The heads of the various general aviation trade associations participated in a roundtable forum here at AirVenture Tuesday to discuss the industry’s deteriorating relationship with the FAA. Attendees were asked to sign petitions opposing user fees and the FAA’s imposition on air traffic fees at AirVenture and given “This Isn’t Over Buttons,” referring to the EAA’s continuing legal challenge of those fees.
A recently completed audit by the Transportation Department’s inspector general has found that the FAA’s Civil Aviation Registry does not provide all of the information needed for aviation safety and security measures. According to the DOT IG, the FAA lacks the information it needs on the identity of non-citizen aircraft owners and has incomplete information on pilot certifications.
Canadian officials approved certification of Robinson’s turbine single May 31, accepting the U.S. FAA’s equivalent level of safety (ELOS) finding that exempts the helicopter from being equipped with redundant hydraulics. The FAA granted the ELOS in February. Currently 13 N-registered R66s operate in Canada and another 13 are on order for customers there. Almost 400 R66s are operating worldwide.
Prague, Czech Republic-based Aviation Service, a Bell Helicopter service facility, has been granted expanded and updated terms of its design organization approval from EASA. The expansion of the DOA certification allows Aviation Service to perform major changes on the primary structure and cabin interior on all Bell helicopter models.
Rod Machado, a prolific aviation author and educator, is a voice of reason when it comes to how we can improve aviation safety, and his recent comments in response to an FAA notice on new training standards put a fresh spin on an old problem.
With the Paris Air Show as a backdrop, Rockwell Collins launched HeliSure, a line of situational awareness products for helicopters operating in increasingly congested and hazard-filled airspace. HeliSure delivers sensor data in real time through an intuitive user interface that features 3-D visualization.
The first two products of the HeliSure line are the helicopter synthetic vision system (H-SVS) and helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (H-Taws), which have been selected by AgustaWestland for the AW149, AW189, AW101 and AW169.
Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), whose district includes Wichita, has introduced a House bill to implement changes in the certification process for light general aviation aircraft. H.R.1848, the “Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013,” has already been referred to the House aviation subcommittee for further legislative action.
NetJets has become the first combined 14 CFR 135/91K operator to achieve Level IV of the FAA’s Safety Management System Pilot Program. The March 27 certification provides a four-level system acknowledging development of a formal SMS in accordance with both FAA and international standards. The program is designed to guide operators in developing and implementing an integrated, comprehensive safety management system for their organization and required the U.S.-based operator to conduct thousands of hours of additional safety training for all employees.
Garmin’s release of a new version of its experimental G3X avionics system not only marks a major move into a big market but also the expansion of its Team X, a group of engineers and designers paving the way to new lower-cost products for experimental aircraft. The G3X system can be seen this week at Garmin’s booth (No. D-034) at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla.
In accordance with regulations on the handling of garbage from international flights from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FBOs and airline service providers are required to obtain proper USDA certification before handling such trash.