The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the JAA have both now validated the FAA’s type certificate for the Gulfstream 500. The dual validation allows the aircraft to be certified and registered in all 38 JAA member states, including the 25 countries of the European Union (EU), for which the EASA now has legal authority for issuing type certificates.
Interested parties will have more time to comment on the FAA’s proposal to require all air-tour operators to be certified under air carrier regulations. Since the proposal was published last October, the FAA has received more than 1,160 comments, many of them asking for an extended comment period and a public forum.
General Dynamics Aviation Services in West Palm Beach, Fla., has received European Aviation Safety Agency certification and JAA approval. The sanctions authorize the company to perform maintenance on business jets registered in any of the 25 European Union countries. GD West Palm Beach operates 24/7.
On March 10 Sino Swearingen received from the FAA type inspection authorizations (TIA) for systems and high-speed upsets. TIA authorization for the FAA certification process is the approval from the FAA to move to the next phase of testing for the items passed.
Englewood, Colo.-based Adam Aircraft expects FAA certification of its centerline-thrust A500 piston twin in the first quarter of this year and first deliveries by March, according to a company spokesman. Last year at this time the company was estimating certification in the second quarter of 2003; this was subsequently revised to the fall of 2003. “There’s no one thing in particular that caused the delay,” a spokesman said.
Attention repair station operators! You now have less than a month to ensure compliance with the new Part 145, and the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) reports that a large percentage of you have yet to do so.
Lou Martin and Associates of San Antonio is offering its new generation window shade system for widebody large executive aircraft.
The certification process, scheduled for completion early this year, is designed to ensure compliance with the more stringent standards that the FAA and European aviation authorities are implementing.
FlightSafety International has received Part 147 certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its aircraft maintenance technician training programs. FlightSafety’s technician training resources cover the entire business aviation spectrum as well as regional airline operations and a number of military aircraft types.
To keep up with changing times and meet the needs of the industry, the maintenance sector needs more freedom to provide technicians with real-world training and support the development of clear industry standards, according to attendees at the final Future of Aviation Maintenance Summit, held late last year at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Virginia Beach, Va.
If business aviation observers are on the right track, the industry is again facing a shortage of the skilled craftsmen it needs to keep up with burgeoning demand for business aircraft.
This latest labor shortage has its origins in the recession that began in 2001, when business aircraft sales dropped precipitously and thousands of skilled workers–people who had been so badly needed during the boom of the late 1990s–were laid off.