Europe should prosecute pilots flying illegal charter flights within its member states. That was just one of the suggestions coming out of an industry education session on the topic at the EBACE show yesterday.
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TAG Aviation (Stand 7020) was awarded the European Business Aviation Association’s prestigious Platinum Safety of Flight Award for 2012 yesterday. The award recognizes a European operator that surpasses 100,000 flight hours without incident or accident.
This summer’s London Olympics dominated the agenda at the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) annual conference on March 6, with the group’s patron, Prince Michael of Kent, reminding members that this is an opportunity for the industry to shine. While the high-security event poses plenty of challenges, it should provide a welcome boost to a largely service-based industry that generates almost $3.2 billion for the UK economy each year.
Commercial aviation is the biggest impediment to business aviation’s growth in Asia, according to Tay Tiang Guan, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Speaking at the ABACE show conference session yesterday, Tay admitted that the rapid growth of the commercial aviation sector is taking the lion’s share of regulators’ attention and dominating airspace.
Major players in ATC are meeting in Amsterdam this week for ATC Global, which has long been considered the leading international event for the ATC community. This year’s conference and exhibition will feature more than 200 exhibiting companies and is expected to draw some 5,400 attendees.
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.
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.