Airworthiness

June 4, 2008 - 5:59am

Gulfstream Aerospace is the first aircraft manufacturer to receive FAA Organizational Designation Authorization (ODA), which allows the company to act on the agency’s behalf to examine initial phase manufacturing of its own aircraft designs, production quality and airworthiness in Savannah, Ga.

May 22, 2008 - 12:34am

The Swiss aircraft service provider groWing is Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) certified since last year. Just before this year’s EBACE, the young company achieved CAMO Plus certification.

May 20, 2008 - 5:04am

Jet Aviation’s aircraft management and charter division has announced it has been awarded the EASA Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) Plus certificate by EASA. This will allow the company to perform annual airworthiness reviews for both its managed fleet and for aircraft of other private operators. EU-registered aircraft with takeoff weights exceeding 5.7 tons are required to be managed by CAMO effective Sept.

May 15, 2008 - 9:38am

Prompted in part by NTSB recommendations arising from the July 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, the FAA has developed an enhanced airworthiness program for airplane systems (EAPAS) to increase awareness of wiring system degradation and improve both maintenance and design of electrical systems.

April 2, 2008 - 6:27am

Airworthiness Directives (ADs) were in the news as I was writing this article as a major airline has admitted that it failed to comply with the ADs on a considerable number of aircraft. (See story on page 14 about the penalty imposed on Southwest.) Major media outlets have given the story a great deal of attention, providing the public a look into the world of maintenance and, according to one reporter, scaring some passengers to death.

January 14, 2008 - 5:58am

A Frontier Airlines Boeing 737 was struck by lightning on New Year’s Eve en route to Tampa, Fla., setting off a chain of events that culminated in the arrest of a mechanic in Denver the following day. Conforming to company policy governing post-lightning strike checks, the maintenance team in Tampa inspected the aircraft (number 313) and made an appropriate entry in the logbook. However, that didn’t satisfy the Frontier mechanic in Denver.

November 30, 2007 - 8:01am

The German Airworthiness Authority has certified Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) as a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO+) as referred to in Part-M Section A Subpart G.

November 26, 2007 - 11:44am

Prompted in part by NTSB recommendations arising from the July 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, the FAA has developed an enhanced airworthiness program for airplane systems (EAPAS) to increase awareness of wiring system degradation and improve both maintenance and design of electrical systems.

October 31, 2007 - 11:25am

The FAA issued a request for comment on proposed airworthiness standards for certification of the Bell/Agusta BA609–“a multi-turbine-engine powered-lift category, tiltrotor-class aircraft”–under FAR 21.17(b), which specifies applicable regulations for special classes of aircraft for which airworthiness standards do not yet exist.

October 12, 2007 - 9:47am

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.

 
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