The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed the entry into force of the Brazil-European Union (EU) aviation safety agreement. While it was enacted on August 27 following an exchange of diplomatic notes between Brazil and the European Union, the two parties held their first certification meeting under terms of the agreement just this past Thursday.
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The FAA has upgraded Ukraine’s safety rating from Category 2 to Category 1 following an international aviation safety assessment of the country’s civil aviation authority in July. A Category 1 rating means Ukraine now complies with the highest level of ICAO safety standards and its air carriers can add flights and service to the U.S.. With the Category 2 rating, Ukrainian airlines were allowed to maintain existing service to the U.S. but could not establish new services.
In fact, no Ukrainian carrier currently provides service to the U.S.
Opponents of Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) seemed to have gotten the best of a deal reached at the general assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that should lead to a global market-based mechanism (MBM) for curbing aircraft emissions by 2020. On October 4, the assembly endorsed a plan agreed late the previous day by ICAO’s executive committee calling for a detailed plan for the cap-and-trade MBM to be agreed at the UN body’s next general assembly ahead of full implementation in 2020.
The Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre has authorized Jet Aviation Hong Kong to provide maintenance services to third-party aircraft subject to the MRO’s aircraft approval type ratings. The MRO, which also services Jet Aviation Hong Kong’s 25 managed aircraft, offers line maintenance, inspections, defect rectifications and AOG support and has access to a 99,027-sq-ft hangar.
Jet Aviation Flight Services has received authorization from the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation (BDCA) as a continued airworthiness management organization (Camo). The authorization allows Jet Aviation to manage the maintenance of aircraft registered in Bermuda, where managing aircraft by a Camo has been mandatory since 2010. “We are delighted to meet the high standards of the BDCA,” said Don Haloburdo, v-p and general manager of Jet Aviation Flight Services.
The UK Parliament’s Transport Committee has criticized the European Union’s proposed flight- and duty-time regulations, saying that while they represent an improvement over the current versions, some of the new rules seem to fly in the face of current scientific research. The changes, driven by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), are expected to take effect in November this year.
The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General has identified the agency’s seven biggest challenges for the 12-month period beginning October 1, two of which apply to aviation. The IG said it will focus on improving FAA oversight of the aviation industry and the operations of the national airspace system, as well as on identifying and addressing root causes of problems with NextGen and setting program priorities.
Part-specific training is not required for work performed under a repair station certificate, the FAA confirmed in response to an Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) request for clarification.
India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has banned nonscheduled air operator permit (AOP) holders–including indigenous business jet operators––from flying to international destinations unless certification documents adhere to the international air operator certification manual.
This follows an ICAO safety audit of India last December that found “significant safety concerns,” with deficiencies in AOP holders and maintenance. Last month, an Indian-registered business jet was refused landing by Singapore as it did not have AOP documentation.
Updates to FAA joint order 7210.3X, the agency’s operational guide to ATC facility management, take effect August 22.