Bombardier’s Global Vision cockpit for the Global 5000 and 6000 (formerly XRS) received certification from Transport Canada, although advanced features such as synthetic vision and enhanced vision on the head-up display will come later. Global Vision is based on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion flight deck, which received FAA approval of all applicable technical standard orders in April.
Aviation International News » July 2011
The first ATR 72-500 ever delivered to a Russian airline now operates with UTair, the Siberian aviation company that recently placed an order for 20 of the type for its regional airline based in Khanty Mansiysk. Officially closed in late April and valued at $426 million at list prices, the contract calls for delivery of the new 70-seat turboprops through the end of next year.
The EF5 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22 packed 200-mph winds and tore a three-quarter-mile-wide, 14-mile-long path of destruction that killed 154 and leveled 8,000 structures. The storm took dead aim at Joplin’s St. John’s Regional Medical Center, rendering the building unusable and forcing a post-storm evacuation of 183 patients. Five others suffocated when back-up power failed and their ventilators shut down.
Dassault unveiled the Falcon 2000S at May’s Ebace show as a lower-cost replacement for the 2000DX. Range of the 2000S is 3,350 nm, 100 nm greater than the DX. The 2000S’s simpler fuel system helps keep the price below $25 million. Modifications, including inboard slats and a standard autobrake, lower approach speed by 10 knots, which improves takeoff and landing performance.
Gulfstream Aerospace has added two European warehouses to its growing product-support network, increasing parts and materials on the continent to approximately $110 million.
Cleveland-based Constant Aviation received STC approval for installing the Aircell Cabin Wireless Access Point (CWAP) system, which provides Gogo Biz airborne broadband service, in an Embraer EMB135 corporate shuttle. The completion of this STC marks the first ever CWAP installation in an EMB135 corporate shuttle as well as the first ever such system installed in a corporate aircraft.
Garmin’s G500H helicopter glass cockpit is now approved for installation in Canadian-registered Eurocopter AS350B2/B3s and EC130B4s. The all-glass G500H features synthetic vision technology (SVT), moving map, chart data, helicopter-specific database including more than 7,000 airports and nearly 30,000 obstacles, optional worldwide weather and the ability to display FLIR (infrared) and other video sources.
Bombardier Aerospace has added four field service representatives and two customer support account managers to cover Europe and South Africa. The appointments bring to 25 the total number of field service reps and customer support account managers supporting business aircraft customers in Europe.
A study released by the Save Our GPS Coalition warns of “serious repercussions for the U.S. economy” if LightSquared is allowed to broadcast 4G broadband signals that cause interference with GPS. According to the study, more than 3.3 million U.S.
Former Frontier Airlines boss Sean Menke will succeed Phil Trenary as CEO of Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines, the regional carrier announced in late May. A managing partner at Denver-based Vista Strategic Group, Menke assumes his new duties on July 1. Trenary resigned his position on March 24, leaving interim leadership of the company to chairman of the board Donald Breeding. Menke also becomes a member of the company’s board of directors.