“All of aviation, including general and business aviation, as well as the airlines, is working together really well to continually improve the environment,” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen declared last month during opening comments on a panel discussion about the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme. But he quickly added, “We are also working together to fight wrong-headed environmental regulations that don’t work.”
Civil aviation authorities
Africa has been training pilots and other aviation professionals for decades, but never in large enough numbers to meet stringent international certification requirements for its own burgeoning aviation industry.
The European Aviation Safety Agency last week postponed the highly anticipated April 9 deadline for implementation of rules regarding Safety Management Systems, which would cover flight operations in the European Union of aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds. The agency said work yet to be completed did not allow it to meet last week’s initial date.
The FAA has extended until June 4 the period to submit “clarifying questions” about the final rule that amends the existing flight, duty and rest regulations applicable to certificate holders and their flight crewmembers. In the rule, the FAA created a new Part 117, which replaces the existing flight, duty and rest regulations contained in Part 121 Subparts Q, R and S. As part of this rulemaking, the FAA also applied the new Part 117 to certain Part 91 operations.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) is seeking input from the aviation maintenance industry through an anonymous survey measuring the burden FAA audits impose on repair stations.
Arsa is conducting the survey in tandem with an FAA project seeking to measure and quantify the impact of audits on repair stations and will submit the results to the FAA for comparison and validation with the agency’s own research on the issue.
It is testament to how seriously the China market takes its fledgling general-aviation industry that key players from the China Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) took to the stage for one of the conference sessions here at the ABACE show yesterday.
Hubbard Aviation Technologies will conduct a European airport tour in the runup to Ebace 2012. The St. Paul, Minn.-based company said it will offer demo flights at four leading European airports on a Gulfstream III outfitted with Hubbard Aviation Technologies’ QS3 Noise Suppression System. The noise-suppression system, which does not impose any operating restrictions, is approved by the FAA and EASA to meet Stage 3/Chapter 3 noise standards.
Members of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) are breathing a sigh of relief now that lawmakers and the president have finally passed long-term FAA reauthorization legislation. The House and Senate have approved the FAA Modernization & Reform Act recently and President Obama signed it yesterday.
The Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) has given Chromalloy’s Windsor, Conn. engine component repair station Approved Organization Exposition certification. The AOE certificate allows Chromalloy to provide component repairs, including FAA-approved designated engineering representative (DER) repairs.
The certificates were issued in accordance with the 2009 Japan Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA).
Mumbai-based Air Works India Engineering’s Delhi facility has become the first independent general aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organization in India to be awarded Part 145 approval covering for general aviation aircraft from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).