Raisbeck Engineering expects soon to receive certification by the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC) for two of its Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 products, dual aft body strakes and nacelle wing lockers. Once certification is granted, sales of the systems to Chinese customers are imminent, according to Bill Lally, Raisbeck’s FAA coordinator.
AINmxReports » September 7, 2011
The FAA granted supplemental type certification to Aviation Partners for its Falcon 900 High Mach Blended Winglets on September 2. Aviation Partners expects EASA certification to follow shortly. The Blended Winglets program for the Falcon 900 took two years and involved “exhaustive flight testing,” according to the company.
The FAA has issued new and revised guidance to the aviation industry regarding development and implementation of Airworthiness Directives (ADs). Details on the new guidance were published in an FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB NM-11-53).
In another sign of China’s growing interest in general aviation activities, the CAAC issued validation of the FAA type certificate for the Superior Air Parts Vantage piston engine. The Vantage is a four-cylinder, 361-cu-in, 180-hp engine available in carbureted or fuel-injected configurations. CAAC officials spent five days conducting an audit and evaluation process at Superior’s Coppell, Texas headquarters.
Hawker Beechcraft has selected the base locations for its previously announced mobile technical support team’s ground support vehicles. The West Coast team, covering Arizona, Nevada and California, is based at AvJet in Burbank. The Northeast team, which covers New York, New Jersey and Virginia, will be based at Hawker Beechcraft's Wilmington facility. The ground support vehicles are supplemented by a dedicated support aircraft.