As evidence of a continual, albeit gradual, increase in the sale of commercial helicopters, multi-ship purchases are on the upswing. One of the most notable in recent months has been Air Methods’ order for a half-dozen Eurocopters–five AS 350B2s and one EC 130B4. All six will be delivered before the end of this year and receive EMS interiors and completion work at the products division of Air Methods in Englewood, Colo.
Aviation International News » June 2003
Agusta officials have revealed they are currently negotiating with Bell to increase the share the Italian manufacturer holds in the BA609 tiltrotor program. Currently at 25 percent for Agusta and 75 percent for Bell, the workshare may eventually become “close to 50/50,” Agusta CEO Amedeo Caporaletti said.
Just when it looks like the V-22 Osprey program might have a good day, the fates conspire to create more clouds on the horizon.
With the Primus Epic integrated avionics system poised to make its debut in a variety of business airplanes and the Bell/Agusta AB139 helicopter, Honeywell is introducing a desktop PC version of the glass cockpit that pilots can use before they ever strap in for training in a full-flight simulator.
Mark Van Tine, who was with Lockheed Data Plan when Jeppesen bought that company in 1989, is the new chairman and CEO of the Denver-based company that pioneered the instrument navigation chart. The 45-year-old Tine replaces Horst Bergmann, 65, who retired after more than 40 years with the company, and who was named Jeppesen’s CEO in 1988.
European information technology giant SITA predicts that by 2005 airline passengers will be able to make calls in flight using their personal cellphones.
Cordless cabin telephony with global connectivity at an affordable price is the promise of Belgium’s Orb’Phone, a division of Euro GSM.
As an elderly, 4,300-hour pilot with a fair amount of instrument time, I was initially skeptical about Oz. But not for long. Flying the Oz simulator, tailored to match Cessna 172 performance characteristics, was completely instinctive and effortless and I had little difficulty in interpreting the display despite the lack of numerical data.
Researchers at the University of West Florida’s Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola are developing a symbol-based, flight-deck display that is capable of providing an instantaneous presentation of an aircraft’s flight situation to the pilot. Named Oz, the surprisingly intuitive concept is seen as applicable to all fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, large and small, civil and military.
The U.S. ATC central nervous system–known as the traffic-flow management system–has nearly outgrown its capacity, prompting the FAA to call for modernization of this critical infrastructure. The complex computer system is the heart of the National Airspace System Command Center in Herndon, Va., which continuously feeds traffic-flow information to ARTCCs, Tracons, towers, civil operators, military bases and other U.S.