Ten aviation trade associations have petitioned FAA to wipe out a recently enacted rule change that took away a repair station’s ability to voluntarily surrender its agency-approved certificate without FAA approval.
FAA is close to rolling out a beta version of its master guidance database, but an agency executive cautions that industry likely won’t have access to the much-sought-after reference tool for several more years.
LMI Aerospace, based in St. Louis, is restructuring the organization of its aerostructure segment and establishing new leadership positions.
It’s part of LMI’s revised strategy to organize its plant operations in the segment into three Centers of Excellence, including assembly, machining and fabrication and composites.
LMI operates 18 facilities in its aerostructures segment.
Feb. 1-3—Routes Americas, San Salvador, El Salvador, www.routesonline.com/events/166/routes-americas-2014/
Feb. 2-3—MRO Middle East, Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE, www.aviationweek.com/events
Feb. 3-6—National Business Aviation Association Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, San Jose, California, www.nbaa.org/events/sdc/2015/
Derek Clarke has been appointed manager of customer service at Field Aviation, based at Toronto Pearson airport in Toronto. In his role, Clarke will be responsible for Field Aviation’s customer support activities and interface with original equipment manufacturers, aircraft operators, equipment vendors and regulatory authorities. Clarke has 20 years of experience in customer management and support, technical sales and marketing, aircraft development programs, equipment vendors and regulatory authorities.
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DASSAULT AVIATION Model FAN JET FALCON and FAN JET FALCON SERIES C, D, E, F and F airplanes [Docket No. FAA-2014-0626; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-017-AD; Amendment 39-18058; AD 2014-26-07] – adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) requiring the revision of the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate a new airworthiness limitation section for all Dassault Aviation FAN JET FALCON and FAN JET FALCON SERIES C, D, E, F, and G airplanes.
General aviation trade groups are urging the FAA’s technical standards office to prioritize ensuring that affordable ADS-B equipment is certified to comply with the 2020 equipage requirement. One of those groups, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), has sent a letter to the FAA saying affordable equipment is important to aviation businesses, whether they rely on the use of general aviation aircraft or provide services to the community in areas where ADS-B transponders will be required.
Marcia Smith suggests in her Viewpoint “Go to Mars Nonstop” (AW&ST Jan. 15-Feb. 1, p. 74) that “[l]anding people on Mars is a goal on which there is widespread consensus.” Really? Among which groups? Against which other potential space-related priorities? At what proposed budget level? Assuming which constraints?