Aviation International News » March 2008

February 27, 2008 - 5:46am

Israeli satcom antenna maker Starling Advanced Communication announced a deal with EMS Defense & Space Systems, a division of EMS Technologies, to develop, manufacture and market a high-speed Ku-band antenna aimed at the U.S. air transport market.

February 27, 2008 - 5:45am

The crash of a Mercy Flight King Air 200 on Feb. 6, 2007, near Bozeman, Mont., is believed to be the first CFIT (controlled flight into terrain) loss of a civil turbine-powered airplane equipped with an enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS).

February 27, 2008 - 5:10am

Avidyne is close to launching components for a next-generation integrated avionics system that the company is hinting will feature ultra-high-resolution glass displays, WAAS GPS receiver, flight management system and the company’s recently TSO’d navcom radios.

February 27, 2008 - 5:07am

After a record 30-year run, Dassault quietly stopped building its once popular Falcon 50 last spring. More than 350 of the trijets were delivered before the final version, a Falcon 50EX, rolled off the assembly line. About 240 were the original Falcon 50, and the remainder were the 50EX.

February 27, 2008 - 5:03am

It is the role of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to block the introduction of communicable diseases into the U.S. from abroad. What is less well known is that the commander of any aircraft destined for a U.S. port of entry has the same legal obligation.

February 27, 2008 - 4:58am

Just when many thought loran was dead, it is coming back, albeit in a different guise. The President’s recently released FY2009 budget includes funding for the Coast Guard to continue operating the current loran network in readiness for its upgrade in 2009 to enhanced loran (eLoran).

February 26, 2008 - 7:18am

“I started when I was six,” said Michael Scheeringa, when asked how he wound up in aviation. “I grew up in Phoenix, and when I was in grade school, I used to take the city bus to the airport and watch airplanes take off and land, and count passengers. At that point, I thought I’d want to build airports.”

February 26, 2008 - 7:10am

SimCom instructor Ted Otto knows the PC-12. With about 3,000 hours flying the roomy single-engine Swiss turboprop, Otto is one of those rare pilots who not only knows his subject intimately but also knows how to share his knowledge with pilots who travel to SimCom Training Centers’ Orlando, Fla. headquarters to learn how to fly the PC-12.

February 26, 2008 - 7:05am

More than two years after the FAA completed its latest evaluation of the relatively high accident rate of the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprop, the agency issued a special FAR (SFAR 108) that makes MU-2 training mandatory for all pilots who want to fly the airplane. The action marks only the second time that the FAA has issued special training regulations for type-specific pilot training in aircraft that don’t require a type rating.

February 26, 2008 - 7:02am

Pilots often wonder what happens if they sign a contract to repay training costs when accepting a flying job that involves expensive simulator training but quit before the contract has expired. Conventional wisdom is that such contracts are not enforceable and the hiring company eventually drops the issue. That was not the case for Allen Miller, who accepted a job with Bombardier Aerospace’s Flexjet fractional operation in July 2000.

 
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