Paperless Cockpit, a Germantown, Conn. supplier of handheld electronic flight bag (EFB) computing devices, has introduced a new low-end product, notable for its large 10.4-inch touchscreen display and list price of $2,999. A low-voltage Mobile Intel Pentium III processor running at 800 MHz powers the GA-EFB 4000, the third member of Paperless Cockpit’s family of EFB computers.
Aviation International News » February 2003
Cessna said flight testing of its wing design on the Citation Sovereign verified engineering data that increases the super-midsize jet’s Mmo from the originally announced Mach 0.78 to Mach 0.80. Currently, the three conforming Sovereign test aircraft have logged more than 670 hours in 370 flights. Airframe structural fatigue testing and the majority of static strength certification conditions have been completed.
Vee Neal Aviation will expand its charter and management business into corporate shuttle operations using a leased Saab 340A. The Latrobe, Pa. company is the first Part 135 operator to order the 30-passenger twin turboprop for corporate transportation, according to Saab Aircraft Leasing in Washington. A Saab official said the aircraft should be delivered to Vee Neal by mid-month.
The two pilots and two passengers escaped serious injury January 7 when Beech Premier I S/N RB26 registered as N390RB, overran 4,049-foot Runway 19 at Herrera International Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and hit two vehicles in a parking lot.
The Wrights knew it. So does every aeronautical engineer, aircraft manufacturer and pilot. More than anything else, the engine defines the performance of the airplane.
The NTSB has written a comprehensive letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recommending that all university athletic departments emulate Oklahoma State University’s revised team travel policy. In January 2001 a Beech King Air 200 crashed near Strasburg, Colo., after an electrical failure, killing all on board–two pilots and eight members of the OSU basketball team.
Raytheon Aircraft reduced its 2002 operating income loss to $4 million versus a loss of more than $750 million in 2001. The Wichita manufacturer attributed the narrowing of the gap to cost and productivity gains. The company also had several rounds of layoffs last year and has announced another 600 workers will be let go this year. In 2002, Raytheon delivered 174 Hawkers, Beechjets, King Airs and Premier Is compared with 217 in 2001.
Following several years of steadily climbing Citation deliveries, Cessna shipped 305 civil business jets last year, one fewer than in 2001. The company also delivered 80 Caravans compared with 75 in 2001. Cessna expects to deliver 87 fewer Citations this year. Shipments of Cessna recips, however, plunged from 821 in 2001 to 559. Nevertheless, Cessna said that it finished the year with the highest revenues in its history.
Deliveries of and orders for Gulfstream business jets declined in 2002 compared with 2001. According to figures released by parent firm General Dynamics, Gulfstream delivered 61 GIV-SPs and GVs last year versus 71 in 2001. Deliveries of G100s and G200s totaled 24 last year, down six from the 30 shipped in 2001.
The general aviation and transport aircraft crashworthiness program that NASA has been operating since the 1970s will discontinue several planned and ongoing projects before closing in September, the victim of budget cuts. The facility, located at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., is the site for crashworthiness research of both aluminum and composite airframes.