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.
Continuum Applied Technology (Booth No. 2764) has announced the release of Version 10.5 of Corridor, its aviation service and maintenance software. Version 10.5’s qualifications module enables management and reporting of personnel certifications and qualifications and is designed for compatibility with regulatory authorities such as the FAA, EASA and China’s CAAC. “We worked closely with several Corridor customers to understand their qualification control requirements and developed the qualifications module directly from that feedback,” said Continuum president Jack Demeis.
Duncan Aviation has released a four-part video series about Future Air Navigation Systems (Fans), focusing on its evolution, how it operates, certification and upcoming mandates in the U.S. and Europe. The video series is hosted by Duncan Aviation avionics installations representative Justin Vena, who offers information and advice regarding Fans operations. Vena will also host a Fans webinar on December 18. Registration for this event will take place at Duncan Aviation’s booth at the NBAA Convention later this month.
In an effort to strengthen and speed up the certification process for Part 23 aircraft, a government/industry working group is trying to find a better approach to getting aircraft, avionics and powerplants to the market faster.
The Philadelphia U.S. Attorney’s Office has indicted Flying Tigers of Lancaster, Penn., its president Jay Stout and his son Joel Stout, with various crimes, including conspiracy, fraud involving aircraft parts, wire fraud and obstruction of justice. Also indicted was Howard Gunter, a former FAA certified mechanic and inspector, on charges of conspiracy and fraud involving aircraft parts.
The U.S. General Aviation Manufacturers Association has voiced its support for reforms to the aircraft certification processes as proposed by the FAA in a report submitted to Congress last week. “This report is an important first step in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the FAA, which is necessary to support growing industry activity in the development of new aircraft and safety-enhancing technologies,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.