A recently completed audit by the Transportation Department’s inspector general has found that the FAA’s Civil Aviation Registry does not provide all of the information needed for aviation safety and security measures. According to the DOT IG, the FAA lacks the information it needs on the identity of non-citizen aircraft owners and has incomplete information on pilot certifications.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration expects its new first officer qualification rule for commercial pilots that require, with certain exceptions, 1,500 hours of flight time and an air transport pilot certificate to appear in the government’s Federal Register on Monday.
India will likely extend the submission deadline of a request for proposals (RFP) to replace the Indian Air Force’s aging Avro/Hawker Siddeley HS.748M turboprops by another month, a defense ministry official told AIN. The deadline is currently October 8; however, manufacturers face a challenge in identifying private partners in India that have adequate facilities for final assembly and component and sub-system manufacture of the replacement aircraft.
Second-quarter 2013 earnings are likely to bring few signs of recovery for aviation, according to the July Business Jet Monthly report from analyst J.P.Morgan, which highlighted several manufacturers.
The report predicts that demand for smaller Cessna Citations will remain depressed but “We will look for more color on the Sovereign and XLS, key midsize offerings.”
The EASA has approved the interim solution Eurocopter devised to address concerns about main-gearbox lubrication on the EC225 after two controlled ditchings last year.
The manufacturer is using vibration monitoring, inspections and part modification to prevent the possibility of an undetected crack leading to in-flight rupture of the bevel gear vertical shaft–a part that is critical to main gearbox lubrication.
Brazilian aviation services provider Lìder Aviação is the new “exclusive representative” in Brazil for Bombardier Aerospace. Lìder, based in Belo Horizonte, will be responsible for sales of the Canadian OEM’s Globals, Challengers and Learjets. The two companies have a long history together. Lìder was the company that introduced the Learjet in Brazil in 1968. It is also the Brazilian representative of U.S.-based Beechcraft for the company’s turboprop and piston aircraft.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has become the Philippines’ first and only carrier removed from the EU air safety black list, an operating ban imposed three years ago within the 28-state European Union (EU).
The management of American Airlines merger partner US Airways has advised American Eagle pilot leaders that it will not place an order for 76-seat regional jets for Eagle or any other regional airline that hasn’t formulated a plan to “trend toward” the cost structure introduced at wholly owned Delta Air Lines subsidiary Pinnacle Airlines, the head of the American Eagle Air Line Pilots Association unit told membership
China Eastern Airlines Executive Air (CEAEA) signed an agreement with Metrojet of Hong Kong under which the latter will provide exclusive maintenance and service support for the operation. The agreement covers training, inspection and heavy maintenance service support to CEAEA’s 13-aircraft fleet, which includes types made by Gulfstream, Embraer, Cessna, Hawker and Bombardier.
The agreement with CEAEA “is a testament to our growing stature in the Asian business aviation industry and highlights our strength in aircraft maintenance services,” said Metrojet CEO Björn Näf.
Vienna-based International Jet Management has signed a deal with Jet Aviation Basel for the MRO to provide line and base maintenance for the company’s fleet of managed and charter aircraft. Currently covered under the terms of the agreement are two Globals, one Challenger 850, two Challenger 605s, one Challenger 604, two Challenger 300s, one Learjet 40, one Citation Excel, seven Falcon 900s, one Falcon 2000 and one GV.