The FAA will award completions center Gore Design Completions an organization designation authorization (ODA) before year-end. This designation permits Gore, with FAA oversight, to issue FAA certification approvals at its San Antonio facility.
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The FAA has published for manufacturers of aircraft and aviation products new regulations that will update and standardize FAA requirements. The agency says the change “will better align [regulations] with the current global manufacturing environment.”
Timco Aerosystems has been awarded organization delegation authorization (ODA) from the FAA’s Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office. According to the company, it is the first major aircraft maintenance and modification provider to be issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) and parts manufacturing approval (PMA) ODA.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) late in September issued a type certificate to the Bell 429. The agency also approved the light twin’s initial maintenance requirement report, a document based on the agency’s maintenance review board (MRB) process that helps operators develop continued airworthiness maintenance programs. This is the first time the MRB process has been used for a helicopter.
The FAA has announced its intent to award Gore Design Completions (GDC, Booth No. 2944) an Organization Designation Authorization approval in the fourth quarter 2009. The ODA designation will allow GDC, with FAA oversight, to issue special airworthiness certificates, standard airworthiness certificates and supplemental type certificates, approving all modifications made to an aircraft while at the company’s San Antonio facilities.
The European Union has begun the rulemaking process that could lead to approval of single-engine commercial air transport operations in instrument
meteorological conditions or at night (SE-IMC/night). However, approval is not expected to take effect until the middle of the next decade.
The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), launched in 2002 by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), has been granted official European recognition as an industry safety standard for business aircraft operations.
The European Union has granted the International Business Aviation Council’s (IBAC) International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) official recognition as an industry standard for business aircraft operations.
Metro Aviation has earned FAA Part 145 repair station status to perform maintenance and repair on Bell 407s. With this latest certification, the Shreveport, La.-based company continues to diversify the helicopters approved under a long-standing repair station authorization. Metro has finished several new Bell 407s both for air medical and corporate customers and the company has contracts for completions of the aircraft through next year.
The FAA recently awarded Piper Aircraft type-certificate organization designation authorization (ODA), which gives the Vero Beach, Fla.-based aircraft manufacturer the authority to act on behalf of the agency in the approval of airplane designs and certification to FAA standards of airworthiness. The approval is similar to the previous FAA standard–delegation option authorization–that Piper held.