Forward Vision, a Florida company that specializes in infrared technology for aviation and marine applications, reports that it has been holding talks with a number of aircraft OEMs to gauge interest in a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera system that currently sells for a list price of just under $20,000.
Aviation International News » February 2005
Eurocontrol is offering equipment exemptions until March 31 next year for operators flying to Europe without ACAS II (TCAS with Change 7). A rash of problems related to obtaining necessary STCs and Service Bulletins, equipment non-availability and certification problems has been plaguing operators since before the original January 1 deadline, prompting the extension.
The new breed of very light jets (VLJs) now under development could turn out to be the biggest catalyst for business aviation growth since Bill Lear’s halcyon days in Wichita. But with cost, reliability and ease of use foremost in the minds of VLJ developers, the digital cockpit systems in these pintsize business jets of tomorrow will be unlike anything most pilots have seen.
Chelton Flight Systems has received FAA STC approval to install its FlightLogic synthetic-vision EFIS in several models of the Eurocopter AS 350 AStar and AS 355 TwinStar and the Bell 407.
Garmin has added a long list of aviation-specific applications to its iQue 3600 Palm-powered personal digital assistant (PDA) to create a multitask handheld GPS navigator for pilots. The iQue 3600a comes pre-loaded with terrain warning software, Jeppesen navigation database and an electronic logbook, in addition to standard automotive turn-by-turn direction software and other applications.
Showing off the company’s latest electronic database delivery capability, Jeppesen last month marked a noteworthy milestone by sending an entire worldwide JeppView chart update to an aircraft using an onboard wireless Internet connection.
As a result of its ongoing investigation into the November 28 fatal takeoff accident of a Challenger 604 in Montrose, Colo., the NTSB has issued a special alert involving the detection and effects of ice accumulation on aircraft wings.
Pilatus Aircraft marked a major milestone on January 14 by delivering the 500th PC-12 after some 10 years of production of the big turboprop single in Stans, Switzerland. This particular airplane was delivered by Pilatus Business Aircraft in Broomfield, Colo., to Scott Archer, managing director of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Barclay Group, a commercial real estate company that has carved out a niche among Arizona’s retail developers.
The FAA is inviting comments on final changes to U.S. aircraft registry rules that are to take effect later this year under the Cape Town Treaty. The treaty clears the way for a new international registry and covers all fixed-wing aircraft certified to carry eight or more people (including crew) and helicopters carrying at least five people, as well as aircraft engines of at least 550 hp.
Quest Aircraft’s new Kodiak high-wing, fixed-gear turboprop single successfully completed its 50th flight on January 11, just three months after the aircraft made its maiden flight and some two years after the start-up company dedicated its 27,000-sq-ft research-and-development facility in Sandpoint, Idaho.