Imagine the possibilities for improving the smoothness, costs and flexibility of obtaining and maintaining your corporate aircraft operational certification if the nation’s regulatory agency decided to hand over that approval process to a business aviation trade association. It’s hard to imagine the FAA doing this in the U.S, but it is exactly what Transport Canada has done.
Honeywell’s AS907 engine completed certification by Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities on December 3. The first production turbofans were to be delivered to Bombardier by year-end for installation on its new Challenger 300 (formerly the Continental), which is set to enter service early this year.
Raytheon Aircraft completed preliminary flight tests last month toward reducing the Premier I balanced field length by up to 300 ft. Final flight testing is planned for the second quarter, with completion scheduled for summer. Separately, the data from four individual aircraft that have received RVSM approval is being used to obtain group approval, scheduled to be introduced in production aircraft with Premier No.
The FAA has started its promised comprehensive review of Part 135 and Part 125. This review will also encompass related portions of Parts 91 and 119 (certification of air carriers and commercial operators). The intent of the review is to resolve current issues affecting this segment of the industry, update regulations and to address international regulatory harmonization.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) has announced leadership changes for this year. The organization’s board of directors selected John Casker as president, replacing Brian Finnegan, who is stepping down after eight years to head the SAE/PAMA Certification Program.
Bell/Agusta has delivered a second AB139 to the government of Namibia. The aircraft will fly on utility, emergency medical service and transportation missions as part of the country’s Government Air Transportation Services. Additional deliveries are expected by year-end. The company currently has orders for about 80 aircraft.
Adam Aircraft of Englewood, Colo., told AIN that certification of the $2.1 million A700 business jet has moved to the right, from December this year to “early next year.” The company attributes the slippage to a delay in certification of the A500 centerline-thrust piston twin, from which the A700 twinjet is derived.
A certification program to attest to the skills and knowledge of flight department personnel won approval from the NBAA board of directors, and the association hopes to administer the first certification exam in October 2003. The next step is to find a contractor to do a job analysis and create the program, which will be an adjunct to the association’s larger Professional Development Program (PDP).
Rifton Aviation Services, an FBO at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., has received FAR Part 135 authority to conduct U.S. and international air-taxi operations. Rifton’s own Falcon 2000 is the first aircraft to receive certification under Rifton’s Part 135 certificate. Soon to follow will be Rifton’s Gulfstream IV and Citation Excel. Rifton officials credit the Teterboro, N.J.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) has announced a new format for its annual meeting and aviation maintenance conference. In addition to hosting its traditional chili cook-off, PAMA aviation maintenance olympics and awards banquet, the association will include an enhanced technical program in its meeting.