Africa has been training pilots and other aviation professionals for decades, but never in large enough numbers to meet stringent international certification requirements for its own burgeoning aviation industry.
China’s Civil Aviation Authority issued the Comac ARJ21-700 type inspection authorization in late February, allowing it to begin the final process of flight-test certification, according to the state-run China Daily.
The dicey situation in which JetBlue captain Clayton Osbon apparently suffered some kind of mental breakdown while commanding a flight from New York to Las Vegas on March 27 raises some important questions.
Landmark Aviation’s aircraft charter and management division announced today that the Commercial Airlift Review Board has certified the company for Department of Defense passenger operations. With this certification, Landmark is now eligible to bid on air service contracts for all U.S. government agencies. The company sought certification at the request of customer MedCenter Air, a division of Carolinas Healthcare System, so it can transport military personnel. Landmark Aviation manages and operates four fixed-wing aircraft for MedCenter Air.
Flight operations software and services developer Navtech formed a partnership with GlobalNavSource to provide Navtech iCharts and iCharts Enroute via GlobalNavSource’s iPad electronic flight bag platform. The move, Navtech said, supports paperless operations and gives pilots broader access to charts, plates, weather and other data.
William Hunter and Michael McCullough are the recipients of NBAA’s 2012 Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship, which benefits individuals seeking to become NBAA certified aviation managers (CAM). Hunter is a captain with ACM Aviation Services and is seeking CAM certification “to promote his continued learning and career development.” McCullough, the assistant director of operations for Aviation Resource Management, said the CAM program will “provide knowledge that benefits both his employer and his career.”
Gulfstream Aerospace said on Friday that its super-midsize G280 received a provisional type certificate from the FAA, some two months after receiving identical approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel. According to Gulfstream, the principal remaining item required before the FAA and CAAI issue full type certificates is an update to the software for the twinjet’s Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics.
Eurocopter has clarified the EC175 certification status, having apparently changed plans. The new medium twin is “on time” for full certification late this year. At one point, Eurocopter was planning a basic type certification late last year, followed by offshore mission equipment certification this year. The company has decided to combine the certifications.
The Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) has given Chromalloy’s Windsor, Conn. engine component repair station Approved Organization Exposition certification. The AOE certificate allows Chromalloy to provide component repairs, including FAA-approved designated engineering representative (DER) repairs.
The certificates were issued in accordance with the 2009 Japan Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA).
IAI has established an unmanned air system (UAS) academy to train and provide certification for operators and technicians. The academy provides a variety of services to IAI customers, both within the company’s facilities and at other locations. A range of courses is available, from those aimed at customers who are just embarking on establishing UAS operations, to advanced courses for mission commanders.