Aviation International News » February 2010

January 28, 2010 - 4:48am

Twin Commander Aircraft has completed its relocation from Arlington, Wash., to Creedmoor, N.C. The company has been fulfilling parts orders from Creedmoor since last November.

January 28, 2010 - 4:46am

Hartzell Propeller has entered into a five-year agreement with Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) to be the exclusive provider of constant-speed propellers for all the OEM’s new piston and turboprop commercial aircraft–the G36 Bonanza, G58 Baron and King Air C90GTx, B200GT and 350i. The agreement also includes new, higher performance propellers for the upcoming 50th anniversary Baron.

January 28, 2010 - 4:44am

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has set March 4 to 6 as the dates for its 2010 annual repair symposium. The location will be the Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington, Va. A highlight of this year’s program is the presentation of the Congressman of the Year Award.

January 28, 2010 - 4:35am

Embraer has opened a service center dedicated exclusively to its executive
jets at its headquarters in São José dos Campos. “As promised at the last Labace, we have met our goal of delivering this new service center dedicated to executive aviation to our customers,” said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Embraer vice president for customer support and services-executive jets. Since the facility opened late

January 28, 2010 - 4:34am

“The most significant issue facing the maintenance community in 2010 is financial sus- tainability,” Aaron Hilkemann, president of Duncan Aviation, told AIN. “As demand decreased this past year, additional incentives were provided to operators. These incentives have reduced or eliminated already low profit margins for many maintenance providers.

January 28, 2010 - 4:29am

The underwear bomber’s abortive attempt to blow up a Northwest/Delta flight from Amsterdam to Detroit quickly overshadowed aviation’s other lucky break this past Christmas season–American Flight 331 from Miami to Kingston, Jamaica, which slid off a rain-soaked runway, breaking the fuselage in three places and injuring scores of people.

January 27, 2010 - 11:42am

Sandel Avionics is concluding certification flight testing of its helicopter-specific terrain awareness warning system and plans delivery of the $18,950 H-Taws shortly after TSO issuance and certification, expected by early April. Sandel president Gerry Block told AIN that with radio altitude and air data computer inputs the panel-mounted H-Taws will meet or exceed performance of any current Taws for helicopters.

January 27, 2010 - 11:40am

Aspen Avionics is exhibiting at this month’s Heli-Expo convention in Houston, marking the first time the six-year-old company has had a presence at a helicopter show.

January 27, 2010 - 11:36am

The U.S. Coast Guard and its parent, the Department of Homeland Security, on January 7 announced that U.S. loran-C stations will be progressively shut down between February and October, since everyone now uses GPS for navigation. The banks and the communications industry also moved from loran to the slightly more accurate GPS for split-second transaction timing for our ATMs and our cellphones.

January 27, 2010 - 11:33am

For many, multilateration (sometimes abbreviated Mlat) is one of those vague ATC terms that is always hard to define. Put simply, it is how a spread-out group of small, unmanned, ground-based “listening posts” continuously monitors aircraft transponder signals, and then collectively triangulates them to derive individual aircraft positions. Following that, they send those positions plus their idents, altitudes and other data to ATC.