A certification program to attest to the skills and knowledge of flight department personnel won approval from the NBAA board of directors, and the association hopes to administer the first certification exam in October 2003. The next step is to find a contractor to do a job analysis and create the program, which will be an adjunct to the association’s larger Professional Development Program (PDP).
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) has announced a new format for its annual meeting and aviation maintenance conference. In addition to hosting its traditional chili cook-off, PAMA aviation maintenance olympics and awards banquet, the association will include an enhanced technical program in its meeting.
Arinc Direct said it now offers mobile flight-planning services that let pilots use their Blackberries and cellphones to file flight plans, view weather overlays on their planned routes, update departure times and view the status of filed flight plans.
Arinc, best known for its broad-based aviation services in the field of transportation communications and systems engineering, has launched a new effort aimed at specifically providing the same services and more to the business aviation industry.
Who’s the best choice when a flight department manager position opens up? For the past 50 or so years, the people who usually got the nod were pilots, whether or not they were the best candidates.
By next summer, a corporate flight department, probably one based in Europe, will become the first recipient of a certificate confirming that it fully meets the international standards for business aircraft operations (IS-BAO).
Europe’s JAA issued type certificate recommendations for the Gulfstream IV and Gulfstream IV-SP, essentially endorsing the business jets for approval by the JAA’s 25 member nations. The letter recommending issuance of type certificates came earlier this month. Meanwhile, Gulfstream continues its long-time effort at obtaining JAA certification of its GV.
Global Aircraft of Ronkonkoma, N.Y,. received JAR 145 certification on September 10, allowing the company to work on JAA-certified aircraft. The company, which opened for business about a year ago, also has its FAR Part 145 certification and has completed six Gulfstream interior refurbishments.
Abu Dhabi Systems Integration, the United Arab Emirates joint venture of Selex Systemi Integrati (a Finmeccanica company), and Abu Dhabi Ship Building have signed a three-year contract worth more than $6.75 million with the UAE air force and air defense (UAE AFAD) to implement the Capability Maturity Model for Integration (CMMI). This requires the use of the CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement developed by the Software Engineering I
Charter safety auditors CharterX and Wyvern announced a new product last month aimed at ensuring customers receive the most up-to-date safety information available for each flight.