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.
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The Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority has approved Duncan Aviation’s location in Provo, Utah, as an aircraft maintenance organization. In addition, the company’s location in Battle Creek, Mich. recently received approval by Argentina’s Civil Aviation Authority. In addition to their FAA and EASA approvals, Duncan Aviation’s locations in Lincoln, Neb., Battle Creek and Provo hold certificates for 10 more civil aviation authorities, including Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, China, Gambia, Mexico, South Africa and Venezuela.
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.
The Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) report on recommended changes to general aviation aircraft certification regulations has been released, just in time for the opening of this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show on July 29. And, in what appears to be encouraging support from the federal government, new Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx expressed support for the recommendations.