NetJets has become the first combined 14 CFR 135/91K operator to achieve Level IV of the FAA’s Safety Management System Pilot Program. The March 27 certification provides a four-level system acknowledging development of a formal SMS in accordance with both FAA and international standards. The program is designed to guide operators in developing and implementing an integrated, comprehensive safety management system for their organization and required the U.S.-based operator to conduct thousands of hours of additional safety training for all employees.
Garmin’s release of a new version of its experimental G3X avionics system not only marks a major move into a big market but also the expansion of its Team X, a group of engineers and designers paving the way to new lower-cost products for experimental aircraft. The G3X system can be seen this week at Garmin’s booth (No. D-034) at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla.
In accordance with regulations on the handling of garbage from international flights from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FBOs and airline service providers are required to obtain proper USDA certification before handling such trash.
Aircraft painting company Straube’s Aircraft Service (Booth No. N3317) recently announced it expects to receive Part 145 repair station certification for its paint shop at the AgustaWestland parts and repair facility in Philadelphia shortly.
“The 145 repair certification encompasses a five-part process, [and] we are currently finishing up phase three,” explained Straube’s chief inspector Kevin Darabant. The company expects to receive certification by this summer, he added.
JDA Aviation Solutions (JDA) and Group & Wang Associates (G&W) of Washington, D.C., and Beijing have allied to help aviation companies improve safety and quality management and comply with the U.S. and PRC civil aviation regulations and certification requirements.
For decades, painting airplanes has been a craft passed down in tribal fashion from one generation to the next, but with more understanding of how than why any particular process worked.
The FAA has launched what it calls “a comprehensive review of the Boeing 787 critical systems, including the design, manufacture and assembly.” The agency said the review will “validate the work conducted during the certification process and further ensure that the aircraft meets the FAA’s high level of safety.” U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the move on January 11.
The International Civil Aviation Organization officially recognized Airways New Zealand with its Trainair Plus quality-assurance certification as a source for air traffic services training. Airways New Zealand is the first ATC training organization in the region to receive the certification.
Gal Aviation of St. Joseph, Quebec, Canada, has been recognized by Transport Canada as an approved maintenance organization (AMO). The recognition follows accreditations and certifications, including AS9100 Rev. C and Nadcap (alodine and anodizing anticorrosion treatments). Equivalent EASA certification has been applied for and is anticipated by year-end. A bilateral agreement between U.S. and Canadian aviation authorities automatically gains FAA approval following the AMO certificate.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre (SHPBASC) has been certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands to perform maintenance repair work on aircraft registered in that nation. The certification marks the first time a maintenance facility has been granted Cayman Islands’ approval in mainland China. “We have seen strong international traffic with the registration since we started business and are delighted to be able to add this capability for the business aviation community,” said Carey Matthews, general manager of SHPBASC.