The FAA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Part 145 repair stations, in an effort to “modernize the regulations to keep pace with current industry standards and practices.” The new rules revise repair station ratings, certification requirements and how repair stations serve air carriers.
AINalerts » May 24, 2012
GippsAero announced yesterday that the GA10 turboprop single has flown for the first time, on May 1 from its base at Latrobe Regional Airport in Victoria, Australia. GippsAero test pilot Tony Morris and flight-test engineer Gerhard Jordaan were at the controls of the Rolls-Royce 250-powered GA10–a stretched derivative of the company’s GA8 Airvan utility piston single–during the maiden flight.
Less than two weeks before California’s June 5 primary election, some federal lawmakers in the state are again making helicopter noise in the Los Angeles area a campaign issue. In a letter sent yesterday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, seven members from California’s congressional delegation are urging him to jump-start the public comment period of the FAA rulemaking process.
The FAA has asked a federal court to delay a lawsuit by a pilot union so the agency can take another look at whether cargo pilots should be covered by new Part 121 flight, duty and rest regulations. When the FAA issued a final rule last year, it excluded cargo operations.
Eurocopter is expecting EASA certification of the EC130T2 helicopter, an upgraded version of the EC130B4 large-cabin single, “within weeks.” The flight-test program has been completed and Eurocopter has delivered all the required documents to the authorities, according to Janick Blanc, the company’s vice president for light helicopter programs.
Dassault announced yesterday that it expects the Falcon 2000S will beat its initial performance numbers. To date, the test aircraft has logged more than 300 flight hours in some 130 flights and opened up the full flight envelope. “The last phase of the campaign revealed that low-speed performance will be significantly better than targeted figures, up to 10 percent for landing distances,” Dassault said.
The NTSB announced the promotion of John DeLisi to director of the agency’s office of aviation safety (OAS) today. He will assume his new position on June 2, following the retirement of current director Tom Haueter. DeLisi has bees the OAS’s deputy director since 2007.
Aurora (Ill.) Municipal Airport-based JA Air Center introduced a zero-downtime program for King Air 90/200/300/350 operators looking to upgrade to the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. According to the company, the program allows customers to fly away the same day they roll their airplane into the shop for upgrade. The G1000 retrofit system features a 15-inch multifunction display and a 10-inch primary flight display on each side. The full installation also replaces all the existing avionics and autopilot components and wiring.
Nearly 15 years after entering service, the ultra-long-range Gulfstream V has surpassed one million flight hours. According to Gulfstream Aerospace, the 193 in-service GVs have collectively completed more than 458,000 takeoffs and landings, with the fleet leader logging more than 16,100 flight hours and more than 7,400 landings. Within a few months of the GV’s first delivery in June 1997, its development team received the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy award.
Simplex received FAA STC approval for an enhanced belly-mounted Fire Attack system for the AgustaWestland AW139. The new system, which increases capacity by 20 percent to nearly 500 gallons and is certified for higher speeds, is the result of a partnership with AgustaWestland to take advantage of the AW139’s speed and increased payload capacity. The aerial firefighting system also uses the helicopter’s multifunction displays and cameras on the tank to allow the pilot to see the hover pump and door operation without the use of mirrors.