Daily Intelligence – September 22, 2017 [Test]

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ARSA

MRO Europe & Asia – VIP Invitations, ARSA Discounts***
On behalf of its partners at Aviation Week, ARSA is helping extend a “VIP” invitation to association contacts employed by airlines or lessors and discounted registration to all other members.


AVIATION NEWS

MRO & AVIATION INDUSTRY NEWS

PA: Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing at Erie Airport
A Delta flight heading from Detroit to Rochester, New York, made an emergency landing Thursday at Erie International Airport.

Moving Closer To A Strike, UPS Aircraft Mechanics File New Request To Be Released From Mediated Negotiations
Following close to four years of UPS refusing to bargain fairly on a new contract with its aircraft mechanics and related classifications, the workforce of approximately 1,300 employees who maintain the company’s air fleet filed a new request with the National Mediation Board (NMB) today asking to be released from mediated contract negotiations with the  company.

Boeing/Bombardier Dispute Gets Political as Leaders Weigh In***
The dispute between two airplane manufacturers in North America continues to reverberate across the Atlantic. Given the potential ramifications of the case that include the loss of thousands of jobs, billions in illegal subsidies and potentially even a trade war, the dispute has forced international leaders to draw in.

Spike Set To Fly Scaled Supersonic Bizjet Demo***
Supersonic business jet developer Spike Aerospace is poised to begin flight tests of a scaled, proof-of-concept demonstrator that will validate the low-speed aerodynamics of its intended Mach 1.6 S-512 aircraft.

Airline & aviation workers’ heroic acts in disaster-hit regions
Harvey, Katia, Irma, Jose, Maria: a terrible family of destruction. And the brutal 2017 Atlantic hurricane season still has weeks to run and could potentially add more names to fear. The author would like to recognize here the ongoing dedication by the people of the commercial aviation industry who continue to support relief and aid efforts across all the regions affected.

AAR to Service Air Canada Narrowbody Airbus, Embraer Fleet***
Illinois-based aviation services specialist AAR has signed contracts to provide airframe maintenance on Air Canada’s fleet of narrowbody Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft and Embraer E190s.

GAO: Airfares for many rise due to bag fees
Travelers who check at least one bag when flying domestically are paying more overall than they did before airlines began unbundling fares in 2008 and charging separately for checked baggage, a government watchdog said.

INTERNATIONAL AVIATION INDUSTRY NEWS

Ryanair’s O’Leary Apologizes For Mass Cancellations
Pilot scheduling snafu forces airline to scrap 2,100 flights over six weeks.

Iberia Looks To Bolster Europe’s Technician Numbers***
Iberia Maintenance unveiled a new aircraft maintenance technician program in summer 2017, with the aim of attracting new talent into the MRO segment. Alexander Schlag, manager of the program, details how the program has progressed since its launch.

EDUCATION & TECHNICAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Embry-Riddle Professors Use Unmanned Aircraft to Aid Community in Assessing Hurricane Damage***
When Hurricane Irma passed over Daytona Beach, tearing off roofs, twisting signs and knocking over a water park slide, professors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University were there to help assess the damage.


U.S. FEDERAL REGISTER

Current Issue

Review all current regulatory documents published to the U.S. Federal Register today (all agencies).

THE WHITE HOUSE

Executive Orders

Presidential Executive Order on Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea
The provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies of the Government of North Korea, including its intercontinental ballistic missile launches of July 3 and July 28, 2017, and its nuclear test of September 2, 2017, constitute a continuing threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and a disturbance of the international relations of the United States.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Press Releases

DOT Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Each year, our country observes National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th.  We celebrate the rich history, culture and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. This is one more example of the tremendous diversity of America.

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA)

Press releases

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $277.5 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 67 Airports in 22 States
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $277.5 million in airport infrastructure grants to 67 airports in 22 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

FAA Regulations

FAA Final rules

AD: General Electric Company Turboshaft Engines
Published 09/22/2017 Docket #: FAA-2017-0452 Effective date 10/27/2017
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain General Electric Company (GE) CT7-8A and CT7-9B model turboshaft engines. This AD was prompted by reports from the manufacturer that the high-pressure compressor (HPC) impeller installed on these engines may have suffered from material degradation during the manufacturing process. This AD requires removal of the affected HPC impellers. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

 

AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes
Published 09/22/2017 Docket #: FAA-2016-9185 Effective date 10/27/2017
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 757-200, -200PF, and -200CB series airplanes. This AD was prompted by an analysis of the cam support assemblies of the main cargo door (MCD) that indicated that the existing maintenance program for the cam support assemblies is not adequate to reliably detect cracks before two adjacent cam support assemblies could fail. This AD requires an inspection to determine part numbers, repetitive inspections to detect cracking of affected cam support assemblies of the MCD, and replacement if necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

 

AD: Dassault Aviation Airplanes
Published 09/22/2017 Docket #: FAA-2017-0494 Effective date 10/27/2017
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016-17-02, which applied to certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 900EX and FALCON 2000EX airplanes. AD 2016-17-02 required revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to include procedures to follow when an airplane is operating in icing conditions. AD 2016-17-02 also provided optional actions after which the AFM revision may be removed from the AFM.

 

AD: Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes
Published 09/22/2017 Docket #: FAA-2017-0511 Effective date 10/27/2017
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600), CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant), and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A, CL-601-3R, and CL-604 Variants) airplanes. This AD was prompted by a new life limitation that has been introduced for the side brace fitting shaft and side brace-to-airplane fitting pin of the main landing gear (MLG). This AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program. This AD also requires an inspection to identify the serial number, to serialize, and to record the accumulated life of the side brace fitting shaft of the MLG. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

 

Final Rule: Amendment of Class E Airspace, Soldotna, AK
Published 09/22/2017 Docket #: FAA-2016-9588 Effective date 12/07/2017
This action modifies Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Soldotna Airport, Soldotna, AK. After review of the airspace, the FAA found redesign necessary due to procedure modifications. This action also removes reference to the Soldotna non-directional radio beacon (NDB) in the legal description and updates the geographic coordinates of the airport. This action enhances the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport and of aircraft within the National Airspace System.

FAA Proposed Rules

NPRM AD: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Helicopters
Published 09/22/2017 Docket #: FAA-2017-0896 Comments due 11/21/2017
The proposed AD would supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2017-07-02 for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model 269D and Model 269D Configuration A helicopters. AD 2017-07-02 currently requires reducing the life limit of and inspecting certain drive shafts. This proposed AD would retain the requirements of AD 2017-07-02 and propose repeating the inspections. The actions of this proposed AD are intended to detect and prevent an unsafe condition on these products.

 

NPRM AD: GE Aviation Czech s.r.o. Turboprop Engines
Published 09/22/2017 Docket #: FAA-2017-0658 Comments due 11/06/2017
This proposed AD was prompted by a review that determined that certain power turbine (PT) rotors have less overspeed margin than originally declared during product

 

NPRM AD: Rolls-Royce Corporation Turbofan Engines
Published 09/22/2017 Docket #: FAA-2017-0750 Comments due 11/06/2017
This proposed AD was prompted by an updated analysis that lowered the life limit of fan wheels installed on the affected engines. This proposed AD would require removal of the affected fan wheel at new, lower life limits. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

 

NPRM AD: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Airplanes
Published 09/22/2017 Docket #: FAA-2017-0910 Comments due 11/06/2017
The proposed AD was prompted by a report that certain flap tracks were manufactured with the upper flange thickness less than design minimum. This proposed AD would require replacing any defective flap track. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

 

NPRM AD: Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co. Segelflugzeugbau Gliders
Published 09/22/2017 Docket #: FAA-2017-0911 Comments due 11/06/2017
This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as fatigue cracks found on the exhaust silencer. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.

 

NPRM AD: Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters
Published 09/22/2017 Docket #: FAA-2017-0103 Comments due 11/21/2017
This proposed AD would require inspecting the thickness of the tail gearbox (TGB) central housing (housing). This proposed AD is prompted by reports that the housing thickness does not conform to its type design. The actions of this proposed AD are intended to detect and correct an unsafe condition on these products.

 

NPRM: Amendment of Class E Airspace; Milwaukee, WI
Published 09/22/2017 Docket #: FAA-2017-0740 Comments due 11/06/2017
This action proposes to modify the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Batten International Airport, Racine, WI, contained within the Milwaukee, WI, airspace description. The FAA is proposing this action due to the decommissioning of the Horlick VHF omnidirectional range (VOR), which provided navigation guidance for the instrument procedures to this airport. The VOR is being decommissioned as part of the VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) Program.

FAA Guidance Documents and Notices

FAA Draft Advisory Circulars

AC: Maintenance Review Boards, Maintenance Type Boards, and OEM/TCH Recommended Maintenance Procedures
Updated 09/08/2017 Reference #: Title 14 Part 21-121 Comments due 10/27/2017
This advisory circular (AC) provides guidelines that industry may use to develop and revise the minimum scheduled tasking/interval requirements for derivative or newly type certificated (TC) aircraft and powerplants for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval. This AC refers to these minimum scheduled tasking/interval requirements as the Maintenance Review Board Report (MRBR), the Maintenance Type Board Report (MTBR), or the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)/Type Certificate Holder (TCH) Recommended Maintenance Procedures. After FAA approval, the requirements become a basis upon which operators develop their own individual maintenance programs.

 

AC: Internal Evaluation Programs
Updated 09/22/2017 Reference #: Title 14 Parts 121 & 135 Comments due 10/16/2017
This AC provides information and guidance to certificate holders operating under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) who are designing, developing, and implementing an Internal Evaluation Program (IEP). The procedures and practices outlined in this AC can be applied to all of a certificate holder’s operations.

 

AC: Maintenance Review Boards, Maintenance Type Boards, and OEM/TCH Recommended Maintenance Procedures
Updated 09/22/2017 Reference #: Title 14 Parts 121 Comments due 10/27/2017
This advisory circular (AC) provides guidelines that industry may use to develop and revise the minimum scheduled tasking/interval requirements for derivative or newly type certificated (TC) aircraft and powerplants for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval. This AC refers to these minimum scheduled tasking/interval requirements as the Maintenance Review Board Report (MRBR), the Maintenance Type Board Report (MTBR), or the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)/Type Certificate Holder (TCH) Recommended Maintenance Procedures. After FAA approval, the requirements become a basis upon which operators develop their own individual maintenance programs. The report will become a dynamic report for each OEM/TCH (i.e., a document subject to periodic revision based on new or changed analysis or requirements)

FAA Draft Policies

Policy: Guidance for Usage Based Lifing of Life-Limited Parts, § 33.70
Updated 09/12/2017 Policy #: PS-ANE-33.70-02
This policy statement provides guidance for finding compliance with Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 33.70, Engine Life-limited Parts with respect to usage-based-lifing methods (UBL). This policy statement is directed to the Engine Certification Branch and ACO Branches delegated responsibility for engine type certification. This policy is also directed to applicants requesting approval for new engine type certification; however, it is not intended for operators.

 

Policy: Certification Considerations for Installation of Non-Rechargeable Lithium Batteries on Part 23 Airplanes
Updated 09/12/2017 Policy #: PS-ACE-23-12
This policy statement provides guidance to Aircraft Certification Offices (ACOs) regarding the risk-based certification considerations for the installation of non-rechargeable lithium batteries, or equipment that uses non-rechargeable batteries on Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 23 airplanes.

 

Policy: Fire Detection, Suppression and Extinguishing, Plumbing and Electrical Connections
Updated 09/12/2017 Policy #: PS ANM 25-38
This policy statement provides guidance to reduce the likelihood of incorrect connections within the electrical and plumbing connections for fire detection, suppression and extinguishing systems.

 

Policy: Guidance for 14 CFR 33.27, Turbine, Compressor, Fan, and Turbosupercharger Rotor Overspeed Engine Control Systems
Updated 09/18/2017 Policy #: PS-ANE-33.27-02
This policy statement provides guidance for applicants, and the ACO Branches who are delegated certification responsibility for Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), 33.27. This guidance does not apply to operators.

 Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)

FSIMS: Certificate Management Across Multiple Offices
Issued 09/19/2017
This notice provides guidance to regional personnel, Office Managers, Front Line Managers (FLM), and principal inspectors (PI) on a flexible and easy‑to‑use method for resourcing certificate management work across multiple offices within a region and nationwide in order to achieve the best use of PIs while adhering to the principles of Article 25 of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialist (PASS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). This notice contains information that is administrative in nature.

 

FSIMS: Kodiak 100, Rev. 1a Date
Issued 09/25/2017

Draft Orders

Order: National Safety and Operational Criteria for Runway Selection Plans and Noise Abatement Runway Use Programs
Updated 09/08/2017 Reference #: 14 CFR part 91-139 Comments due 10/02/2017
This order provides a process to identify operational parameters to select runways for the safe arrival and departure of aircraft. Each Air Traffic Manager (ATM) of a Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 139 airport and all airports with formal or informal noise abatement programs must have a Runway Selection Plan. The Runway Selection Plan defines noise-preferred runways and includes wind/weather/environmental limitations for operating in the preferred configuration.

 

Order: Maintenance Review Boards
Updated 09/08/2017 Reference #: •AC 121-22 Comments due 10/27/2017
This change revises Volume 8, Chapter 2, Section 7. This change incorporates information from Advisory Circular (AC) 121-22C, Maintenance Review Boards, Maintenance Type Boards, and OEM/TCH Recommended Maintenance Procedures, dated August 27, 2012, into Order 8900.1 to clarify expectations for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) personnel. This change also updates Maintenance Review Board

 

Order: Establishment Date for Maintenance/Inspection Programs
Updated 09/08/2017 Reference #: 14 CFR part 21-91 Comments due 10/10/2017
This notice provides clearer guidance on when an aircraft maintenance or inspection program should commence by specifying what date Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 91, § 91.409 first applies.

Notices

Notice: Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group
Published 09/22/2017 Document #: 2017-20332
This notice advises the public thaton July 28, 2017, the FAA and the National Park Service (NPS) invited interested persons to apply to fill three current vacancies on the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG). The notice invited interested persons to apply to fill the openings, all of which represent environmental concerns. This notice informs the public of the persons selected to fill these current openings.

Draft Flight Standardization Board/Operational Suitability Report

FSB: Embraer 505
Updated 09/11/2017 Revision 4 Draft X Comments due 10/11/2017

Draft Master Minimum Equipment List

MMEL: DA-7X Dassault Aviation, Falcon 7X/8X
Updated 09/12/2017 Revision 11 Draft X Comments due 09/27/2017

 

MMEL: DA-50EX Dassault Aviation
Updated 09/12/2017 Revision 6 Draft X Comments due 09/28/2017

 

MMEL: B787 Rev 15, Boeing
Updated 09/22/2017 Revision 15 Draft X Comments due 10/18/2017

 

MMEL: EMB-545/550 Rev 3, Embraer
Updated 09/22/2017 Revision 3 Draft X Comments due 10/20/2017

NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD

Press releases

Pilot Actions, Decision Making, “Lack of Command Authority” Led to New York LaGuardia Runway Excursion
Several failures in close succession by a jetliner’s flight crew were the probable cause of Oct. 27, 2016, runway excursion at LaGuardia Airport.


PENDING REGULATIONS

*A complete list of pre-published federal rules is available at the Office of the Federal Register’s Public Inspection Desk

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

AD: Airbus Helicopters

AD: British Aerospace Regional Aircraft Airplanes

AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

Rule: Amendment of Class E Airspace: Brainerd, MN

Rule: Amendment of Restricted Areas: R-3004A and R-3004B and Establishment of R-3004C; Fort Gordon, GA

Proposed AD: Zodiac Aerotechnics, Oxygen Mask Regulators

Proposed Rule: Amendment of Class E Airspace: Charlotte, MI


INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS

CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OF AUSTRALIA

Safety checks at 11 nsw aerodromes
Safety checks at five Queensland aerodromes
Safety checks at far West NSW aerodromes
Special flight path safety checks are being carried out at various aerodromes in early October 2017.

Last chance to have a say on new drone rules
There’s one more week to have a say on the future of Australia’s drone safety rules.

AD: Airbus A380 Series Aeroplanes

EUROPEAN AVIATION SAFETY AGENCY

AD: Airbus A318, A319, A320 and A321 Airplanes

AD: Dornier 328 Feeder Tank Fuel Lines & Clamps

AD: SA 330/2 and EC 225 Time Limits / Maintenance Checks – Main Gearbox Suspension Bar Pins

AD: Airbus A330 and A340 Landing Gear – Parts with 300M Material Properties outside of Specification Requirements – Identification / Replacement

AD: Jetstream 4100 Time Limits / Maintenance Checks – Fatigue and Environmental Damage Inspections

TRANSPORT CANADA

AD: Bombardier DHC-8 Fuel System

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