Last year was one of the best ever in terms of safe airline operations, according to the latest data from the European Aviation Safety Agency, which last week reported “one of the best years in aviation safety for EASA member states in commercial air transport history.”
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FltPlan.com, which claims to be the online flight planning and filing service of choice for three out of four turbine business aircraft operators in the U.S., expanded its coverage to Central America and most of the Caribbean islands. According to the company, pilots flying south of the border can use the same data-entry methods as for a domestic FltPlan.com plan, and the FAA accepts the flight plan, which is in the required ICAO format.
AeroMech has launched AMI Aviation Services in a bid to integrate its global engineering and FAA STC ODA certification services with fabrication and repair station capabilities., “With the addition of AMI Aviation,” said v-p of business development Dave Doucette, “we can now offer our engineering and certification services together with avionics installations, modifications, harness fabrication and PMA in one location or even remotely anywher
Operators pushing for clearance to fly commercial single-engine flights in IFR conditions, which are not allowed under European Union (EU) legislation, will be encouraged that regulators have brought forward by a year the start and end dates for rulemaking. That is the good news. The bad news–almost 25 years after the initial proposals–is that it will be well after the middle of this decade before regulations could permit such operations.
The U.S. formally entered into a new bilateral aviation safety agreement (BASA) with the European Union (EU) on Sunday.
One of the problems with the aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) process is that it gives people, and especially FAA lawyers, too much time to think. And too much thinking often leads to onerous interpretations of what seem like simple regulations.
The FAA released an Information for Operators (InFO) bulletin about safety management systems (SMS) for general aviation (Parts 91 and 125) operators.
General aviation (GA) pilots have just 12 months to obtain new European licenses to enable them to fly European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-approved aircraft in European Union member states beginning in April next year. EASA proposals for flight-crew licences (FCLs) have completed all pre-regulatory stages and translation and were expected to go to the European Parliament by early April and become law by mid-year.
As usual, the Ebace conference agenda will be packed with topical deliberations on key issues facing Europe’s business aviation community. The theme for the 2011 Opening General Session is “Linking Communities and Economies,” but, as of press time, the roster of speakers had yet to be confirmed.