The 57th annual Aircraft Electronics Association Convention & Tradeshow opens tomorrow, welcoming avionics dealers and manufacturers to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. As usual, one of the show’s highlights is Thursday’s new-product introductions, which begin after the opening ceremony and keynote speech by Sean Tucker, honorary chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program.
AINalerts » March 11, 2014
The 25th International Women in Aviation Conference, held last weekend in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., had a little something for everyone. History buffs came to honor the four new WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame inductees: Sally Ride, first female NASA astronaut in space; Nancy Currie, NASA International Space Station commander; Beryl Markham, author and aviatrix; and Sheila Scott, record-setting British pilot.
Lawmakers finally received a response to questions about U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) searches of general aviation aircraft on domestic flights, but they remain unsatisfied. The response came from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the umbrella federal agency that includes CBP. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) received a letter and a table reporting more details about some of the incidents, but Roberts and Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) were not fully satisfied and sent a letter on February 12 requesting a briefing and more written responses from the DHS.
Consulting firm Flight Department Solutions (FDS) has launched a new venture to help aircraft owners start their own flight departments. Called Flight Department Advantage, the new program can set up a flight department and assist with all aspects of running it.
“Historically for somebody getting a new airplane, the path of least resistance is to have it managed,” said Dave Weil, founder and CEO of San Francisco-based FDS. “We want to make it easier for them to have their own flight department.”
At the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation and Industrials Conference yesterday, leaders from Bombardier, Cessna and Embraer provided summaries of their companies’ standing. Following are some “takeaways” from the event. “Bombardier: The switch to the Learjet 70/75 and Challenger 350 should help Bombardier shore up business jet pricing. Bombardier completed high-speed taxi testing on the Learjet 85, so first flight is very close. The advantage of composites here is primarily lower costs with fewer parts.
The National Air Transportation Association’s annual Aviation Business & Legislative Conference was held last week. At the kick-off NATA Industry Excellence Awards Dinner and Presentation, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) received the William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial award and Marian Epps, CFO of Epps Aviation, received the Distinguished Service Award.
BendixKing is ending product support for its myWingMan iPad app and will reimburse purchasers with “a full refund equal to any subscription fees paid.” While pilots will still be able to use the app, BendixKing noted that “no further product or chart data updates will be available, and as such [we] suggest that you uninstall myWingMan to prevent the inadvertent use of expired data.” The company explained, “We do not feel that it fully represents the value and quality that BendixKing provides daily to pilots worldwide.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide is holding its second massive open online course (MOOC) from April 7 to May 11 on human factors in aviation accidents. The free course is limited to 2,000 students and will cover “the mental and physical factors that contribute to aviation accidents,” according to the university. Students can view lectures and complete assignments on their own schedules and participate in live sessions and interact with other students on discussion boards and social media.
This Sunday, Los Angeles-area aviation aficionados are invited to the Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport for a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the departure of the Douglas World Cruisers on the attempt to be the first aircraft to circumnavigate the globe. The presentation begins at 2 p.m. and includes an oral history presentation by artist, author and historian Mike Machat and a screening of the 2005 documentary on the record-breaking flight.
Gama Aviation has received approval from the UK CAA for flight crews to use Apple iPads for flight-planning and airborne chart purposes when flying G-registered aircraft. Gama pilots will use iPads equipped with Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck app. The iPads also feature the Airwatch Secure Content Locker, “a cloud-based library publication system that allows crews to download and manage operational flight-deck documents,” according to Gama. So far 22 Gama pilots are trained to use the iPad EFBs, which also contain operating manuals, reference handbooks and checklists.