Aviation authorities in China and Canada have completed type certification for Gulfstream’s new G280. The U.S. manufacturer confirmed the approvals late last week and the new super-midsize model now meets all airworthiness and environmental requirements in the two countries. The steps clear the way for customers to place G280s on the national registers of China or Canada for the first time. The aircraft has previously been certified in the U.S. and Israel, as well as having been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency. It entered service on November 13 last year.
Duncan Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul location in Lincoln, Neb., has received South African Civil Aviation Authority approval as an aircraft maintenance organization. “It’s important to be able to provide service to all of our customers, regardless of location, which is why we’re constantly working to secure new certifications,” said Chris VanderWeide, chief inspector of international airworthiness.
The FAA is proposing to supersede an airworthiness directive for the Sikorsky S-64E (type certificate currently held by Erickson Air-Crane). It requires inspecting and reworking the main gearbox second-stage lower planetary plate.
Aeronautical Professionals Malta (AP Malta), an EASA-approved Part 147 training provider located in the Mediterranean island of Malta, is offering two aircraft type training courses (valued at more than €15,000, or approximately $23,000) as raffle prizes during EBACE 2013. The two-year-old company offers aircraft type training to engineers, airworthiness review staff and aircraft mechanics.
In a letter to two members of the European Parliament, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) welcomed the members’ inquiries to the European Commission “concerning anti-competitive practices negatively impacting the aviation maintenance industry.” Arsa reiterated its ongoing concerns about design approval holders withholding instructions for continued airworthiness (ICAs).
The FAA has issued a final rule superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pilatus PC-12s, PC-12/45s, PC-12/47s and PC-12/47Es. Since the issuance of AD 2009-14-13 Pilatus has issued revisions to the limitations section of the airplane maintenance manual to include an inspection of the wing main spar fastener holes at rib six for cracks. The action was prompted by a crack found on one wing, and a more restrictive airworthiness limitation was introduced in that manual.
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A new airworthiness directive for the MD Helicopters MD500N, MD600N and MD900 requires determining the cure date for each Notar fan blade tension-torsion strap (T-T strap). The purpose is to establish a calendar-time retirement life, mark each T-T strap with the expiration date, create a component record card and revise the airworthiness limitations section of the maintenance manual.
The FAA is adopting a new Airworthiness Directive that supersedes an existing airworthiness directive for the MD Helicopters MD900. It requires a visual inspection and, if necessary, an eddy-current inspection of the main rotor lower hub assembly (lower hub) for a crack. If a crack exists, the AD requires replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub before further flight.
Flying Colours, the Canada-based completions, refurbishment and maintenance provider, has received approval from the Riyadh-based General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to carry out maintenance work on aircraft registered in Saudi Arabia.