Our community will face greater change in the next 10 years than we experienced in the last 50. We will see new communications, navigation and surveillance equipment, as well as changes in piloting requirements and procedures. A new class of very light jets (VLJs) will emerge, and owner pilots will be operating them in airspace previously the pur-view of professionals.
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At a Senate hearing on FAA financing last week, Delta Air Lines COO Jim Whitehurst, speaking for the Air Transport Association (ATA), reiterated one of ATA’s longstanding assertions that tracking departures and time in the system is the best way to measure the costs that aircraft impose for ATC services. The association first proposed such tracking in March 2006.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association is urging the European Union to unify rules for general aviation operations rather than leave regulation to individual member states of the EU.
Civil aviation authorities in Africa are planning an Africa-wide regulatory system similar to the European Union’s European Aviation Safety Agency. The new AFRO-CAA was to be launched on June 28 at a meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, and plans call for the AFRO-CAA to publish regulations and focus on regulatory harmonization and oversight of aviation operators in Africa.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) said in testimony last week to the Senate subcommittee on aviation operations, safety and security that foreign repair stations are safe and subject to heavy oversight.
Open sharing of data between and among airworthiness authorities was top of the agenda at a Euro-U.S. aviation-safety conference in Prague earlier this month, when
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to issue fuel tank inerting rules in September in a bid to reduce the risk of explosions. In 1996, just such an explosion caused the in-flight break-up of a TWA Boeing 747, and the new FAA mandate will target both new and in-service airliners.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awarded the Airbus A380, the world’s largest airliner, its official seal of approval just over six months ago last December 12. The certification process for the A380 began in 1998 with France’s DGAC civil aviation authority and continued when EASA assumed responsibility for airworthiness approvals in 2003.
The FAA has awarded Executive Jet Management (EJM) its Diamond Award for excellence in maintenance, safety and human factors training for the 13th straight year. The company received the award for having 25 percent or more of its maintenance technicians qualify for an individual training award in any given year.
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said that “aircraft greenhouse gas emissions might become a serious barrier to aviation growth long-term” in a speech last week to an emissions colloquium at ICAO in Quebec. Also at the colloquium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Ian Waitz presented preliminary research that says in one estimation, U.S.