The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) tapped Jonathan Archer, a 24-year aviation industry veteran, as its new director of engineering and airworthiness. Archer most recently provided key support for the FAA and the Joint Planning and Development Office as an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton. His work included facilitating an FAA aviation certification service pilot study implementing a voluntary safety management system for select Part 21-approved design and manufacturing organizations.
Regional fractional provider Executive AirShare’s operating arm, Executive Flight Services, earned International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) certification. Executive Flight Services earned IS-BAO Stage One certification following an audit of its safety management system, organization and personnel, standard operating procedures, training programs, flight operations, aircraft equipment and maintenance requirements. Executive AirShare operates 50 aircraft in its fractional and managed fleets from bases in six Central U.S. cities and Buffalo, N.Y.
GAMA praised the U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s “continued strong support” for reform of the Part 23 aircraft certification process and the transition away from leaded avgas. “We are especially pleased by the committee’s emphasis on improving the certification process at the FAA,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.
Commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is possible once manufacturers demonstrate the airworthiness of their designs, according to the manager of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office. “It’s a two-way street,” advised Jim Williams. “The FAA can’t pull the industry up.”
Robinson Helicopter received EASA certification for its R66 on Wednesday, four years after the FAA approved the turbine helicopter. With this latest approval, Robinson said it is now able to begin delivering R66s in its current backlog of European orders and focus on strengthening its presence in this market. Two-thirds of the company’s sales typically come from non-U.S.
Raisbeck Engineering named Keith Anderson v-p of engineering; he will report directly to CEO and founder James Raisbeck. Anderson will be responsible for overseeing all engineering projects, certifications and FAA engineering interactions. In addition, he will maintain his role within product integration, product development and sustaining engineering. Before joining Raisbeck Engineering in 2012, Anderson was at Quest Aircraft, where he held various positions, including chief pilot, director of engineering and director of customer service.
Aircell received STC approvals from the EASA for installation of in-flight connectivity and entertainment systems on Bombardier Challenger 300s. Specifically, the certifications cover the Aviator 300 datacom system and UCS 5000 “smart” router and media server. The company said the Aviator 300 STC data package is being offered to Challenger 300 operators for a “nominal fee” when they install the system at an authorized Aircell dealer and activate a new SwiftBroadband service plan. Aircell entered the European market in 2002 and the region is now its second-largest market.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is considering a more streamlined version of its international standards for business aviation certification (IS-BAO) program. The goal is to encourage smaller flight departments to take part in the audits, which will bring them into compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards and best practices.
Now that NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, more people are interested in obtaining CAM certification and forming study groups to prepare for testing, according to Denise Wilson, president and CEO of Palm Springs-based Desert Jet. Wilson passed the CAM testing five years ago and is now a member of the CAM governing board, and she sees CAM certification as an excellent opportunity.
Aviation Training Academy (ATA) announced FAA approval for IA renewal credits: hazardous materials awareness training online, general aviation fire safety online and human factors. The human factors course is not currently available online but will be later this year. According to ATA, all courses meet the latest industry training standards for aviation support personnel, and Aviation Training Academy certification is provided at the successful completion of each course.
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