The FAA will award completions center Gore Design Completions an organization designation authorization (ODA) before year-end. This designation permits Gore, with FAA oversight, to issue FAA certification approvals at its San Antonio facility.
European Aviation Safety Agency
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Embraer as a Part 147 maintenance training organization. The approval covers the four E-Jets of the Embraer 170/190 series (170, 175, 190 and 195). KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ regional subsidiary KLM Cityhopper, the first customer for Embraer’s training, began the program last month at its headquarters at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam.
Aircraft operators are facing a bureaucratic maze of new requirements covering issues such as safety and quality management at a time when they are under exceptional financial pressure and could do without the added burden. But these are just the sort of headaches for which UK-based Avisa Aviation Safety Systems believes it can provide lasting relief.
Embraer’s European executive jet customers now have two company-owned service centers in the U.S. certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency: one in Mesa, Ariz., and the other in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The two facilities opened last year and are able to perform non-routine maintenance services on European-registered Phenom 100s and Legacy 600s.
The reformed European Helicopter Association–operating under the acronym newEHA–publicly touched down for the first time at the 2009 Helitech show at Duxford, UK, albeit having had to adopt a slightly revised flight plan. At the 11th hour, the European HEMS and Air Ambulance Committee (EHAC) opted not to merge with newEHA.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) late in September issued a type certificate to the Bell 429. The agency also approved the light twin’s initial maintenance requirement report, a document based on the agency’s maintenance review board (MRB) process that helps operators develop continued airworthiness maintenance programs. This is the first time the MRB process has been used for a helicopter.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Premier Aircraft’s 50Dash4 upgrade of the Falcon 50. Premier Aircraft is a maintenance and modification provider based in East Alton, Ill., and is jointly owned by Yankee Pacific Aerospace and West Star Aviation.
The European Union has begun the rulemaking process that could lead to approval of single-engine commercial air transport operations in instrument
meteorological conditions or at night (SE-IMC/night). However, approval is not expected to take effect until the middle of the next decade.
The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), launched in 2002 by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), has been granted official European recognition as an industry safety standard for business aircraft operations.
Comtran International, an independent interior refurbishment center based at Horseshoe Bay Resort Airport, Texas, has won European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for its Dornier 328Jet executive conversion.