important basic hand tools, and accessories are…

From C-Check to Tragedy: Lessons Learned from Alaska flight 261

From C-Check to Tragedy: Lessons Learned from Alaska flight 261

Jeff Guzzetti is the president of Guzzetti Aviation Risk Discovery (GuARD), an aviation safety consulting firm that he formed following a 35-year career with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies. During his 18 years at NTSB, Guzzetti was a field investigator, “go-team” engineer and Deputy Director. He then…

HUMS: Keeps Humming Along

HUMS: Keeps Humming Along

A T-shirt definition of the word “helicopter” reads that the aircraft is: “A million parts rotating rapidly around an oil leak waiting for metal fatigue to set in.” While it may be a bit of an exaggeration, there are few machines in the world with so many rapidly spinning components—components that, when they spin erroneously,…

Going Paperless in the Hangar

Going Paperless in the Hangar

In their highly regulated environment MROs often rely on paper to document compliance to the authorities and job performance to customers. Some paper documents are required by regulators, and paper is the preferred medium of some lessors and customers. But now environmental as well as business concerns point toward paperless. IATA is calling for paperless…

GREEN HELPS ALICE OUT OF THE RABBIT HOLE

GREEN HELPS ALICE OUT OF THE RABBIT HOLE

In June 2019, Green Worldwide Shipping Los Angeles team was presented with an opportunity from the Aviation Logistics Network (ALN) to participate in a bid to move an aircraft prototype from La Havre, France to Prescott, Ariz. After a highly competitive three-week bid process, Green Worldwide Shipping was awarded the opportunity and after multiple revisions…

“Fatigue, Work Cards and Lock Nuts: A Recipe for Tragedy”

“Fatigue, Work Cards and Lock Nuts: A Recipe for Tragedy”

Jeff Guzzetti is the president of Guzzetti Aviation Risk Discovery (GuARD), an aviation safety consulting firm that he formed following a 35-year career with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies. During his 18 years at NTSB, Guzzetti was a field investigator, “go-team” engineer and Deputy Director. He then…

ROTORCORP – THE LITTLE PARTS COMPANY THAT COULD

ROTORCORP – THE LITTLE PARTS COMPANY THAT COULD

Iean Casey, an Atlanta-based real estate broker in a previous career, joined his California-based brother ­— a helicopter pilot and mechanic — to create a helicopter parts company that has grown to become the world’s largest distributor of parts for Robinson R22, R44 and R66 helicopters. Rotorcorp is based at Fulton County Airport, just west…

Human Factors Hotspots

Human Factors Hotspots

Human Factors (HF) training is required by many regulators on a global basis. In the U.S., however, HF training is not currently mandated by the FAA. Maintenance facilities that conduct activities strictly under FAA regulations do not require human factors training (although it is highly recommended). However, since a U.S./EASA bilateral agreement in 2011, if…