The UK’s new military air safety regime has contributed to the delayed entry into British service of some new platforms, such as the Airbus A330MRTT Voyager tanker, the Thales Watchkeeper UAS and the L-3 Integrated Systems Airseeker (the UK version of the USAF’s RC-135 Rivet Joint SIGINT aircraft). As a result, some UK aerospace industry managers have expressed dissatisfaction with the Military Aviation Authority (MAA), in off-the-record comments to this editor and others.
The FAA has issued an NPRM to supersede airworthiness directive 2013-21-01, which currently applies to the Airbus Helicopters AS350B/BA/B1/B2/B3/C/D/D1 and AS355E/F/F1/F2/N/NP. The current AD requires certain inspections of each tail-rotor pitch horn assembly for a crack and, if there is a crack, replacing the pitch horn with an airworthy pitch horn before further flight. It also requires a one-time visual inspection for pitch horns above certain hours time-in-service (TIS).
Cessna announced that its company-owned service centers in Paris; Doncaster, UK; and Düsseldorf, Germany, are authorized as continuing airworthiness management organizations (Camo) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Camo approval enables these service centers to issue and extend airworthiness review certificates to EASA-registered aircraft.
In-service aircraft are joining newly built aircraft in eligibility for Dassault Falcon’s FalconCare guaranteed maintenance program. In-service Falcon customers can enroll in the program from the first C-check and use it anywhere in the manufacturer’s worldwide authorized service center network.
The UK Military Airworthiness Authority (MAA) is taking a leading role in a forum that aims to harmonize requirements within Europe for military airworthiness. The move would help the aerospace industry design future pan-European products. But although the forum is basing the requirements framework on European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations, there is no intention to create a pan-European regulatory agency for military aircraft, according to Air Vice-Marshal Martin Clark, the MAA’s technical director. “Regulation will remain a national responsibility,” he told AIN.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for the Embraer Phenom 300. The Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, Brazil’s civil aviation authority, has issued an emergency AD stating cracks in the stator pressure plate of the brake assembly have been found that could lead to loss of brake parts on the runway, reduced braking capability and possible runway excursion. Corrective action requires an inspection for cracks, with repair or replacement as necessary.
The first of 56 Avanti P.180 turboprop twins from the former fleet of bankrupt Avantair has had its airworthiness certificate revalidated by the FAA, Italian aircraft manufacturer Piaggio told AIN yesterday at NBAA 2013. Avantair was grounded in June, and the airworthiness certificates for all of its aircraft were revoked by the FAA, due to lax maintenance.
Italian aircraft manufacturer Piaggio has told AIN that the first of 56 Avanti P.180 twin-turboprop aircraft from the former fleet of bankrupt Avantair has had its airworthiness certificate revalidated by the FAA. Avantair was grounded, and the airworthiness certificates of all its aircraft were revoked by the FAA, after lax maintenance at the failing fractional program operator came to light earlier this year.
Once upon a time, the vast majority of business jets were owned and operated in the U.S., but that’s changing. Residents of other countries represent an ever-growing segment of the market, and the business of buying and selling corporate jets is increasingly international. In fact, a majority of factory-new aircraft these days are delivered outside the U.S.
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has denounced an October 15 press report that claimed 58 percent of aircraft in South Africa do not have airworthiness certificates. The authority said the story was both inaccurate and irresponsible, insisting that its main point was based on a statement made by a member of the South African parliament that was taken out of context.
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