Seattle-based Tenzing Communications announced a partnership with avionics manufacturer Baker Electronics to develop e-mail and information services for corporate aviation. Called CabinLink, the service is distributed by Baker through the company’s onboard LAN server. In addition to e-mail, users will be offered updated news, sports and other information through the service.
Aviation International News » May 2002
Recognizing that some aircraft operators will want to equip with terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) even though they are not required to do so, the FAA is proposing the addition of a third class for TAWS, possibly to be known as class C. Class-A and -B TAWS are required in turbine aircraft with six or more passenger seats, with the higher-level class-A TAWS intended for larger Part 91 airplanes and commercial aircraft.
An ad that carmaker Audi began running on radio stations in select cities last month proclaims that the German company’s automobiles “now feature the same technology as jet aircraft.” While that claim may straddle the border between fact and embellishment, later this decade Audi cars and jets may indeed share the same electronics.
Honeywell said it has removed the Apex 1000 glass displays from its Cessna 206 flying testbed in Olathe, Kan., to make way for evaluations of the Apex 2000 system, flight trials of which have just begun. Tests of the Apex cockpit line, said a spokeswoman, are moving ahead on schedule.
Thales Avionics has completed the first round of assessments of infrared sensors from “potential partners” that the company said could be incorporated with the enhanced vision system (EVS) in development for the French firm’s Head-up Flight Display System (HFDS). Thales plans to make a final supplier selection in “the very near future,” pending additional rounds of tests and a commitment from a launch customer.
Graham Swannell, CEO; Donald Joseph, president; and Geoffrey Danes, director of operations, research and development–the three principals of Explorer Aircraft–had expected to move into the company’s 14,000-sq-ft “certification facility” in an industrial park on Jasper County (Texas) Bell Field over Christmas.
New life could be breathed into the Century Jet program if owner Bill Northrup and Roy Norris, chairman and CEO of AASI, can reach an agreement. AASI acquired the assets of Mooney Aircraft on March 18 (AIN, March, page 24) and plans not only to restart the Mooney production line but also to acquire other general airplane programs.
In the seven months after September 11 American Utilicraft Corp. (AUC) has been reformulating its plans, and it expects to announce “a new strategy” in about a month, according to James Carey, executive v-p and senior v-p of marketing. The company had planned on making a big marketing splash at the original NBAA show last September with its remodeled cockpit and fuselage mockup.
The search for funding, aggravated by the infarction of the private financial markets after the dot-com meltdown in 2000 and made worse by September 11, has caused Aerostar Aircraft Corp. to revise its plans for a Williams FJ33-1 powered Aerostar Jet (developed from the Piper Aerostar 600 piston twin).
The demise of Avolar before it really got started is not an omen for the fractional aircraft provider industry. Introduced with much fanfare a year ago, Avolar was barely off the ground when its parent, UAL Corp., pulled back the power and shut off the fuel. Avolar failed for the most part because it wasn’t able to muster the significant upfront investment needed to launch a fractional operation, not because the fractional market is waning.