Bell Helicopter recently unveiled a version of the 429 light twin with wheeled landing gear and plans to begin deliveries in the first half of next year. The $6.17 million Bell 429WLG has a top speed of 152 knots, about five knots faster than the $5.8 million standard skidded variant. Although the retractable gear and fairings add approximately 250 pounds to empty weight, the drag reduction takes the 429WLG’s range to 412 nm, an increase of 1 nm.
The FAA released its first five-year unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) “roadmap” on Friday, providing guidance on how the agency intends to introduce remotely piloted aircraft into the National Airspace System. The document describes the expected transition in standards, regulations, aircraft certification, training requirements and technology over broad periods of “accommodation, integration” and “evolution” through 2026.
It is a common perception among operators and maintenance facilities that trying to get approval criteria from the FAA for just about anything is a moving target that varies from region to region and even among inspectors. “Shopping around” to get the answer you want to hear has been common for as long as anyone can remember. Loosely defined criteria can present a serious safety hazard, and it’s widely recognized that they are a significant waste of time and money for both the applicant and the FAA.
After completing a two-year application process, NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program received accreditation last week from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), an independent body that developed the standards for professional credentialing programs. NCCA has accredited some 300 programs, including the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designations.
The National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT) will become part of ASTM International and continue to provide non-regulatory, industry-recognized personnel certifications for aviation and aerospace technicians.
Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimassa Fujino said yesterday at NBAA 2013 that the HondaJet would be certified by the end of 2014, as long as the HF120 engine was certified by the end of this year. Terry Sharp, president of GE Honda Aero Engines, said this timeline is doable–“We have completed all the certification testing on the engine and last week we submitted the final two reports to the FAA. Our confidence is high that we will have the type certificate by the end of this year.”
GA Telesis Composite Repair Group has received accreditation under ISO 9001/AS9110, Quality Management Systems-Requirements for aviation maintenance organizations as certified by QMI-SAI Global Certification Services. It covers the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft nacelles and structural airframe parts. It also clears the way for the company to be listed in the Online Aerospace Supplier Information System (Oasis), the international aerospace database that publishes all quality certifications.
Swiss-German logistics specialist Kuehne+Nagel has launched KN EngineChain, “to meet the growing need for companies in the sector in relation to services dedicated to the transport of engines.”
The company notes that while technical work on engines is regulated in detail by aviation authorities, “When it comes to the logistics of engines, the regulatory text is quite generic and needs to be aligned with the high value of the product.”
Pilots planning for a career that requires certification to airline transport pilot (ATP) standards will need to set aside thousands of dollars to pay for additional training mandated by new FAR 61.156. The training is required before the candidate can take the ATP written and practical tests (beginning August 1 next year), and the portion that will cost the most is 10 hours of simulator training, including at least six hours in a full-flight simulator (FFS) meeting Level C standards and replicating a multiengine turbine-powered airplane weighing at least 40,000 pounds.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is here at LABACE once again to continue to inform South American aircraft operators about the voluntary International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) program that it established just over 11 years ago in response to shifting regulatory demands on the sector.