Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aviation today received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. The approval is for private flights only, the EASA clarified, and Eclipse expects to receive the EU-OPS 1 certification for commercial operations next year. According to the EASA, the certificate is valid for VFR and IFR operations, including RVSM and flight into known icing.
Business jet maintenance management specialist Camp Systems (Stand No. 323) is scheduled to open an office in the Dubai Free Zone by year-end to enable it to be closer to its Middle East customers than it can be from its headquarters in North America and France.
In recent months, Congressional leaders have held pre-election hearings on a number of aviation issues. So far, these gatherings have made a lot of headlines but produced little in the way of tangible results.
Buyers of new Bell helicopters now get a two-year subscription to the Web-based SkyBooks electronic logbook system for each helicopter purchased beginning with August 2008 certifications. The full-service SkyBooks subscription comes with purchase of a Bell 206B, 206L, 407, 412 and 427, each with specific serial-number applicability.
The FAA’s approach to Airworthiness Directive (AD) compliance was a significant feature in the Department of Transportation’s Independent Review Team report on “Managing Risks in Civil Aviation.” The team was formed after the FAA suffered what the report called a “perfect storm” earlier this year during AD compliance issues with Southwest Airlines and American Airlines.
European and U.S. regulators have agreed to mandate “aircraft level” action for Rolls-Royce Trent 800-powered Boeing 777s and are considering potential action for other certified aircraft/engine combinations. This follows recommendations in an interim UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report published Thursday into the British Airways 777 accident at London Heathrow Airport in January.
The FAA has issued a proposed Airworthiness Directive for GE CF34 turbofan engines with high-pressure-rotor, four-step, air-balance-piston, stationary seals to remove these seals and incorporate an eight-step seal at the next piece-part exposure.
AircraftLogs.com has added maintenance features to its online logbook system. Users of the Columbus, Ohio, company’s online system can now receive automatic alerts when the FAA issues new service bulletins and Airworthiness Directives, due to an arrangement with maintenance data publisher Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP).
The FAA in late July issued an emergency order of revocation to LAB Flying Service of Juneau, Alaska, effectively shutting down the 52-year-old carrier, which served Alaskans with a fleet of Piper singles and twins, a Britten-Norman Islander and Helio Courier. The revocation order cited a number of discrepancies with LAB’s maintenance
The FAA issued a new Airworthiness Directive today that warns of a failure by the flight guidance control system (FGCS) in certain Embraer E170s and E190s to display some “caution” messages when warranted. Embraer has found that that certain Honeywell Primus Epic software loads–namely, versions 17.3, 17.4, 17.5, 17.6 and 17.7 installed in the E170 and versions 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6 and 4.7 installed in the E190–triggered the failures.