The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for ATR cockpit windows.
The FAA has issued a Notice of New Task Assignment for the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) to develop maintenance requirements for aircraft used in commercial air-tour operations as covered in 14 CFR Part 136–Commercial Air Tours and National Parks Air Tour Management.
StandardAero has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) at its Springfield, Ill. location. The designation allows the company to approve design data, tests and analysis as well as make a finding of compliance to the regulations allowing them to sign an STC on behalf of the FAA for aircraft alterations.
Saving money is a higher priority than ever before, so there’s good news for Learjet 35 and 55 operators. CRS Jet Spares has completed its 75th STC replacement generator transaction. The Power of Blue generator was installed on a Learjet 35, bringing the company’s count up to numbers 75 and 76. The A3579-000 STC PMA replacement generators went to an unnamed fleet operator located in South America.
M7 Aerospace has launched a program to support Rolls-Royce 250-series engine operators by teaming with Essential Turbines of Dorval, Quebec. The engine is installed in numerous helicopter models, including Bells, Sikorsky S-76s, MD Helicopters, Agusta 109s, Eurocopter AS 355s, MBB BO105s and others.
Europeans are “blowing smoke” and “crying wolf,” said Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, during the debate about whether the Europeans would require EASA-certified U.S. repair stations to undergo inspections in response to the H.R. 915 FAA Reauthorization Act’s requirement for biannual inspection of all foreign Part 145 certificate holders.
The Clearwater (Florida) Police Department Economic Crimes Unit has charged Todd Christopher Naylor, 32, of Clearwater with four counts of grand theft relating to an aircraft parts business he purported to own. According to the Clearwater Police Department, from August 2008 to February 2009 Naylor represented himself as an aircraft supply business and advertised parts for sale online and in trade-related publications.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) effective Aug. 13, 2009, for Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305As and PW305Bs installed on, but not limited to, Bombardier Learjet 60s and Hawker 1000s. The AD stems from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.
The 17-year-old FAA Aviation Maintenance Awards Program has undergone a major change. According to the FAA Safety Team’s (FAASTeam) latest issue of Nuts and Bolts, the program is now administered online. Using accident causal factors, the FAA has developed appropriate training courses to mitigate risk and reduce accidents.
On June 18 a Learjet 40XR suffered severe damage at Fort Worth’s Meacham International Airport after an engine thrust control became stuck while taxiing during an engine run. According to airport manager Bill Welstead, the aircraft was throttled up while leaving Turbine Engine Specialists when the technicians noted that the engine control on the left engine was stuck.