The winter storm that stranded thousands of travelers throughout the Northeast in the middle of February didn’t put a damper on this year’s annual Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference. In fact, a record 3,200 people attended the event, held February 15 to 17 at the Walt Disney World Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla. Conference organizers say they received just 127 cancellations.
Aviation International News » April 2007
While Airbus will confirm only that it is “in talks with a couple of potential Middle East customers for an Airbus A380 ‘Flying Palace,’” the interior possibilities are rapidly taking shape at independent completion centers.
Heinz Kohli, who in May 2003 was named CEO of Jet Aviation Group, left the company last month “effective immediately.” In revealing this development, officials of the Zurich-based worldwide business aviation services conglomerate would not comment beyond saying that “differences over the company’s future strategy” led Kohli to resign.
A “much improved situation is emerging at NetJets,” according to Warren Buffett, chairman of parent company Berkshire Hathaway. In his annual letter to stockholders, published February 28, Buffett said NetJets has “never had a problem growing. But profits had been erratic.”
Nav Canada last month awarded its national ADS-B program to Syracuse, N.Y.-based Sensis, and installation of the first system ground stations is now under way. The FAA, on the other hand, faces some unexpected pre-contract issues as it moves toward its implementation plan.
Now that Avidyne’s relationship with Eclipse Aviation has ended, the Massachusetts avionics supplier says it’s ready to move on to other projects. For the time being that means targeting the expanding retrofit cockpit market, specifically for aging King Airs where older analog instruments are being removed in favor of modern glass displays.
Blue Sky Network has introduced a portable satellite communication device for tracking aircraft and transmitting text messages and short-code reports. About the size and weight of a car stereo, the carry-on D2000MA/MDA tracker supplies real-time position data and text messages between aircraft and ground crew over the Iridium satellite network.
Alternative Avionics in Waterford, Mich., has gained an STC for installation of upgraded air-data computers and pitot-static probes in the Hawker 700, a modification that the company said provides a pathway to RVSM approval while also improving autopilot functionality.
Aerospace and defense industry supplier Esterline last month wrapped up its acquisition of Canadian avionics maker CMC Electronics. According to Esterline CEO Robert Cremin, CMC Electronics will continue operating as a stand-alone business from its Montreal headquarters, where it supplies the business aviation market with electronic flight bag hardware, enhanced-vision cameras and flight management systems.
Avionics makers highlighted a number of intriguing technologies for helicopters at last month’s Heli-Expo in Orlando, Fla., none more buzz-worthy than the synthetic-vision system (SVS) concepts unveiled by Thales and Honeywell.