The FAA has just released a greatly expanded version of the original Pilot Record Improvement Act advisory circular (AC 120-68F) to address more operational situations employers might encounter related to a new-hire pilot’s professional certifications, safety record and possible law-enforcement actions.
Kevin Bang has joined Dallas Airmotive as manager of its Phoenix Regional Turbine Center (RTC). Bang will be responsible for day-to-day operations, which focus on the PT6A, JT15D, R-R 250 and HTF7000. He holds an FAA A&P license and numerous engine and inspection certifications. He joined Dallas Airmotive from Consolidated Turbine Support in Mesa, where he was quality control manager for Part 145 programs. Bang holds degrees in applied management and aviation maintenance.
The Daher-Socata TBM 850 turboprop single gained type certification from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which includes Russia, the French aircraft manufacturer said yesterday. “This recognizes…the work of Daher-Socata’s team in conjunction with the CIS aviation authorities, who are known to be demanding in their certification process, especially for operations in extreme weather conditions,” Socata senior vice president Nicolas Chabbert said. With the approval, the company can market its turboprop to the growing CIS market.
The FAA is seeking comments on its proposal to upgrade Part 121 pilot certification experience requirements. The new standards would require airline first officers to hold an ATP certificate with a type rating, and airline captain applicants to have at least 1,000 hours of flight time in air carrier operations.
Pats Aircraft Systems has received quality certification approval to ISO9001:2008 and AS9100 standards.
AS9100C includes all the elements of ISO9000, as well as additional requirements specific to the aerospace industry, and according to the Georgetown, Del.-based cabin completion and MRO center, “represents a significant advancement in the requirements for compliance.”
Africa has been training pilots and other aviation professionals for decades, but never in large enough numbers to meet stringent international certification requirements for its own burgeoning aviation industry.
China’s Civil Aviation Authority issued the Comac ARJ21-700 type inspection authorization in late February, allowing it to begin the final process of flight-test certification, according to the state-run China Daily.
The dicey situation in which JetBlue captain Clayton Osbon apparently suffered some kind of mental breakdown while commanding a flight from New York to Las Vegas on March 27 raises some important questions.
Landmark Aviation’s aircraft charter and management division announced today that the Commercial Airlift Review Board has certified the company for Department of Defense passenger operations. With this certification, Landmark is now eligible to bid on air service contracts for all U.S. government agencies. The company sought certification at the request of customer MedCenter Air, a division of Carolinas Healthcare System, so it can transport military personnel. Landmark Aviation manages and operates four fixed-wing aircraft for MedCenter Air.
Flight operations software and services developer Navtech formed a partnership with GlobalNavSource to provide Navtech iCharts and iCharts Enroute via GlobalNavSource’s iPad electronic flight bag platform. The move, Navtech said, supports paperless operations and gives pilots broader access to charts, plates, weather and other data.