Robinson Helicopter received EASA certification for its R66 on Wednesday, four years after the FAA approved the turbine helicopter. With this latest approval, Robinson said it is now able to begin delivering R66s in its current backlog of European orders and focus on strengthening its presence in this market. Two-thirds of the company’s sales typically come from non-U.S.
Raisbeck Engineering named Keith Anderson v-p of engineering; he will report directly to CEO and founder James Raisbeck. Anderson will be responsible for overseeing all engineering projects, certifications and FAA engineering interactions. In addition, he will maintain his role within product integration, product development and sustaining engineering. Before joining Raisbeck Engineering in 2012, Anderson was at Quest Aircraft, where he held various positions, including chief pilot, director of engineering and director of customer service.
Aircell received STC approvals from the EASA for installation of in-flight connectivity and entertainment systems on Bombardier Challenger 300s. Specifically, the certifications cover the Aviator 300 datacom system and UCS 5000 “smart” router and media server. The company said the Aviator 300 STC data package is being offered to Challenger 300 operators for a “nominal fee” when they install the system at an authorized Aircell dealer and activate a new SwiftBroadband service plan. Aircell entered the European market in 2002 and the region is now its second-largest market.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is considering a more streamlined version of its international standards for business aviation certification (IS-BAO) program. The goal is to encourage smaller flight departments to take part in the audits, which will bring them into compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards and best practices.
Now that NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, more people are interested in obtaining CAM certification and forming study groups to prepare for testing, according to Denise Wilson, president and CEO of Palm Springs-based Desert Jet. Wilson passed the CAM testing five years ago and is now a member of the CAM governing board, and she sees CAM certification as an excellent opportunity.
Aviation Training Academy (ATA) announced FAA approval for IA renewal credits: hazardous materials awareness training online, general aviation fire safety online and human factors. The human factors course is not currently available online but will be later this year. According to ATA, all courses meet the latest industry training standards for aviation support personnel, and Aviation Training Academy certification is provided at the successful completion of each course.
Honda Aircraft announced that the FAA issued Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the HondaJet, a key milestone in the light jet’s certification program. Now that the jet’s GE Honda Aero HF120 engine is certified and the TIA issued, Honda Aircraft has finalized the certification timetable for the HondaJet.
Cockpit lighting solutions provider Aero Dynamix received its AS9100 Rev C and ISO 9001:2008 certification. Being certified by an accredited AS9100 and ISO 9001 registrar provides organizations with a comprehensive quality management system focused on areas directly affecting product airworthiness, safety and reliability. The company plans to use the new certification as a spring board to growth opportunities in the aerospace NVIS and non-NVIS lighting arena.
Bell Helicopter recently unveiled a version of the 429 light twin with wheeled landing gear and plans to begin deliveries in the first half of next year. The $6.17 million Bell 429WLG has a top speed of 152 knots, about five knots faster than the $5.8 million standard skidded variant. Although the retractable gear and fairings add approximately 250 pounds to empty weight, the drag reduction takes the 429WLG’s range to 412 nm, an increase of 1 nm.
The FAA released its first five-year unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) “roadmap” on Friday, providing guidance on how the agency intends to introduce remotely piloted aircraft into the National Airspace System. The document describes the expected transition in standards, regulations, aircraft certification, training requirements and technology over broad periods of “accommodation, integration” and “evolution” through 2026.