Several established federal criminal investigations are under way into the events surrounding the August 2008 helispot takeoff crash of a Carson Helicopters Sikorsky S-61N operating under contract to the U.S. Forest Service that killed nine near Weaverville, Calif. The pilot, a U.S. Forest Service check airman, and seven firefighters were killed; the copilot and three firefighters survived.
Aviation International News » January 2011
For a year marked by a lackluster recovery in flight activity, tepid used aircraft sales and continued slow sales of new light and midsize jets, there was a surprising amount of activity in new aircraft programs.
For aircraft with Aspen Avionics’ EFD1000 Evolution flight display system in the panel and an autopilot that needs analog attitude information, Aspen now offers the EA100 digital autopilot interface. The EA100 adapter converts digital attitude data to analog for older autopilots and eliminates the need to maintain old and expensive mechanical gyro systems such as the King KI256.
Like it or not, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a growing feature in skies around the world, and avionics scientists and engineers are busy designing systems and planning for how they will interact with manned aircraft and eventually diminish the need for pilots in cockpits.
Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) has awarded Elliott Aviation an STC for the installation of Rockwell Collins’s traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS 4000) in the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200 and 300 series. Elliott Aviation previously earned certification for the installation from the FAA. The installation costs approximately $200,000, would be done at Elliott’s Moline, Ill.
The first aircraft to receive Garmin’s new stability augmentation system–Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (Garmin ESP)–for G1000 and G3000 integrated flight decks is a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200. Garmin ESP automatically nudges the controls back toward stable flight whenever pitch, roll or high-speed deviations exceed the recommended limits.
Orlando-based StarPort received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of Honeywell’s Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS) in a Hawker 850XP. The project took three months and 450 man-hours because StarPort engineers and technicians had to install a Honeywell EGPWS before adding the RAAS, according to avionics manager John Coon.
While much hand-wringing surrounds the FAA's plans for implementation of the NextGen air transportation system and Europe's single European sky system, some of the airborne equipment required is already on its way into cockpits. The first certified ADS-B in equipment for an in-production aircraft is ACSS's T3cas traffic management computer, according to ACSS (Aviation Communications and Surveillance Systems).
Now that Iridium has successfully completed the financing for its next-generation satellite constellation, called Iridium Next, the McLean, Va., firm is looking ahead to the fun part: building and launching an all-new network of dozens of cross-linked communications satellites.
Apple's iPad seems like almost the perfect cockpit companion for viewing everything from terminal procedure charts to the number for a local motel–in short, allowing the crew to toss out just about anything that's printed on a sheet of paper. But a closer look at the iPad and its limitations reveals a few caveats that corporate flight departments will want to consider before taking the plunge.