On Monday, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) filed a friend of the court (amicus curiae) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to intervene in the issue of manufacturers refusing to provide technical data to maintenance providers.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspended the operating certificate of Dana Air last week, in the aftermath of the crash of an MD-83 operated by Dana Air on June 3, which killed 153 people on board the aircraft and at least 10 people on the ground.
Five South Florida individuals pled guilty in May to mail and wire fraud charges related to a scheme that falsely represented aircraft windows as properly overhauled. All five - Diego Garcia, Ivonne Portales, Geovanni Hernandez, Chabela Anerios and Aileen Bermudez - were former employees of Aircraft Transparencies Repair (ATR) and Transparencies Engineering Group (TEG) of Hialeah, Fla.
The FAA issued a second Emergency Airworthiness Directive [2012-10-53] for the Eurocopter EC135 on May 18. This EAD supercedes the earlier EAD [2012-10-51] for an inspection of the main rotor hub shaft flange for cracks.
The EASA has issued a new emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) after further cracks were detected on the lower hub-shaft flange of two other Eurocopter EC135 light-twin helicopters. Repetitive preflight inspections are required and different from those described in a first emergency AD, issued in March. The initial inspections proved insufficient. The investigation is ongoing.
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for Learjet 45s prompted by changes to the Airworthiness Limitations Section of the maintenance manual that add life limits, revise life limits or add inspections. The AD requires revising the maintenance program to include new or more restrictive life limits and inspections.
Prompted by two incidents of mis-routed fire extinguisher wires, the FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive [AD 2012-08-16] for several Learjet 60 models.The AD requires the inspection of electrical leads routed to the fire extinguishing containers for proper identification and to ensure the electrical leads are connected to the correct squibs.
Camo4jets has received EASA authorization to perform airworthiness reviews (ARC) and continuing airworthiness management organization (Camo) functions for all Cessna Citations and Embraer business jets and airliners. Camo4jet currently offers airworthiness reviews and Camo management for operators of Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault and Gulfstream aircraft.
The FAA has issued a policy statement that prevents type certificate and supplemental type certificate design approval holders (DAHs) from “inappropriately” restricting the availability, distribution and use of instructions for continued airworthiness (ICA). ICA constitute only those maintenance instructions recommended by a DAH in compliance with airworthiness standards that are acceptable to or approved by the FAA to maintain a type-certified product in an airworthy condition.
With funding now assured under the FY 2012 Reauthorization and Reform Act, the FAA’s four-year UAV project is getting under way. But the overarching goal of achieving access to the NAS is going to require a good deal of effort, particularly on the regulatory side. It looks fairly straightforward, but in fact it can get complex and there’s a distinct possibility that some participants won’t make it by the Sept. 30, 2015 deadline.