Aviation International News » March 2013

March 3, 2013 - 5:15am

Two preferred routes over the North Atlantic Organized Track System (NAT OTS) now require cockpit datalink capability. The ICAO requirement calls for two datalink capabilities, controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) and ADS-C (Contract). Flight departments planning to equip for datalink communications to meet this requirement will have to obtain a letter of authorization from their local FAA FSDO.

March 3, 2013 - 4:55am

The Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General (IG) announced on January 23 that it is initiating an audit of the FAA’s ADS-B “information security controls.” While some concerns about insecurity of ADS-B signals have surfaced, it is not known if these concerns drove the decision to require the audit. The audit itself stems from a requirement in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

March 3, 2013 - 4:20am

Rockwell Collins has sent its workhorse Sabreliner 50 business jet to what might be the world’s best retirement home, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore. The Sabreliner, a 1964 model, was the flying testbed for many key Rockwell Collins avionics products and logged about 8,000 hours and more than 5,000 landings since the Collins division of Rockwell International bought the jet in 1976. The job of flight-testing new Rockwell Collins systems falls on the shoulders of the company’s Challenger 601.

March 3, 2013 - 3:40am

With the biennial reshuffling of the U.S. Congress comes the task of reorganizing the general aviation caucuses in both the House and Senate. The GA caucuses are made up of representatives and senators who recognize and support the benefits that GA provides to the nation.

March 3, 2013 - 2:30am
Nextant president Sean McGeough

Despite soft pricing for light jets in both the pre-owned and charter markets in recent years, Nextant Aerospace is convinced that the time is right for its 400XT. According to the U.S.

March 3, 2013 - 2:28am

According to Nextant Aerospace, there are currently just over 1,500 “entry-level jets” in Europe, and approximately 20 percent of them are for sale. Its launch operator in Europe is Czech charter firm Time Air; another aircraft is based in Germany and a third will soon be delivered to a client in Switzerland.

March 3, 2013 - 2:15am
Embraer, which displayed a Lineage 1000 large-cabin jet alongside smaller Phenom and Legacy models, has high hopes for the Indian business aviation market and has expanded its customer support infrastructure in the country.

Though largely overshadowed by a heavy military presence, the business aviation sector made its voice heard at last month’s Aero India show in Bangalore (February 6 to 10). Serious obstacles continue to stand in the way of those trying to fulfill bizav’s undoubted potential in this vast emerging market (see box), but this has not deterred the major manufacturers from increasing their presence in India.

March 3, 2013 - 1:55am
All told, nearly 1,000 business aircraft arrived at New Orleans airports–Lakefront and Louis Armstrong–for the Super Bowl. (Photo: JMT Aviation and Hawthorne Global Aviation Services; Aircraft provided by Gulf Coast Aviation)

While many may not recall the last time the Super Bowl was played in New Orleans in 2002, images from the early days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005 remain stark, as the city’s iconic Super Dome, home to nine previous Super Bowls, did duty as an emergency shelter for thousands. Wind damage to the building had experts calling for its demolition for months after the storm.

March 3, 2013 - 1:35am

Satellite communications service provider Satcom Direct has unveiled the company’s first certified aviation hardware product, a router that integrates with any satcom and manages cabin communications, runs software apps and connects to 3G/4G cellular networks. The new Satcom Direct Router (SDR) weighs less than 10 pounds, meets DO-160G and DO-178B Level E (soon D) standards and will be available in May. “We wanted to make this [router] as robust and flexible as possible,” said Jim Jensen, Satcom Direct founder and owner.

March 3, 2013 - 1:10am

Preliminary Report: Regional Jet Destroyed in Crash

 
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