By next summer, a corporate flight department, probably one based in Europe, will become the first recipient of a certificate confirming that it fully meets the international standards for business aircraft operations (IS-BAO).
Raytheon Aircraft’s fourth Hawker Horizon, which entered flight test last month, represents the final production configuration of the new super-midsize business jet. Outfitted with an interior, the aircraft will conduct FAA function and reliability testing as part of the certification effort.
Europe’s JAA issued type certificate recommendations for the Gulfstream IV and Gulfstream IV-SP, essentially endorsing the business jets for approval by the JAA’s 25 member nations. The letter recommending issuance of type certificates came earlier this month. Meanwhile, Gulfstream continues its long-time effort at obtaining JAA certification of its GV.
Global Aircraft of Ronkonkoma, N.Y,. received JAR 145 certification on September 10, allowing the company to work on JAA-certified aircraft. The company, which opened for business about a year ago, also has its FAR Part 145 certification and has completed six Gulfstream interior refurbishments.
With global shipping giant UPS leading the way, business jet operators may soon be able to take advantage of the latest GPS-based navigation system that allows company aircraft to operate more efficiently and safely in the terminal environment.
Last October, an FAA certification engineer and a flight-test pilot filed a grievance against their managers at the Fort Worth, Texas FAA Aircraft Certification Office, complaining that the certification of the Eclipse 500 very light jet was granted despite “several outstanding safety/regulatory issues.” The two employees, who were not named in the grievance, are represented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (natca).
The SAE Institute and Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) have been working with industry professionals to develop the SAE/PAMA aviation maintenance specialist-technician and SAE/PAMA aviation maintenance engineer certifications. According to PAMA president Brian Finnegan, the two organizations are now looking for volunteers to go through the certification process to beta test it.
The FAA has awarded FlightSafety International (Booth Nos. 5051 and 5250) a single Part 142 certificate for its network of learning centers. The certificate is to be presented here today at the FlightSafety exhibit.
Seven years ago, at an aircraft factory in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, two engineers met and worked together on Fairchild Dornier’s ambitious 728 and 928 programs. While those airplanes never made it beyond the conceptual design stage, the engineers–John Wolf and Duncan Koerbel–went on to have successful careers managing significant aircraft programs at a variety of large aerospace companies.
The Transportation Department’s inspector general told the House aviation subcommittee in July that possible extensions to the durations of medical certificates and the planned raising of the airline pilot retirement age underscore the importance of the medical certification process.