Pilatus has flown a PC-12 with a CMC Electronics infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) sensor mounted in the nose and looking through the propeller. After engineers determined that the installation could indeed be certified, Pilatus gave the green light to start certification flights next month with the goal of adding the EVS package to the production line early next year.
Aviation International News » August 2005
The Grob SPn 10-passenger light business jet made its maiden flight July 20 from Allgau Airport in southern Germany. The aircraft was aloft for 66 minutes, during which time it performed handling and basic systems tests. Under tight wraps until its introduction at the Paris Air Show, the $7.1 million light jet continues flying and Grob expects first deliveries in the second quarter of 2007.
The FAA has hit Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based charter operator Platinum Jet with civil penalties totaling more than $1.86 million for violations involving 49 passenger-carrying flights.
The agency became aware of the violations during its investigation of a February 2 accident at Teterboro Airport in which a Challenger 600 operated by Platinum Jet crashed into a building after an aborted takeoff.
If there’s one thing that FAA COO Russell Chew has going for him as he faces $8.3 billion in budget losses by 2009, it’s that he has lots of people on the sidelines giving him advice.
The long-awaited reopening of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to some general aviation aircraft now appears imminent with the Trans- portation Security Administration’s release of an interim final rule last month.
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