Garrett Aviation/Piedmont Hawthorne/ Associated Air Center announced its Garrett Aviation-Springfield, Ill. repair station has been awarded the FAA Diamond Award for outstanding aviation maintenance training.
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The European Commission (EC) is moving quickly to extend the responsibilities of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to cover pilot licensing, aircraft operations and oversight of third-country airlines.
By September next year European aircraft maintenance providers will be obliged to have conducted approved human factors training for their staff. The requirement is included in Part 145 rules issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), but national aviation authorities’ (NAAs) inconsistent implementation of the rule appears to be causing confusion for some European companies.
Two years on from the creation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the ERA remains worried about that new agency’s cash flow problems. “There has been a failure to establish a mutually supported and agreed-upon business model with national aviation authorities,” said ERA director general Mike Ambrose.
European regional airlines are concerned that a regulatory void could develop as oversight responsibilities pass to a new authority, and they have joined with other industry groups to seek assurance that won’t happen.
The chief of the NTSB’s French counterpart is concerned that an increasing number of aircraft are flying under flags of convenience.
The FAA will soon replace a 1995 advisory circular that provides operators with guidance and recommendations on how to develop and receive approval for a weight-and-balance control program. Weight-and-balance programs have been required for operators of aircraft with five or more passenger seats and operated under FAR Parts 121, 125 and 135. The new publication, AC 120-27D, will add fractional aircraft operations under Part 91, Subpart K.
Ever since the FAA issued its final rule on “Regulation of Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs and On-demand Operations” known as Part 91, Subpart K [which took effect in the U.S. in February–Ed.] in September 2003, business aviation associations on both sides of the Atlantic have been trying to harmonize regulatory standards for fractional ownership operations.
The FAA said that after reassessing the civil aviation authority of Ghana, the agency concluded that the African country does not have an “adequate infrastructure” to meet international safety standards. These standards are developed around airline operations and airport facilities but can also be applicable to business aircraft operators.
Duncan Aviation’s full-service facility in Lincoln, Neb., has won DesignatedAlteration Station (DAS) authorization from the FAA. The authorization allows the facility to approve STCs on behalf of the FAA, significantly reducing the timerequired to complete new STCs. Duncan’s Battle Creek, Mich. facility has had DAS status for several years.