The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) may tighten some of the provisions for flight time limitations (FTL) contained in Sub- part Q of its existing EU OPS 1 rules covering commercial aircraft operations. The possible changes result from a recently concluded scientific and medical evaluation conducted on the agency’s behalf by an independent committee of fatigue experts.
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Building on business aviation’s International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) introduced in 2002, business aviation groups from around the world have developed a Safety Management System Tool Kit (SMS TK) to help operators respond to global standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the Part 145 certification for Aerospace Welding Minneapolis. The certificate has been issued under the terms of the current Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement and the associated Maintenance Implementation Procedures. The new certification allows the company to export all overhauled and repaired parts to customers in any EASA member country.
AirCare Solutions Group, which provides emergency training, products and services to business aviation and airline operators, purchased Majestic Aerotech, an Olympia, Wash.-based FAA- and EASA-approved repair station for emergency medical equipment. Majestic Aerotech occupies an 11,000-sq-ft facility and specializes in inspecting, repairing and certifying emergency medical and survival kits.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted Part 145 approval to Aerospace Welding Minneapolis, based in Eagan, Minn. The approval allows Aerospace Welding to export overhauled and repaired parts such as exhaust systems and engine mounts to customers located in any country that is a member of EASA.
Because it has not completed guidelines for a Safety Management System (SMS) for U.S. operators, the FAA on Tuesday filed a “difference” with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over the Jan. 1, 2009, deadline for having SMS requirements. Compliance with the ICAO standard depends on FAA action to define specific requirements, but the agency has not yet developed regulations or policy for implementation of SMS by operators.
This is a bad month for those of us who work tirelessly toward the goal of ensuring that certified aircraft maintainers are recognized for their knowledge, skills and abilities. We have lost an individual who often would stand and push his employer–the FAA–to do “the right thing” in regulating aircraft maintenance processes or procedures dealing with the individual mechanic.
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aviation on November 21 received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification for the Eclipse 500. The approval is for private flights only, the EASA clarified, and Eclipse expects to receive EU-OPS 1 certification for commercial operations next year. The certification is valid for VFR and IFR operations, including RVSM and flight into known icing.
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aviation today received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. The approval is for private flights only, the EASA clarified, and Eclipse expects to receive the EU-OPS 1 certification for commercial operations next year. According to the EASA, the certificate is valid for VFR and IFR operations, including RVSM and flight into known icing.
The aviation maintenance industry lost a key friend on Sunday, November 9, when retired FAA national resource specialist Bill O’Brien passed away.