The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) recently sent a letter to the FAA’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) taking it to task for misrepresentations regarding repair stations. “When the Department of Transportation formed the FAAC it brought together individuals from what it thinks of as the aviation powerhouses: the airlines, unions, some major corporations and a few academics.
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The FAA issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD)—2011-01-53—on December 20 to owners and operators of the Piaggio Avanti twin turboprop. The AD supersedes AD 2011-01-51, issued December 18.
In reaction to last week’s move by the U.S. FAA to restore Mexico’s aviation safety rating to Category 1, Aeromexico plans to re-establish code share flights with U.S. partner Delta Air Lines as of December 11. All told, the airline expects to offer 45 daily flights that share the Delta Air Lines code.
While the FAA has filed a “difference” explaining that it does not have a formal safety management system (SMS) rule for aircraft operators, despite the ICAO November 18 deadline that is now passed, it is in the process of SMS rulemaking.
The FAA has issued a proposed policy change that would clarify the definition of the words "actively engaged" as they relate to application for and renewal of the Inspection Authorization (IA) certificate. Airframe and powerplant mechanics (A&Ps) can qualify to take the IA test if they have held their mechanic certificate for at least three years and have been "actively engaged" as a mechanic for the previous two.
Recent pilot reports have suggested that French civil aviation authorities are requiring foreign operators to demonstrate that they have a safety management system (SMS) or flight operations quality assurance (Foqa) program before they grant traffic rights.
CD Aviation, an authorized Honeywell Engines service center, received the FAA’s AMT Diamond Award of Excellence for maintenance technician training for the third year in a row. The award recognizes maintenance organizations that provide training for their mechanics. All of CD’s technicians received training. CD Aviation (Booth No.
“Proposed Advisory Circular: Commercial Parts,” along with a change to FAR Part 21 regarding commercial parts, might prove a case of a pound of prevention providing an ounce of cure.
Phoenix Heliparts said it will appeal the FAA’s emergency revocation of its Part 145 repair station operating certificate to the NTSB.
The FAA has assigned the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) the new task of reviewing and submitting recommendations in response to the agency’s intent to “update, reorganize and improve the level of safety of requirements for flammability of materials.” Because the task could result in “a significant change” to the type certification requirements, the FAA is “interested in obtaining international harmonization.” To this end,