TrueNorth Avionics has introduced a more compact Wi-Fi cabin-networking device, dubbed TrueNorth Express+, that “easily, effectively, securely and affordably” manages all wireless cabin communications.
Aviation International News » July 2011
Sikorsky Innovations has completed wind-tunnel testing of an active rotor system equipped with “high-authority” flaps, paving the way for what it says will be improvements in noise, vibration–and, marginally, efficiency–on future rotorcraft.
Brazilian OEM Embraer has picked Honeywell’s Ovation Select cabin management system to equip the newest additions to its line of executive jets–the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500. In addition to controlling the system’s entertainment and productivity components, says Honeywell, Ovation Select puts lighting, seats, temperature, galley and window-shade controls at the passengers’ fingertips.
Ruag Geneva is performing the first European installation of Flight Display Systems’ Select CMS.
The system is going into a Falcon 50 as part of a cabin refurbishment project and includes several of Flight Display’s iPad arm mounts, a Blu-ray DVD player and two 15-inch LCD bulkhead-mount monitors.
Passenger control units are installed at every seat to offer passengers full access to the audio/video options.
Russia-based operator UTair has received a certificate of conformity to Eurocopter training standards, thus becoming the first Eurocopter training center without the manufacturer being a shareholder in the company. UTair’s Tyumen center is now approved for type-rating training of pilots and mechanics on the AS350 and AS355, in Russian, under Eurocopter programs.
At Turbomeca’s factory in Bordes, southwest France, 2011 production is expected to be close to 1,000 turboshaft engines. The number of annual deliveries dwindled to 800 in 2010, after an average of 750 in the early 2000s and a peak at 1,300 in 2008.
Air Canada regional subsidiary Jazz Aviation began operating its first 74-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop on June 7 on a route linking Toronto Pearson International Airport with Quebec City. On May 26 the airline took delivery of the first of 15 Q400s, all of which will replace 50-seat Bombardier CRJs as the delivery schedule stretches into July 2012. Jazz also holds options on another 15 airplanes.
ATR has gained EASA certification for its new ATR 72-600 following nearly two years of flight testing, the Franco-Italian manufacturer announced on May 31. A more powerful and capable version of the 72-500, the new 68-seat turboprop flew more than 150 hours during 75 test flights. The company plans to deliver the first production airplane to Royal Air Maroc early this summer, likely during a ceremony at the Paris Air Show.
The FAA awarded an STC to Cobham for installation of its HeliSAS autopilot and stability augmentation system on Eurocopter’s AS350 and EC130. HeliSAS is designed for use in all phases of flight and automatically returns the helicopter to a near-level attitude when the pilot releases the controls. The system costs and weighs much less than traditional large military and commercial helicopter autopilot systems, according to Cobham.
Turbomeca has received EASA certification for its 950-shp Arriel 2D turboshaft, destined to power the Eurocopter AS350B3e Squirrel. The Arriel 2D is said to provide better performance (its predecessor stood at 848 shp) for lower fuel consumption. The initial 4,000-hour TBO is expected to increase to 6,000 hours.