The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $348,000 civil penalty against Republic Airways subsidiary Chautauqua Airlines for its alleged failure to perform inspections required by five different FAA airworthiness directives (ADs).
While aftermarket FAA-approved aircraft parts made by companies holding FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) are common in the U.S., there is no PMA equivalent for companies in the rest of the world that want to manufacture aircraft parts outside the sanction of OEMs.
Eurocopter is offering continuing airworthiness management under the EASA’s Part M rules. The manufacturer can thus provide airworthiness maintenance on behalf of operators, for their in-service aircraft.
Revue Thommen, a Switzerland-based manufacturer of aircraft instruments, air-data systems and components, is at Booth No. 1434 with a redesign of a helicopter searchlight system made by Russia's Transas. The new searchlight fills “a niche where current product offerings fail to meet the needs of the market,” said Thommen’s Rudolf Iten. The redesigned Thommen TSL 1600 searchlight will be certified under EASA and FAA standards.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is changing its voluntary operational evaluations to mandatory operational suitability (OS) approvals for new aircraft designs. This appears as an extension of type certification, at additional cost to manufacturers. The new rule will take effect in 2012.
The FAA will award completions center Gore Design Completions an organization designation authorization (ODA) before year-end. This designation permits Gore, with FAA oversight, to issue FAA certification approvals at its San Antonio facility.
Jet Aviation Basel has delivered the first of three Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) with Andrew Winch Designs cabin interiors to an undisclosed customer. London-based Andrew Winch has been a specialist in the VIP aircraft and yacht interiors since 1996. The aircraft is the first BBJ to be outfitted at the company’s new widebody hangar, which was completed in May 2008.
Aircraft operators are facing a bureaucratic maze of new requirements covering issues such as safety and quality management at a time when they are under exceptional financial pressure and could do without the added burden. But these are just the sort of headaches for which UK-based Avisa Aviation Safety Systems believes it can provide lasting relief.
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.