Textron Aviation opens new parts facility in Australia

Textron Aviation opens new parts facility in Australia to support regional fleet growth

Shell and CHC continue partnership in Browse Basin

Shell Australia and CHC Helicopter Australia have announced the continuation of their successful partnership providing helicopter transportation services to the Prelude FLNG facility in the Browse Basin. The new agreement continues CHC’s six-year relationship with Shell in this monumental project development.

CHC will provide S-92 helicopters for crews and daily passenger transport and emergency flights between the Broome base and the Shell Prelude project.

CHC will provide Sikorsky S-92 helicopters and crews for daily passenger transport and emergency flights between the Broome base and the Shell Prelude project, which is located approximately 475 kilometers (295 miles) north north-east of Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

Refueling between Broome International Airport and Prelude will take place at Djarindjin Airport, which is owned and operated by the local Djarindjin Aboriginal Community.

CHC regional director for the Asia-Pacific Vince D’Rozario is proud of the relationship developed between Shell Australia and CHC and that this will be continuing.

“We are humbled that Shell has once again chosen CHC to be its partner as Prelude moves into the critical production phase,” said D’Rozario. “During the past six years, we have transported more than 50,000 passengers, and accrued over 10,000 flight hours while maintaining excellent safety and aircraft availability.

“In fact, we are very proud to have received the highest safety rating by Shell’s internal auditors, an unprecedented achievement. We have seen more than 1,000 days at Goal Zero and been recognized with numerous customer safety awards, all of which is testament to the teamwork and ongoing commitment of both Shell and CHC to do no harm to our people, the community or the environment. We are committed to continuing our partnership and further developing our safe, high-quality operation to Prelude.”

This article appeared in Vertical Magazine on 19th June 2019 and is reproduced in it’s entirety.

Dauphin – Improved landing gear control switch

Dauphin – Improved landing gear control switch

In the frame of the 2019 Top irritant resolution program for Dauphin aircraft (AS 365, AS 565 and EC 155), Airbus Helicopters proposes a new solution improving the reliability of the landing gear control switch.

The improvement consists in installing a new micro switch, which is a result of a new method used to reduce the adjustment range of the micro switch position relative to the hammer.


The upgrade does not lead to a modification or change of the part number. Its traceability is ensured through the serial number (SN): the new switches’ SN is greater than or equal to 3883. The parts are available in stock at Airbus Helicopters and can be immediately ordered through normal channels.


The repair of landing gear switches 894TS05NY, 894TS05N1Y, 895TS05NY, 895TS05N1Y was re-classified as D-Level and shall be performed in PART145-approved workshops only.


For more information, please refer to Information Notice No. 2955-I-32, contact your Technical Support / Representative or contact us at A&R Aviation to discuss further.

TruTrak Autopilot Servo

TruTrak autopilot STC’d for Cessna 180, 182, 185, and Piper PA 32

TruTrak autopilot STC’d for Cessna 180, 182, 185, and Piper PA 32

TruTrak Flight Systems has received FAA approval for the Vizion autopilot to be installed in the Cessna 180, 182, 185, and Piper PA32 aircraft.

 TruTrak is also now the holder of the STC for the Vizion autopilot, which was previous held by the company’s development partner, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). 

The STC transfer means that TruTrak “can now more easily support the existing customer base and removes complications for both customers and EAA,” company officials said in a prepared release.

TruTrak officials report they have received more than 100 pre-orders for these aircraft.

Complete Vizion autopilot system pricing remains unchanged at $5,100 for the autopilot, servos, install kit, wiring harness, and STC. 

While the STC is now sold by TruTrak, it is purchased separately from the autopilot system on the TruTrak website.

“We are so excited to be able to offer this great autopilot for even more aircraft,” said CEO Andrew Barker. “While it took longer than we had wished to get these new models approved, it was worth the wait. We appreciate the continued support of this process by both our customers and EAA. Since we now hold the STC, EAA will be less involved going forward, but we are still very grateful for their advocacy and hard work. We are more committed than ever to making sure that this process continues to get easier and faster, allowing us to add even more aircraft in the near future.”

Founded in 1999, TruTrak is a leader and innovator in the experimental, light sport, and certified autopilot markets.  TruTrak has now been serving the certified market since 2017. TruTrak has also designed and manufactured many cutting-edge autopilots including the autopilots in the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer and most recently Solar Impulse.

Cessna Cardinal

Industry Feedback shows Preference for US Maintenance Rules

Feedback to CASA’s proposal to adopt international maintenance regulations for small general aviation aircraft has shown overwhelming support for the USA’s Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR).

The new regulation proposal was announced at the Australian General Aviation Alliance (AGAA) summit in Wagga Wagga last July by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, and is intended to simplify maintenance rules for small aircraft involved in private, airwork and non-passenger charter operations.

According to CASA data released yesterday, 78% of respondents to the proposal preferred the FARs over New Zealand, Canadian or European regulations.

“All respondents identified issues with the existing regulations and indicated support for change to a simpler, more understandable, set of rules,” CASA has said.

“Of the 63 industry respondents who indicated a preference for an international rule set, 49 respondents (78%) preferred the United States’ regulations and seven respondents (11%) stated a preference for the New Zealand regulations (which are broadly based on the American approach).

“Twenty-one respondents (28%) also outlined concerns with aircraft engineer licenses and rating.”

Feedback came from a large cross-section of the GA community, including private operators, AOC holders, engineers, associations and type groups.

“Industry is stuck in between three different regulatory system[s], none of which are harmonised globally,” said Ken Cannane, Executive Director of Aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Business Association (AMROBA).

“The costs of over regulation and red tape is doing major damage to industry. Many businesses have already succumbed to the current system that lacks definition between CASA functions and requirements and the responsibilities of industry participants.

“The move to adopt the FAR system for GA that industry has demanded since mid-1990s is still the aim of AMROBA and its members. AMROBA has provided many comparison documents to CASA that demonstrates the FAR system will lower costs to GA but improve safety by adopting enhanced safety standards.”

Howard Hobbs, President of the Australian Mooney Pilots Association (AMPA), said that following the US system would clarify the responsibiliy of aircraft owners when it came to maintenance requirements.

“Adopting FAA regulations for private GA aircraft in Australia would eliminate much of the confusion that currently exists around what maintenance is, and is not, mandatory under Australian regulations,” Hobbs said.

“Under FAA regulations, it is clear that owners are required to maintain their aircraft in accordance with the type certificate and the flight manual (the version that applied when the aircraft came into service) and to carry out any ADs applicable to that aircraft. Private owners in the USA are not required to other manufacturer recommendations unless they become subject to an AD.”

Whilst generally supporting the FAR system, Mike Higgins from the Regional Aviation Association noted that simply adopting the FARs could spell the end of the Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) in Australia.

“The FAR rules in Part 43 are all the scattered regulations, instruments, CAOs and other means used by CASA to state who and what is to be done. The Operations FAR parts detail when an approved AMO is required. The FAR fixed-based maintenance organisations are our approved CAR 30 GA maintenance organisation.

“Unless you want GA maintenance to collapse by deleting AMOs, we should adopt the FARs maintenance and maintain a CAR 30 GA aspects-only AMOs.

“Adoption of the FAR based regulations, including introducing the Inspection Authorisation is highly beneficial to GA. The FAR terminology is compatible with flight and technical documents promulgated by US manufacturers.”

CASA will now hand the feedback over to a Technical Working Group appointed by the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) to firm up a new policy.

More information including some published feedback is on the CASA consultation hub.


This article originally appeared on australianflying.com.au on 24th October 2018 and has been reproduced in its entirety.