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 (; Precision Aviation Services – PAS (; Precision Accessories & Instruments – PAI (; Precision Heliparts Canada – PHP-C (; Precision Accessories & Instruments Canada – PAI-C (; PHP-Instruments & Accessories – PHP-IA (; Precision Heliparts – Brazil ( Precision Aero Technology –PAT (, Precision Heliparts – Australia – PHP-AU ((, Precision Accessories & Instruments – Australia (PAI-AU) ( and Precision Aviation Controls – PAC ( PAG subsidiaries have MRO capabilities on over 35,000 products, including accessories, avionics, engine components, hydraulics, instruments, NDT, starter/generators, and wheels/brakes (

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Concluding 2017 Session, Committee on United Nations Charter Adopts Recommendations Concerning International Peace, Security

Concluding its annual session today, the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on Strengthening the Role of the Organization adopted its 2017 draft report and forwarded its recommendations to the General Assembly.

Introducing the draft report, Special Committee Rapporteur Isaias Medina (Venezuela), in keeping with the Committee’s tradition, led delegations through a paragraph-by-paragraph reading of its contents.

The five-chapter report (documents A/AC.182/2017/L.1 to L.10) begins with an introduction covering the work of the body’s session, which began at Headquarters on 21 February. Adopted as orally amended, the document highlights proposals submitted by delegations pertaining to the items on the Special Committee’s agenda: maintenance of international peace and security; peaceful settlement of disputes; Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs and Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council; working methods; and identification of new subjects.

The Repertory is a legal publication which analyses the decisions of United Nations principal organs under each of the Articles of the United Nations Charter. The Repertoire is a constitutional and procedural guide to the proceedings of the Security Council since 1946.

Included in chapter II are summaries of discussions on the implementation of the Charter provisions related to assistance to third States affected by sanctions; Libya’s revised proposal, submitted in 1998, on strengthening the United Nations role in the maintenance of international peace and security; and Venezuela’s revised working paper, submitted in 2011, titled “open-ended working group to study the proper implementation of the Charter of the United Nations with respect to the functional relationship of its organs”.

Prior to adoption of chapter II of the report, Iran’s representative asked that the Non-Aligned Movement’s general statement – issued as a revised non-paper – on unilateral sanctions during the Committee’s debate appear in the document. The United States’ representative asked for more time to discuss the language, a request supported by her counterpart from the European Union. Cuba’s representative, however, said the report must reflect what occurred during debates and as the Movement’s general statement had already been discussed, there was no need for new negotiations on the text. Following a brief suspension of the meeting to consult on the matter, Committee Chair Ruslan Varankov (Belarus) said the sentence to be included would be the same as in the previous year’s text, which stated: “Some delegations also reaffirmed their concern about the imposition of unilateral sanctions in violation of international law.”

A revised working paper submitted by Belarus and the Russian Federation in 2014 concerning a request from the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of States’ use of force without prior Security Council authorization was also included, as was a working paper submitted by Cuba in 2012 on strengthening the role of the Organization and enhancing its effectiveness. The report also incorporates the Committee’s consideration of a working paper submitted by Ghana on strengthening the relationship and cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations on arrangements in the peaceful settlement of disputes.

Chapter III comprises a summary of discussions by the Special Committee on the proposal submitted by the Russian Federation in 2014 on updating the Handbook on the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes between States and establishing a website related thereto; and on the proposal submitted in 2015 by Iran, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, on pacific settlement of disputes and its impact on the maintenance of peace. The latter proposal by the Movement included a new paragraph by which the Assembly would decide that the Committee would hold an annual debate to discuss the means for settling disputes. The Assembly would invite Member States to focus their comments during the next Special Committee session on the subtopic titled “Exchange of information on State practices regarding the use of negotiation and enquiry”, while ensuring that the other means of dispute settlement be discussed in subsequent sessions. Furthermore, it would call on the Committee to include a summary of the subtopics in its annual report.

By a set of approved draft recommendations, to be included in chapter IV of the report, the Special Committee would have the Assembly note with appreciation the contributions made by Member States to trust funds for eliminating the backlog in the Repertory and for updating the Repertoire. It would call upon the Secretary-General to continue his efforts towards updating the two publications, and to address on a priority basis a backlog in the preparation of volume III of the Repertory. Further, it would welcome the Secretariat’s invitation to Member States to identify academic institutions capable of contributing to the preparation of studies for the Repertory and to provide their contact details.

Chapter V contains a summary of the discussions on working methods and the identification of new subjects.

Prior to adoption of chapter V, the United States’ representative proposed inclusion of a sentence on working methods that read: “Some delegations expressed concerns about these suggestions, including about the usefulness and status of the proposed Chair’s non-paper, and were not convinced a non-paper is needed in light of the existing process for drafting the report of the Special Committee and for organizing its programme of work and agenda.” The European Union supported the proposal.

Iran’s representative, questioning the appropriateness of including the sentence, asked for clarification of the Special Committee’s rules of procedure. In response, the United States’ representative said her comments were a reaction to the Movement’s suggestions for next year’s Committee bureau and she offered to modify the language from “proposed Chair’s non-paper” to “suggested non-paper”. Guatemala’s representative said that during the session the Chair’s non-paper was received favourably and that both positions – those in favour of it and those against – should be reflected in the report, a view supported by the representatives of Cuba and Morocco. Following a brief suspension of the meeting, the United States’ representative revised the sentence to read: “Some delegations expressed support for these suggestions while other delegations expressed concerns.”

Following the report’s adoption, Cuba’s representative proposed inclusion of a paragraph welcoming the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Manila Declaration on the Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes, to be celebrated on 15 November 2017, calling on all States to promote the Declaration’s faithful implementation and to commemorate the anniversary. The proposal was supported by the representatives of the Philippines, Sudan, Nicaragua and Iran, speaking on behalf of the Movement, and Indonesia. The United States’ representative, however, said the proposal should not be included in the report, but should be considered for future action, a position supported by the representatives of the United Kingdom, France, Israel and the European Union. Cuba’s representative said the point was the anniversary should not go unrecognized, and that she was willing to retract the proposal for the current session if it did not have the Committee’s full agreement. Barring no objections, the proposal was withdrawn.

The Special Committee was established in 1975 to examine proposals to bolster the world body’s role in maintaining peace and security, to advance cooperation among nations and to promote international law.

The Special Committee will reconvene at a date and time to be announced.

Source: United Nations


ACCRA, The World Health Organization (WHO) has published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens”, a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria which pose the greatest threat to human health.

According to a WHO report received here Tuesday, the list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development of new antibiotics, as part of its efforts to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.

According to the WHO report, the list highlights in particular the threat of gram-negative bacteria which resistant to multiple antibiotics. It indicated that the bacteria had built-in abilities to find new ways to resist treatment and could pass along genetic material which allowed other bacteria to become drug-resistant as well.

“This list is a new tool to ensure research and development responds to urgent public health needs,” said Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation.

“Antibiotic resistance is growing, and we are fast running out of treatment options. If we leave it to market forces alone, the new antibiotics we most urgently need are not going to be developed in time,” she stated.

The WHO list was divided into three categories according to the urgency of need for new antibiotics — critical, high and medium priority. The report said the most critical group of all includes multi-drug resistant bacteria which pose a particular threat in hospitals, nursing homes, and among patients whose care requires devices such as ventilators and blood catheters.

They include Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas and various Enterobacteriaceae (including Klebsiella, E. coli, Serratia, and Proteus) and they could cause severe and often deadly infections such as bloodstream infections and pneumonia.

The list was developed in collaboration with the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Tubingen, Germany, using a multi-criteria decision analysis technique vetted by a group of international experts.