March 17, 2014 – Volume 13 Issue 11
EASA Set To Require Certification Of Foreign Air Carriers
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has conducted rulemaking to establish certification requirements for so-called Third Country Operators (TCO). EASA announced this week that implementation of the TCO rules is now set for May 2014 instead of March. The rules will require commercial operators, including Part 135 on-demand air carriers, conducing flights to the EU to obtain the TCO authorization. Conceptually, this is similar to the FAA’s Part 129 requirements for foreign carriers operating to the U.S. NATA encourages all members operating to the EU to review the requirements and prepare for the TCO certification. Members can obtain additional information, including EASA responses to NATA questions, on the NATA EASA TCO Issue Page (login required).
FAA Seeks Comments on Drug and Alcohol Testing for International Maintenance ANPRM
On March 13, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it is seeking comments on an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that would require drug and alcohol testing of maintenance personnel who work on aircraft operated by U.S. air carriers (part 121) in facilities outside the United States.
The FAA is considering amending its drug and alcohol testing regulations to require drug and alcohol testing of certain maintenance personnel outside the United States. Specifically, the FAA is considering requiring certain air carriers to ensure that all employees of certificated repair stations, and certain other maintenance organizations that are located outside the United States, who perform safety-sensitive maintenance functions on aircraft operated by that air carrier are subject to a drug and alcohol testing program that has been determined acceptable by the FAA Administrator and is consistent with the applicable laws of the country in which the repair station is located.
Comments are due 60 days after the notice publishes in the Federal Register.
FAA Publishes IRFA and Requests Comments on Cylinder Assemblies Marketed by ECI
On March 12, the FAA published its Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) and requests comments for the previously published proposed airworthiness directive (AD) pertaining to Airmotive Engineering Corp. replacement parts manufacturer approval (PMA) cylinder assemblies marketed by Engine Components International Division (ECI), used on the Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) models 520 and 550 reciprocating engines, and all other engine models approved for the use of CMI models 520 and 550 cylinder assemblies such as the CMI model 470 when modified by supplemental type certificate.
“2014 What FBO Customers Want - AIN Survey Says...” Webinar
For nearly four decades Aviation International News (AIN) has asked its readers to participate in its annual FBO survey and according to their input, ranks service providers. Join AIN FBO editor Curt Epstein and Dave Leach, the company’s director of new product development, to gain perspective on the background of this survey and the real mechanics behind its highly anticipated results. The webinar takes place at 1:00 p.m. EDT on April 1st. Click here to register.
North Dakota Governor Declares March 2014 ‘Aviation Month’
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple recently signed a proclamation declaring March 2014 as “Aviation Month” across the state. Aviation in North Dakota “promotes the state’s diverse economic opportunities by enabling development efforts, and creating opportunities for communities, businesses, and citizens,” the proclamation states. Across the state, aviation supports thousands of jobs and contributes over $1.6 billion annually to the state’s economy. North Dakotans rely on aviation for air tourism, which brought in over $500 million to the state’s economy, agricultural necessities, and education opportunities, to name a few. NATA praises Governor Dalrymple for this proclamation which will educate the public on the importance to aviation to the state and the nation.
FBO Success Seminar – Last Week to Register!
The 2014 FBO Success Seminar, “Winning Strategies for the Savvy FBO Owner, Operator and Manager,” will be held in conjunction with the Aviation Pros Live 2014 Event. Attendees will receive a pass to go to the Expo - click here for details on the 2014 Aviation Pros Live Event (March 25-26). Click here to read more about the FBO Success Seminar (March 24-25).
2014 NATA Air Charter Summit Online Registration Is Open
NATA’s annual Air Charter Summit will take place June 16-18, 2014, at the Washington Dulles Marriott in Dulles, VA. Online registration and housing reservations are now available at www.nata.aero/acs. Additional event details will be available soon.
Jet Aviation St. Louis Wins Second FAA Diamond Award For Excellence
Jet Aviation St. Louis received the Diamond Award for Excellence because all 254 of its eligible AMTs successfully completed FAA training and certification requirements to achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold award levels in 2013. Click here for more details.
Keynote Speakers Confirmed for Flight Safety Foundation’s 59th Annual Business Air Safety Summit (BASS), April 16-17, 2014 in San Diego, CA
The BASS will provide a forum for the business aviation industry to meet in a collaborative environment to identify safety concerns, devise approaches to reduce risk and implement initiatives to improve safety. The summit will cover safety, training, practical solutions, management, human factors and other issues for every segment of the business aviation industry. For details click here. Be sure to book your hotel room at the FSF Group Rate prior to the March 24th cut-off date!
Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK) Chooses World Fuel Services Network & Phillips 66® Aviation
World Fuel Services announced last week that Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK) has chosen to continue to partner with the World Fuel Services Network of FBOs for Phillips 66® Aviation-branded fuel supply, branded programs and marketing support. Click here to read further.
Duncan Aviation Adds Mobile Interior Services
In response to customer requests, Duncan Aviation has compiled a team of interior service specialists to provide scheduled, unscheduled and road trip interior service to customers requiring aircraft interior needs outside of a Duncan Aviation facility. Click here for more details.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) just completed its seventh annual Air Charter Safety Symposium at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia. It was a success despite the wintry weather. Visit http://www.acsf.aero/ for more ACSF News.