The Regional Airline Association opens the next chapter in its 32-year history this year as new association president Roger Cohen presides over his first RAA convention in Memphis. But in the five months since the group bid farewell to Debby McElroy, Cohen hasn’t enjoyed much time to acclimate to his new environs, having dived head-first into one of the most contentious debates over FAA funding the industry has ever had to face.
Aviation International News » May 2007
Garmin is encroaching on rival Avidyne’s turf with the announcement last month that the G1000 avionics system will be offered as optional equipment in the Piper Saratoga II TC and 6X.
It’s not exactly a call from the governor, but it still qualifies as a reprieve of sorts. Verizon Airfone has sent letters to customers informing them that the MagnaStar air-to-ground phone service will stay on the air at least until the end of next year.
EMS Satcom last month unveiled the CNX-300 mobile access router as the newest member of its family of CNX airborne networking devices. Designed specifically to address the needs of military and government customers, the router combines Ethernet, Wi-Fi, network hub and terminal adapter with the Cisco 3200 Series router.
Cessna last month was close to certifying a software update for the Citation Mustang’s G1000 avionics system after avionics maker Garmin in February uncovered a programming glitch. The problem is causing course deviation errors and a loss of some navigation cues on the map display when the pilot attempts to load a new arrival or departure procedure without deleting a previously loaded procedure.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to keep in place the rule requiring passengers in the U.S. to turn off cellphones before takeoff. But the ruling might not be enough to end the debate thanks to new mobile telephone technology that is designed to circumvent traditional cellular ground networks.
JetTech of Littleton, Colo., last month announced it has received an STC for an RVSM kit for pre-275 serial number Cessna Citation 500s equipped with Bendix autopilots. The kit, said to be the only one of its kind, includes two Honeywell digital altimeters, an air-data interface unit, pitot-static plumbing and wiring harnesses.
The Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated display system (IDS) has been certified in a Piaggio Avanti at Jet Works in Denton, Texas, according to the avionics maker. The LCD display suite brings electronic charts and graphical weather capability to the airplane through the Collins IFIS (integrated flight information system) file server.
All the leading forecasts agree that business aviation is an increasingly global phenomenon that will see growth rates for aircraft and flying activity rise faster in the still relatively immature markets of Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This should be excellent news for anyone in the business of running FBOs and the myriad service companies providing handling and flight planning.
A software error in Honeywell flight management systems with NZ-2000 nav computers could cause sudden, un-annunciated shifts in computed position, according to an FAA airworthiness directive. Honeywell has identified 234 business jets (Challenger 601/604, Falcon 900, GIII/IV/V and Hawker 800/800XP/1000) that are affected by the AD (effective April 18), which requires adding corrective procedures to the aircraft flight manual.