Civil aviation authorities

September 22, 2010 - 6:12am

Doug Larson, a graduate researcher at the University of Minnesota, is conducting a survey of maintenance technicians “to look at the experience and education of aviation maintenance instructors and see what it tells us about the job of educating maintenance technicians.” He is asking all aircraft maintenance instructors to take a 15-minute anonymous online survey

August 26, 2010 - 12:39pm

The FAA is seeking a civil penalty of $580,000 from Hillsboro Aviation of Hillsboro, Ore., “for allegedly performing improper repairs, deliberately falsifying maintenance records and operating a helicopter in a reckless manner.” The proposed penalty amount is lower than it could have been, according to the FAA, because Hillsboro’s general manager “upon learning of the intentional falsifications, immediately terminated all personnel invol

August 14, 2010 - 3:57pm

A program put in place to improve the oversight of aviation safety for African countries has completed many of its work goals one year ahead of target. The African Comprehensive Implementation Program (ACIP) was launched in 2007, and its four-year first phase has seen most of its goals reached by this year, according to ICAO’s secretary general Raymond Benjamin.

August 10, 2010 - 12:52pm

Each key FAA NextGen project has an individual "metric" to measure how its development is progressing. But as the Government Accountability Office (GAO) warned recently, the FAA doesn't use "lateral" metrics that would allow senior management to track the relative progress of separate projects that must eventually work together to make NextGen happen.

August 4, 2010 - 12:23pm

The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) has prevailed in a three-year legal battle against CASA, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority. ALAEA sued to gain access to safety-related audit reports of CASA-approved foreign maintenance bases.

July 14, 2010 - 8:14am

The FAA has issued a draft revised Order 8110.103A with new information about how agency personnel process alternative methods of compliance (Amoc) requests. Amocs are requested by companies and individuals seeking a different method for complying with an Airworthiness Directive (AD), but Amocs must also be approved by the FAA.

June 30, 2010 - 9:55am

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.

June 16, 2010 - 10:30am

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.

June 12, 2010 - 2:44am

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.