The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded its International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program rating of India from a Category 1 to a Category 2 based on a recent reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. Under Category 2, India’s airlines can continue to fly existing service to the U.S., but they cannot establish any new service until the FAA reinstates the country’s Category 1 status.
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The Malaysia Department of Civil Aviation has given repair station approval to the Bombardier Aircraft Service Center in Singapore. The facility is Bombardier’s tenth factory-owned service center and, with the Amsterdam, Netherlands facility, the second outside North America.
The Singapore facility, which entered service at the end of last year, will be inaugurated during the Singapore Airshow.
The FAA has awarded GE Aviation organization designation authorization (ODA), enabling the company to act on behalf of the FAA in managing certification projects and determining compliance in accordance with FAA procedures, guidelines and oversight.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted a CCAR 145 maintenance organization certificate to Flying Colours. The Peterborough, Ontario-based maintenance, completions and refurbishments provider claims the approval makes it the first Canadian MRO to receive complete airframe and specialized service approval under Chinese civil aviation regulations.
The UK Military Airworthiness Authority (MAA) is taking a leading role in a forum that aims to harmonize requirements within Europe for military airworthiness. The move would help the aerospace industry design future pan-European products. But although the forum is basing the requirements framework on European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations, there is no intention to create a pan-European regulatory agency for military aircraft, according to Air Vice-Marshal Martin Clark, the MAA’s technical director. “Regulation will remain a national responsibility,” he told AIN.
A $1.1 trillion spending plan easily passed the House of Representatives yesterday and is awaiting action by the Senate, expected no later than tomorrow. Congress then departs Washington for a week of vacation anchored by Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday.
The need for aviation workers to speak and understand English is clearly outlined in FAA regulations, but as Roy Resto points out in his CAVU Café: Royboy’s Prose & Cons blog, understanding how this works in practice takes a little more work. “In most parts of the world,” he noted, “English is the international language of aviation. Flight-deck instruments are in English, as are flight manuals and maintenance instructions.
Bell Helicopter has received approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to perform maintenance and customization on Bell 206s, 407s and 429s under the certification of Transport Canada. The authorization includes scheduled and unscheduled maintenance; inspections, repair or recertification; component replacement; incorporating airworthiness directives, service bulletins and technical bulletins; incorporating STCs or servicing instructions; and helicopter disassembly and re-assembly.
AOPA, GAMA and NBAA hailed the signing of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013 by President Obama on Wednesday. His signature formally enacts legislation to enhance–and, the industry hopes, to reduce the cost of–the certification process for new general aviation aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds, their avionics and other equipment.
The FAA is reminding aircraft operators through a special airworthiness information bulletin– NOTC5068, issued November 22–about a few idiosyncrasies to keep in mind when updating aircraft navigational databases. “The cyclical updates may exclude certain navigation data, including approach procedures, which makes this information unavailable for selection on the aircraft flight management system or navigation equipment,” warned the bulletin.