JS announces partnership with M&D Flugzeugbau

JS announces partnership with M&D Flugzeugbau

In March 2010 the JS1 Revelation gained its official Type Certification by the South African Civil Aviation Authorities (SACAA). The certification has been awarded only after rigorous analysis and testing, with robust compliance verification by SACAA. With SACAA Type Certification to the CS-22 standard and with an SACAA ICAO- compliant Certificate of Airworthiness the JS1 Revelation is allowed to be flown without restriction in any ICAO-signatory country. Unfortunately no bilateral agreement exits between the European Union and South Africa – a needed prerequisite for the type acceptance by EASA. Feasible possibility EASA Certification was seriously investigated, including the possibility to find a suitable partner in Europe. M&D Flugzeugbau, who is involved in the development of the MD-42 Turbine Jet since 2009, is an EASA approved DOA, POA and Maintenance Organisation. As they have a long and successful history in the aviation industry, M&D Flugzeugbau was approached as possible partners. Over the last twelve months a joint strategy with partnership agreements was developed, and M&D Flugzeugbau agreed to be the TC holders in Europe. Application for EASA Type Certification of the JS1 was filed on 9 May 2014. During the initial meeting with the appointed authorities, it was agreed that all the necessary requirements could be completed by the end of 2015. Maintenance will be performed according to the European rules, similar to the other sailplane manufacturers. While most of the construction phases will continue to be done at Jonker Sailplanes in South Africa under the quality management of M & D, the focus in Germany will be on the final stages of production and the continued airworthiness support of the JS1-C in Europe. Jonker Sailplanes, with the assistance of M & D, plans not only the constant improvement in their current range of sailplanes, but also to expand in all the other classes in the long term….