Aviation International News » January 2006

September 27, 2006 - 4:18am

Avionics maker Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) is diving headlong into the cockpit retrofit market with a turnkey installation kit for business airplanes that includes a form-fit instrument panel, flat-panel LCDs, integrated control panels and  backup instruments.

September 26, 2006 - 3:00pm

After only a short time flying with a HUD in the real airplane, pilots become familiar with the symbology. And soon after, HUD becomes intuitive. Instructors report that pilots new to flying with a HUD usually progress through three stages during HUD familiarization, starting with an initial phase where they tend to see only the HUD symbology and really don’t take much notice of the outside world and ending with total mastery of HUD.

September 26, 2006 - 2:59pm

As far as pilots are concerned, the head-up display may as well consist of the HUD combiner glass and little else, because that is about all they see.

September 26, 2006 - 2:50pm

Head-up displays (HUDs) provide pilots with an array of flight-related information, when and where they need it most. The thick piece of HUD combiner glass that folds down and locks into position in front of the pilot’s eyes puts a veritable visual feast of instantly recognizable symbology directly in the forward field of vision.

September 26, 2006 - 2:39pm

While business aircraft are one of the most important tools of investment bankers and venture capitalists, investing in new aircraft designs doesn’t appear to be on their radar this year. According to a report issued last month by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), investors plan to increase their funding pools by about 10 percent over last year.

September 26, 2006 - 2:25pm

With nearly 20,000 comments received on the proposal to make the Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ) permanent, the FAA will hold two public meetings this month to give pilots, airport managers and others a chance to present their views on the proposal.

September 26, 2006 - 2:15pm

Conklin & de Decker part owner Nel Sanders-Stubbs, for years the NBAA’s prime source of tax knowledge and expertise, gave Conklin & de Decker aircraft acquisition planning seminar attendees some insights on what to expect in the way of federal passenger excise taxes as well as state sales, use and registration levies.

September 26, 2006 - 2:12pm

Taxes–when, where, how and why they must be paid–and how to avoid them captured a major share of attention among the users and providers of business aircraft transportation attending the fifth annual Conklin & de Decker aircraft acquisition planning seminar in Scottsdale, Ariz., this fall.

September 26, 2006 - 1:58pm

The second annual Avex airshow to be held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, is attracting leading business aviation exhibitors. At press time the confirmed roster for the March 7 to 10 event included Cessna, Dassault, Bombardier, Gulfstream and Aero Vodochody.

September 26, 2006 - 1:52pm

The long-delayed Farnborough F1 utility turboprop single appears to have found new life through an agreement between its UK developer, Farnborough Aircraft, and Abu Dhabi-based Gulf Aircraft Maintenance (Gamco). Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed at November’s Dubai Air Show, Gamco will manufacture the aircraft, which will be marketed under the name Kestrel JP100 by a new joint venture called the Gulf Aircraft Partnership.