Bombardier has designated Comlux Completion USA as an official AOG/line maintenance facility for its Learjet, Challenger and Global product lines. The approval was confirmed yesterday at the end of a long period in which the Canadian airframer evaluated the company’s training and equipment infrastructure in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The FAA, EASA and Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency last month granted type certification to the Lineage 1000, the business jet version of the E190 fly-by-wire jetliner. The FAA also approved supplemental type certificates for the Lineage 1000’s interior, designed by Embraer and London-based Priestman Goode and manufactured by Pats Aircraft Completions. The interior features five cabin zones and a private suite with shower.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has opened its membership to include non-U.S. manufacturers. Although the announcement is not altogether surprising, it represents a major change for the association and its future influence in the worldwide business aviation community.
Six operators were represented at the first operators conference for the Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) held at the manufacturer’s Toulouse, France headquarters on September 14. In total, 15 pilots and managers made the trip, representing Aero Services Executive, DaimlerChrysler Aviation, Twinjet, the Italian and French government flight departments, as well as one other undisclosed operator.
Effective yesterday, the FAA officially amended the regulations governing extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS) of turbine-powered airplanes operated by airlines and on-demand charter passenger-carrying operations.
The final rule on extended operations (ETOPS) remains mandatory starting on August 13. The new rule applies to all multiengine turbine aircraft operated under Part 135 when flown more than 180 minutes flying time at one-engine-inoperative cruise speed from airports meeting Part 135 requirements. The rule will limit the one-engine-inoperative cruise speed flight time to 240 minutes from an adequate airport.
Early last month Midway Phoenix, a subsidiary of Phoenix Air Group of Cartersville, Ga., and the U.S.
The Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) received FAA type certification on October 28. The approval came just over three years after the large-cabin bizjet was certified by Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and clears the way for deliveries in the U.S.
The operations committee of Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) is pushing to get its JAR OPS 2 and 4 operating requirements adopted before the JAA is replaced by the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The EASA will assume the JAA’s aircraft certification responsibilities next September.
At the 60th anniversary of the pivotal naval battle that saved it from Japanese occupation, Midway Island is again fighting for its life–at least its economic life as a viable destination airport (MDY). According to Midway Phoenix, the company that operated the airport under contract from 1996 until last May 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now keeping the field open only for its own support.