Aviation International News » July 2005

October 9, 2006 - 8:35am

Gulfstream Aerospace has received an STC that permits installation of the Savannah-based company’s new Broadband Multi-Link data transfer system in its G350 and G450. The first installation is being done on a G450 that was scheduled for delivery last month.

The STC came just a month after the company received an STC for the installation of Gulfstream’s Broad Band Multi-Link in the G500 and G550.

October 9, 2006 - 8:34am

The eNfusion cabin network accelerator from EMS Satcom appears to be gaining a following. The Ottawa company reports that it has delivered more than a dozen in the past several months, and Jet Aviation installed the first full eNfusion in a Falcon 900 at its West Palm Beach completion and refurb facility.

October 9, 2006 - 8:33am

At the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in May, Rockwell Collins announced completion of AirCell’s ST 3100 Iridium satellite communication system for the Airshow 4000 in-flight information system.

The ST 3100 satcom gives aircraft operators access to worldwide voice and data services at all altitudes and on the ground through Iridium’s network of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites.

October 9, 2006 - 8:20am

Two years ago at this time, Jim Renfro, president and owner of Highlands Aviation at Avon Park, Fla., said he was spending most of his time on the road, “drumming up business and hanging on.” Last July, he allowed that things were looking better and his small independent shop was booked through the summer. As it turned out, last year was “the best year we’ve ever had,” and as of June this year, the company was booked well into the fall.

October 9, 2006 - 7:44am

“It caught my eye becauseit was…different,” said Brad Brooks, a customer service agent. That difference was an angleof ascent more than 45 degrees– other than a brief correction so violent that the tail pitched over the nose. “I’ve never seen that before,” said Brooks.

October 9, 2006 - 7:31am

SATS, the small aircraft transportation system research program funded jointly by industry and government, concludes later this year, five years after it superseded the Agate (advanced general aviation transportation experiment) program, which set this ball rolling in the mid-1990s.

October 9, 2006 - 7:23am

A group of current and former airline pilots rallied on Capitol Hill in late May to protest the 45-year-old FAA regulation that forces Part 121 pilots to leave the cockpit once they reach age 60.

The group actually spent several days drumming up support for two bills currently making their way through Congress. H.R.65 andS.65 would raise the mandatory retirement age to the Social Security retirement age.

October 9, 2006 - 7:22am

Bombardier plans to break ground this month for a 100,000-sq-foot addition to its service center at Love Field in Dallas to accommodate the OEM’s Challenger and Global business jet lines. The new facilities are scheduled to open next fall.

October 9, 2006 - 7:21am

New York’s state Senate passed a bill making it a crime to fly an aircraft with a blood alcohol content of .04 or above, similar to laws covering drunk driving. State law prohibits drunk piloting, but there are no penalties. The bill now goes to the state assembly for consideration. If passed and signed by the governor, the first violation would be punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of between $1,000 and $2,500.

October 9, 2006 - 7:20am

The crash landing of the Merlin twin turboprop at Teterboro Airport, N.J., on May 31 followed a flight in which the pilot had aborted his first takeoff at Nantucket Memorial Airport, Mass.