The FAA plans to formally reexamine the certification standards for helicopters under Parts 27 and 29 of the FARs, the agency announced. Currently, Part 27 helicopters must weigh 7,000 pounds or less and have nine or fewer passenger seats. Helicopters that weigh more than 7,000 pounds and have 10 or more seats fall under the more stringent Part 29 rules.
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The FAA is proposing a $110,000 civil penalty against Air Evac EMS of West Plains, Mo., for operating a Bell BHT 206 not in compliance with FARs. The FAA alleges a company mechanic installed a chin bubble window on the aircraft without following the manufacturer’s instructions and then failed to document the installation in the aircraft’s maintenance logbook. As a result of the improper installation, the aircraft was not compliance with the Federal Aviation Regulations.
The Federal Aviation Administration executive who leads the agency’s NextGen ATC modernization effort said the FAA will sign off in October on an industry-generated plan for achieving results in the next three years.
The AirPooler general aviation ride-sharing system has advised pilot-members not to list any flights, pending a discussion with the FAA to clarify AirPooler’s regulatory standing.
The FAA said last week that it plans to levy a $12 million fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to follow proper maintenance procedures on 44 of its Boeing 737s. Although Aviation Technical Service in Everett, Wash., performed the work incorrectly, the airline was deemed to be ultimately responsible for ensuring that maintenance is completed correctly.
For most companies, reputation is the most important possession, and that is particularly true in private aviation. No one is more aware of that than Dana Carr, co-owner, vice president and director of operations with Florida-based charter provider Air Trek. He has been working to restore his family-owned company’s image for the past six years, ever since the FAA revoked its air operator certificate, a move the NTSB later ruled was erroneous. “I was in shock,” Carr recalled before the audience at the National Air Transportation Association’s annual Air Charter Summit.
The Colgan Air crash near Buffalo in 2009 continues to cast a shadow over the FAA’s rulemaking, with several legislative measures affecting the industry, according to Leslie Smith, division manager for the agency’s air transportation division, speaking at the National Air Transportation Association’s annual Air Charter Summit in Washington, D.C.
Elliott Aviation, an authorized King Air service center, announced their FAA STC approval for the activation and use of all Aircell Wi-Fi products in the King Air 200, 300 and 350.This includes the ATG 2000 and ST 4300 as well as the ATG 5000, ATG 4000 and the Aviator 200 and 300/350 and Gogo Vision with the UCS 5000 media server. The STC allows airplane activation for all Wi-Fi standards including A, B, G and N.
The NBAA Access Committee last week reported forming a new weather subcommittee to focus on improvements to aviation weather information delivery and flight safety. NBAA president Ed Bolen said the subcommittee will fully support the general aviation weather initiatives managed by the FAA and other government agencies and also strive to improve current and predictive information.
The FAA said an updated draft of advisory circular (AC) 90-114A was created to facilitate operations using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology to remain in compliance with Part 91.225 and 91.227, required after Jan. 1, 2020. The AC applies to all U.S. operators intending to use ADS-B and provides guidance for the authorization of additional ADS-B Out and ADS-B In operations and their associated aircraft qualification and maintenance requirements.