Aviation International News » August 2011

July 31, 2011 - 9:20am

Gulfstream Aerospace redesignated the super-midsize G250 as the G280 in mid-July.

July 31, 2011 - 8:55am

Low-powered incoming GPS signals are allocated 1559-1610 MHz in the L-Band radio spectrum. The neighboring spectrum–from 1525-1559 Mhz–is allocated to other, equally low-powered, incoming satellite signals, such as Sky Terra’s. GPS receivers are open to signals above the blue line shown, but filter out signals below it, and require modification to accept Glonass.

July 31, 2011 - 8:50am

The current GPS/LightSquared frequency battle could be described as Washington’s most recent electro-political struggle.

July 31, 2011 - 8:10am

Accord Technology’s NexNav mini GPS Waas Class Beta-1 sensor has been recognized by the FAA as meeting requirements outlined in Advisory Circular 20-165. The 20-165 requirements cover accuracy and other parameters that GPS sensors will need to meet standards for ADS-B operations. The FAA will require mandatory equipage with ADS-B out systems beginning in 2020.

July 31, 2011 - 7:50am

Nextant Aerospace brushed off a communiqué sent by Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) warning it will not provide any support for aircraft modified without the Wichita manufacturer’s “involvement or approval.” The memo specifically mentions the Nextant 400XT, a remanufactured “zero time” Beechjet with new Williams FJ44-3AP engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.

July 31, 2011 - 7:40am

AvConnect has introduced a new service that downloads the data–more than 70 data points per second–stored by Garmin G1000 avionics systems. The data can be viewed by the aircraft owner or operator or shared with mechanics and maintenance providers or aircraft and component manufacturers. AvConnect uses the gathered data to populate its primary products, including pilot logbooks, aircraft maintenance tracking systems and aircraft tax records.

July 31, 2011 - 7:15am

Advances in avionics don’t negate the need for old standbys such as a handheld transceiver for use in the unlikely event your digital panel goes dark, or simply to pick up Atis or a clearance before engine start. Sporty’s Pilot Shop’s handheld SP-400 navcom makes a worthy backup, providing more nav information than other navcoms in a package little larger than transceivers that offer only com functions.

July 31, 2011 - 6:40am

If anyone doubts Honda Motor Company’s commitment to the general aviation industry, a visit to Honda Aircraft’s new 623,000-sq-ft factory at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., underscores the significant investment the company has made.

July 31, 2011 - 6:40am

The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) was relaunched four years ago and this year’s eighth show in São Paulo, Brazil, to be held from August 11 to 13, promises to be the largest.

July 31, 2011 - 6:15am

Eurocontrol is trying to improve the accuracy of the ETS Support Facility, which is intended to give so-called small emitters a relatively easy way to calculate carbon dioxide emissions for the purposes of compliance with the European Union’s controversial emissions trading scheme.

 
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