The Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA, Booth No. 5945) a non-profit educational, individual membership organization supporting those who use aircraft for public safety, held an accreditation ceremony for the Metro Air Support Unit of St. Louis at Heli-Expo 2014. The unit earned accreditation from the Public Safety Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) for showing standards of excellence within its departments, which include the St. Louis Metropolitan Police, the St. Louis County Police and the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department.
After completing a two-year application process, NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program received accreditation last week from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), an independent body that developed the standards for professional credentialing programs. NCCA has accredited some 300 programs, including the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designations.
Continuum Applied Technology (Booth No. 2764) has announced the release of Version 10.5 of Corridor, its aviation service and maintenance software. Version 10.5’s qualifications module enables management and reporting of personnel certifications and qualifications and is designed for compatibility with regulatory authorities such as the FAA, EASA and China’s CAAC. “We worked closely with several Corridor customers to understand their qualification control requirements and developed the qualifications module directly from that feedback,” said Continuum president Jack Demeis.
Helicopter EMS provider Air Evac Lifeteam has entered the third level of the FAA’s safety management system (SMS) voluntary pilot project. Air Evac has 110 bases in 15 states and has been enrolled in the pilot project since February 2010. Dave Hardin, Air Evac’s director of safety, characterizes the company’s participation in the pilot project as a “challenging, but beneficial, process in the interest of safety.” Air Evac is only the third Part 135 operator to progress beyond Level 2, according to the FAA.
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“ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, is simply going to be a requirement to do business in the future, especially in aviation,” Roger Sickler, president of Fort Worth, Texas-based RTS Services and RTS Rework, told AIN. “People are going to want to deal with accredited organizations and ISO is international in scope.
Raytheon Aircraft appointed Glenn Oka v-p of customer quality and product reliability, a new position. Formerly v-p of quality assurance, Oka will “ensure” that customer aircraft “whether new aircraft or 40 years old, will experience total product reliability, service and support,” said Raytheon Aircraft. He will focus on areas “our customers feel are important, including DOCs, component reliability, MTBF, modernization and upgrades.”
Aviation is an industry where the various factions often have nothing in common beyond the air in which they travel. But there is something that operators of Cessna 152s, Learjets and Boeing 747s have in common–maintenance. When the FAA announced an update of Part 145 repair stations was in the offing, the industry turned out in full force, filing hundreds of comments about the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).