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.
Astronics acquired Portland, Ore.-based Max-Viz, a developer and designer of enhanced vision systems for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, for $10 million in cash last week. The ultimate price could rise to $18 million, if certain revenue targets are met over the next three years. Max-Viz enhanced vision systems are certified for installation on more than 20 business aircraft types, as well as more than a dozen turbine helicopters. The company also holds similar certifications for multiple piston aircraft.
Russian Helicopters, which is redeveloping the Ansat with conventional (as opposed to the original fly-by-wire) flight controls, expects to achieve Russian certification in the fourth quarter, with serial production to start in January. The next step will be EASA certification, expected next year or in 2014. Russian Helicopters is developing a new fuel system to comply with European requirements.
The FAA has extended the comment period for a proposed exemption to the third-class medical certification requirement for recreational pilots to September 14. The agency received more than 14,000 comments during the initial 20-day comment period, and the vast majority of the comments supported the proposal.