Aviation International News » March 2005

February 5, 2007 - 5:33am

Datalink weather may be nothing new, but many believe it is much improved thanks to subscription-based services from XM Satellite Radio that are taking the aviation world by storm.

February 5, 2007 - 5:31am

Meggitt/S-Tec later this year plans to introduce an all-new digital autopilot for twin turboprops and light jets as part of a top-to-bottom revamping of its autopilot product line. The product, as yet unnamed, will be centered on an embedded flight control system and targeted at OEM and retrofit applications with “all the features of a full business jet automatic flight control system,” including the ability to upgrade to autothrottle

February 5, 2007 - 5:30am

Arinc Direct is now providing business aircraft flight crews full access to the collaborative decision-making (CDM) program, an FAA and industry partnership to improve traffic flows and cut delays.

February 5, 2007 - 5:29am

After adding high-speed Internet capability late last year to the optional upgrade menu in a number of its large-cabin airplanes, Gulfstream is now offering similar hardware and service options to operators of the super-midsize G200.

February 5, 2007 - 5:29am

Transport Canada has certified the SureSight I-series infrared (IR) enhanced-vision system (EVS) sensor developed by CMC Electronics, marking one of the last steps before certification and production approval of the complete EVS for the Bombardier Global Express XRS.

February 5, 2007 - 5:28am

Today pilots who have an inertial navigation system coupled with an advanced GPS aboard their airplanes are considered to be at the upper end of the profession, while the rest of us bumble along with just a plain vanilla GPS–maybe with a WAAS upgrade–and a couple of VORs plus one, maybe two, DMEs. But tomorrow might be different.

February 5, 2007 - 5:26am

Two of the computer industry’s biggest names appear to be taking a keen interest in aviation, betting that airlines and business aircraft operators will continue to rely on off-the-shelf computer technology to serve their electronic flight bag (EFB) hardware needs well into the predictable future.

February 5, 2007 - 5:25am

While all eyes were on the Falcon 7X last month for its public unveiling, Dassault’s new Falcon 900DX was quietly making its way down the assembly line in Mérignac, France. The $31.95 million trijet, launched last May at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, replaces the Falcon 900C. First flight is scheduled for June, with certification and deliveries expected by year-end.

February 5, 2007 - 5:21am

Utilicraft Aerospace Industries, a spin-off of American Utilicraft, last month gave Metalcraft Technologies (MTI) the go-ahead to construct the initial subassembly center fuselage section of the prototype FF-1080-300, as per the terms of a manufacturing agreement struck between the companies late last year.

February 5, 2007 - 5:20am

Eclipse Aviation last month announced that its next two FAA-conforming Model 500 very light jets, N502EA and N504EA, have completed wing mate and are standing on their own gear. These two aircraft will join N503EA, which has been flying since December 31, later this month, rounding out the Eclipse 500 FAA certification flight-test fleet.

 
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