The Aspen Avionics Evolution primary flight display system received EASA STCs for installation in the Pilatus PC-6 and Beechcraft Bonanza 33, 35 and 36 series. The PC-6 STC was developed by Ruag Schweiz of Switzerland and the Bonanza STC by Germany’s Avionik Straubing. These STCs incorporate the most recent Evolution software, which received ETSO certification in April, according to Aspen.
Aviation International News » July 2011
The Bombardier C Series appears to have assumed some much overdue sales momentum recently, as the Canadian company announced two separate orders for the new single-aisle over the span of a week last month.
Offshore oil and gas operator Bristow is divesting its holdings in Nigeria’s Pan African Airways (PAAN) to Nigerian ownership to comply with the country’s new Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry Content Development Act. PAAN’s helicopters, mostly Bell 412s, 407s and 206s, will now operate under separate livery and out of company and customer bases in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri and Escravos.
Flight, duty and rest regulations currently being finalized for Part 121 airlines “can very well migrate over to the Part 135” on-demand sector, John Allen, head of the FAA’s flight standards office, warned charter operators at last month’s National Air Transportation Association Air Charter Summit.
“It’s likely that future rulemaking efforts will propose extending Part 121 [regulations] to Part 135,” he told attendees.
Shell Aviation Fuels has developed a new mobile electronics application to help members of its customer loyalty program manage their accounts. The AeroClass App helps pilots track points, view transactions, learn about FBO promotions and redeem points for gift cards. The app is free and is available from iTunes and the Android Market.
Diamond Aircraft appears to have secured new funding that will allow it to resume progress on the single-engine D-Jet program. The funding–“a significant investment”–is dedicated to the D-Jet, according to Diamond, and permits the company to recall furloughed engineers and technicians, resume flight testing and build the next test aircraft. This is subject, however, “to finalization of closing arrangements” for the funding.
Private FBO operator Gary Jet Center, the sole service provider at Gary/Chicago International Airport, has broken ground on a 40,000-sq-ft hangar that will eventually house its offices and FBO. The construction project involved the demolition of a pair of 1950s Quonset hangars to make room for the new structure, which is scheduled for completion next January and will bring the company’s total managed hangar space to more than 100,000 sq ft.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is developing a course on FBO management and is seeking industry feedback in the form of a survey on what aspects and skills the class should cover. “If we know what they want from an employee who walks in the door, then we’ll give it to them.” said Gary Witt, ERAU’s director of academics, who expects the school to offer the course next year.
The FAA has outlined its official policy toward use of Apple iPads and other tablet computers as Class 1 electronic flight bags (EFBs) in an Information for Operators document (InFO 11011).
Eurocopter exhibited the first example of the EC145 Mercedes-Benz at Ebace in Geneva in May. Unveiled last year as a scaled-down mock-up, the new version consists of aesthetic and practical innovations, aimed at making the cabin more comfortable for passengers accustomed to the luxury of fixed-wing cabins.