Ibis Aerospace has quashed speculation that Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) is preparing to withdraw its investment in the company’s Ae270 Spirit business and utility turboprop.
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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.
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) is expected to decide early next year whether it will forge ahead with plans to restrict the amount of time foreign-registered aircraft can be based in Britain. The consultation process ended on October 28, and officials will take several weeks to evaluate the views collected before making a recommendation.
Owners, operators and manufacturers of aircraft registered in any of the UK’s overseas territories have been advised to get familiar with a comprehensive set of new requirements. Under the latest amendments to the UK’s Overseas Territories Aviation Requirements, regulatory changes will soon be introduced that cover operations, maintenance, airworthiness and ATC for registering aircraft.
The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) is considering whether to prevent foreign-registered aircraft that are not operated commercially from being based permanently in Britain. It is about to launch a consultation process on proposals to revise legislation on foreign-registered aircraft.
Users of corporate, business and executive aircraft in the UK are working to understand the implications of proposed new civil aviation rules, especially those governing emissions. The Civil Aviation Bill, published in June, covers the next 30 years’ development of air travel in the UK.
Now that much of the world has applied reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) standards in the upper flight levels, it was only a matter of time before forward-thinking China followed suit.
Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), has said that management and financial problems at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) could compromise safety standards. However, Sir Roy added that he does not expect EASA’s performance to deteriorate to such an extent without the agency’s taking corrective action.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is conducting a strategic review of business and general aviation and how these industries should be regulated. This will be put to the CAA board at its June meeting and, significantly, will be considered before the authority issues its final ruling on controversial changes to safety regulation charges.
The UK government is leading a campaign to delay the transfer of additional regulatory responsibilities to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) until the agency resolves existing management and budgetary issues.