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FAA seeks public comment on pilot certification.

February 9, 2010

As part of FAA's Call to Action to enhance airline safety following last year's Colgan Air accident in Buffalo, NY, FAA asked for recommendations to improve pilot qualification and training requirements. FAA is pursuing both rule changes and voluntary safety enhancements. One proposed rule, which will enhance airline pilot training programs, received more than 3,000 pages of public comments. Public will have 60 days to comment on basic pilot certification in 4 key areas. Read More

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Forum and Committee Leadership for 2010 announced by ANSI.

February 9, 2010

Leadership for ANSI member forums, policy committees, and program oversight committees have been announced for 2010. Policy-setting committees and councils provide strategic direction for defined program areas, while each ANSI Program Oversight or Standing Committee is responsible for operational aspects of particular ANSI program/service and reports to one of Institute Policy Committees. Supplementing committees, ANSI Member Forums represent voice of respective membership segments. Read More

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NAM welcomes Administration's goal of doubling exports.

February 9, 2010

According to NAM VP of International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, NAM appreciates $80 million budget increase for export promotion, but achieving goal of doubling America's exports in 5 years is going to require more than export promotion. The most urgent action Administration can take is to send Congress 3 pending bilateral trade agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama. Administration must also turn to completing negotiations for Trans Pacific trade agreement. Read More

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A&WMA Conference to address thermal treatment technologies.

February 9, 2010

Scheduled for May 17-20, International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors will feature technical papers that address thermal treatment of radioactive, hazardous chemical, munitions, medical/pharmaceutical, municipal, and industrial wastes. Event will offer opportunities for discussions with equipment providers and technical service firms, as well as technical tours of area waste management and recycling facilities, and professional development courses. Read More

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Keynote at IPC APEX EXPO preps industry for recovery.

February 9, 2010

Walt Custer, industry analyst and president of Custer Consulting Group, will join IPC Director of Market Research, Sharon Starr for "Global Business Outlook: Where Do We Go Next?" keynote session at IPX APEX EXPO. Custer will share insights into global indicators he tracks to help companies understand timing sensitivities for phasing in recovery plans. Starr will present IPC market research findings and explain how companies can use data to assess their performance and identify promising markets. Read More

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ASTM proposes plastic piping traceability standard.

February 9, 2010

Proposed standard ASTM WK23107, Specification for Tracking and Traceability Requirements for Gas Distribution Systems, will help gas utility companies identify underground assets such as different types of pipe, fittings, and components. Standard will provide guideline for use of 14-digit identifier that can be placed on product via printing, bar code, or RFID as means to identify location of respective assets and provide knowledge of their pedigree. Read More

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AIA Representative testifies before House on STEM education.

February 9, 2010

Testifying on behalf of AIA, Rick Stephens, Senior VP of Human Resources and Administration at The Boeing Company, outlined proposals for Congress to strengthen education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. Among these are expanding retention programs for undergrads, addressing shortage of qualified primary and secondary teachers in STEM disciplines, and motivating pursuit of STEM careers through support of programs that provide hands-on experience. Read More

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SME Honors Loyal Members with 2010 Award of Merit.

February 9, 2010

SME's 2010 Award of Merit honored 5 members who made valuable contributions to SME's professional activities and growth. Recipients included Raju Dandu, PhD of Kansas State University; Corning Inc.'s engineering project portfolio manager Vincent Wyatt Howell, Sr.; and Mark Michalski, Director of Operations for MKS Instruments. Mechanical engineer Randall T. Raikes in Waukesha, WI and Phillip S. Waldrop, PhD, professor at Georgia Southern University, were also honored. Read More

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ASHRAE publishes book on dampers/airflow control.

February 8, 2010

Dampers and Airflow Control provides resources of engineering principles needed to size, select, install, and adjust control dampers. Addressing how to apply dampers within systems to achieve clearly defined goals, ASHRAE book is intended for mechanical designers; mechanical and control contractors; and testing, adjusting, and balancing (TAB) contractors. Read More

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ASTM proposes new road and paving materials standard.

February 5, 2010

Proposed ASTM International standard, WK26816, Test Method for Overlay Test, will address cracking that happens during bituminous mixture design phase. It is being developed by Subcommittee D04.20 on Mechanical Tests of Bituminous Mixtures. Standard will improve test method with unified sample preparation procedure and will also address other variables within test. Primary users will be state highway agencies, paving contractors, and developers of technology associated with paving materials. Read More

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NAM makes statement on President's budget proposal.

February 5, 2010

According to NAM's Executive VP, Jay Timmons, manufacturers and their workers are disappointed that Obama Administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2011 discourages job creation by adding new costs to business. President's budget calls for almost $500 billion in new taxes on businesses over next 10 years. Manufacturers support President's proposal for extending key international and investment tax provisions that expired last year and his recommendation to make R&D credit permanent. Read More

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Air Transport Association comments on 2011 budget proposal.

February 5, 2010

According to ATA, the most significant part of the White House 2011 budget proposal is that it did not contain any increases in taxes and fees for airlines and passengers for upcoming year. However, budget reiterated 2010 proposal to increase aviation passenger security fee by 1 dollar per year for 3 years starting in 2012. ATA is pleased that Administration's proposed $4 billion for National Infrastructure Innovation and Finance Fund includes eligibility for aviation. Read More

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AASHTO announces list of ready-to-go projects tops 9,800.

February 5, 2010

Valued at over $79 billion, ready-to-go projects will provide states with resources to put hundreds of thousands of people back to work. Infrastructure projects so far have created 250,000 direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs, according to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Since original December 2009 survey, House has approved Jobs for Main Street Act of 2010, which would provide $37 billion for transportation projects that could create or support 1.1 million jobs. Read More

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PCB Industry Results have been announced for December 2009.

February 5, 2010

December findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program indicated rigid PCB shipments down 3.4% but bookings up 27.3 from last year, while, respectively, down 23.2% and 18.1% year to date. Book-to-bill ratio for North American rigid PCB industry in December 2009 registered 1.05. Flexible circuit shipments and bookings, respectively, decreased 0.4% and 27.4% from last year as well as 1.1% and 4.9% year to date. North American flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio receded to 0.95. Read More

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AIA Statement addresses 2011 defense department budget.

February 4, 2010

Marion C. Blakey of AIA says Department of Defense (DOD) budget request and Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) continue efforts to reform how DOD buys goods and services, and emphasizes creating stability in requirements and cost. Blakey also approves inclusion of discussion on industrial base in QDR, which acknowledges need to reform export control system. Also, she said that AIA looks forward to working with DOD to create efficient delivery of logistical support to troops. Read More

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PTDA Survey shows members are optimistic about 2010 sales.

February 4, 2010

Based on Member Forecast Survey conducted by Cleveland Research, 41% of PTDA members are forecasting year-over-year sales growth in 2010, 58% predict flat sales, and 1% anticipate decline in sales over 2009. With 75 respondents, survey shows most feel inventory levels are too high and that, on average, PTDA members anticipate 5% increase in sales over 2009. It predicts rebound in MRO demand and that automotive, heavy truck, construction equipment, and housing could show growth in 2010. Read More

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ATA Highway Safety Program visits West Virginia auto show.

February 4, 2010

National Share the Road highway safety program delivered life-saving highway driving tips from top professional truck drivers. They demonstrated to car drivers how to share road safety with large trucks. Share the Road safety measures are important for motorists because over past decade, large truck fatal crash rate dropped by 23% (USDOT), and according to 3 different studies, 3 out of 4 truck-involved fatalities are unintentionally initiated by car drivers. Read More

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BIO to hold Twelfth Annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference.

February 4, 2010

BIO has announced plenary sessions and roundtables for Twelfth Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference, to take place February 8-9, 2010, in New York City. Event will include opening plenary, What Lies Beneath Health Care Reform - The True Impact on Biotech, and closing plenary, The Unconventional Wisdom-Thoughts for a New Decade. Roundtable sessions will include M&A: Prospects for 2010, Capital Markets 360°, and others on alternative financing strategies and business development. Read More

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ASTM Standards Revision clarifies thickness tolerances for steel sheets.

February 4, 2010

ASTM International Committees A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys and A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products approved revisions to two ASTM standards that will clarify thickness tolerances for uncoated and coated steel sheet products. Committees A01 and A05 have moved 3/8-in. [10 mm tables from body of A568/A568M and A924/A924M to Supplementary Requirements sections, and 1 in. edge distance tables are now the default applicable thickness tolerances. Read More

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ELFA issues statement on FY 2011 budget submission.

February 4, 2010

In his statement, ELFA Interim President Ralph Petta commends Obama Administration for proposals related to business investment and tax incentives. Specifically, ELFA applauds proposal to enhance investment in new plant and equipment for all businesses by proposing extension of tax bonus depreciation through December 31, 2010. ELFA and its members support proposals and tax incentives for both large and small businesses designed to provide stimulus to the economy. Read More