Aviation International News » August 2006

September 13, 2006 - 11:55am

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey last month reiterated the agency’s position that automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) is the “backbone” of the next-generation air traffic management system.

September 13, 2006 - 11:51am

Max-Viz has announced an STC program that will bring the company’s EVS-1000 enhanced-vision system to the King Air 90 through 300 series. Max-Viz dealer ADI of Waterford, Mich., is leading the STC and installation program, which it expects to complete next month. The EVS-1000 package includes an uncooled infrared camera that measures about three inches across and seven inches deep.

September 13, 2006 - 11:46am

Verizon has sent notices to current MagnaStar air-to-ground customers informing them that it intends to shut down the service on December 4. In the letter, Verizon said it is exploring the sale of its general aviation business.

September 13, 2006 - 11:38am

Bringing an updated cockpit to the Piaggio Avanti makes sense. The distinctive turboprop twin first graced the skies some 20 years ago but, while it has been revered by its hitherto small cadre of owners and pilots ever since, it has never been more popular than it is today. The trouble was, until about two years ago nobody was willing to fund an STC flight-test program.

September 13, 2006 - 11:30am

The clock is ticking for Iridium, the global satellite communications service that has made its mark by providing voice and low-rate-data communication services for a growing list of customers around the world.

September 13, 2006 - 11:28am

This year marks the 10th since Jeppesen started supplying aircraft operators with electronic navigation charts. For many, digital charts and maps have matured slowly from a promising yet unproven technology to an everyday necessity.

September 13, 2006 - 11:26am

Pentastar Aviation in Waterford, Mich., has gained STC approval for dual installations of CMC Electronics’ PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers in the Gulfstream G100/150, GII/III/IV/V/V-SP and Dassault Falcon 2000/2000EX. The approval also includes the Westwind, Astra and Astra SPX.

September 13, 2006 - 11:20am

Bombardier officials last month conceded they are somewhat concerned about the recent news from Boeing that it might pull the plug on the satellite-based Connexion service. Boeing admitted it is evaluating the future of the unprofitable business after news reports surfaced that it might sell or terminate the service.

September 13, 2006 - 11:16am

A committee within the London Assembly is investigating the issue of helicopter noise in Britain’s capital. The group will try to establish how an increase in helicopter traffic would affect Londoners.

The committee also wants to look at helicopter routings over London, the noise performance of helicopters typically used and the different types of helicopter use in London.

September 13, 2006 - 11:14am

Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.-based Spectrum Aerospace said flight testing of its Spectrum 33 very light twinjet is progressing on schedule. Austin Blue, who was recently promoted to the position of president of the start-up company, told AIN that the prototype has logged 40 hours in the course of about 40 flights at Spanish Fork Airport, Utah.