Chicago-based Jet Support Services Inc. has signed an agreement with Bombardier Aerospace in which the airframe manufacturer will provide the enrollment fee for JSSI’s top-of-the-line, tip-to-tail, customized hourly cost maintenance program applied to used “narrowbody” aircraft (primarily Learjets) taken in trade and sold over the next year.
Aviation International News » June 2003
Shipments of new business jets in the first quarter plummeted nearly 43 percent compared with last year’s first quarter, according to figures compiled by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Cessna’s Citation CJ2 has been approved by the U.S. and Germany for steep approaches, such as that required to use London City Airport. Other European countries are expected to follow with the same approval. Currently, six Citation models have such U.S. approvals.
The House subcommittee on aviation late last month signed off on the Aviation Security Technical Corrections and Improvement Act, legislation that would restore “nonscheduled commercial flights” to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The act would require operators to have a security program.
Thunder Avionics in St. Louis has teamed with Flight Test Associates to develop an RVSM package for Falcon 10s and 20s. For the Falcon 10, the original autopilot will be used in addition to IS&S replacement air-data controllers and altimeters. Estimated downtime for equipment installation and skin testing is eight to 10 weeks. Price will vary from $115,000 to $200,000.
When EVAS Worldwide demonstrated its smoke-displacement system to potential customers more than three years ago, there were perhaps 150 units in service. Today sales have reached the 2,000 mark, according to the Ramsey, N.J. company. The patented emergency vision assurance system (EVAS) enables pilots to see the flight path and vital instruments, and to read approach plates and emergency procedures, even when the cockpit is filled with smoke.
Following years of setbacks in trying to complete STCs for the installation of its 600-hp turbocharged V8 piston engine in King Airs and other business airplanes, Orenda Recip has discontinued the program.
Gulfstream now offers the FAA-approved BAE Systems Matador infrared surface-to-air missile countermeasure system for the G500, G550 and GV. The $3 million system was approved for the G400 and G300 at last year’s NBAA Convention and has already been installed on one GIV and six GIV-SPs since it was certified for the GIV series more than two years ago.
Duncan Aviation was recently awarded an STC for the Innovative Solutions & Systems air-data computer in the Gulfstream II. The ADC is RVSM compliant and is a key component of the full RVSM certification package the Battle Creek, Mich. company is developing for the GII. No further details were available at press time.
Starting with S/N 70, Premier Is being delivered are approved for operation in RVSM airspace. An RVSM modification kit is available at no charge for retrofit to all customers of earlier Premier Is. Reduced vertical separation minimum airspace is now in effect for typical cruising, altitudes in Europe, across the North Atlantic and the North Pacific, and will take effect in the U.S. in January 2005.