The FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise FAR Part 145 repair station certification and regulation has incurred the wrath of industry. In the more than 300 responses, a number that increases daily as the November 19 cutoff date approaches, it is difficult to find anyone supporting it though there are a few.
Ty Harrison has joined Denver-based Hawkeye Aviation as the MRO’s head of technical sales. Harrison has more than 25 years’ experience in general, airline and military aviation. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant mechanic’s certificate and has management experience in MRO contract work. Before joining Hawkeye Aviation, Harrison served as an FAA ODA designee and specialized as a borescope instructor.
New flight plan requirements developed for ICAO compatibility with digital air traffic management systems around the world take effect tomorrow at 8 p.m. EST. “The amendments to flight plan content go to the very core of flight-plan processing,” according to Eurocontrol. The basic flight plan form and the field composition within the flight-plan message remain unchanged, but the content of some fields will change. A new Eurocontrol interface manual explains the changes from a user’s perspective.
Air Charter Safety Foundation president Bryan Burns said that an October 24 story in The Wall Street Journal has unfairly tarnished the safety record of business aircraft operations in the U.S. The article reported that 140 people have died in non-airline commercial aircraft crashes during the first 10 months of this year.
The FAA, airlines and aviation labor unions have launched a partnership with the NTSB to share summarized safety information to help prevent accidents. The information to be shared through the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (Asias) will help the NTSB determine if an accident is unique or an indication of systemic risks.
The NTSB issued a number of recommendations on November 1–A12-64 and A12-65–in an attempt to prevent aircraft accident first responders from being injured by ejection seats or ballistic parachute recovery devices at crash scenes. The Board wants the FAA to identify the devices aboard an aircraft during every tri-year registration and also determine a method of making that information readily accessible to emergency crews. Recommendation A12-66 will also require STC-modified aircraft to report any new on-board devices.
New flight plan requirements developed for ICAO compatibility with digital ATM systems around the world take effect November 15. “The amendments to flight plan content go to the very core of flight plan processing,” said a Eurocontrol statement. The basic flight plan form and the field composition within the FPL message remain unchanged, but the content of some fields will change.
The FAA has released details of a new ADS-B-based oceanic airspace trial that started October 26 with the goal of reducing longitudinal separation between participating aircraft in the Oakland air route traffic control center’s oceanic control area. The in-trail procedure (ITP), which applies to climbing and descending aircraft, is designed to prove that more aircraft will be able to fly at their requested altitudes using the ADS-B reduced separation standards. A number of conditions must exist during the trial period in order for controllers to apply reduced separation standards.
Aircraft Belts, of Creedmoor, N.C., announced a joint venture with automotive restraint specialist Key Safety Systems of Sterling Heights, Mich., to focus on inflatable restraint systems for aircraft.
The new venture, Aviation Occupant Safety (AOS), is the result of the company’s aim “to be the nose-to-tail solution provider with a full range of products that will enhance cabin safety and [that will meet] emerging FAA regulations,” said ABI president and CEO David Devine.
The FAA launched the second and third major acquisitions of the NextGen ATC modernization effort, naming Harris both to replace existing point-to-point voice switches with a networked system and to build a nationwide air/ground data communications (data comm) network.