Europe’s business aviation community may think it has a good safety record; however, it needs to demonstrate a more structured and statistical approach to maintaining that reputation rather than expecting regulators and the rest of the world just to acknowledge it.
European Aviation Safety Agency
Despite the economic downturn that has dampened the aircraft delivery schedules for most airframers over the past year, FlightSafety International’s two European training centers remain busy. “The overall trend we’ve seen is growth outside North America, and that is certainly the case in Europe,” Eric Hinson, FSI’s executive vice president told AIN.
At a time when operators are closely watching how every euro is spent, Elliott Aviation is offering a broad range of aircraft upgrades that help owners extend the useful life of older airframes and make the most of their investments. Here at EBACE (Booth No. 1463), the U.S.
Despite the industry’s troubled times, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) now has more members than in its entire history–425 companies–and proportionally more of them are aircraft operators than ever before.
This year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace, May 4 to 6) will open with the market still, at best, in slow recovery mode, but there is no denying the exceptional progress Europe’s business aviation sector has made since the first Ebace opened to mixed expectations in 2001.
HAI is poised to launch a helicopter safety accreditation program for small operators and is currently in negotiations with the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), which helped develop the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have certified the Gulfstream 150 for a steep-approach angle of up to 6 degrees compared to the normal 3.5 degrees or less. Several airports worldwide require steep-approach certification to land at their facility due to terrain, obstacles or local noise ordinances.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is changing its voluntary operational evaluations to mandatory operational suitability (OS) approvals for new aircraft designs. This appears as an extension of type certification, at additional cost to manufacturers. The new rule will take effect in 2012.
Air Works, which claims to be India’s largest independent maintenance provider, has become the first in the country to complete certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency. The approval covers ATR 42 and 72 regional airliners, as well as the Boeing 737 series, and will soon extend to the Airbus A320 range. The company has also been selected as an authorized service partner for the Superjet 100 twinjet.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Premier Aircraft’s 50Dash4 upgrade of the Falcon 50. Premier Aircraft received FAA certification of the
50Dash4 performance upgrade in 2007, and the EASA certification means that owners of Falcon 50s registered outside the U.S. can now have the modification done.