The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) late in September issued a type certificate to the Bell 429. The agency also approved the light twin’s initial maintenance requirement report, a document based on the agency’s maintenance review board (MRB) process that helps operators develop continued airworthiness maintenance programs. This is the first time the MRB process has been used for a helicopter.
The FAA has announced its intent to award Gore Design Completions (GDC, Booth No. 2944) an Organization Designation Authorization approval in the fourth quarter 2009. The ODA designation will allow GDC, with FAA oversight, to issue special airworthiness certificates, standard airworthiness certificates and supplemental type certificates, approving all modifications made to an aircraft while at the company’s San Antonio facilities.
European operators have until October 10 to submit their responses to a questionnaire regarding the implementation of JAR 26 (additional airworthiness requirements for operations) into the EASA rule system. The questionnaire applies to operators from the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Poland, Slovak Republic, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.
The FAA recently awarded Piper Aircraft type-certificate organization designation authorization (ODA), which gives the Vero Beach, Fla.-based aircraft manufacturer the authority to act on behalf of the agency in the approval of airplane designs and certification to FAA standards of airworthiness. The approval is similar to the previous FAA standard–delegation option authorization–that Piper held.
The FAA has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for an Airworthiness Directive (AD) that would affect about 1,082 Falcons on the U.S. registry, namely the Dassault Falcon 10, Fan Jet Falcon, Mystere-Falcon 200, Mystere-Falcon 20-C5/-D5/-E5/-F5, Falcon 2000, Falcon 2000EX, Mystere-Falcon 50 and 900, and Falcon 900EX.
The FAA has issued a draft Advisory Circular (AC) that is intended to help supplemental type certificate applicants determine whether a modification involves a minor or major change to type design.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD 2009-15-03) for Bombardier Global Express BD-700-1A10s and BD-700-1A11s. According to the AD, a bolt that connects the power control unit (PCU) to the elevator surface was found fractured in the assembly during a scheduled maintenance inspection.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for ATR cockpit windows.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) recently reached an agreement with the FAA that extends an existing aviation treaty-level document to cover the manufacture of approved parts. The changes center on a bilateral aviation safety agreement that Australia and the U.S. signed in 2005.
Enhance Aero, a two-year-old maintenance, engineering and consulting firm, is here promoting its Part-M support capabilities, as the September 28 compliance date for this continued airworthiness rule is fast approaching. “Some operators, such
as private aircraft owners, are not ready for the new EASA requirement,” the company said.