Final agreement over the way the European Union’s new “common basic standards for aviation security” are implemented in the UK will not be achieved by the existing April 29 deadline and could well be delayed at least until late June due to the country’s general election, which is widely expected to be held on May 6.
Registration for the 13th annual Bombardier Safety Standdown opened last month. The event–to be held September 28 to October 1 in Wichita–is free but is limited in space, with slots available first-come, first-served. This year’s session will cover topics such as professional airmanship, fatigue countermeasures and situational awareness, among many others.
Wichita’s new National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT), still under construction, is offering nondestructive testing (NDT) courses this fall. Through a cooperative effort between Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC), NCAT will offer a series of 11 NDT courses at WATC’s Comotara Center campus.
The NTSB has issued a Safety Recommendation calling for the development of nondestructive testing techniques for Robinson main rotor blades after approximately 596 hours time-in-service to check for bond defects in areas between the skin and spar at the tip of the blade and between the skin and tip cap on all R22s and R44s.
NDT International has developed a smaller, less expensive way of providing C-scan images of bond flaws in composites and honeycomb structures. At just 1.5-lb, BonDetector is smaller than other bond analysis instruments, the manufacturer claims, and provides immediate visualization and interpretation of flawed areas.
Arinc announced it has successfully tested a “true broadband communications receiver for aircraft” called SkyLink, which the company said provides Internet surfing capability aboard business jets at speeds unparalleled by competing offerings. The Annapolis, Md.
“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.
TSS Aviation, based in Cincinnati, and Standard Aero’s Maryville, Tenn. MRO facility have earned AS9100 and AS9110 certification, respectively. These certifications are the first received for the newly combined companies of Standard Aero, Landmark, TSS and Associated Air Center under the DAE Engineering Companies banner.
Aviation Research Group U.S. (ARG/US) awarded its first certified broker designation to Jets.com at the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in Savannah, Ga. last month. Jets.com is headquartered in Quincy, Mass., and has offices in Manhattan; White Plains, N.Y.; and Phoenix.
Epps Aviation, located at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, has been given Cessna authorized independent NDI facility certification. The authorization was granted after a review and on-site audit by Cessna representatives. It allows the company access to all of the equipment and materials needed to perform nondestructive testing on all Cessna Citations.