Gulf Coast Avionics last month became an authorized sales and installation center for the Alliant King Air flight deck offered jointly by Avidyne and S-Tec. Designed for the King Air 200, the cockpit features dual Avidyne EX5000 primary flight displays, EX500 multifunction display with XM WX datalink and electronic approach chart capabilities and the S-Tec Intelliflight digital autopilot.
Aviation International News » February 2007
Smiths Aerospace, the supplier of flight management systems on the Boeing Business Jet, is poised to become a subsidiary of General Electric after the Smiths Group agreed last month to sell its aviation unit for $4.8 billion. The deal faces scrutiny from U.S. and European regulators, but it is widely expected to close within a few months.
Boeing Business Jets and Rockwell Collins last month announced a program to bring enhanced-vision system (EVS) capability to the BBJ by early next year. The infrared camera system, supplied by Max-Viz of Portland, Ore., will be available as an option on new BBJs and offered as a retrofit to current operators. Buyers who opt for EVS must make upgrades to their Collins HGS-4000 head-up guidance system.
Cessna has placed an order with avionics maker Innovative Solutions & Support for an undisclosed number of flat-panel cockpit displays that will be offered as part of an upgrade program for operators of older Citations. At press time Cessna had not disclosed the value of the order or given a price for the retrofits, but it is known that the installations will be performed at the 34 authorized Cessna Service Centers worldwide.
In a shift from its traditional role serving the airlines, Thales is preparing to expand its presence in North America this year with a line of avionics products for business jets. But before the manufacturer fully commits to the endeavor, it is putting extra emphasis on product support, an area that has caused headaches for the manufacturer–and its customers–in the past.
Toulouse, France-based aerial work specialist AeroVision is further developing its proprietary aerial cinematography system, which Airbus uses exclusively for in-flight images. The camera system is mounted on a modified Aerospatiale Corvette.
The promise of ADS-B is well known by now: provide quality surveillance at a lower cost than conventional radar and improve situational awareness in the cockpit, thereby reducing the number of accidents or incidents–such as runway incursions–in the air and on the ground.
The FAA wonders why pilots occasionally land on taxiways, and in new Engineering Brief No. 72 recommended “mitigation measures” to prevent such landings.
Pinnacle Airlines bought Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air for $20 million last month. The deal gives Memphis-based Pinnacle, which has flown exclusively for Northwest Airlines during its entire existence, immediate access to code-share revenue from Colgan partners Continental Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.
A new code-share contract signed last month by St. George, Utah-based SkyWest to fly from Milwaukee and Kansas City as Midwest Connect stands as the centerpiece of Midwest Airlines’ strategy to fend off a hostile buyout overture from AirTran Airways. The deal, scheduled to take effect in April, calls for SkyWest to fly 25 Bombardier CRJ200s, the first 15 arriving by this November.