Jeppesen said it received the aviation industry’s first Type 1 Letter of Acceptance endorsement from the FAA, meaning its navigation obstacle data complies with FAA Advisory Circular 20-153A and RTCA/DO
AINalerts » October 27, 2011
Bell Helicopter received type certification this week for the Bell 429 from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The OEM said the milestone is important as it continues to expand in the Asia Pacific region. According to Bell, the 429 has conducted “extensive” flight demonstrations in every continent except Antarctica, and the helicopter has now been certified in more than 40 countries.
Flightdocs released an aircraft maintenance tracking iPad application that allows flight crews to access and report aircraft maintenance information in real time, even while an aircraft is airborne.
The FAA launched a new website today where pilots and others can report incidents of lasers being shined at aircraft. It includes links for reporting laser incidents, laser statistics and FAA research on the dangers lasers can pose to pilots.
Despite the closure of Bangkok Don Mueang Airport due to flooding, Thai charter firm MJets is still open for business. The company repositioned its aircraft fleet from Don Mueang some 100 miles southeast to Utapao Airport in Pattaya, where there are immigration services, fueling, MJets technical support and catering.
As the Eurocopter EC145 T2 light twin helicopter has completed “hot and high” testing, the manufacturer has released “promising” performance estimates.
The recently released ForeFlight Mobile v4.2 iPad app now allows users to display XM WX inflight weather data overlaid on maps displayed on the ForeFlight app. XM WX works with the Baron Mobile Link device and an XM receiver (from Baron or Heads Up Technologies), both of which communicate wirelessly with the iPad.
Despite considerable easing of import rules for Western airplanes in the past three years, Russian business aircraft owners appear reluctant to place their aircraft onto the national aviation register, according to GosNIIGA, the State Scientific Research Institute of Civil Aviation, and Russia’s largest aircraft lessor, IFC.
Human-factors expert Dr. Tony Kern predicts that the business aviation accident rate “will go up 400 percent over the next 10 years” without significant upgrades to pilot training. Kern, a former B-1B bomber instructor pilot, made his remarks this week at Bombardier’s 15th annual Safety Standdown in Wichita.
General Dynamics reported third-quarter earnings yesterday, and chairman and CEO Jay Johnson said the company’s aerospace group–Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation–saw “continued emerging market customer interest and improved aircraft service volume” in the quarter.