Atlanta-based Atlantic Southeast Airlines last night voluntarily grounded 60 of its Bombardier CRJ200s after an internal audit showed that maintenance crews might not have inspected their GE CF34 turbofans according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. ASA operates 110 of the fifty-seat regional jets, as well as 38 seventy-seat CRJ700s and a pair of 76-seat CRJ900s.
New European legislation has opened the door for third-party organizations to
be approved as continuing airworthiness management organizations (CAMO)
under EASA Part M Subpart G. Marshall Aerospace has been approved and is
now offering operators support by subcontracting continuing airworthiness
as well as fleet management.
The EASA’s flat fee for a type certificate for a fixed-wing aircraft with an mtow of between 5.7 and 22 metric tons (encompassing the Cessna Citation CJ3 to the Falcon 900 series) is e1.06 million ($1.48 million). For a rotorcraft, it ranges from e20,000 to e525,000 ($28,000 to $735,000). Additional annual fees are levied to pay for the administration processes that ensure continued airworthiness.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved Gulfstream’s London Luton Service Center to perform maintenance on EASA-registered Gulfstream G150s.
The amended certificate means the maintenance facility can now provide comprehensive service for the Gulfstream G550, G500, G450, G350, G200, G150, G400 and G300 as well as the GV, GIV-SP, GIV, GIII and GII.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has approved Gulfstream’s factory-owned London Luton service center to maintain Gulfstream G150s registered with the EASA. This approval makes Gulfstream’s Luton facility capable of servicing all Gulfstream models in Europe.
The Nigerian government will ban aircraft not equipped with an ELT after January 1, and it will not allow any aircraft lacking such a device to be registered or granted a certificate of airworthiness. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority recently announced the decision at a stakeholders’ meeting to review the search-and-rescue operation to find a Beech 1900 that crashed and disappeared over Obudu in Cross River State on March 15.
James Ballough, the FAA’s long-time director of the Flight Standards Service, has announced that he will retire at the end of the year. Deputy director John Allen will take over after Ballough retires.
Business jet maintenance management specialist Camp Systems (Stand No. 323) is scheduled to open an office in the Dubai Free Zone by year-end to enable it to be closer to its Middle East customers than it can be from its headquarters in North America and France.
Buyers of new Bell helicopters now get a two-year subscription to the Web-based SkyBooks electronic logbook system for each helicopter purchased beginning with August 2008 certifications. The full-service SkyBooks subscription comes with purchase of a Bell 206B, 206L, 407, 412 and 427, each with specific serial-number applicability.
Embraer has selected the Kollsman enhanced-vision system II (EVS II) from Elbit Systems of America for the Lineage 1000. This avionics option will be offered in combination with Rockwell Collins’ head-up guidance system (HGS) 5600E.