In an effort to encourage users to take advantage of its online Event Reporting safety-management system, the Helicopter Association International (HAI) recently eliminated the $300 subscription fee and made the system free to anyone who wants to use it.
While safety is at the top of her list of priorities, new Transportation Secretary Mary Peters told the third annual FAA International Aviation Safety Forum early last month that President Bush has charged her with modernizing the U.S. ATC system, “including new approaches to funding to deal with our aging infrastructure.”
Repair station operators have a new option when considering ways to meet the new FAA training requirements. Avstar Media of Addison, Texas, has released a computer-based training program to assist FAA-certified repair stations with the initial and recurrent training requirements set forth in the latest revision of 14 CFR Part 145.
Aviareto, which manages a new global electronic database identifying parties with a financial interest in civil aircraft, has made its system more user-friendly following processing delays after it came on line two months ago. The Dublin-based agency told EBACE Convention News that it has ramped up its operation to reduce a growing backlog in applications to register information.
Special requirements for transport-category airplanes used as business/VIP jets are being developed by the FAA.
Transport Canada on Thursday released “Flight 2010,” a strategic plan for enhancing the safety levels of the country’s civil aviation sector over the next five years. Among the plan’s goals are to sustain a strong safety culture, gain the “trust and confidence” of stakeholders, align expectations of management and stakeholders and ensure compliance with regulations.
The FAA released Notice 8700.49, effective October 11, to guide FAA inspectors in helping operators develop Safety Management Systems (SMS). An SMS advisory circular–AC 120-92–was released on June 22, and since then the FAA has promoted the SMS concept industry-wide, at meetings such as the Bombardier Safety Standdown in early October and the Nascar race team SMS Safety Summit on October 20.
Activity on the Web-based International Registry (IR) of Mobile Assets has been high since it opened for business on March 1, according to Aviareto of Dublin, Ireland, which operates it. But business-aviation users of the IR–variously known as Cape Town, the Cape Town Treaty and the Cape Town Convention–say its benefits are neither altogether clear nor widely accepted.
Seven months after the International Registry of Mobile Assets (IRMA) became effective, the controversial Web-based registry–known colloquially as the Cape Town Treaty–still has few fans and continues to create much confusion among business aviation users.
Part 135 operators and management entities will be affected by a proposed policy guidance involving wet leases, an arrangement in which an air carrier can lease an aircraft and crew from an individual or entity if it is also authorized to engage in common carriage.