The FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise FAR Part 145 repair station certification and regulation has incurred the wrath of industry. In the more than 300 responses, a number that increases daily as the November 19 cutoff date approaches, it is difficult to find anyone supporting it though there are a few.
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A manufacturer of small UAVs said it was awarded the first permit from the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (Enac) to operate a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in non-segregated airspace. Aermatica, of Venegono Superiore, Italy, said it obtained the permit for its Anteos RPA, a battery-powered quadcopter.
The FAA is making progress implementing safety management systems (SMS) both within the agency and for the aviation industry as a whole, but the effort is likely to take many years to complete, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
International Water-Guard (IWG) has announced a supplemental type certificate from Brazil’s ANAC aviation authority for installation of its IWG-A4 potable water treatment unit on the Embraer Legacy 600 and Legacy 650.
General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) president and CEO Pete Bunce credits the No Plane No Gain program with helping to emphasize to policy makers the importance of business and general aviation to this nation.
The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) this week endorsed GE Aviation as a qualified instrument flight procedure design company. The approval came at the ICAO’s performance-based navigation (PBN) symposium in Montreal. GE Aviation was one of five service providers to receive the endorsement that ensures it can develop safe and compliant flight procedures. GE Aviation’s PBN services are designed to complement its existing design organization approval for air navigation service providers by offering full design services or support during the design and implementation process.
GE Aviation’s H80 turboprop engine has received type certification from Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register. To date, the H80 has received type certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency, the U.S. FAA, Brazil’s civil aviation agency and Argentina’s Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil. GE is pursuing type certificates for the H80 in other countries, including Canada and China, to support the expanding global customer base. The H80 will feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls.
The GE Aviation H80 turboprop engine recently received type certification from the Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IAC AR). The Russian agency issued the approval on September 24. To date, the 800-shp H80 engine has obtained type certification from the EASA, FAA, Brazil’s ANAC and the Argentine Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil. GE is pursuing type certificates for the H80 in other countries, including Canada and China.
The FAA has denied Bell Helicopter’s petition for an exemption to the normal category Part 27 weight limit of 7,000 pounds for the Bell 429 light twin to 7,500 pounds, but plans to seek public comment that could lead to a revision of Part 27 standards.
India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) expects to complete its second safety audit of that nation’s airlines by next month. The audits began with a look at Kingfisher Airlines and Air India Express because of ongoing labor issues at those airlines. The DGCA expects the first of these reports to be released soon.