In response to a thrust-lever quadrant failure in an Eclipse 500 on June 5, the FAA issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD 2008-13-51) on June 12, calling for pilot inspection of quadrants and a report to the FAA of any problems found.
The prospect of mandatory French registration for all aircraft based in France appears to be fading following a recent census of foreign-registered aircraft conducted
by the country’s civil aviation authority (DGAC). Officials experienced difficulties gathering information for the census and were able to get firm data on only about
The following is a list of steps operators will need to complete to gain RVSM approval.
Jet Aviation’s aircraft management and charter division for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia was awarded the EASA Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) “Plus” certificate. The certificate will allow Jet Aviation to perform annual airworthiness reviews not only for its management clients, but for other private aircraft operators as well.
Gulfstream Aerospace is the first aircraft manufacturer to receive FAA Organizational Designation Authorization (ODA), which allows the company to act on the agency’s behalf to examine initial phase manufacturing of its own aircraft designs, production quality and airworthiness in Savannah, Ga.
The Swiss aircraft service provider groWing is Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) certified since last year. Just before this year’s EBACE, the young company achieved CAMO Plus certification.
Jet Aviation’s aircraft management and charter division has announced it has been awarded the EASA Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) Plus certificate by EASA. This will allow the company to perform annual airworthiness reviews for both its managed fleet and for aircraft of other private operators. EU-registered aircraft with takeoff weights exceeding 5.7 tons are required to be managed by CAMO effective Sept.
Prompted in part by NTSB recommendations arising from the July 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, the FAA has developed an enhanced airworthiness program for airplane systems (EAPAS) to increase awareness of wiring system degradation and improve both maintenance and design of electrical systems.
Airworthiness Directives (ADs) were in the news as I was writing this article as a major airline has admitted that it failed to comply with the ADs on a considerable number of aircraft. (See story on page 14 about the penalty imposed on Southwest.) Major media outlets have given the story a great deal of attention, providing the public a look into the world of maintenance and, according to one reporter, scaring some passengers to death.
A Frontier Airlines Boeing 737 was struck by lightning on New Year’s Eve en route to Tampa, Fla., setting off a chain of events that culminated in the arrest of a mechanic in Denver the following day. Conforming to company policy governing post-lightning strike checks, the maintenance team in Tampa inspected the aircraft (number 313) and made an appropriate entry in the logbook. However, that didn’t satisfy the Frontier mechanic in Denver.