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.
Salvaged aircraft parts can be a good deal or a dangerous one but members of AFRA–Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association, a non-profit industry association that sets standards for the safe disassembly of end-of-service aircraft in relation to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship–are taking the guesswork out of the equation.
Referring to the foreign repair station oversight language in the House FAA reauthorization bill (H.R.915) that passed last Thursday, William Voss, president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, said he’s seen “no evidence whatsoever” that aircraft maintenance performed by non-U.S. repair stations is any less safe than that performed within the U.S., provided the repair stations and personnel are properly certified and regulated.
As a recently approved continued airworthiness management organization (CAMO), aircraft maintenance provider Scandinavian Aircraft Technologies (ScanTech) of Denmark is now helping clients to meet the requirements of the new regulatory regime for operators.
The FAA has signed a bilateral aviation safety agreement and associated implementation procedures for airworthiness between the U.S. and Japan that allows for the reciprocal certification of aircraft and aviation products.
Australia has changed its aviation regulations to simplify the process of developing Airworthiness Directives (ADs). Under the new system, ADs issued by a foreign aviation authority will be adopted automatically in Australia, and operators will be required to comply with ADs issued by the authority of the state of design of the aircraft.
The current status of the 259 Eclipse 500 very light jets that were delivered before the manufacturer went bankrupt in February remains tenuous.