The FAA is proposing a $450,000 civil penalty against Dassault Falcon and its completion center in Little Rock, Ark., for improperly plating certain parts and installing them on airplanes. The agency alleges that after receiving a warning notice on this issue in January 2008, Dassault Falcon approved 18 airplanes for return to service between March 2008 and April 2009.
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In a letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) executive vice president Christian Klein warned that proposed language in the FAA reauthorization bill will obstruct aviation maintenance exports and hinder the ability of U.S. companies to compete internationally.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) is warning the Obama Administration that wording in the FAA reauthorization legislation pending on Capitol Hill threatens to undermine the global competitiveness of the U.S. aerospace industry.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) could, by year-end, publish proposals to clarify and simplify approval procedures covering design and production of some non-critical parts by companies other than original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Such parts manufacture approval (PMA) processes could increase competition in a market that provides North American carriers access to thousands of less-expensive replacement parts.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is tackling the process to implement new rules for operations in Europe in April 2012. Business aviation is involved in the rulemaking, notably through review groups. EASA-OPS will replace current EU-OPS, JAR-OPS and national rules.
Aero Dynamix (ADI) is offering the first EASA STC approval for a night-vision lighting system on an MD902.
While aftermarket FAA-approved aircraft parts made by companies holding FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) are common in the U.S., there is no PMA equivalent for companies in the rest of the world that want to manufacture aircraft parts outside the sanction of OEMs.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has developed a new maintenance honor open to any full-time aircraft and/or components maintenance or repair business or a Part 91, 121, 125, 127, 129, 133, 135, 137, 141, 145 or 147 entity that conducts aviation maintenance.
Eurocopter is offering continuing airworthiness management under the EASA’s Part M rules. The manufacturer can thus provide airworthiness maintenance on behalf of operators, for their in-service aircraft.