Embraer received type certification for its Lineage 1000 bizliner from India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This certification complements existing approvals for the aircraft from Brazil’s national civil aviation agency (ANAC), the EASA and the FAA. With a range of up to 4,500 nm, the Lineage 1000 can connect India’s main hubs of Mumbai and New Delhi with Shanghai and Beijing, China; Dubai; and major cities in Europe.
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General aviation (GA) pilots have just 12 months to obtain new European licenses to enable them to fly European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-approved aircraft in European Union member states beginning in April next year. EASA proposals for flight-crew licences (FCLs) have completed all pre-regulatory stages and translation and were expected to go to the European Parliament by early April and become law by mid-year.
India’s civil aviation authority, the DGCA, is considering grounding all civil Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv light twin helicopters until the airframe is modified around the intermediate gearbox (IGB) in the tailfin. In some helicopters, “Cracks were observed on the rib bottom of the IGB and the associated area of the fin torsion box assembly,” according to a recently proposed Airworthiness Directive.
Successful partnerships with UK government departments and national and European regulators are the fruits of several years’ investment in discussion and representation by Britain’s general aviation community, according to industry leaders. “There is an awful lot to be proud of,” said British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) chief executive Guy Lachlan, following the lobby group’s annual conference last month.
The Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation has granted approval to Boca Aircraft Maintenance to maintain and repair Bermuda-registered aircraft under an AMO Certificate. The Boca Raton aircraft maintenance company specializes in Falcons and is also an authorized Gold Level Eclipse service center.
As of November 18, Bermuda is requiring all foreign operators of business aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds to have a safety management system (SMS) and meet other requirements under ICAO Annex 6.2.3.
Aircraft registered in China and Macau are now eligible for maintenance services at Jet Aviation Hong Kong. The company has received base maintenance approval from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department to carry out base maintenance. The approval enables the facility to provide heavy maintenance on aircraft registered in China and Macau.
At Moscow Vnukovo airport, Jet Aviation has completed the steps to operate as an independent Russian legal entity. The company has operated since late 2007 as
a branch of Jet Aviation Dusseldorf. The facility now provides maintenance services under its own EASA Part 145 approval.
Europe’s business aviation community may think it has a good safety record; however, it needs to demonstrate a more structured and statistical approach to maintaining that reputation rather than expecting regulators and the rest of the world just to acknowledge it.