Naples Jet Center in Naples, Fla., last month performed a dual Garmin G600 panel refurbishment in a Twin Commander 1000 as part of a complete panel redesign and aircraft refurbishment. The panel replacement began by removing the old wiring and installing all new harnesses for the new custom panel. Using technology derived from the G1000 avionics system, the G600 package replaces old-style mechanical instruments with LCD displays.
Aviation International News » February 2010
The FAA has grudgingly agreed to delay certain portions of an original April 2010 compliance date requiring installation of cockpit voice recorders (CVR) and digital flight data recorders (FDR) in many U.S.-registered airplanes. But the agency issued a stern rebuke to aircraft manufacturers for their failure to address known technical issues sooner.
Recent acquisitions by EMS Technologies have created an identity problem for subsidiary EMS Satcom, based in Ottawa, Canada. As a result, the aero division has been reorganized and folded into a new business group called EMS Aviation.
Viking Air expected Transport Canada and EASA certification for its new version of the venerable de Havilland Canada Twin Otter by the end of last month. Final certification work was under way last October, including final checkout configurations for functionality as a standard landplane and with tundra tires, skis, floats and amphibious floats.
Cirrus Aircraft is still seeking additional capital to see its single-engine Vision SF50 jet program through to certification and production. A dramatic drop in sales of singles has affected all piston-engine aircraft manufacturers, and Cirrus has seen deliveries of its piston singles fall from 425 through the third quarter of 2008 to 189 in the same period last year.
Antilles Seaplanes has experienced problems with its plans to resurrect the Grumman G-21 Goose. The Graham, N.C. company is still working on the program, according to a company spokesman. “We’re like a lot of industries in this economy,” he told AIN.
With Brazilian and FAA certification granted to Embraer’s Phenom 300 in December, the new type entered service with first customer Executive Flight Services on December 29. This marks Embraer’s third new certification project during the past two years (including the Phenom 100 and Lineage 1000).
Last November, Ruag Aerospace rolled out the new version of the Dornier Do-228 twin turboprop, the 228NG, and began the flight-test program for the resurrected airplane. Ruag’s board of directors decided to bring the 228 back into production in October 2007. The first 228NG took to the skies over Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, on November 12.
Jim Deuvall has written and published a handy primer on aircraft performance that can help pilots expand their understanding of how jets perform.
In just under two years of operation, the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) online professional line service training (PLST) course has already seen widespread industry enrollment, certifying more than 4,000 line service workers at approximately 350 FBO locations nationwide.