At last month’s Paris Air Show, Rockwell Collins announced certification by U.S. and Canadian authorities of the company’s Pro Line 21 cockpit in the super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 300. The flight deck contains four 12- by 10-inch LCDs and integrates a number of advanced technologies, including TCAS II and TAWS, as standard. Options include turbulence-detection weather radar and 3-D FMS navigation maps.
Aviation International News » July 2003
While the FAA has decided to postpone the introduction of controller/pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) in the NAS, Eurocontrol has stated its intent to move forward with an ambitious datalink-implementation program.
Spirit Wing Aviation of Guthrie, Okla., planned to have its Williams FJ44-powered Learjet 25D prototype back in the air by the end of last month, following its grounding after about eight hours of flight testing that started with its January 9 first flight.
“We’re pretty much heads down and focused on obtaining investment capital,” Jonathan Sumner, marketing director of Farnborough Aircraft, told AIN last month. Speaking during a break in discussions with potential investors in New York–his third trip to the Big Apple for this purpose in two months–he said, “The response has been positive and very striking.
Chichester-Miles Consultants of Hertfordshire, England, “is financially in balance,” said founder and chairman Ian Chichester-Miles. He also said he has “made some advance in obtaining financing” to develop the Williams FJ33-powered Leopard Six, but is bound by a confidentiality agreement about this financing until, possibly, the end of this year.
Jim Christy, vice president of Hayden, Idaho-based Aerostar Aircraft, continues his search for an investor or investors willing to put up $50 million–while not demanding the whole store– to bring the proposed turbofan-powered derivative of the Piper Aerostar 600/700 through certification and into production.
The 2,800-plus flight crews and the more than 3,100 share owners of NetJets aircraft and their passengers are now provided with emergency medical care by the Mayo Clinic while they are on a NetJets aircraft or at their destinations anywhere in the world.
For entrepreneurs, the maturing of a growing market they created comes as a mixed triumph. On the one hand come the recognition, fame and loads of money that flow from not only setting the pace but also defining the race. On the other, there’s the pressure that the inevitable competition brings as other smart people sharpen their pencils and try to top the original business concept with improvements.
The House bill reauthorizing FAA appropriations for the next four years contains an NBAA-sponsored provision that would allow on-demand air charter operators using turbine or multi-engine piston aircraft with 10 or fewer seats to sell individual seats at a negotiated price on flights between smaller airports.
When a noticeably tail-heavy Air Midwest Beech 1900D lifted off from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, N.C., on the morning of January 8, the twin turboprop was carrying the heaviest payload of its seven previous flights since emerging from a D-6 maintenance check two nights before.