The European General Aviation Safety Team (EGAST) published in April its Terms of Reference, which describe the organization’s objectives and structure. EGAST, the third element of the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI), is a voluntary partnership among the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), other European intergovernmental bodies and the GA industry.
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Five trade organizations jointly submitted recommended security regulations for general aviation operations to the DOT and FAA for implementation “expeditiously.” The recommendations from AOPA, NBAA, Experimental Aircraft Association, Helicopter Association International and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association focus on four areas–aircraft security, passenger authentication, pilot identity and airport operations and facilities.
A “smart” security identification card that can be used by aircraft passengers and another that would be used by flight crews, aviation employees and student pilots will undergo a 90-day proof-of-concept test–beginning on or about January 1–in a partnership among the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Executive Jet Aviation, Signature Flight Support and FlightSafety International.
What does it really take to start a Part 135 operation? Talking with pilots reveals confusion and intimidation about the requirements. One is sure to hear stories about the mountains of paperwork and inviting the “devil in your bed” by asking the FAA to oversee your operation.
Jet Aviation’s aircraft management and charter division has announced it has been awarded the EASA Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) Plus certificate by EASA. This will allow the company to perform annual airworthiness reviews for both its managed fleet and for aircraft of other private operators. EU-registered aircraft with takeoff weights exceeding 5.7 tons are required to be managed by CAMO effective Sept.
After an arduous trip through the federal bureaucratic processes, the FAA published its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for FAR Part 91 Subpart K last month, a new section that will regulate fractional-ownership operations and make some modifications to Part 135 on-demand charter requirements to level the competitive playing field.
According to a study by UK research contractor Qinetiq for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), commercial air transport flights by single-engine aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions or at night (SE-IMC/night) should not be prohibited automatically. That is the good news for proponents of SE-IMC/night operations who have been seeking the clearance for more than 20 years.
Prompted in part by NTSB recommendations arising from the July 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, the FAA has developed an enhanced airworthiness program for airplane systems (EAPAS) to increase awareness of wiring system degradation and improve both maintenance and design of electrical systems.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is scheduled to start operations next September in Brussels, Belgium, following a September 27 ruling that gives its promoters in the European Commission the green light to actually create the agency.
A scheduled meeting on October 24 between Eclipse Aviation and the JAA will mark the first step of the European certification process for the Eclipse 500 superlight jet. “This meeting will be an informal one,” a source at the French civil aviation authorities told AIN. The first official action will be Eclipse’s application for JAA certification.