While the FAA has filed a “difference” explaining that it does not have a formal safety management system (SMS) rule for aircraft operators, despite ICAO's fast-approaching November 18 deadline, it is in the process of SMS rulemaking.
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The French helicopter lobby association, UFH, is voicing concern about two new sets of rules recently released by the country’s civil aviation authority, the DGAC. UFH says the rules will jeopardize the economic viability of many helicopter operators, not to mention contradict current rules. The first national regulation now prohibits training flights that involve repetitive maneuvers from flying near densely populated areas.
Recent pilot reports have suggested that French civil aviation authorities are requiring foreign operators to demonstrate that they have a safety management system (SMS) or flight operations quality assurance (Foqa) program before they grant traffic rights.
Last month, after years of prodding from the NTSB and extensive consultation with the industry, the FAA issued its much anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that tightens the equipment, training and operational requirements for helicopter EMS providers in the name of safety. However, the 133-page NPRM doesn’t stop with the helicopter EMS community.
Members of the Florida Aviation Trades Association learned recently that the Third District Court (Miami) has issued a ruling that will significantly affect the recourse available to the maintenance industry when faced with a non-paying customer.
Previously, a repair facility could put a lien on the aircraft when it perceived the customer would not pay the bill regardless of who was in possession of the aircraft.
After 11 years in the aircraft modification business, Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No. 8227) has announced the European certification of its latest project, the XP engine upgrade for the Piper Cheyenne. The EASA certification covers the Cheyenne I, II and IIXL models of the twin-engine turboprop, which replaces the aircraft’s original engines with factory new 750-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135As.
The FAA released proposed new regulations for charter operators on October 7, specifically targeting aeromedical services. There were 135 helicopter air ambulance accidents from 1992 through 2009, with 126 fatalities, and 75 commercial helicopter accidents with 88 fatalities (excluding air ambulances) during that period.
This morning the FAA announced its long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding new equipment and operational and training requirements for the helicopter EMS industry.
The FAA has concluded that two Boston Air Charter pilots were in violation of the FARs when they took off in their respective Cessna Citations from Norwood Memorial Airport (Mass.) on March 17, during which time the field was closed due to flooding. The pilots face a proposed 30-day suspension of their airman certificates.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is said to be close to responding to an FAA request that it withdraw a June notice that seeks to impose a total ban on the “certification, manufacture, importation, sale or continued use” of 121.5-MHz emergency locator transmitters.