Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is examining proposals to delegate the management of private and student pilot medical certificates to authorised aviation doctors after industry supported the move. More than 82% of survey respondents supported the option of delegating Class 2 medical certification to designated aviation medical examiners, replacing the current system whereby CASA issues the certificates after examination by an authorised doctor. More than 95% of respondents also said that the current charge of A$130 ($100) for managing the medical certification system is not appropriate. In all, 628 people responded to CASA's call for input on proposed changes. Authorised aviation medical examiners have raised a number of issues regarding the changes, however. CASA is looking at the issues and expects to make a decision on any changes next year.


Chelton Flight Systems has clinched US supplemental type certification (STC) for its synthetic vision electronic flight instrument system in the Eurocopter EC120B helicopter. The system, which is already approved for the AS350 and 355 models, was developed in conjunction with Chelton dealer Hillsboro Aviation.


Aero Composites, the Britten-Norman (B-N) subsidiary responsible for Cirrus SR20 and SR22 piston singles reassembly in Europe, has delivered its 50th aircraft. ACL was established in September 2005 following an agreement between Cirrus Design and B-N to address the rapidly increased demand for the SR family in Europe.


Spain's Colyaer has clinched US approval for its Freedom amphibious light sport aircraft. The two-seat, Rotax 912-powered aircraft has a cruise speed of 110kt (200km/h) and a range of over 1,000km (540nm).

Source: Flight International