The Legacy 650, the newest addition to Embraer’s growing choice of business jets, will fly with Honeywell Primus Elite avionics, a new product offering that will bring XM graphical weather capability, video display link and Jeppesen electronic charts to the cockpit, all of it accessible with a cursor-control graphical interface.
Aviation International News » December 2009
The world’s first production and certified very light jet, the Morane Saulnier MS760 Paris Jet, has a new lease on life. In October, JetSet Aviation Holdings, a subsidiary of JetSet International, announced that it had purchased the MS760 type certificate and intellectual property from France’s Socata, successor to Morane Saulnier, and that 32 MS760s are available for upgrade and purchase.
Rockwell Collins announced that its HGS-6250 head-up guidance (Hud) system has been certified for the Gulfstream G450 and G550. The Hud will be standard on the G450, G550 and G650 and optional on the G250, G350 and G500. Based on LCD and LED technology, the HGS-6250 provides precise head-up guidance cues, the widest field of view of any civil Hud and is compatible with Gulfstream’s EVS II enhanced-vision system, Rockwell Collins said.
Panasonic Avionics has introduced what it calls a “global communications suite” that is designed to provide head-of-state aircraft with the ultimate in airborne connectivity. Branded as eXConnect and eXPhone, the Ku-band satellite services made their debut in a Boeing Business Jet last month. Additional customer discussions are ongoing to outfit the hardware in the Airbus Corporate Jetliner and executive versions of the Boeing 747 and 777.
EMS Sky Connect introduced the Forté AirMail service last month, pitching it as giving passengers “pole-to-pole, anywhere-on-the-globe, unfettered in-flight e-mail access.” The system uses the Iridium network to provide e-mail access to any Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone or PDA. “We tested every device we could find and everything we tested worked,” said EMS Sky Connect general manager Steve Silverman.
International Communications Group (ICG) has partnered with Cobham to develop a bundled Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satellite communications system called Sora. The product is touted as a lighter, smaller and less expensive alternative to a competing system from Aircell and Danish satcom maker Thrane & Thrane.
After nearly 30 years working in aviation in Alaska, mostly for airlines and in the fueling business, Louis Jennings got the opportunity to join the general aviation fraternity as general manager of Great Circle Flight Services at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. “This is the best job at the airport,” he said.
GFK Flight Support at Mark Andrews International Airport in Grand Forks, N.D., has signed with The Hiller Group to supply the FBO with Phillips 66 fuel and equipment. GFK built a new FBO facility last year, featuring a large crew lounge and rest quarters and new crew cars as well as wireless Internet access. The company also offers maintenance, charter and flight-training services. To promote the new
Chevron has unveiled the newest topic in its online FBO training series, titled Refueler Operator Training. The course–available for employees of Chevron- and Texaco-branded FBOs–provides line personnel a review of safe fuel-handling practices and techniques to improve efficiency. The self-paced interactive program features animations, graphics and demonstrations as well as step-by-step instructions.