Eurocopter has fully launched the replacement program for its AS365/EC155 Dauphin and is targeting 2016 for entry into service for the first iteration, with a more advanced version to enter service several years later. Codenamed X4, the helicopter will feature a radically new cockpit, fly-by-wire controls and low-noise main rotor blades.
Aviation International News » August 2011
Avidyne’s TAS600 traffic advisory system received validation from Brazil’s Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil (ANAC), allowing the system to be installed in Brazil-registered aircraft under Avidyne’s approved model list (AML) STC. The AML covers more than 400 aircraft, including some Brazil-certified Indústria Aeronáutica NeivaEmbraer models and licensed Piper models built in Brazil.
Lawmakers from both houses of Congress have joined the battle over the Department of Transportation’s decision to dismantle the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program, with 26 senators and 33 representatives telling DOT Secretary Ray LaHood in separate letters that it is “a troubling reversal of a decade-old policy” established to uphold the privacy rights of Americans.
The NTSB coupled old-fashioned “kicking tin” with highly technical investigative assistance from safety agencies in Germany and Switzerland to solve a perplexing mystery–what caused a Pilatus PC-12 to crash while attempting to land at the airport in Butte, Mont., killing everyone on board the big turboprop single.
Though battered and bruised over the last few years by what seems like a daily barrage of negative global economic news, the pre-owned market participants have become somewhat immune and are apparently now shrugging it off. Consider the continuing month-over-month reduction in the overall number of choices, which recently slipped to just a tick under October 2008 levels, when the bottom fell out.
Flight Options entered into a three-year, $167 million financing agreement with Brazil’s Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) to finance the fractional jet provider’s order for up to 150 Embraer Phenom 300 light jets. In December 2007, Flight Options placed a firm order for 100 Phenom 300s and options on 50 more.
The Iridium satcom system received FAA approval for use as an Aeronautical Mobile Satellite (Route) Service so operators can use Iridium systems for over-ocean critical ATC communications. Iridium’s advantages over other communications systems include much lighter weight, lower power needs and coverage over the Earth’s poles. The FAA approval means that Iridium satcom can be used for Future Air Navigation System (Fans) 1/A communications.
“FlightSafety International and SimCom are in discussions regarding the possible transition of some of FlightSafety’s training programs to SimCom,” an FSI spokesman told AIN at press time. “An announcement will be made once the agreement is finalized.” According to reports, SimCom is seeking to buy some piston and turboprop training programs, as well as the accompanying simulators.
The news of James Hoblyn’s sudden and unexpected death at age 46–on July 3, while training for a marathon–reverberated like a shockwave throughout the aviation industry. James was at the top of his game in every regard: an effective, passionate, well liked and capable executive within Bombardier Aerospace. More important, James was a loyal and devoted husband and father to his wife, Josée, and his daughters, Emilie, Charlotte and Ashley.