For U.S. Part 91 business jet operators that fly to Europe, the upcoming Future Air Navigation System (Fans) mandate means not only new operational procedures but also yet another letter of authorization (LOA) requirement from the FAA. Fans and controller pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) are essentially functions that will be baked into the flight management system (FMS), yet each operator’s implementation of procedures, training and a maintenance program for Fans/CPDLC will need a formal stamp of approval from a local FAA office.
Minimum equipment list
ExecuJet Australasia’s Australian operation at Sydney Airport recently received approval from the Bermuda DCA as a continuing airworthiness management organization. The MRO already held the Bermuda DCA approved maintenance organization designation. ExecuJet Australia also has the capability to draft BDCA compliant aircraft maintenance programs and minimum equipment lists for customer aircraft. Additionally, the MRO is currently undergoing an auditing process and anticipates IS-BAO approval next month.
There is an irony apparent in the events following the February 2005 Challenger accident at Teterboro. Investigators nearly ignored the primary cause of the crash, as the NTSB focused primarily on 14 CFR Part 135 operational control issues and the lack of FAA oversight as the secondary causes.
Maximum Manuals has launched an Internet-based minimum equipment list (MEL) generator that provides same-day MELs customized to the individual client and aircraft. “We provide MELs for most business aircraft and can get your MEL finished and to the FAA for approval in one day,” Maximum Manuals president Doug Taylor told AIN.
The following is a list of steps operators will need to complete to gain RVSM approval.
What does it really take to start a Part 135 operation? Talking with pilots reveals confusion and intimidation about the requirements. One is sure to hear stories about the mountains of paperwork and inviting the “devil in your bed” by asking the FAA to oversee your operation.
Cases of complete failure of the Honeywell Primus Epic avionics display triggered an emergency AD from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for all Embraer 170s in late December. The AD raised the airplane’s minimum approach decision height to 500 feet above runway threshold elevation and increased the minimum runway visual range for takeoff to 1,969 feet (600 meters).
With so much nonessential equipment installed in today’s business jets, pilots might wonder if the rules regarding inoperative equipment apply to products that don’t contribute to the safety of flight.
Garrett Aviation and D&D Aviation Services (www.danddaviation.com) of Marietta, Ga., have an agreement under which Garrett can provide a complete reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) compliance package, providing the operator all of the required elements to obtain a letter of authorization (LOA).
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