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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.