Beginning this month, engine manufacturers seeking type certification on new turbine designs with inlet areas greater than 26.9 sq ft will have to pass more stringent bird-ingestion tests. The amended rule–already ratified by the EASA–formalizes standards that the industry has already largely adopted, according to Marc Bouthillier of the FAA’s engine and propeller directorate.
Proposed amendments to Canadian aviation regulations will require that any design change to aircraft, engines and propellers must meet the latest airworthiness standards. The revisions would coincide with recent changes to the FARs, set to go into effect June 10, affecting amended TC and STC modifications.
Last April the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) brought together 11 companies to develop and refine a draft policy that the association had made public the previous month. The companies included some of the largest aerospace product and component manufacturers and independent maintenance providers in the world, including Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa Technik, Nordam Group and Pratt & Whitney.
Eurocontrol has confirmed it will definitely proceed with next year’s January 24 deadline for implementation of reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) in European airspace. The new 1,000-ft separation will apply between FL 290 and FL 410. Noncompliant aircraft (regardless of their state of registry) will be excluded from these flight levels.
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.
Last October, an FAA certification engineer and a flight-test pilot filed a grievance against their managers at the Fort Worth, Texas FAA Aircraft Certification Office, complaining that the certification of the Eclipse 500 very light jet was granted despite “several outstanding safety/regulatory issues.” The two employees, who were not named in the grievance, are represented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (natca).
Premier Aircraft brought two of its newly certified Dassault Falcon 50 Dash4s to the NBAA static display, the first time the modified Falcon 50 has been shown at an NBAA show.
“This high-rate production stuff is hard. It’s not impossible, but it’s hard, and aerospace folks don’t understand it,” said Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn here yesterday, in sharp contrast to the boundless optimism that has thus far characterized his 10-year quest to darken the skies with VLJs.
JetTech has received a reduced vertical separations minimum (RVSM) supplemental type certificate (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Cessna’s Citation 500 series.
The new EASA STC will allow the aircraft series to be brought into compliance with RVSM requirements to legally operate between FL290 and FL410.
The FAA has issued two new final rule amendments covering FAR Part 33 turbine engine certification standards.