Shortly after its entry into service in December with Mumbai, India-based Heligo Charters, an AgustaWestland AW139 performed a medical evacuation 217 nm off the coast. The destination was a seismic survey ship. Offshore operator Heligo Charters recently received CAR145 Maintenance Organization Approval, making it the first helicopter company in India to comply with these requirements.
Aviation International News » January 2009
The FAA has delayed until March 12 implementation of a new low-altitude area navigation route (Rnav), T-254, in the vicinity of the Houston terminal area. The delay is needed for additional processing and charting time. The route was scheduled to take effect January 15.
Entities that build private approaches, departures and airways for helicopters have an obligation to maintain them, cautions Steve Hickok, who is now into his second decade of developing special Rnav/GPS helicopter IFR approaches for U.S. and foreign clients.
They should not expect the government to do it, according to Hickok. “You can’t just develop an approach, walk away from it and expect the FAA to maintain it,” Hickok said.
Except for some early models, Honeywell’s Bendix/King division hasn’t in recent years focused on the market for GPS handheld navigators. This year at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., however, Bendix/King unveiled a handheld that offers a lower-cost alternative to Garmin’s dominant line of GPS handhelds.
As of February 1, search-and-rescue satellites will stop monitoring 121.5 MHz, one of the frequencies used by emergency locator transmitters. Although there is no FAA mandate requiring a switch to 406-MHz ELTs, operators should be aware that the international Cospas-Sarsat satellite system will cease to process 121.5-MHz signals on that date.
A number of WAAS LPV (lateral precision with vertical guidance) equipment approvals for business jets have been completed recently or will be finished soon as avionics manufacturers, installation centers and operators get serious about gaining the needed certifications to fly the GPS-based procedures.
Bombardier has selected Revue Thommen’s AD20 two-inch electronic standby altimeter as a retrofit option for the Challenger 601-3A/3R and 604. According to the Swiss avionics specialist, the AD20 is the first electronic standby altimeter designed to RTCA DO-178B standards with software level A required for installation on Part 25-certified jets.
For most flight department managers, the thought of navigating the maze of FAA rules to fly required navigation performance (RNP) approach procedures is enough to stop them dead in their tracks.
Bendix/King’s new AV8OR handheld GPS receiver can display XM Weather’s Aviator LT and Aviator products, making it a handy cockpit tool. During a recent trip, I used the Aviator product provided by WxWorx of Huntsville, Ala. Although WxWorx also offers XM Weather’s Aviator Pro, the AV8OR can’t display the additional features available in Pro.
San Antonio-based aerospace maintenance, repair and manufacturing company M7 Aerospace has named J.R. “Rick” Hundley to the position of president and CEO. Hundley succeeds Ron Frederick, who retired last month.
VLJ manufacturer Eclipse Aviation announced that Peg Billson has resigned as president and general manager of the company’s manufacturing division to pursue other career opportunities.