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.
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.