Aviation International News » March 2002

July 14, 2008 - 7:45am

Honeywell has completed a series of GPS-guided autoland approaches to each of the four runways at Moses Lake Airfield in central Washington using a single Honeywell/Pelorus local-area augmentation system (LAAS) ground station. The successful trials, conducted over a 45-day period that ended in January, come just as
the FAA is preparing to award a major contract for the supply of 60 Cat I LAAS ground stations through 2007.

July 14, 2008 - 7:44am

Unless airline passenger traffic remains at the current reduced levels over the long term, the FAA’s Operational Evolution Plan (OEP) to increase system capacity will “fall far short” of meeting growing needs, according to the General Accounting Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress.

July 14, 2008 - 7:41am

Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif., this month anticipates receiving the initial TSO and STC approvals from the FAA certifying the company’s ST 3400, a self-contained terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) with integrated radio magnetic indicator (RMI).

July 14, 2008 - 7:39am

Rockwell Collins Aviation Services and FlightSafety have developed a training program for Cessna CJ1 pilots designed to prepare students for the FSI type-rating program. Prerequisite Interactive Courseware (PICware), consisting of two interactive CD-ROM programs, will be offered through FlightSafety as part of its CJ1 pilot training program.

July 14, 2008 - 7:38am

Having established a strong position with the French-German Eurocopter joint venture, avionics maker Thales of Paris is now seeking to achieve greater export sales of its civil helicopter avionics. Gil Michielin, general manager of Thales Helicopter Avionics, explained that unlike the military sector the U.S. civil rotorcraft market is open to competition from foreign companies.

July 14, 2008 - 7:37am

Digital audio specialist Heads Up Technologies of Carrollton, Texas, plans to begin flight testing in the next two months of its satellite digital audio radio (SDAR) for use with XM Satellite Radio’s recently launched commercial service, which will make 100 channels of satellite-transmitted audio available to aircraft passengers over the continental U.S.

July 14, 2008 - 7:37am

Described as a family of services to be launched this year for passenger news, moving map and cached Web content, Honeywell’s ePaxx concept is being designed to bridge the gap between traditional in-flight entertainment products and the company’s Inflightmail e-mail service, now flying aboard a customer Challenger 604 and Global Express.

July 14, 2008 - 7:36am

For years Cessna has been searching for a head-up display (HUD) that would fit both the Citation’s cockpit and its owner’s budget. Unfortunately, available hardware has always been too bulky and expensive for the Citation family. With recent advances in HUD technology, however, the Wichita business jet maker thinks its vision could now be quite close to reality.

July 14, 2008 - 7:35am

An official at Dassault Falcon Jet revealed to AIN last month that the French airframe maker is negotiating with MaxVis of Portland, Ore., to develop an enhanced vision system (EVS) for Falcons equipped with HUD. The infrared package is to be a nose-mounted, uncooled, dual-frequency unit with a ±15-deg forward view matching the standard HUD conformal-viewing angle.

July 14, 2008 - 6:49am

Crossair, Europe’s largest regional airline, spreads its wings next month when it formally takes over Swissair routes following the national carrier’s bankruptcy last year. The airline, to be known as Swiss, will fly to 123 destinations in 60 countries with a fleet of 128 aircraft. But André Dosé, the airline’s president and CEO, insisted that the regional roots of Crossair would form the foundation of Switzerland’s new national carrier.