January 30, 2003
The FAA has committed to AOPA that the agency will fix the current problems with its field approval policy. Last year, the agency changed the policy that governs approval of routine major aircraft alterations and repairs. And that made it more difficult for aircraft owners to obtain common modifications to their aircraft such as installing wing-tip strobes, converting generators to alternators, and converting drum brakes to disc brakes. AOPA became concerned that field approvals for general aviation aircraft would no longer be practical and asked the FAA for a fix.
The FAA has now responded. In a letter to AOPA, James Ballough, the director of FAA's Flight Standards Service, outlined actions under way to revise the "new" field approval policy. Ballough reaffirmed the FAA's commitment to performing field approvals.
"We met with Jim last week and reiterated our concerns about the FAA's ability to enforce its new policy and preserve the field approval process," said AOPA Vice President Melissa Bailey. "We will continue pressing the FAA to ensure that aircraft operators have access to this important process." (See also AOPA's regulatory brief.)
Bombardier has launched the 12-passenger Challenger 650 with an order from launch customer NetJets.
Sabreliner isn't just for Sabreliners anymore. New owners and management have recast it as a jet refurbishment and parts center.
Nextant, rebuilder of the Beechcraft Hawker 400 and King Air 90, has named Piedmont Aircraft as the eastern dealer for the Nextant 400XTi and the G90XT.
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