Operators flying older Gulfstreams–approximately 700 GIVs, GIV-SPs, GVs, G300s and G400s–have a new option to upgrade the original avionics to PlaneDeck. The retrofit, which received FAA and EASA certification late last month, replaces six cathode-ray-tube displays with Honeywell DU-885 liquid crystal displays and adds cursor control devices installed on the side consoles. It also adds capabilities such as XM graphical weather, electronic charts and maps and display of video.
Aviation International News » July 2012
Brazilian tax authorities, police and aviation officials seized nine business jets late last month and have targeted 13 more. Allegedly, Brazilians own and use the jets but registered them overseas to avoid state and federal taxes of nearly 35 percent. The value of the jets, $275 million, is almost equal to the country’s total customs seizures last year. Foreign aircraft can legally remain in Brazil for up to 60 days annually without paying import duties.
The 46-seat ATR 42-600 regional turboprop received EASA certification late last month, ending a 125-hour flight-test program that began on April 5, 2010, using a single prototype. The smaller of a pair of updated turboprop models introduced by ATR over the past 13 months, the ATR 42-600 drew on testing results from earlier trials on its more popular, 68-seat sibling–the ATR 72-600, which gained its certification in May 2011.
Essential Flight Technology and NavWorx have joined to make the Pads WxBox, a portable ADS-B receiver designed to deliver free weather information to mobile devices. Pads WxBox will work with iOS (Apple), Android and Windows mobile devices wirelessly via Bluetooth or with a USB cable. The device will provide Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) over the 978 MHz UAT datalink via the growing network of ADS-B ground stations in the U.S.
Texas ranchers are making a few extra dollars while ridding their property of destructive feral hogs. A new Texas law allows them to sell permits to sportsmen who pay $300 an hour and up to fly and shoot. More than 1,700 “Aerial Wildlife Management Permits” have been issued since the law passed last September.
The National EMS Pilots Association (Nemspa) is taking nominations for its 2012 pilot of the year. Nominations can be made at www.nemspa.org through September 1. The award will be presented at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle this October.
Rod Rakic and Adam Fast are tackling one of the unique challenges facing the general aviation industry: how to get pilots to fly more. Rising fuel prices and the many obstacles that discourage pilots from flying have caused large reductions in flying time, which are reflected in low new aircraft delivery numbers, declining fuel sales and low used aircraft prices. “Our challenge is how do we keep people flying longer and more,” Rakic explained.
The Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) has issued a new statement critical of an anticipated mandatory North Shore Route off the shore of Long Island, N.Y. The group said the route would “exacerbate air traffic congestion and make helicopter noise permanent over some communities.”
The EASA has issued a further emergency AD on other Eurocopter models after an AS332 Super Puma started to roll toward the edge of an offshore helideck. The flight crew was not aware a hydraulic failure was also affecting wheel brake capability. The new AD, issued in June, is requiring a “rush revision” of the flight manual on the Dauphin series (SA365N, AS365N and EC155). The first AD called for a flight-manual revision on the SA330, AS332 and EC225 Super Pumas.
The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a warning to an R44 pilot for plucking party-goers from boats on Tennessee’s Dale Hollow Lake and letting them dangle from the skids before they dropped into the water. The FAA may take separate action.