Aerospace Industry To Face Challenges In 2012 ARLINGTON, VA—Based on preliminary data, 2011 appears to have been a very good year, says Marion Blakey, president & CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). “Despite significant headwinds and under the cloud of recession, the U.S.- aerospace industry per-formed well this year, and remained one of the most significant contributors to the national economy,” Blakey notes. “Annual sales are expected to top $218 billion, marking the eighth consecutive year of growth... Unfortunately, we’re predicting that 2012 will be a much different year. We expect aerospace sales to decrease by about half a billion dollars.” Blakey continued to advise that increasing civil aircraft sales due in part to higher commercial air traffic and high fuel prices, combined with rapid growth in air travel in Asia and the Middle East, should go some way to making up for reduced defense spending in 2012, according to the AIA. Standard & Poor’s agreed that the aerospace and defense industries prospects will diverge in 2012, with weak economic conditions not likely to impact on the commercial sector. Meanwhile governmen-tal deficits and spending reduction plans are likely to cause less defense demand although “commercial aerospace is a global business, so a weak U. S. economy should not be a major hindrance if other re-gions are growing,” said S&P credit analyst Christopher DeNicolo. Joe Pinto, vice president and COO of the Performance Review Institute, cautions that if revenues falls, there will be a temptation to cut costs and quality departments will find it difficult to “[maintain] what they need to do. “Being the gatekeeper of the end product is a difficult task, but PRI will be diligent in helping industry maintain quality through continual improvement of Nadcap, despite intense pressures on the industry to cut costs,” Pinto says. Pratt & Whitney Signs Maintenance Agreements With Japan Airlines SINGAPORE–Japan Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney for a fleet management program agree-ment and a part repair agreement to provide maintenance for the airline’s Pratt & Whitney-powered air-craft engines and engine parts. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company. Under the fleet management agreement, Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners’ Singapore-based Eagle Services Asia engine overhaul facility will provide maintenance services for the airline’s PW4090 engines. Pratt & Whitney will also provide part repair services for the airline’s fleet of Pratt & Whitney PW4074, PW4077 and JT9D engines through the Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners part repair network. These seven-year agreements are expected to be worth a combined value of approximately $450 million to Pratt & Whitney over the life of their terms. “Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners is honored to continue its partnership with Japan Airlines with these longterm engine maintenance agreements,” says Todd Kallman, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines & Global Services. “Japan Airlines holds very high maintenance standards and commitment to quality. Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners will continue to deliver services which meet Japan Airlines’ standards.” “Japan Airlines has a long history of working with Pratt & Whitney to maintain our Pratt & Whitney engines,” says Nobuhiro Sato, senior managing executive officer, Japan Airlines Co.Ltd. and president, JAL Engineering Co., Ltd. “We Are pleased to continue engaging Pratt & Whitney Global Service Part-ners in our unceasing efforts to ensure Japan Airlines’ aircraft are kept at the highest possible standards in reliability and performance for our customers. Furthermore, it provides added advantage of mainte-nance cost reduction and cost control benefits.” D'Ardenne Associates' Susan Snyder Certified As Aerospace Auditor ROANOKE, VA– D’Ardenne Associates, an ISO management standard services and training company, announces that Susan Snyder has been certified as an aerospace auditor. Snyder, a vice president with the company, earned her certification as an International Aerospace Quality Groupsanctioned aerospace auditor, a designation making her an expert in aerospace standards. With this designation, she can conduct third-party audits to recommend certification and registration to AS9001C standards or re-certification for all aviation, space and defense organizations and related businesses transitioning from AS9100B to AS9100C. Snyder has 15 years of experience in aviation, including leadership in development, implementation, maintenance and auditing of business management systems. She has served as a quality management systems professional for commercial and government contractors supporting military entities through-out the United States. West Penn Testing Makes Oscar Lewis Director Of Quality NEW KENSINGTON, PA— West Penn Testing Group , a provider of nondestructive testing and ma-terial testing Services, has hired Oscar Lewis as director of quality. “Oscar’s Level III credentials, 20 years of NDT experience and four years as a quality engineer for a medical device OEM make him ideally qualified to provide top-notch service to our medical- industry customers,” says James C. DeChellis, West Penn’s president/COO. Lewis is no stranger to West Penn.In his previous employment with a jointreplacement implant manufacturer, he regularly audited West Penn’s testing capabilities. West Penn inspects the full spectrum of titanium, stainless-steel, cobaltchrome and nickel-based-superalloy grades specified for medical applications. The company also tests medical-grade polymers. North Star Digital Imaging Offers Digital Radiography Course ROGERS,MN—North Star Imaging has added of a 40 hour certified digital radiography training course to its portfolio.This class includes the recommended curriculum of FWG-IDR, MAI,ASTM and ASME in a format for compliance with NAS 410 and SNT-TC-1A type qualification/certification pro-grams. This course provides the materials necessary for a comprehensive understanding and implementation of digital radiography in some of the most stringent industries. It is designed to accommodate those transitioning from film to digital technologies as well as those stepping directly into digital radiography methods and computed tomography. A combination of lectures, handout materials and laboratory sessions provide a training atmosphere that will be beneficial to all attendees. The laboratory portion of the training makes use of the latest digital x-ray and computed tomography systems available for realworld, hands on experience. 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