Speaking at this year’s Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention in Montreal, ICAO president Dr. Assad Kotaite said, “The very constructive relationship that exists between ICAO and the International Business Aviation Council is based largely on our common objective of improving aviation safety.
European civil aviation officials have begun the year-long final process to establish the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is set to replace the JAA next September. The key difference between EASA and JAA is that its regulations will be automatically binding for European Union and JAA member nations.
Honda Aircraft’s announcement that it will offer the $3.65 million HondaJet for sale in the European market beginning this month “is a big milestone,” according to Michimasa Fujino, president of the start-up aircraft manufacturer. “We have a lot of customer inquiries from the European market,” he said.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) met some resistance when, in July 2005, it became an affiliate of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), but nearly three years on, time has shown the wisdom of the move. SAE brought large-association stability–and management expertise–to the table.
The FAA has outlined in a new information for operators (InFO 08008) the ICAO English language proficiency requirements, which took effect last month. The ICAO Annex 1 standards require all licensed pilots, as well as flight engineers and flight navigators operating internationally as required crewmembers, to hold an airman certificate with a language proficiency endorsement.
Next month, after several years of seemingly circular internal arguments, Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) finally expects to issue draft proposals for the new JAR OPS 2 operating requirements governing corporate operators of European-registered aircraft.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) might receive some delegation of authority from the JAA to monitor the application of JAR OPS 2 operational rules for corporate aviation.
As most in the industry have come to understand, business aviation follows the general economy, but lags behind it by a year or two. The last few years were no exception.
Maintenance professionals will soon be able to quantify the training they have received as a part of their jobs. Recently, the Aircraft Maintenance Society (AMS) was taken under the wing of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) to form PAMA-AMS. The organization’s members will be able to establish a baseline of current qualifications and work toward achieving higher educational milestones and validate their achievements.
Danielle Vezina, aviation maintenance coordinator for Daniel Webster College, is the first aviation professional in the U.S. to be credentialed as a certified aviation maintenance engineer.