Civil aviation authorities
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) has gone live with its aviation safety action program (Asap) for on-demand charter operators. The demonstration program currently has two charter operators under the jurisdiction of the Minneapolis FSDO, and will eventually expand to other charter operators in the FAA Great Lakes Region. Asap allows employees of participating air carriers, fractional managers and repair station certificate holders to identify and report safety issues to management and to the FAA for resolution, without fear of reprisal.
As the November deadline approaches for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to assess the Indian government’s record in managing aviation, gaps in the country’s safety regulations could lead the FAA to downgrade India to Category 2 status, according to a report issued recently by the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) submitted a written statement to the U.S. Senate subcommittee on aviation operations, safety and security detailing the important role aviation maintenance services play in ensuring the competitiveness of the American aerospace industry. It describes the substantial and positive economic impact aviation repair stations have on the U.S.
According to the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa), a recent bill introduced by representative Michael Burgess (R-Texas) would add redundant requirements to proposed FAA regulations. Burgess’s Airline Maintenance Safety Act (H.R.
GE Aviation’s H80 turboprop engine received type certification from the Brazilian Civil Aviation agency (ANAC) and the Argentine aviation authority (Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil) last week. These certifications follow similar approvals from EASA and the FAA. The first aircraft to enter service with the 800-shp H80 will be the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft. It has also been selected to power the Aircraft Industries L410 regional turboprop.
Air Service Basel’s continuing airworthiness management organization (Camo) status has received approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands. It is now authorized to provide continuing airworthiness reviews for all Cayman-registered Gulfstreams, Bombardier Challengers, Global Express, and Learjets, Dassault Falcons, Cessna Citations and Embraer Legacy 600/650s. It has been an established EASA and Bermuda BDCA-approved Camo+ organization for several years and holds both EASA and FAA repair-station approvals.
British politicians have demanded that the UK government reject current proposals on revised flight duty and rest times from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Last week the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Part 145 repair stations, adding new ratings and certification requirements. This NPRM shouldn’t come as a surprise to the industry as it is a result of deferred issues from a 2001 Part 145 rule proposal, a revision of repair station ratings and quality assurance systems that generated a large number of negative comments.