An 11th-hour effort on January 31 failed to keep OEM startup VisionAire afloat after a federal district court judge placed the company back into Chapter 7 bankruptcy on January 21. The company had been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy since September, when the judge agreed to the voluntary insolvency after five creditors petitioned the court to place VisionAire into involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy in July.
Bill Kerherve, chief test pilot for Dassault Aviation, and test pilot Philippe Deleume took the Falcon 7X simulation bench on its first virtual flight in December, testing the design’s fly-by-wire controls, according to the company. “I was particularly impressed by the superb handling qualities through the entire envelope,” said Kerherve.
The Lawrenceville, Ga. developer of the proposed FF-1080-200 Freight Feeder reports being close to an announcement regarding an agreement with freight company Averitt Express of Cookeville, Tenn.
Development of the 10-passenger, single-turboprop S-22 by agplane builder Air Tractor of Olney, Texas, slowed last year due to the company’s focus on providing a highly modified version of its AT-802 to the U.S. government for drug crop eradication in Colombia, according to Kristin Snow, communications director and daughter of founder and president Leland Snow.
Aviation’s first two-in-one traffic and terrain awareness and warning system gained TSO authorization early last month, clearing the way for the first installations of the device, probably in May. Approval of T2CAS, a $170,000 (list price) safety system that combines TCAS 2000 with a class-A TAWS in a single box, represents the first certification of a product from Phoenix-based ACSS, a joint company owned by L-3 Communications and Thales.
It’s the sort of problem that any avionics equipment supplier would be happy to have. With a current backlog of some 36 systems, Gulfstream has asked Kollsman of Merrimack, N.H., to increase production of the company’s infrared-sensor-based enhanced vision system (EVS), now certified in a variety of Gulfstreams.
The Hawker 700 has joined the list of business airplanes to benefit from the addition of retrofit Pro Line 21 Continuum avionics from Rockwell Collins. Elliott Aviation of Moline, Ill., performed the first installation of the Continuum cockpit in a Hawker 700, a package that included five FDS-2000 (seven-inch-diagonal) displays, TCAS 4000 and TWR-850 turbulence-detection weather radar.
One flew for real, the other in a virtual-reality world, but both served as positive demonstrations of the developmental technologies planned for a new generation of Dassault Falcons.
Facing a requirement to pay down debt related to its $1.5 billion purchase of TRW Aeronautical Systems late last year, Goodrich has struck a deal to sell its avionics business to New York-based L-3 Communications. Valued at $188 million, the transaction now awaits regulatory approval, understood to be more or less a formality.
When I was shopping for an affordable (that means “old”) Bonanza, one of the mods that I really wanted was a “center stack” panel. V-tails of my vintage came from the factory with 1950s automobile-style panels. All the heading, attitude, airspeed and altitude data was there, but you had to hunt for it and then pull it all together in your mind’s eye.