The saga surrounding European approval for commercial passenger-carrying operations of single-engine aircraft in IMC (SEIMC) continues. By next week, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) could request proposals for studies of SEIMC.
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The FAA has granted, with conditions, Raytheon Aircraft’s request that the Hawker 4000 be temporarily exempted from having to meet certain Part 25 fuel tank ignition and hydraulic system performance amendments to enable the aircraft to receive type certification (TC) by year-end. Under the conditions of the exemptions, the aircraft will still have to meet certain provisions of both amendments before the FAA will issue the TC.
The FAA took another step in its efforts to promote a “cultural change” to improve aviation safety–replacing the Aviation Safety Program (ASP) with the new FAA Safety Team or FAASTeam. The ASP addressed so-called “easy-to-fix accident causes,” according to the FAA.
More than 15 years after the publication of initial proposals, commercial single-engine operations under instrument meteorological conditions (SE-IMC) could at long last become permitted in Europe, though not before 2010.
On November 23 the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will adopt an amendment to increase the age limit for airline pilots to 65, provided another crewmember pilot is under age 60. The FAA established on September 27 an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to recommend whether the U.S. should adopt the new ICAO standard.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s European service center at London Luton Airport has received Part 145 approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The approval clears Gulfstream to provide line maintenance for any business jet. It already does significant amounts of work on Citations, Falcons and Hawkers since it acquired the former Signature Flight Support facility from the UK’s BBA Group in April 2003.
On behalf of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), two separate task forces are tackling the vexed issue of regulating fractional ownership operations in Europe. One group is focusing on safety and licensing concerns and the other on security. Neither is expected to complete its recommendations until the middle of the year, according to an ECAC spokeswoman.
Garrett Aviation/Piedmont Hawthorne/ Associated Air Center announced its Garrett Aviation-Springfield, Ill. repair station has been awarded the FAA Diamond Award for outstanding aviation maintenance training.
The European Commission (EC) is moving quickly to extend the responsibilities of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to cover pilot licensing, aircraft operations and oversight of third-country airlines.