Following a congressionally ordered probe of outsourced aircraft maintenance by the DOT Inspector General, the FAA and air carriers were put on notice to improve their oversight of the 4,159 domestic and 709 foreign repair stations certified by the FAA to perform maintenance on U.S. aircraft.
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European Regions Airline Association members face three “front-line” issues as they prepare for their annual general assembly in Manchester, England, this month: the environment, the so-called Single European Sky (SES) and safety regulation. Director-general Mike Ambrose concedes that the industry’s concerns haven’t changed much over the past year, but the scrutiny on these topics has become “more intense” since the last general assembly.
One of the tools in the FAA’s kit is the special certification review (SCR). According to the agency, the post-certification evaluation provides “a way to evaluate the type certification project and potentially unsafe design features on previously approved products.” The FAA initiates an SCR based on a variety of issues, one of which is service experience pointing to safety problems.
An extraordinary confluence of events has embroiled Eclipse Aviation in intense scrutiny, all without a single fatal accident to act as a catalyst.
The FAA’s approach to Airworthiness Directive (AD) compliance was a significant feature in the Department of Transportation’s Independent Review Team report on “Managing Risks in Civil Aviation.” The team was formed after the FAA suffered what the report called a “perfect storm” earlier this year during AD compliance issues with Southwest Airlines and American Airlines.
The Department of Transportation yesterday publicly released an Independent Review Team report summarizing its study of the FAA’s safety culture, including a recommendation that appears to address one of the biggest complaints operators have about the FAA: inconsistent application of regulations.
The FAA is looking for comments from the industry on a revision of Order 8120.2, production approval and certification management procedures.
AircraftLogs.com has added maintenance features to its online logbook system. Users of the Columbus, Ohio, company’s online system can now receive automatic alerts when the FAA issues new service bulletins and Airworthiness Directives, due to an arrangement with maintenance data publisher Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP).
The FAA in late July issued an emergency order of revocation to LAB Flying Service of Juneau, Alaska, effectively shutting down the 52-year-old carrier, which served Alaskans with a fleet of Piper singles and twins, a Britten-Norman Islander and Helio Courier. The revocation order cited a number of discrepancies with LAB’s maintenance
An FAA team explored whether there is a safety and compliance issue with aftermarket repairs and replacement parts made under applicable FAA regulations but without the blessing of the type and production certificate holders, meaning original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).