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General aviation leaders calls for reopening of FAA Aircraft Registry

Six general aviation (GA) leaders have penned a letter to the Department of Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao, which called for the reopening of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) United States Aircraft Registry. Even with the government shutdown, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and fellow GA organizations say that the U.S. Registry has significant functions for safety, security and accomplishing international aviation treaties. “We respectfully submit that DOT has authority …

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Nepal: Requirements for domestic airlines to operate international flights to be relaxed

Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation announced that work is underway to loosen up the requirements needed for domestic carriers’ license to operate flights to foreign countries. The development was kick started when Shree Airlines applied for a license to start international services. Under existing rules, domestic operators need to have five years of domestic flying experience and three aircraft in their fleet in order to qualify to …

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The essentials of applying for overflight permits

By Dr. Adnan Branbo – www.blueskynews.aero In accordance with the 1944 Chicago Convention regulating international civil aviation, airlines of each country have the right of overflight of the territories of all other signatory states. Countries have the right to regulate this overflight right however and require prior notification and authorization in the form of an overflight permit. The issuance of the permit is the result of an application by the aircraft …

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Canada, EU in trade dispute over fees on aircraft exports

Canadian authorities have been toiling over the past few months to lower what they have deemed “excessive” fees charged on the country’s aerospace exports to Europe. Progress have not come easy as Canadian officials have had a hard time getting cooperation from their European counterparts. The dispute over fees charged by the European Aviation Safety Agency to certify Canadian aircraft and parts has its roots from the end of last …

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Air Zimbabwe working to gain EU certification

Air Zimbabwe is endeavoring to resolve certification issues with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with the goal of finally resuming operations into the European Union. Air Zimbabwe halted operating flights to London in 2012 and has been blacklisted, along with four other carriers, for failing to properly resolve several safety concerns that were raised by the EASA during their audits. Other airlines that were impacted by the EASA mandate …

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Thai VietJet Air’s expansion to push through

Thai VietJet Air’s expansion plans are about to take off after the removal of the red flag on Thailand’s aviation safety. A Thai offshoot of the Vietnamese low-cost carrier group, VietJet Air’s growth plan would soon start after the completion of its license re-certification by Thai authorities. TVJA Chief Executive Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh revealed an aggressive campaign that includes expansion of international network, fleet expansion and increasing passenger volumes. …

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China anticipates greater U.S. market access with new aircraft certification agreement

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is expecting a new aircraft certification agreement with the United States to pave the way for better access to the U.S. market for Chinese-manufactured planes and aircraft parts. The CAAC said that the agreement it signed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would extend “mutual recognition” of what each country’s aviation sector brings to the table. The development arrives as Chinese aircraft manufacturer, …

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EASA and FAA make certification processes easier

Simpler certifications are on the horizon after Europe’s air transport regulator, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and its counterpart in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), updated their aviation safety agreement. The EASA and the FAA already have a mutual agreement being implemented, under which aircraft certifications given by one authority are acknowledged and validated by the other. “The new technical implementation procedures (TIP) revision will permit …

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Thailand takes step closer to recertifying major carriers

Thailand inched closer to their goal of recertifying its major airline carriers, which is considered to be a crucial step in finding a resolution to the concerns of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over their aviation oversight. LCC Nok Air became the sixth and latest carrier to be reissued with its air operator’s certificate (AOC). The newly formed Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) issued the first new AOC …

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Why Congress needs to pass aircraft certification reform

BY REPS. SAM GRAVES (R-MO.) AND RICK NOLAN (D-MINN.) Wasting our nation’s aviation leadership would be a terrible thing. U.S. ingenuity has led to significant improvements in flight and in safety that have changed the world forever. Congress has a simple choice in the next Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization: We can further aviation manufacturing by removing barriers to aircraft certification, or we can fail to act and allow America’s …

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