FAA previews SMS requirements
Aviation Week Share
The FAA has begun to outline a template for the future of safety management system (SMS) requirements, but that template comes as the Nov. 18 international deadline for SMS was missed. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had set a Nov. 18, deadline for non-commercial operators and certain aviation organizations to have an SMS program in place. ICAO previously set a Jan. 1, 2009, deadline for member states to adopt SMS requirements for commercial operators. More
Regulators move to combat potential engine oil fires
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U.S. and European regulators issued separate air-safety directives aimed at preventing oil leaks, fires and potentially hazardous engine failures on hundreds of airliners, including wide-body Boeing Co. jets and Airbus A380 super jumbos. The directives, issued recently by the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency, cover at least several dozen A380 engines made by Rolls-Royce PLC and roughly 900 other engines made by United Technologies Corporation's Pratt & Whitney unit. More
Airline alliance wants finance rules scrapped
A group of 10 international airlines are calling for the scrapping of rules that bar financial support for aircraft purchases to airlines in the United States and European countries that manufacture aircraft. The alliance, including Emirates, Ryanair, and Korean Air, said recently they want the "home country" rule that prohibits access to so-called export credits to be eliminated. More
FAA urged to require bird strike-resistant helicopter windshields
Occupational Health & Safety Share
An oil rig transport helicopter crash in January 2009 that killed eight occupants near Morgan City, La., was caused by the impact of a female red-tailed hawk with the aircraft, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a Nov. 24, final report on the crash. The report recommends that FAA not allow helicopter operators to replace strike-resistant windshields with less-protective ones, as was done in this helicopter prior to the crash, according to NTSB. NTSB cited the lack of requirements for bird strike-resistant windshields as a contributing factor in the crash. More
FAA responds to EAA request for extension of IA policy proposal
The proposed "policy clarification" regarding A&P mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), published by the FAA in the Federal Register, is still creating many questions among EAA members as well as varying interpretations of the policy. EAA has continued its dialogue with FAA officials to determine the intent of the policy change in order to help EAA members as they provide their comments to the docket by the December 6 deadline. In addition, EAA has requested an extended deadline to allow comments from all who want to participate. More
Repairs, material options desired for MRO
Aviation Week Share
While airlines edge toward profitability, it seems their disciplined focus on cost of ownership during the recession may not subside as the economy picks up; instead, a permanent cultural change of maximizing expenditure benefits could have occurred in the aviation aftermarket. The engine aftermarket is a perfect example because operators demand parts repairs to cut down on new component purchases, in situ repairs to expedite fixes less invasively, and used serviceable material to decrease costs. More
HAI introduces the 'Salute to Excellence' Rolls-Royce excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award
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Helicopter Association International's mission is to advance the helicopter as a safe, effective method of commerce. That mission charges each of us to commit ourselves to promoting the highest level of safety and efficiency. This culture of professionalism is nurtured when we encourage and recognize outstanding achievement and contributions made by individuals and organizations. Each year the "Salute to Excellence" Awards program recognizes these outstanding achievements. More
FAA Safety Briefing November/December 2010
The November/December 2010 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on a subject fundamental to pilot safety: abnormal and emergency situations. The issue stresses the delicate art of planning for the "unplanned" and outlines several of the tools and resources pilots need to handle emergencies. Articles provide tips on unusual attitude recovery, partial-power takeoffs, and knowing what to do when your aircraft’s electrical system fails. Also, this issue's Hot Spots article highlights the work FAA has been doing to identify the leading causes of GA fatal accidents. More
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Lufthansa to start using biofuel on local flights
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Germany's biggest airline, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says it will launch the world's first passenger flight using biofuel next year. The company said recently that an Airbus A321 aircraft on daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt will be powered with a biofuel blend made from 50 percent vegetable oil. More
Gulfstream Aerospace flies below recession's radar
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In March 2008, Gulfstream Aerospace, the maker of private jets, announced that it was working on its biggest, fastest and most luxurious model yet: the G650. The list price, $64.5 million, would set an industry benchmark. Given the direction of the global economy since, the timing seems pretty bad. But the private-jet business is unusual. Gulfstream, a division of General Dynamics, has held up fairly well through the Great Recession and recently announced surprisingly strong quarterly sales figures. More
Master Mechanic: TIMCO's Bill Hardy
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TIMCO Aviation Services mechanic Bill Hardy has earned one of the highest honors available to an aircraft mechanics — the FAA's Charles Taylor award, whose namesake worked with the Wright brothers and designed and built the engine that powered their first successful flight. More
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its website http://www.arsa.org/FDYTC. By accessing the links (provided in blue) you will find a complete list of items the Association has noted as important to aviation design, production and maintenance activities.
Final Documents: This list includes Federal Register (FR) publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars (ACs), Orders, Notices, policy statements and related material of interest to ARSA members. The date shown is the date of FR publication or other official release.
Your Two Cents: Provides you with the opportunity to provide input on rules and guidance that will affect you. Agencies must provide the public with notice and an opportunity for comment before their rules change. Your input matters. Comments should be received before the indicated due date; however, agencies often consider comments they receive before drafting of the final document begins. More