Message from The Chairman


On behalf of the Joint Council on Aging Aircraft, welcome to our website. Inside, I’m certain you’ll find that the JCAA has become a more integrated, functioning whole rather than a group full of separate entities, each with its own agenda. You’ll be pleased to see, just like I am, that we’re moving forward on all of our efforts to tackle relevant aging aircraft issues.

 

That said, it’s also important to note that we’re still a work in progress. For instance, in a short time we will:

  • Perform an update of the national strategy document. A lot has changed in the two years since we drafted the original 12-points included in that document, a testament to the pace and evolution of aging aircraft programs throughout our partnership. We’re going to incorporate realistic plans in order to show where we’re making investments in the joint community. This should be out by fall.
  • Stay in the process of selecting joint projects for fiscal year 2006. Our focus as a community is on the 12 or so critical areas we want to bring to resolution or at least develop a plan that moves toward resolution. We will have the status on these joint efforts by the end of the FY.
  • Demonstrate our emphasis on working with industry to better assess commercially available products and transition those to our community. Many groups have already contacted us, especially in corrosion, and we have established joint protocols and interfaces on how we can deal with the community.
  • We’re glad to state some of our joint successes:

    • The 2005 Aging Aircraft conference, in Palm Springs, was a great success. We are working with the FAA on the 2006 conference. In fact, the call for papers has gone out, and you can submit yours to www.agingaircraftconference.org. The deadline is July 29, so get yours in.
    • The Cost of Aging seminar was recently held in San Antonio, which also saw the opening of the National Sustainment Technology Center.
    • As we have additional products developed and fielded, we will post them to the website.

    1) The 2005 Aging Aircraft conference, in Palm Springs, was a great success. We are working with the FAA on the 2006 conference. In fact, the call for papers has gone out, and you can submit yours to www.agingaircraftconference.org. The deadline is July 29, so get yours in.
    2) The Cost of Aging seminar was recently held in San Antonio, which also saw the opening of the National Sustainment Technology Center.
    3) As we have additional products developed and fielded, we will post them to the website.  

    Continue to let us know about your successes as well. We welcome your thoughts, comments and suggestions. Please contact us if you would like additional information about the Aging Aircraft program or to share information with us.

    Sincerely,

    Bob Ernst