Whenever the non-aviation media gets hold of a story that involves aircraft certification issues, such as the recent Boeing 787 lithium-ion battery problems, an enterprising reporter “discovers” that the FAA applied “special conditions” to the certification of the product in question. These stories seem to imply that the manufacturer was given some sort of special dispensation, a way to get around the regulations to obtain the FAA’s stamp of approval.
Since when is an Emergency AD used to ground an aircraft fleet, as it has been in the case of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner? First off, let me be clear that if anything good can be said of the Boeing Dreamliner nightmare it’s that no one had to die before the FAA would take definitive action to ground the 787 until its battery fire problems could be investigated properly.
The FAA granted TSO authorization to Garmin’s GDL 88 ADS-B solution, designed to bring ADS-B out and in capability to Part 23 aircraft flying below 18,000 feet to meet the Jan. 1, 2020 ADS-B out mandate. The GDL 88 receives on both ADS-B frequencies, 978 and 1090 mHz, allowing display of most traffic types as well as FAA-generated traffic feeds. The GDL 88 also includes Garmin’s TargetTrend relative motion technology to help pilots “visualize the trend of traffic threats as it relates to their aircraft,” according to Garmin.
The FAA has launched what it calls “a comprehensive review of the Boeing 787 critical systems, including the design, manufacture and assembly.” The agency said the review will “validate the work conducted during the certification process and further ensure that the aircraft meets the FAA’s high level of safety.” U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the move on January 11.
Dassault Falcon has received EASA approval for a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install ADS-B out (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast out) on Falcon 50EXs and classic Falcon 2000s equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics. With this STC, Falcon operators can take advantage of the safety and operational improvements of the new technology before the mandated compliance date set by airworthiness authorities. Both aircraft received similar FAA STC approval within the past year.
Associated Air Center (AAC), a specialist in bizliner maintenance and overhaul and cabin completion and overhaul, is partnering with Boeing to validate a cockpit noise suppression service bulletin for Boeing Business Jet operators.
AAC has installed the first such system in a BBJ and the supplemental type certificate approval makes it available to other BBJ operators.
ArincDirect is now certified to assist business aviation flight departments in need of help gaining FAA/CAA letters of authorization approval for both the hardware installation and crew training required to fly using pilot controller data link communications (CPDLC).
Gore Design Completions has received its first supplemental type certificate (STC) for a Boeing BBJ3 completion. According to Joseph Barrett, Gore senior manager of programs, the completion took approximately 16 months and is for a Middle Eastern customer.
Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No. 4112) is pursuing a new supplemental type certificate (STC) related to its XP42A upgrade package for the Cessna 208B Caravan.
A U.S. District court in Rome, Ga., on October 11 sentenced Andrew Anderson to 37 months in prison after finding him guilty of conspiracy to forge a supplemental type certificate (STC). Anderson was initially contracted by SIA Engineering Company to obtain STCs for interior modifications on Boeing aircraft owned by a branch of the Dubai government. He subsequently forged the necessary documents. The court demanded Anderson also pay $1.1 million in restitution to his victims.