The Gulfstream GIV and GV fleets achieved a staggering 4.6 million flight hours, Gulfstream said. The GIV series–which includes 669 G450s, G350s, G400s, G300s, GIVs and GIV-SPs–surpassed the 3.5 million-hour mark some 22 years after the first GIV entered service on June 8, 1987.
Aviation International News » August 2009
Inventories of used turbine helicopters have been building since the middle of last year “but now appear to be stabilizing, albeit at record-high levels,” UBS Investment Research noted in its first turbine helicopter inventory report. According to UBS aerospace/aviation analyst David Strauss, about 1,010 helicopters were on the market at the end of June, including 974 used models and 36 new delivery positions.
Germany’s Becker Avionics last month introduced a line of mode-S transponders capable of broadcasting ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast)-in and -out signals. The new BXP62XX and BXT62xx transponders, due to hit the market by year-end, will feature ADS-B-out capability. Follow-on models due out sometime next year will add ADS-B-in functionality.
GP Aerospace’s GP210 program manager Stéphane Brand was at the Paris Air Show in June looking for small French companies to become partners or suppliers on the GP210 program. “From there, we will try to attract French investment funds,” he explained. The program calls for an estimated $10 million to get the prototype flying. Thus far the company has secured $2 million, said Brand.
Satellite communications services reseller Satcom Direct last month announced it has sent and received AFIS/Acars datalink messages over the Inmarsat I-4 satellite constellation, marking a first for a satcom service provider. The messages were broadcast from a Global Express using Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom service in collaboration with the SITA datalink network.
Rockwell Collins last month wrapped up flight testing of a WAAS/LPV (wide-area augmentation system/localizer performance with vertical guidance) upgrade for the Pro Line 21 avionics system in the Hawker 800XP. The STC issued last month will allow Hawker 800XP operators equipped with Pro Line 21 to take advantage of the more than 1,500 WAAS/LPV approaches created so far.
Southern California charter operator Clay Lacy Aviation said it will equip its fleet of more than 60 owned and managed business jets with Aircell’s high-speed Internet service. System installations, which began last month and will continue through next year, represent the first fleet-wide selection of the Aircell service by a business aircraft operator.
GP Aerospace, a Brazilian startup company established by former Embraer technical director Guido Pessotti, has revealed to AIN plans for a personal very light jet, which would be smaller than currently available very light jets.
Come fall, the U.S. Congress will decide the fate of loran and its successor eLoran when members of the Congressional House and Senate Appropriations Committees meet in conference to determine which of their respective favored projects will live on and which will not.
When the Australians decide to go for something, they really go for it. Example: the FAA awarded its nationwide automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) contract in 2007. The Aussies did it more than three years earlier.