Aruba recently introduced new rules covering the use of designated inspectors by the Caribbean island’s Department of Civil Aviation. The new regulation allows inspectors, who can be located anywhere in the world, to be used by the country’s aircraft registry in procedures including airworthiness inspections, crew licensing, approval of operator manuals and flight simulator compliance.
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Duncan Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul location in Lincoln, Neb., has received South African Civil Aviation Authority approval as an aircraft maintenance organization. “It’s important to be able to provide service to all of our customers, regardless of location, which is why we’re constantly working to secure new certifications,” said Chris VanderWeide, chief inspector of international airworthiness.
India’s Directorate-General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) days as a regulator appear to be numbered now that the country’s government has approved “in principle” a new Civil Aviation Authority to replace it. India’s information and broadcasting minister explained that the new CAA will be an autonomous body tasked with looking at aviation safety issues and composed of a chairperson and at least seven but not more than nine other members. No date for the next step toward approving the CAA has been announced.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has informed India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that it will conduct an independent safety audit of air transport oversight on the subcontinent in August. India has asked for an extension of the date.
The notice follows a report published in March by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that identified significant safety concerns overlooked by India while overseeing its airlines (air operators, charters and general aviation).
AgustaWestland has confirmed reports that certification of the AW609 civil tiltrotor has been pushed out to 2017, a one-year delay. A company spokesman told AIN that the schedule change is the result of numerous upgrades being made to the design in terms of aerodynamics and systems, including new engines, avionics and fly-by-wire flight controls.
Legislation currently being developed in Nigeria as part of the new Civil Aviation Act 2013 will attempt to classify safety and security staff (such as air traffic controllers) in that country as “essential,” effectively banning them from striking against the country’s aviation system. No date has been announced for presentation of the proposed legislation.
A recent Australian Senate investigation report was highly critical of both the Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Senators questioned the investigation into the Nov. 18, 2009 crash of a Pel-Air Westwind into the ocean near Norfolk Island.
Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), whose district includes Wichita, has introduced a House bill to implement changes in the certification process for light general aviation aircraft. H.R.1848, the “Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013,” has already been referred to the House aviation subcommittee for further legislative action.
The FAA is proposing to supersede an airworthiness directive for the Sikorsky S-64E (type certificate currently held by Erickson Air-Crane). It requires inspecting and reworking the main gearbox second-stage lower planetary plate.
“The HondaJet program is steadily progressing toward certification and first delivery,” Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino said this week at EBACE. As previously reported, FAA type certification of the light jet has been delayed by a year to late next year, primarily due to delays in certifying its GE Honda Aero HF120 engines. EASA certification is scheduled to follow in mid-2015.