The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration expects its new first officer qualification rule for commercial pilots that require, with certain exceptions, 1,500 hours of flight time and an air transport pilot certificate to appear in the government’s Federal Register on Monday.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has informed India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that it will conduct an independent safety audit of air transport oversight on the subcontinent in August. India has asked for an extension of the date.
The notice follows a report published in March by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that identified significant safety concerns overlooked by India while overseeing its airlines (air operators, charters and general aviation).
Canadian officials approved certification of Robinson’s turbine single May 31, accepting the U.S. FAA’s equivalent level of safety (ELOS) finding that exempts the helicopter from being equipped with redundant hydraulics. The FAA granted the ELOS in February. Currently 13 N-registered R66s operate in Canada and another 13 are on order for customers there. Almost 400 R66s are operating worldwide.
NASA started flight testing a prototype data link radio from Rockwell Collins to support the planned introduction of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the U.S. National Airspace System.
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Harmonization of FAA Gust and Maneuver Load Requirements with EASA Airworthiness Regulations
Bombardier has proposed establishing 850-hour intervals for CSeries aircraft line maintenance checks (A Checks) and 8,500-hour intervals for the new airliner’s base maintenance checks (C Checks), the manufacturer announced at its May 28 European Regional Review in Munich, Germany. Engaged in developing a CSeries maintenance program based on Maintenance Steering Group 3 (MSG-3) since October 2010, Bombardier claims the “longer” intervals will minimize downtime and result in “more competitive” maintenance costs for operators.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted ATR 120-minute Etops certification of its new -600 series turboprops last month. This Etops (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) certification means that the ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 versions can now fly as far as 120 minutes (on one engine) from any airport at which they can land.
US Airways recently became the first airline to receive FAA certification approval of the SafeRoute suite of NextGen avionics applications in the Airbus A330. The airline claims SafeRoute will “enhance operational safety and efficiency during various phases of flight.”
After investigating three accidents in which airplanes inadvertently collided with meteorological evaluation towers (METs), resulting in four fatalities, the NTSB has recommended that the FAA require that all METs be registered, marked and lighted where feasible.
METs are temporary structures used to measure wind speed and direction during the development of wind energy generator facilities. They can be erected quickly and, depending on their location, without notice to the local aviation community.
Rod Machado, a prolific aviation author and educator, is a voice of reason when it comes to how we can improve aviation safety, and his recent comments in response to an FAA notice on new training standards put a fresh spin on an old problem.