William Hunter and Michael McCullough are the recipients of NBAA’s 2012 Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship, which benefits individuals seeking to become NBAA certified aviation managers (CAM). Hunter is a captain with ACM Aviation Services and is seeking CAM certification “to promote his continued learning and career development.” McCullough, the assistant director of operations for Aviation Resource Management, said the CAM program will “provide knowledge that benefits both his employer and his career.”
IAI has established an unmanned air system (UAS) academy to train and provide certification for operators and technicians. The academy provides a variety of services to IAI customers, both within the company’s facilities and at other locations. A range of courses is available, from those aimed at customers who are just embarking on establishing UAS operations, to advanced courses for mission commanders.
Back when David Bernstorf was involved in certifying new aircraft and developing supplemental type certificates for his employer, he joked about backing up a truck onto the parking lot of the FAA certification office and dumping the huge volumes of paper that accompany any certification program. Joking aside, all of the paper can amount to a truckload. Assembling that volume of paperwork, not to mention finding one report in the huge pile, was a frustrating endeavor.
Delta TechOps has received ISO 9001 certification from the International Standards Organization for its engine maintenance and landing gear shops. It is one of only a few airline maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers to achieve the certification, an internationally tested framework designed to manage an organization’s processes and help generate a high-quality product that satisfies customers’ expectations. The airline received ISO 9001 certification for its component maintenance shop in 2008.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed news yesterday that the FAA is forming a Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) that will update design and manufacturing rules for entry-level certified airplanes. GAMA expects these streamlined regulations–once enacted–to result in lower certification costs for entry-level airplanes and increased safety for all Part 23 general aviation airplanes.
AgustaWestland’s new common cockpit concept is being adopted on all of its new helicopters in order to provide an identical “look and feel” to the operators. But the idea is about more than branding. Ultimately, it’s all to do with safety in the hope that in an emergency situation pilots will not have to give a moment’s thought to which model they are flying since all the commands are identical.
Mid-Continent Instruments’ Van Nuys, Calif. facility has been awarded full Class 1, 2, 3 radio and Class 3 accessory repair certification from the FAA. The certification enables the company to add avionics and accessory types to its current service offerings without applying for each approval from the local FAA Flight Standards District Office. They are the highest level of repair certifications issued by the FAA.
More than 500 business aircraft are now using Arinc Direct services in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and the aeronautical communications and IT specialist is continuing to expand the scope of its support offerings for operators.
Arinc Direct is trying to help aircraft operators meet the new requirement to implement safety management systems (SMS) by introducing a new process for conducting the necessary risk factors assessment before each flight.
Biobor JF, the fuel biocide made by Hammonds Fuel Additives, has been reinstated as an approved biocide by the European Union until the end of this year. "The process to obtain recertification in the EU was cost prohibitive when Hammonds first researched the process," according to the company, but the EU approved Biobor's use for all aviation applications in late June. Hammonds