Daily Archives: March 1, 2017

Precision Aviation Group Expands/Invests in additional MRO Capabilities at Australia Facility

ATLANTA, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry has completed the third expansion in four years at the Brisbane, Australia based EASA, CASA & FAA Approved Repair Station. The expansion will accommodate the growth of the company’s wheel and brake, starter generator and accessory Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services, doubling the size of their facility from 10,000-square-feet to 20,000-square feet.

“The expansion includes installation of a larger paint booth, NDT area, product specific work cells, upgrading of the inspection and test rooms within the existing repair station and expansion of the spare parts inventory warehouse,” said Chris Slade, Director of Operations of PAG-AU. “This expansion will allow us to accommodate future growth and better serve our customers, which supports PAG’s strategic global plan,” Slade added.

“Our facility in Brisbane, Australia is strategically important, both in support of the Australian and New Zealand markets in addition to the wider Asian market,” said David Mast, President & CEO of PAG. “This investment is in response to an increase in demand for local MRO Services, by creating greater capacity within the repair station, we have combined expansion and efficiency at the facility, both of which will benefit our customers,” adds Mast.

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About Precision Aviation Group (PAG)
Precision Aviation Group (PAG) is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry. With 10 locations and more than 250,000-square-feet of sales and service facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia and Brazil, PAG uses its distinct business units and customer-focused business model to serve aviation customers through two business functions – Aviation Supply Chain and its trademarked Inventory Supported Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (ISMRO®) services.

PAG provides MRO and Supply Chain Solutions for Fixed and Rotary-wing aircraft through: Precision Heliparts – PHP (www.heliparts.com); Precision Aviation Services – PAS (www.precisionaviationservices.com); Precision Accessories & Instruments – PAI (www.precisionaccessories.com); Precision Heliparts Canada – PHP-C (www.heliparts.ca); Precision Accessories & Instruments Canada – PAI-C (www.precisionaccessories.ca); PHP-Instruments & Accessories – PHP-IA (http://www.heliparts.la); Precision Heliparts – Brazil (www.precisionaviationgroup.com/php-br) Precision Aero Technology –PAT (www.precisionaerotechnology.com), Precision Heliparts – Australia – PHP-AU ((http://www.precisionheliparts.com.au), Precision Accessories & Instruments – Australia (PAI-AU) (http://www.precisionaccessories.com.au/) and Precision Aviation Controls – PAC (http://www.precisionaviationgroup.com/pac/). PAG subsidiaries have MRO capabilities on over 35,000 products, including accessories, avionics, engine components, hydraulics, instruments, NDT, starter/generators, and wheels/brakes (http://www.precisionaviationgroup.com).

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Gauteng to convert public buildings into economic precincts

Johannesburg – The Gauteng provincial government wants to convert some of its public buildings, including schools, clinics and hospitals into centres of economic activity; saying this could unlock R42 billion in value and create 190 000 jobs.

Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo said they were looking at partnering with the private sector to unlock the economic potential of these assets and create new integrated precinct developments, especially in townships.

These would become hives of small, medium and large business activity.

Potential spaces earmarked for development include the area around the Lillian Ngoyi hospital in Soweto, excess land from Sandown High School in the north of Johannesburg, the area next to the Vaal Dam, the area around Emoyeni conference in Parktown and the Roodeplaat Dam north East of Pretoria.

“There is huge economic potential locked in our R30 billion worth of assets and we, therefore, need to optimise economic value in the use and custodianship of these assets in order to radically transform and reindustrialise our economy, and further create jobs.

“We now have a rare opportunity to define and dictate economic development based on the assets and resources directly in our control,” he said.

MEC Mamabolo said these precincts would help bring investments into townships and change them from places where people live while working elsewhere, to important economic hubs that create jobs and energise the townships.

“We have got to bring to an end the situation where there has been market failure and lack of appetite to invest in townships and as a result there are no sustainable job opportunities. Townships are basically a place for labour and people moving in and out. The government precinct wishes to bring that to an end.

“As government, we need to crowd investments in townships. If we don’t invest massively in townships, townships will remain as they are,” he said.

Meanwhile, the provincial government is to build low cost houses for hostel dwellers who find themselves unable to afford to rent old hostel rooms that have been converted into rental housing units.

Addressing journalists at the Gauteng Economic Cluster Briefing on Wednesday, Cooperative Governance and Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile said the province had decided to change the way it upgrades hostels.

In the past, government had opted to refurbish existing hostels and turn them into rental housing units. But this created a problem as some of the hostel dwellers could not afford the rental amount charged.

“In some of the hostels that were upgraded, people could not afford the units that were provided there, so we decided that we should provide units that are affordable because some of the people in the hostels are essentially supposed to be RDP beneficiaries; if you upgrade hostels probably they have to pay rentals that are very high and they are not able to. So, we have agreed that we will integrate most of those people into other housing developments,” he said.

MEC Mashatile said they had experienced serious problems in hostels such as Dube in Soweto where families were prevented from moving into new rental housing units because former hostel dwellers could not afford rental amounts charged for those units.

“They say because we can’t afford to pay no one can move in. In those circumstances, we will allocate [low cost houses] those who can’t afford it.”

MEC Mashatile said those hostels that are dilapidated would be demolished entirely and replaced with rental housing stock -TLM

Source: South African Government News Agency

Conference to advance forensic skills

Pretoria – The South African Police Services (SAPS) is hosting a Forensic Services Conference, in Pretoria, under the theme “Fundamentals of Forensic Evidence”.

Over 600 local and international experts attending the conference – which ends on Thursday – are sharing industry knowledge and best practices with the view of advancing forensic based criminal investigations.

“The aim of the conference is to educate and enhance the skills of forensic examiners or analysts, academics, first responders to scenes of crime and detectives in the various fields of forensic services.

“This includes empowerment on the value chain and the maintenance of the chain of custody of forensic exhibits from the point of collection to the presentation of results/findings in a court of law,” SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Sally De Beer said on Wednesday.

Among the best practices taken from this conference is the collaboration of law enforcement with the forensic medical examiners in investigating crimes which involve the deceased. The need to establish a forensic strategy, which includes proactive and reactive interventions using forensic intelligence in all spheres of policing, was also identified.

In South Africa, Forensic Services division has embarked on several initiatives to improve and align the services, processes, technology and techniques in line with the current advancement in forensic practices.

“We acquired the latest technology for crime scene processing and laboratory analysis, including the semi-automation of the analysis of buccal samples to support the implementation of the DNA Act,” De Beer said.

These measures, she explained, assist the SAPS in reducing backlogs and improving turn-around times.

As such the number of case entries received at the laboratory for examination has more than doubled since the operational date of the DNA Act in January 2015.

“The Forensic Science Laboratory has made commendable progress in the reduction of the backlog, sustaining it at less than 10% of cases on hand. Since the 2009/10 financial year, the forensic laboratories reduced the backlog from 59 023 to a commendable level of about 18 923 case entries.”

Government also introduced the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Acts which is commonly referred to as the DNA Act and Fingerprint Act in 2010.

The legislation empowers the police to take, store and keep fingerprints and photographic images which helps other departments such as the Home Affairs National Information System (HANIS).

Since its introduction, almost 26 000 law enforcement authorities have been trained to take buccal samples, which is progressing well to date.

There is a daily loading of forensic DNA profiles to the different indices.

De Beer said the current database has more than 710 000 forensic DNA profiles.

“This database is currently the largest on the continent of Africa and amongst the 10 largest globally, and 210 000 profiles, in accordance with the requirements of the DNA Act, have been expunged to date.”

In addition to the DNA Act, government established the Forensic Oversight and Ethical Board to monitors and ensure compliance to the Act and ethical conduct.

All these led to successful prosecution such as suspect in a cold case that occurred 18 years ago in which forensic evidence assisted in resolving a crime. The suspect in the cold case was identified after performing a comparison search on the National DNA Database of South Africa. –

Source: South African Government News Agency