GAMA Welcomes Jonathan Archer as Director of Engineering & Airworthiness

Jonathan Archer.jpgThe General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) 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 Federal Aviation Administration (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.

Bell Helicopter Delivers First Two of Six Bell 407GXs to the Pennsylvania State Police

Penn State Police 407GX edit.jpg Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced the delivery of the first two of six Bell 407GX helicopters to the Pennsylvania State Police. They will be used for airborne law enforcement patrol and will serve citizens throughout the Commonwealth.

“We operate six aviation patrol units across the state and provide aerial support to all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies within the Commonwealth,” said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan. “It is very important that we have modern, reliable and mission-ready helicopters to patrol and serve the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

The fleet routinely patrols the entire coverage area; however, specific patrol units are strategically situated so that response time anywhere with the patrol zone is minimal.

FAA Releases Statement on Texas Equusearch UAS Court Decision

The court’s decision in favor of the FAA regarding the Texas Equusearch matter has no bearing on the FAA's authority to regulate UAS. The FAA remains legally responsible for the safety of the national airspace system. This authority is designed to protect users of the airspace as well as people and property on the ground.

The agency approves emergency Certificates of Authorization (COAs) for natural disaster relief, search and rescue operations and other urgent circumstances, sometimes in a matter of hours. We are not aware that any government entity with an existing COA has applied for an emergency naming Texas EquuSearch as its contractor.

Background on UAS Regulation

NASA Transfers NextGen Software Tech to FAA

NextGen software technology that will allow air traffic controllers to maximize the benefits of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures on the approach to the runway was transferred to the FAA from NASA last week in an official ceremony at FAA headquarters.

Coupled with the precision of PBN, the technology, called Terminal Sequence and Spacing, provides predictability, allowing controllers to safely reduce excess spacing between approaching aircraft, saving time and fuel while reducing emissions.

California Highway Patrol Awards Competitive Bid to Mahindra Aerospace

8.jpg Following a competitive process across available platforms, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) awarded Mahindra Aerospace the bid for the purchase of its Airvan 8. “With its proven performance in the areas of reconnaissance, surveillance, fire fighting and emergency evacuation,” stated Arvind Mehra, Executive Director and Global CEO of Mahindra Aerospace, “the Airvan 8 is the right choice for state and federal operations.”

Successfully flying ISR missions since 2003, the Airvan 8 is in daily service in the United States with 16 flown by the USAF Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol. Mahindra Aerospace, through acquisition of GippsAero, has delivered over 200 Airvan 8s worldwide and has implemented a sales, service and support network in North America. This network includes West Coast Aviation Sales, a company with over 20 years of proven aircraft support services.

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