Daily Archives: March 2, 2017

Precision Aviation Group Expands Inventory to Support AW139 Platform

ATLANTA, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry, is pleased to announce they have increased their available inventory by $4.1 million, raising the cost of their total inventory to over $39.4 million with over 100,000 line items.

“The additional inventory will specifically support the AW139 platform. The increase in inventory added 74 unique part numbers to PAG’s existing AW139 rotable pool, available to operators worldwide. With the increasing demand for AW139 spares, our investment shows our continued commitment to operator requirements today and into the future,” said David Mast, President & CEO of PAG. “Our goal is to provide customers with the part or service they require within hours of receiving the (AOG) request, ensuring their aircraft achieves maximum operational time,” adds Mast.

PAG’s rotable inventory is currently valued at $39.4 million, PAG specializes in MRO Services, Sales and Exchanges on a variety of Fixed and Rotary Wing platforms. “We will continue to make strategic investments in inventory, facilities and people to strengthen our ability to support our customers,” said David Mast. “Our facilities worldwide now encompass over 250,000 square feet, employ 44 sales executives and service over 82,000 items annually in direct support of our customer base.”

Visit the PAG team at the upcoming HAI Heli-Expo March 7-9th in Dallas at Booth #4910.

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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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Government is open to engage truckers’ concerns

Pretoria – Government has taken note of the concerns raised by contracted coal transporters who disrupted traffic towards the Pretoria CBD on Wednesday morning, saying it is open to constructive engagement with the industry.

The truck drivers drove at a snail’s pace, blocking traffic on the R21, N4, N12 and the N1 highways leading in to the city on Wednesday. The drivers who are reportedly contracted to Eskom were protesting against the utility’s bid to use more renewable energy.

“Government notes the concerns of contracted coal transporters regarding the impact that renewable energy projects may have on the supply of coal to Eskom, which may affect jobs in their industry.

“Government is open to constructive engagement with the legitimate leaders of the coal trucking industry to address issues,” Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe said.

At a media briefing following Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting on Thursday, Minister Radebe said government must act responsibly in its energy planning to ensure sustainable and affordable energy supply.

“The system relies on a combination of base load (coal and nuclear) and intermittent supply of electricity (renewables and gas). It is clear from the draft 2016 Integrated Resource Plan that South Africa will continue to deploy coal electricity in the energy mix,” said Minister Radebe.

Last month when tabling the State of the Nation Address (SONA) President Jacob Zuma said government is now more committed to the Independent Power Producers Programme.

President Zuma said work is continuing to ensure energy security.

“Government is committed to the overall Independent Power Producers Programme and we are expanding the programme to other sources of energy including coal and gas, in addition to renewable energy,” he said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme to be retained

Pretoria – Cabinet at its meeting this week approved that the Department of Basic Education retains the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme.

The programme was established in 2007 to increase the supply of competent teachers specialising in priority areas.

The Department of Basic Education will also consider the expansion and supplementation of the programme, said Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe.

He briefed media in Cape Town on Thursday on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting on 1 March 2017.

The Minister said Cabinet had approved the report on the Implementation Evaluation of the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme as well as the management response and improvement from the Department of Basic Education.

This was part of the 2014/15 National Evaluation Plan.

“Empirical evidence shows that the design of the programme is relevant in terms of its political, economic and social context. It is also largely appropriate in terms of the complex environment in which it is implemented.

“The programme has implemented continuous improvements in its strategy, including the introduction of a district-based recruitment system in 2012. It has made an important contribution to a substantial increase in enrolment in initial teacher education,” said Minister Radebe.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Cabinet calls for calm

Pretoria – Cabinet has joined President Jacob Zuma in calling for restraint due to tensions between some South Africans and foreign nationals.

“The violence which accompanied recent community protests in Tshwane is unacceptable and has no place in our democracy. The South African Police Service (SAPS) is prepared to provide a speedy response to incidents of violence and looting,” said Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe.

Briefing reporters following Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting, Minister Radebe said all people must work together to fight crime – which is really the common enemy.

“Crime is our common enemy and by working together we can address the issues that concern our communities. There is however no room for acts of violence or intimidation. No grievance can ever justify members of the community taking the law into their own hands.

“By acting within the law, we can make our communities safer and more secure. Citizens must work with the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies to root out crime in our communities,” said Minister Radebe on Thursday.

Last Friday, President Zuma acknowledged the concerns raised by residents over crime in their localities.

This, as a group calling themselves the Mamelodi Concerned Residents had obtained permission from the City of Tshwane to march on Friday.

Briefing reporters following a day of violence on the CBD streets, Acting Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane said the march, despite reports that it was an anti-immigrant march, was not solely against illegal immigrants.

“The march was not solely on the so-called immigrants. The march was, amongst others, about people that are involved in crime. There were issues raised regarding criminality, issues related to grants, prostitution and the carrying of weapons,” Phahlane said.

President Zuma recently held a Security Cluster meeting in Cape Town, where authorities looked at what more can be done to fight crime.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Celebrate your basic human rights

Pretoria – South Africa will commemorate Human Rights Day on 21 March 2017, in Ginsberg, King William’s Town, in the Eastern Cape.

Themed “The Year of OR Tambo: Unity in Action in Advancing Human Rights”, the day will be used to raise awareness and promote respect for basic human rights.

On the day, President Jacob Zuma will officially handover the memorial grave site of Steve Bantu Biko to the Biko family.

This is part of celebrating and promoting unity in line with the vision of OR Tambo.

Human Rights Day is a reminder to South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa.

On this day in 1960, the community of Sharpeville and Langa townships, like their fellow compatriots across the country, embarked on a march to protest against pass laws.

The apartheid police shot and killed 69 of the protesters, many of them shot while fleeing.

The commemoration provides the country with an opportunity to reflect on progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights.

National Water Month

Also during this month, South Africa will be commemorating the National Water Month under the theme “Human Rights for Water and Sanitation”.

All South Africans are reminded to conserve water to ensure sustainability of future supply.

At its meeting, Cabinet was briefed on the proposal by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to host the World Water Day in South Africa on 22 March 2017 under the theme “Waste Water the untapped resource”.

President Jacob Zuma, who is a member of the United Nations High Level Panel on Water Action Plan, will open the event by launching the World Water Development Report 2017 on waste water and related activities.

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2017, the theme will be “Wastewater” and in 2018 “Nature-based Solutions for Water”.

Source: South African Government News Agency