The FAA said yesterday that it will delay by one year the April 22, 2014, compliance deadline to implement pilot training and qualification, airspace and other operational provisions in the new helicopter safety rule.
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The FAA granted a certificate of authorization (COA) yesterday to the North Dakota Department of Commerce to fly the Draganflyer X4-ES quadcopter at the Northern Plains unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test range, the first of six national UAS test sites to begin operations. This two-year COA marks the first authorization from the FAA for a UAS test site.
NBAA lauded the European Council’s move to continue to “stop the clock” on further implementation of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), while ICAO representatives work on a plan to address aircraft emissions worldwide. The EC agreed last Monday to extend the “stop the clock” provision affecting non-European operators until the fall of 2016, when representatives at the next ICAO Assembly are expected to move forward on an international framework for both technological and market-based emissions-curbing measures for the industry.
A coalition of 12 aviation organizations, including NBAA, NATA and the U.S. Contract Tower Association, sent a joint letter to House and Senate appropriations leaders who support “full and dedicated funding of the FAA’s Contract Tower Program in Fiscal Year 2015.” According to the letter, “Events of the past year have made it abundantly clear that the FAA Contract Tower Program enjoys strong bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.
The FAA announced on Tuesday that the ADS-B network in the U.S. has been completed, with all 634 ground stations now online. “This upgrade is an important step in laying the foundation for the NextGen system, which provides air traffic controllers a much more precise view of the airspace, gives pilots much more awareness and information, and as a result strengthens the safety and efficiency of our system,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This state-of-the-art satellite system is already providing controllers with visibility in places not previously covered by radar.”
At a meeting today at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai, members of key business aviation associations updated attendees on the core Statement of Principles for Business Aviation approved by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministers in September.
Richard Smith, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI), is leading the delegation of this first-time ABACE exhibitor (Booth H523). He is accompanied by Steve Scott, CAACI flight operations manager, and Guy Healey, airworthiness manager. The Authority considers ABACE an opportunity to connect with aircraft owners, operators and key decision-makers in both the Chinese market and Asian region. The emerging business aviation market in China is synergistic with the affluent target market for the Cayman Island Aircraft Registry, according to CAACI.
India’s Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) accused the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of trying to undermine the industry’s reputation by leaking observations made about nonscheduled operators during routine safety checks. According to the industry group, government officials have disclosed the findings of the checks to divert blame from the DGCA in the wake of the January 2014 downgrading of India’s safety rating by the U.S.
The FAA issued Jeppesen a letter of operational suitability that allows the Apple iPad mini to be used in cockpits at commercial operators when the device is paired with Jeppesen’s electronic flight bag (EFB) solutions. This letter covers both the iPad mini with and without the Retina display. The FAA process was conducted to provide assurance for pilots and aviation operators that Jeppesen data, when displayed on the 7.9-inch iPad mini screen, is acceptable for use.
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