Unable to convince the Air Line Pilots Association to accept further regional-airline scope-clause concessions, US Airways has converted its firm order for 25 Bombardier CRJ705s to positions for 70-seat CRJ700s and assigned the airplanes to Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group.
Aviation International News » August 2003
An apparent design problem with the airborne weather radar radomes in Hawker business jets could prevent the radars from accurately painting storm cells ahead, making them appear less hazardous than they really are, say pilots.
A shortage of controllers at Chicago Center and an uptick in air traffic in that sector are a prescription for disaster that the FAA has so far ignored at the expense of public safety, claim officials for the air traffic controllers union.
Eurocontrol has introduced a new screen-to-screen datalink between pilots and air traffic controllers at its Maastricht upper-area control (UAC) center in the Netherlands. The controller-pilot datalink communication (CPDLC) system supplements existing voice contact by allowing text messages between screens in the cockpit and on the ground to reduce workload at both ends.
Teledyne Technologies, the parent company of Teledyne Controls and Teledyne Continental Motors, last month closed a deal to buy Spirent’s Aviation Information Solutions businesses for $6.85 million. Included in the transaction were Spirent Systems in Wichita, Spirent Systems/Aerospace Solutions of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and the Flight Data Company, based in the UK.
AirCell, the Louisville, Colo. company that pioneered airborne cellular communication technology in the 1990s, has gained patent approval for a new type of communications system that will let passengers use their personal cellphones to place calls in flight over much of the U.S.
You’ve probably never given it much thought, but recording and updating those ATIS voice messages is a royal pain in the neck for controllers. Arinc last month unveiled a new product package that the company said makes digital ATIS service cost effective for smaller airfields frequented by business aircraft.
As part of the FAA’s Nexcom initiative to develop next-generation digital datalink radios for general aviation, Avidyne last month announced it has successfully demonstrated a VHF datalink (VDL) Mode 3 radio at the FAA’s technical center in Atlantic City, N.J. Touted as the first-ever test of a commercial VDL-3 device, the demonstration was an important milestone for the FAA as it strives to create a radio network for the 21st century.
The FAA has issued a technical standard order and blanket installation approval covering 850 aircraft models for the CNX80 all-in-one GPS navcom from Salem, Ore.-based UPS Aviation Technologies. The company, a subsidiary of parcel shipping giant UPS, lays claim to being one of the first avionics manufacturers to gain FAA certification for a GPS receiver approved for WAAS instrument approaches.
The wraps officially came off Garmin’s new G1000 integrated avionics system late last month at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wis. Picked to fly aboard the Cessna Citation Mustang personal jet and Diamond DA-42 piston twin, the G1000 represents the first complete cockpit from the Olathe, Kan. avionics manufacturer.