Although I get the impression that air safety in Australia is micromanaged, I admire John McCormick, director of aviation safety for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Maybe’s it’s because McCormick bluntly addresses CASA’s role and that he makes an effort to communicate regularly with CASA’s constituents. But it is also his willingness to confront change and consider new options.
Extra Aircraft’s attempt to build an assembly facility in Montrose, Colo., may have failed, but that has not stopped the company from delivering German-registered Extra 500 turboprop singles in the U.S.
The FAA recently released a Notice of Policy titled “Policy Clarifying Definition of ‘Actively Engaged’ for Purposes of Inspector Authorization,” and industry comments on the new definition are mixed.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed news yesterday that the FAA is forming a Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) that will update design and manufacturing rules for entry-level certified airplanes. GAMA expects these streamlined regulations–once enacted–to result in lower certification costs for entry-level airplanes and increased safety for all Part 23 general aviation airplanes.
The FAA has issued a Notice of Policy that clarifies the term “actively engaged” for the purposes of application for and renewal of an inspection authorization, and industry groups have expressed concerns about the definition.
Just when the business aviation industry appears to be weathering the economic storm comes another series of blows.
Aeroloft, a private rest area above the main deck of the new executive Boeing 747-8, recently passed structural strength and durability testing, according to designer Greenpoint Technologies.
Bombardier’s Global Vision cockpit for the Global 5000 and 6000 (formerly XRS) received certification from Transport Canada, although advanced features such as synthetic vision and enhanced vision on the head-up display will come later. Global Vision is based on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion flight deck, which received FAA approval of all applicable technical standard orders in April.
Embraer received type certification for its Lineage 1000 bizliner from India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This certification complements existing approvals for the aircraft from Brazil’s national civil aviation agency (ANAC), the EASA and the FAA. With a range of up to 4,500 nm, the Lineage 1000 can connect India’s main hubs of Mumbai and New Delhi with Shanghai and Beijing, China; Dubai; and major cities in Europe.
Mid-Continent Instruments’ Van Nuys, Calif. facility has been awarded full Class 1, 2, 3 radio and Class 3 accessory repair certification from the FAA. The certification enables the company to add avionics and accessory types to its current service offerings without applying for each approval from the local FAA Flight Standards District Office. They are the highest level of repair certifications issued by the FAA.