In a demonstration of how congressional mandates force lawmakers to come to grips with reality, the process of granting Part 145 repair station certificates to companies outside the U.S. has ground to a halt. Last August, Congress passed the “9/11 Recommendation Implementation Act of 2007,” part of which mandated that the TSA create new security rules for foreign repair stations.
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The FAA has issued an unapproved parts notification for Weco Aerospace Systems of Burbank, Calif. The document cites hundreds of “aircraft components and instruments approved for return to service by Weco, Inc.” The company, acquired by Gulfstream Aerospace a year ago, was an FAA Part 145 and EASA repair station.
The FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have signed a bilateral agreement that will strengthen air safety while reducing regulatory burdens and costs for manufacturers, operators and aviation authorities in the U.S. and Europe.
The FAA has awarded Dassault Aircraft Services Wilmington the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Certificate of Excellence. It is the highest of five awards an organization can receive for its dedication to maintenance training.
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.
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.