Dassault has settled on a new, smaller version of the Rockwell Collins Flight Dynamics HGS 4000 head-up display as an option for its 5,700-nm Falcon 7X trijet. The 7X HGS will provide a wider field of view and larger glass for better viewing during crosswind landings and circling approaches, said Rockwell Collins.
Aviation International News » December 2002
Eurocopter now targets late next year as the new certification date for the EC 225. A derivative of the Super Puma, the new medium twin helicopter was originally set to be certified late this year. Major cockpit and autopilot design changes after the program started have lengthened the program by six months.
Last month NASA made the first flight of an experimental “wing warping” Boeing F/A-18 flying testbed. In 1903 the Wright Brothers used wires connected to their control column to twist the wings of their Flyer, changing the airfoils’ shape to provide differential lift to control bank. NASA calls the 21st century version of wing warping the “active aeroelastic wing,” or AAW.
Honeywell’s legal dispute with ACSS over EGPWS patents may be on its way to a private arbitrator instead of a courtroom, if the sides can agree on terms.
Regardless of your political persuasion, the death of Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) in an October aircraft accident was a tragedy on many levels. Foremost was Wellstone’s death and that of his wife Sheila, both 58, their daughter Marcia Markuson, 33, three campaign staffers (Mary McEvoy, Tom Lapic and Will McLaughlin) and the two pilots, Richard Conry, 55, and Michael Guess, 30.
Zurich-based Jet Aviation Business Jets has been approved by Swiss authorities as a type-rating training organization (TRTO), clearing the way for the company to provide flight training in Citations, Gulfstreams, Challengers, Learjets, Falcons and Hawkers. Jet Aviation will use its TRTO status to train its own charter and management crews and to offer training services to third-party crews.
Flight Options, the Cleveland-based fractional aircraft operator, plans to phase out its King Air fleet, AIN has learned. The approximately 28 King Air 200Bs were among the 111 total airplanes operated by Raytheon Travel Air before it merged its fleet with that of Flight Options in March. Flight Options had no comment on the timing of the phase-out or how it would affect owners and crews.
Universal Weather & Aviation opened a business aircraft handling operation at Sydney (Australia) Kingsford Smith International Airport on November 11. The facility is located in the offices of executive charter and aircraft management group ExecuJet Australia. Meanwhile, Sydney’s only other FBO, Qantas Executive, will close on December 31.
Families of the crew of a Challenger 604 that crashed on takeoff from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Oct. 10, 2000, have filed a claim against four makers of equipment installed in the aircraft. The lawsuit alleges defective equipment contributed to the crash, and names Honeywell, Lucas Aerospace, Parker Hannifin and Rockwell Collins. The NTSB final report has not yet been issued.
Fractional operator Avantair, launched at the NBAA Convention in September as Skyline Aviation Services, has two sold-out Piaggio Avantis in service. The company, based at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., expects to put two more Avantis into service this month, with a fifth to arrive next month.