Organizers of the UK’s biennial Farnborough International airshow are solidifying exhibitors for the event’s new “business aircraft park.” The show-within-a-show is to be staged over the first three trade days of the main event (July 19 to 21) in Farnborough Airport’s old business enclave.
Aviation in the United Kingdom
Europe’s new E3 aircraft registration process is making it easier to transfer aircraft to the national registers of member states of the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), according to the UK’s IBA Group, an independent aviation consultancy approved to handle the E3 registrations.
The UK Department for Transport is expected to decide early next year whether it will proceed with plans to restrict the amount of time foreign-registered aircraft can be based in Britain. A comment period on the proposal closed October 28. The proposal would limit the amount of time foreign-registered aircraft can be effectively based in the UK to 90 days in any 12-month period.
The FAA’s Annual Aerospace Forecast always tries to paint the most optimistic picture of the industry that the agency’s statistics will support, and this year proved to be no exception. On the airline side of the house, the agency said that the number of passengers will return to pre-2001 levels this year.
The newly formed European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued its first-ever type certificate on December 11 in Brussels, Belgium. The 633-shp Turbomeca Arriel 2B1A helicopter engine, a minor evolution in the Arriel 2 family that is to power the Chinese Z11–which is based on the Eurocopter AS 350 Ecureuil–received certificate number E.001.
Last month the European Union (EU) Council of Transport Ministers and the European Parliament finally agreed on new common flight time limitations (FTL) for commercial operations. But the new standards have provoked an angry response from pilot unions for being unsafe and for allowing too much latitude for individual EU member states to continue imposing their own limits.
FlightSafety International has received Part 147 certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its aircraft maintenance technician training programs. FlightSafety’s technician training resources cover the entire business aviation spectrum as well as regional airline operations and a number of military aircraft types.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) released its final report on the 2002 crash of a Swearingen SA227-AC Metroliner III at Aberdeen Airport, Scotland. The accident followed failure of the right engine shortly after takeoff.
After a long period of strained relations between the UK general aviation community and the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the two groups are working together constructively to push for the implementation of recommendations from the strategic and regulatory reviews that they jointly concluded in June.
Britain’s Department for Transport (DfT) has decided not to act unilaterally to impose new restrictions on UK-based aircraft that are registered overseas. In October 2005, the DfT completed a consultation on possible changes to the rules governing foreign-registered aircraft in the UK. The new rules would have limited the amount of time foreign-registered aircraft can be based in the UK to 90 days in any 12-month period.