Sikorsky's new S-76D twin-turbine helicopter, scheduled to enter service in 2008, will be equipped with Thales' TopDeck integrated modular avionics, according to the French electronics maker in an announcement made yesterday at the annual Helitech show in Cambridge, England. Thales said the S-76D contract marks the first time that it has been selected to supply a complete glass cockpit for a U.S. helicopter manufacturer.
AINalerts » September 29, 2005
Jet Aviation is preparing to open a new executive terminal at Germany's Dusseldorf Airport by the end of this year. The Swiss-based group, which won a competition against seven other companies to build the 4,305-sq-ft facility, plans to start construction next month. Jet Aviation has operated an FBO from somewhat limited premises there for several years.
The NTSB is asking the FAA to require Part 121 and 135 airlines to incorporate bounced landing recovery techniques in their flight manuals and to teach these techniques during initial and recurrent training.
The FAA has issued clarifying bulletins, set up a team of specialists that can be contacted 24/7 and is considering amending its controversial rule upgrading flammability standards for thermal and acoustic fuselage insulation. The rule, which became effective September 2, poses a "serious threat to the continued operation of Part 25 [certified] aircraft," according to trade groups.
A new chapter in civil aviation history began yesterday when the FAA issued the first airworthiness certificate for a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the General Atomics Altair. The UAV, a high-altitude version of the U.S. military's Predator B, is designed to perform scientific and commercial research missions. The Altair has an 86-foot wingspan, a 52,000-foot ceiling and an endurance of 30 hours.