Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS) of St. Louis announced recently it received a supplemental type certificate (STC) from Transport Canada for its engine inlet barrier filter systems for the Eurocopter EC 130 B4 and AS 350 B3 helicopters with dual hydraulic systems. European (EASA) approval is in process.
Work continues on the Bell/Agusta Aerospace BA609 civil tiltrotor program, with more than 100 people dedicated by both Bell Helicopter and AgustaWestland to ongoing flight test and certification tasks. FAA certification is now planned for 2012, according to a Bell spokesman, and the two flight test BA609s–one based at Bell facilities in Texas and one at AgustaWestland in Italy–have logged more than 400 hours.
The FAA has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate to Clifford Development for modification of Cessna Citation 550s and S550s with Williams International FJ44-3A engines. Four Clifford installation centers will do the modifications: Great Lakes Aviation of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Threshold Aviation of Chino, Calif.; Central Flying Service of Little Rock, Ark.; and Stevens Aviation of Greenville, S.C.
Aerospace Filtration Systems anticipates FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for its AgustaWestland AW139 inlet barrier filter (IBF) system in the next few months. AgustaWestland and Aerospace Filtration engineers worked together to design the IBF system for the AW139.
An undisclosed Australian regional airline has become the third customer to commit to Ruag Aerospace’s Dornier 228 New Generation program, placing an order for five of the 19-seat twin turboprops on December 5. Mexican Air Cancun already holds an order for two, and an undisclosed Japanese operator has signed for six; deliveries are slated to begin in December.
Business jet maintenance management specialist Camp Systems (Stand No. 323) is scheduled to open an office in the Dubai Free Zone by year-end to enable it to be closer to its Middle East customers than it can be from its headquarters in North America and France.
Total Aircraft Services has announced the completion of icing tests for its CL-300 enhanced-vision system for the Bombardier Challenger 300. The company is now looking for a launch customer to complete the supplemental type certificate process for the system and is offering an unspecified but “substantial” discount off the projected $150,000 installed price.
Congressional hearings are often contentious, and the House aviation subcommittee investigation of the Sept. 30, 2006 type certification of the Eclipse 500 sparked some lively debate.
PMA manufacturers might have a harder time exporting their civilian aircraft parts due to a new International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR rule) issued by the State Department, according to the Modification and Replacement Parts Association.
Following a nearly six-hour hearing before the House aviation subcommittee yesterday, FAA associate administrator Nicholas Sabatini promised that the agency would work to improve certification procedures for very light jets.