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.
Aviation International News » January 2006
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.