NBAA's Bolen: Continued certification improvements 'critical' to business aviation
National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen submitted a statement to a House Aviation Subcommittee hearing yesterday (Wednesday 23rd) on U.S. aviation manufacturing challenges.
The written statement emphasized that certifications and approvals are fundamental to all aviation segments, and that further improvements are needed to support business aviation’s environmental, economic and safety concerns.
“Certification is critical to business aviation in terms of time, cost, efficiency and safety,” Bolen said. “Improvements must continue to be made to the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification processes, including operator authorizations, operator certifications, and aircraft and parts certifications.”
Plane’s near-collision with drone elevates
importance of UAS regulations for airport safety
Earlier this year, an American Airlines Bombardier CRJ-200 was flying at 2,300 feet in the air and about 5 miles away from its Tallahassee Regional Airport destination when an
unmanned, remote-controlled aircraft flew so close to the plane that the pilot was quoted as saying he was sure he had collided with the Unmanned Aircraft System
Upon inspection, it was found that no damage or collision had occurred, but this incident and several others like it involving UAS are a strong reminder that with this new rise in unmanned
aircraft technology come greater obligations in keeping our skies safe.
Jim Williams, the FAA’s head of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems office, spoke about the potential dangers involved, drawing in comparison to the infamous
'Miracle on the Hudson' incident in 2009 when a US Airways flight struck a bird upon takeoff and had to crash land in New York’s Hudson River. Bird strikes are dangerous enough, but as Williams told Reuters,
“Imagine a metal and plastic object - especially with (a) big lithium battery
- going into a high speed engine. The results could be catastrophic." read
New Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro EFB features on iPad enhance situational awareness and flight efficiency
Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, now offers operators an enhanced version of its industry-leading FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag (EFB) solution for
New iOS 7-compliant features and functionality of FliteDeck Pro will help airlines and other large operators work more efficiently, with improved access to critical flight information and
shared data between devices.
The new Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro version features new departure and arrival runway depiction (SID and STAR) rendering on the enroute map to increase pilot situational awareness. A new
“Flight Info Drawer” feature redesigns the previous Route Drawer to create, load, view, and save the active flight data from either the terminal charts view or the enroute view. Pilots are also
now able to create user-defined waypoints and comments to identify important points along the enroute map.
Terry Yeomans to join IBAC as Ground-handling Standard
IBAC has announced that Terry Yeomans
will be the first Director of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling
(ISBAH) Program from 10 August 2014.
Terry brings to IBAC 30 years of experience
across the spectrum of business aviation activity, including working in operations,
charter sales, ground handling, flight planning, and coordination of handling services.
“IBAC and IS-BAH will benefit greatly from Terry’s wealth of experience and knowledge
in ground handling, coordination, operations, and voluntary standards compliance,” said
Kurt Edwards, IBAC Director General. “We look forward to his coming on board in
August to lead this new, global initiative.” read
Eclipse Aerospace names second European Gold Service Center
Dutch company, General Enterprises, joins international service network
Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. has expanded its international service center network for Eclipse 500 and Eclipse 550 twin-engine jets, adding General Enterprises as its second European Gold
General Enterprises will provide maintenance, inspections, parts and warranty support, as well as AOG services for Eclipse aircraft.
"We are extremely excited to continue to add new service centers around the world," said
Ken Ross, President, Eclipse Global Sales and Services. "We are constantly adding new
customers in and around Europe, and they expect our level of service to expand with the size of our fleet. We are always excited to deliver what our customers want."
Based at Groningen Airport Eelde
(EHGG) in Eelde, The Netherlands, General Enterprises has been a service center for single- and twin-engine piston aircraft since 1993, and has been
servicing Eclipse aircraft since 2011. read
Aircraft Window Repairs Co,
a Torrance California headquartered FAA/EASA Approved Repair Station, is celebrating its 35th year of
The FAA 'Excellence Diamond Award' certificated company has been in the aircraft transparency repair business longer than any anyone and is capable of evaluating and repairing
windows and lenses on all airliners and general aviation aircraft.
AWR President, Kathi
Cupery, comments, “We take extreme pride being approved by all the major aircraft manufactures. We always do everything by the book and they know it.”
Company Founder Bob Cupery adds, “For the customer saving money, enhancing safety and reducing down times, says , is paramount in everything we do. We are also proud of being
awarded the FAA Certificate of Excellence Diamond Award for actively participating in their Aviation Technician Training Program.”
Think Global Flight resumes around the world flight to promote education
Think Global Flight, in partnership with Ardwin Freight will depart from Burbank, CA for completion of its around the world flight to promote and inspire students in a Citation Mustang under
Captain Judy Rice’s command. Second Officer will be Ardwin Freight president and owner, Edwin
This effort was launched in a Cirrus SR20 donated by Guidance Aviation of Prescott, AZ and Baton Rouge, LA. The national tour was completed in a Cirrus SR22T, donated by Ascension
Aircraft at Peachtree DeKalb airport in Atlanta. The addition of Ardwin Freight’s Citation Mustang broadens a greater representation of general aviation completing the flight in various
Captain Rice and Navigator Fred Nauer recently completed Think Global Flight’s national tour across the nation interacting with students discussing careers in aviation and the importance
of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) education.
supporters present during the Think
Global Flight official launch at SUN
‘n FUN included Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Voyager Pilot Dick Rutan, and Tuskegee
Airman Charles McGee. read
NBAA establishes new weather subcommittee
National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen has announced the formation of a new NBAA group focused on improvements in aviation weather information and
Among those on hand for the launch were Ed Bolton, assistant administrator for NextGen with the Federal Aviation Administration, Cyndie
Abelman, manager of the Aviation Branch for
the National Weather Service, Kevin Johnston, senior meteorologist, FAA Air Traffic Organization and Bruce Carmichael, chairman of the NBAA Access Committee’s Weather
“NBAA is pleased to launch this new Weather Subcommittee of NBAA’s long-standing Access Committee,” said Bolen, speaking at the Friends & Partners of Aviation Weather forum in
Washington, DC. “NBAA wants to fully support the general aviation weather initiatives managed by the FAA and other government agencies, and to explore ways to improve current and
predictive weather information.”
said that a goal for the new
subcommittee is to provide a mechanism
for everyone in the aviation weather
user community to discuss and find
consensus with the FAA and National
Weather Service on identifying and
meeting the most critical weather
information needs of general aviation
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has announced that Jonathan Archer, a 24-year aviation industry veteran, has joined the association as Director of Engineering & Airworthiness.
Archer most recently provided key support for the FAA and the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) as an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton. His work included facilitating an FAA Aviation Certification Service (AIR) pilot study implementing a voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) for select Part 21-approved design and manufacturing organizations. A Project Management Professional, Archer also provided aviation safety, certification, and system integration expertise on FAA NextGen Air Traffic Management (ATM) initiatives.
Prior to this role, Archer served as a Systems Engineering Manager at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, where he focused on improving engineering design and development processes. Previously, Archer held senior airworthiness, certification, and systems engineering positions in the United Kingdom for Raytheon Systems Ltd., Datel Defense Ltd., Marshall Aerospace Ltd., and BAE Systems.
A native of York, England, Archer holds a Bachelor of Engineering with honors in Engineering and