Aircraft Maintenance Technology

APR 2014

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E D I T O R ' S V I E W P O I N T Transport Canada 4 April 2014 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Aircraft Maintenance Technology is published and copyrighted 2014 by Cygnus Business Media, 1233 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. The material presented in Aircraft Maintenance Technology is intended to complement technical information that is currently available from supplier and regulatory sources such as manufacturers and the Federal Aviation Administration. Every effort is made to assure that the information provided is accurate. However, if information presented by Aircraft Maintenance Technology is in conflict with supplier and regulatory sources, the latter shall take precedence. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any information storage or retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher. 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Prentice, Associate Editor Charles Chandler, Field Editor CONTRIBUTORS: Jamie Benthusen, DeborahAnn Cavalcante, Jerome Greer Chandler, John Goglia, Dr. Bill Johnson, Robert Kent, Sarah MacLeod, Anton Tisov Julie Whitty, Art Director Carmen Seeber, Media Production Representative Debbie Dumke, Audience Development Manager LIST RENTAL: Elizabeth Jackson, (847) 492-1350, Ext. 18 CYGNUS REPRINT SERVICES: To purchase article reprints please contact Wright's Media at 877-652-5295 Ext. 102 or email SALES Rick Felt, National Accounts Manager, (920) 568-.8333 Steve Felt, National Accounts Manager, (920) 568-8325 Michelle Kohn, National Accounts Manager, (952) 808-3344 Mike Ringstad, Classified Advertising, (920) 568-8307 INTERNATIONAL SALES Lutz Krampitz - Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, Scandinavia +49 (0) 203 456 82 66 • Fax +49 (0) 203 456 85 38 Stephanie Painter - UK, France, Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, Italy +44 1634 829386 • Fax +44 1634 281504 CYGNUS TRANSPORTATION AND AVIATION GROUP Gloria Cosby, Executive Vice President Gerry Whitty, VP Marketing Larry Greenberger, Group Publisher Michael Sasso, Diversified Expo Group Show Director CYGNUS BUSINESS MEDIA John French, CEO Paul Bonaiuto, CFO Julie Nachtigal, VP Audience Development Eric Kammerzelt, VP Technology Ed Wood, VP Human Resources Curt Pordes, VP Production Operations By Ron Donner, Editor For questions, news tips and comments, email ron.donner@ Safety Management Systems What some in the industry are saying about SMS F or some time now the words safety management system (SMS) have echoed through the aviation industry. Much has been written about SMS in our publication as well as others. W hile specific regulations to require all aviation operations to implement an SMS program are still few, many U.S. based f light departments who f ly to and from overseas destinations have implemented structured SMS programs. Other operators and maintenance organizations are taking a wait-and- see approach until regulatory requirements and associated guidance is available in this country. Yet others are planning and preparing for what will ultimately be required. Jerry Chandler recently spoke with several organizations on the topic of SMS. In this issue of Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine these individuals talk about their approach to developing an SMS program. As Sarah MacLeod says in her column this month, man- aging safety is important and an aviation maintenance technician is the most important link in the safety chain. Does this mean ever yone needs to wait until a struc- tured company SMS program is implemented? Not so. Developing good habits, identifying risk, reporting errors, and continually learning from errors is something we should all be doing on a daily basis as part of our regular routine. John Goglia explains aircraft mechanics are in a unique position and a key part of any SMS program. One aspect of safety of course is the human factors piece that goes with aircraft maintenance and any aircraft maintenance technician. A long the lines of safety, Dr. Bill Johnson takes a look at the last 25 years of human factors in aircraft maintenance in this month's Then and Now feature. This month's cover story – the G650 It's difficult not to recognize the name Gulfstream in this business. Regardless if you are involved with small general aviation, airlines, mili- tary aviation, or just an enthusiast, since the late 1950s we've related this name to corporate f light departments, business aviation, and comfortable V IP travel. The recent launch of the latest in a series of jet aircraft, the G650, certainly keeps with the tradition of this long recognized name. Since entering into service in late 2012 more than 50 G650 aircraft have been delivered. This month Charles Chandler describes some of the history of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, the aircraft, the company's road to success, and the technologies and processes involved with development of this best in class business jet. Ron AMT_4-5_Editorial0414.indd 4 4/3/14 2:21 PM

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