Tag: FAA

FAA Proposes Rule to Overhaul Safety Certification Standards

Reading Time: 2 minutes The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today proposed a rule that overhauls the airworthiness standards for small general aviation airplanes. The FAA’s proposal, which is based on industry recommendations, would reduce the time it takes to get safety enhancing technologies for small airplanes into the marketplace while also reducing cost. “This proposal […]

The Rugged and Economic H215 Ready For The U.S. Market

Reading Time: 2 minutes Airbus Helicopters’ H215, the twin-engine, versatile, economic and robust helicopter designed to meet for a wide range of utility missions, will embark on a US-wide demo tour following its appearance on static display at the 2016 Heli Expo international trade show. Beginning on March 4, the H215 will perform demonstration flights in Louisville (Kentucky), Huntsville […]

CAAT to Examine Thai-Registered Airline Finances

Reading Time: 2 minutes Since the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) downgraded Thailand’s aviation safety rating to Category 2 at the beginning of December, 2015, its military government has been taking strides to rectify the situation. Yesterday it was announced that all Thai-registered airlines had to submit reports on their financial positions by March 31 or risk of having their […]

FAA Proposes $275,000 Civil Penalty Against Atlas Airlines

Reading Time: 1 minute FAA said it has proposed a $275,000 civil penalty against New York-based Atlas Airlines for allegedly operating a Boeing 747 after performing improper maintenance on the aircraft. In a statement, FAA said it “alleges that Atlas maintenance workers improperly repaired the plane’s landing gear after it would not retract on departure from Sydney, Australia. Atlas […]

Is The Valkyrie Co50 a Test Case For The FAA’s Willingness to Innovate?

Reading Time: 4 minutes You wouldn’t think that an iPad in an airplane is a big deal, but when it’s used as part of flight control, it’s not only big, it’s verboten. Three months ago, Cobalt aircraft made a big splash when it introduced the Valkyrie Co50, a Canard-style five seater, with great looks and record-shattering speed. The Valkyrie […]

FAA Urges Airlines to Assess Lithium Battery Risks

Reading Time: 1 minute The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a safety alert to U.S. and foreign commercial passenger and cargo airlines, urging them to conduct a safety risk assessment to manage the risks associated with transporting lithium batteries as cargo. The FAA also is issuing guidance to its own inspectors to help them determine whether the airlines […]

Pilot Training Reform: Colgan Short Circuited Normal Regulatory Process

Reading Time: 2 minutes The debate surrounding the Colgan accident in Buffalo strikes at the core of how aviation safety has developed since the dawn of aviation. It also explains why so many are uncomfortable with the regulations that resulted and why it is so important to get beyond the political deadlock caused by Senator Chuck Schumer. The normal […]

Gulfstream G500 Completes Flutter Testing

Reading Time: 2 minutes Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the Gulfstream G500 has completed flutter testing, achieving another milestone in the new aircraft’s flight-test program. The first G500 test aircraft, T1, performed the tests over the course of more than 50 flights. “The G500 has accomplished a great deal since we launched the flight-test program in May 2015,” said […]

Donald Trump’s Plane Makes Emergency Landing

Reading Time: 1 minute Private 757 reports engine trouble before landing safely in Nashville en route to Little Rock, Arkansas. Donald Trump’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday because of engine trouble. The Boeing 757 was on its way from Mr Trump’s home base of New York to Little Rock, Arkansas, where […]

Shuster Proposes FAA Reauthorization Bill Removing ATC From FAA

Reading Time: 2 minutes US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) has proposed legislation that would remove the operation and management of US air traffic control (ATC) from FAA. The centerpiece of a seven-year reauthorization of FAA proposed Feb. 3 by Shuster is the creation of a “federally chartered, fully independent, not-for-profit corporation” to […]