General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) president and CEO Pete Bunce credits the No Plane No Gain program with helping to emphasize to policy makers the importance of business and general aviation to this nation.
Civil aviation authorities
The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) this week endorsed GE Aviation as a qualified instrument flight procedure design company. The approval came at the ICAO’s performance-based navigation (PBN) symposium in Montreal. GE Aviation was one of five service providers to receive the endorsement that ensures it can develop safe and compliant flight procedures. GE Aviation’s PBN services are designed to complement its existing design organization approval for air navigation service providers by offering full design services or support during the design and implementation process.
GE Aviation’s H80 turboprop engine has received type certification from Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register. To date, the H80 has received type certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency, the U.S. FAA, Brazil’s civil aviation agency and Argentina’s Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil. GE is pursuing type certificates for the H80 in other countries, including Canada and China, to support the expanding global customer base. The H80 will feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls.
The GE Aviation H80 turboprop engine recently received type certification from the Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IAC AR). The Russian agency issued the approval on September 24. To date, the 800-shp H80 engine has obtained type certification from the EASA, FAA, Brazil’s ANAC and the Argentine Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil. GE is pursuing type certificates for the H80 in other countries, including Canada and China.
The FAA has denied Bell Helicopter’s petition for an exemption to the normal category Part 27 weight limit of 7,000 pounds for the Bell 429 light twin to 7,500 pounds, but plans to seek public comment that could lead to a revision of Part 27 standards.
India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) expects to complete its second safety audit of that nation’s airlines by next month. The audits began with a look at Kingfisher Airlines and Air India Express because of ongoing labor issues at those airlines. The DGCA expects the first of these reports to be released soon.
StandardAero Components has renewed its Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certification and obtained a new authorization from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation. StandardAero Components currently holds FAA, EASA and CAAC 145 certification for GE, CFM, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce and Honeywell powerplants.
Avisa Gulf, the Middle East joint venture between Avisa UK and Al Jaber Aviation, has been awarded the first-ever UAE and MENA region airworthiness GCAA Part M Camo (Continued Airworthiness and Maintenance Management Organization) approval from the General Civil Aviation Authority for a standalone company. Operating from its base in Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi, Avisa offers feasibility studies, business plan development and a start-up solution for new operations wanting to earn their AOC or AMO or Camo.
Kurt Edwards was named as the new director general at the International Business Aviation Council late last week. IBAC is the international non-governmental organization that represents the interests of business aviation operators from around the world in international forums, primarily ICAO. According to IBAC, Edwards has “substantial experience in international aviation issues” at the FAA, where he led agency outreach efforts while based in Brussels, Paris and Montreal. He replaces Donald Spruston, who is retiring after leading the organization since 1999.