AINalerts » March 25, 2010

March 25, 2010 - 11:49am

Start-up engine manufacturer Price Induction is about to begin endurance testing on its 575-pound-thrust Dgen 380 turbofan by the end of this month. A new architecture on the core engine was validated in December for better performance after 50 hours of testing, a spokesperson from the France-based company told AIN. The A6 standard of the full engine, which incorporates the core changes, has run about 20 hours since.

March 25, 2010 - 11:47am

Last week China flew a new home-grown heavy-lift helicopter for the first time. The AC313 tips the scales at 27,600 pounds, can carry up to 27 people, has a maximum ferry range of 560 miles and was built at state-owned AVIC, the same company making Sikorsky S-76C++ airframes. The AC313 appears to be an outgrowth of the 14,000-pound Chinese Zhi-8. That medium helicopter is based on the 1970s-vintage Aérospatiale SA321 Super Frelon.

March 25, 2010 - 11:46am

Northwest Florida Beaches Airport (KECP) near Panama City, Fla., is scheduled to open on May 23, marking the first new greenfield airport to be built in the post-9/11 era. The new 4,000-acre facility is part of the St. Joe Company’s “master planned” 75,000-acre greenfield parcel that guarantees no residential development will be built near the airfield itself or within the flight paths.

March 25, 2010 - 11:43am

Cirrus Design has filed a lawsuit against L-3 Avionics Systems aimed at stopping the spread of scuttlebutt that Cirrus is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. L-3 Avionics sued Cirrus for $21.7 million last year after a deal for cockpit systems fell apart. Cirrus’ suit against L-3 alleges that the Grand Rapids, Mich.

March 25, 2010 - 11:40am

Monday’s passage of the FAA reauthorization bill in the Senate brought some surprises to future ADS-B users. The FAA planned that all aircraft must carry ADS-B transmit-only “Out” equipment by 2020, but merely recommended installation of the more advanced ADS-B transmit/receive “In” units. House members agreed, but the Senate bill proposes mandating ADS-B Out on all aircraft by 2015 and ADS-B In on all aircraft by 2018.


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