Although Inmarsat officials insist that the company is exploring ways to alleviate Swift64 data traffic congestion–which has been preventing many users of the satellite ISDN service from accessing the network at peak times–they say improvements won’t come until this summer when engineers start implementing a number of technical remedies designed to free up additional frequency spectrum.
Aviation International News » April 2007
Gulfstream Aerospace hosted a NASA F-15 in Savannah, Ga., on February 14 for an aerial demonstration of its Quite Spike telescopic nose spike installation. If Gulfstream were ever to decide to launch a supersonic business jet, it would have to employ some means of suppressing the sonic boom while flying over land.
FlightSafety International (FSI) is expanding its training options, offering a Web-based eLearning system that also provides a learning management system (LMS) for training tracking, monitoring and testing.
Grob Aerospace resumed the SPn flight-test program on February 23, with acting chief test pilot Tore Reimers and flight-test engineer Alan Lawless taking to the air in prototype number one. The next prototype, number three, should fly in the second quarter, followed early this fall by number four, the first fully conforming SPn.
The BA609 Tiltrotor program is continuing slowly toward certification, now planned for 2010. At Heli-Expo, a Bell spokesman confirmed that the company has applied to the FAA for a type certificate, which usually signifies serious intent because it starts the clock on the certification deadline (three years for Part 23, five years for Part 25), and it took orders for two more BA609s at the show.
Embraer technicians were scheduled to begin final assembly of the Phenom 100 very light jet (VLJ) prototype in preparation for the jet’s mid-year first flight as this issue went to press. The jet is being built at Embraer’s Botucatu facility in Brazil, but final assembly will take place at the plant in São José dos Campos.
Expect to see the first flying Comp Air Model 12 single-
Organizers of the 2007 European Business Aviation Award, which is to be presented during the seventh annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva from May 22 to 24, have issued a call for nominations. The deadline is April 20. EBACE show promoters the European Business Aviation Association and NBAA jointly organize the award.
Not too much has gone right in Iraq lately, but a small Dubai-based company has played an important part in what little has. Skylink Arabia has been quietly making a difference in the reconstruction of the war-torn country by running vital flights into and within Iraq, carrying essential hardware and skilled labor.
Every few years, a debate erupts about whether the phenomenon of ice bridging is real or something questionable that pilots discuss while hangar flying or warning of the dangers of flying in icing conditions. The issue recently resurfaced at an NTSB public meeting about the icing-related crash of a Cessna Citation 560 in Pueblo, Colo., on Feb. 16, 2005.