A recent FAA airworthiness handbook bulletin that aims to clarify the maintenance requirements for Part 135 aircraft might not be a good thing for some operators, but it might prove beneficial for some maintenance facilities.
The FAA unveiled a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) last week that addresses airworthiness standards related to cabin interiors for transport-category airplanes in private-use passenger operations. Type certification requirements have historically been separate from and independent of operational standards.
With so much nonessential equipment installed in today’s business jets, pilots might wonder if the rules regarding inoperative equipment apply to products that don’t contribute to the safety of flight.
Dubai-based carrier Emirates has selected Goodrich electronic flight bags (EFBs) for its entire fleet of Boeing 747s and 777s and Airbus A310s, A330s and A340s. The system includes EFB software, two touch-screen displays and two laptop-docking stations. Goodrich will provide system supplemental type certification (STC) for each aircraft type. Deliveries are expected to begin after receiving the STC, which is expected later this year.
Goodrich has received an FAA supplemental type certificate for its external rescue hoist on the Eurocopter AS 350 B3 light single-engine helicopter. Operators can either order the hoist as original equipment on a new helicopter or install it on an in-service aircraft. Goodrich’s electric hoist uses a translating drum and provides a 500-pound load capacity. It meets FAR 27 requirements.
The FAA is proposing to amend one engine inoperative (OEI) rating definitions. These relatively small changes would affect type certification standards for 30-second OEI, two-minute OEI and 30-minute OEI ratings. For example, the changes would address engine shutdown as well as engine failure. The proposed rule would yield harmonization with the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) certification specifications for engines.
Evektor has begun prototype assembly of the EV-55 Outback, a nine- to 14-passenger unpressurized turboprop. The company submitted its application for a type certificate a year ago in a familiarization meeting between the certification team and regulatory authorities at the company’s facilities in Kunovice, Czech Republic.
The FAA has proposed a number of revisions to the rotorcraft one-engine-inoperative (OEI) rating definition and type certification standards to align the regulations with those in use by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation.
At the request of the National Air Transportation Association, the FAA has suspended the August 31 date for Part 135 operators to comply with airworthiness bulletin HBAW 04-06E while it considers proposed rulemaking that would replace the term “type certificated” with “seating configuration.” The revision, urged by the NATA, would allow methods other than a type certificate change to be an acceptable means of altering seating configurations.
The FAA in January issued a proposal to replace the current designee program for organizations with a new one that expands the functions that designees can perform, permits non-FAA-certified individuals and companies to become designees and rolls existing organizational designee categories into one, “organization designation authorization” (ODA).