Aviation International News » May 2007

April 30, 2007 - 7:08am

Enhanced-vision system (EVS) makers Forward Vision and Max-Viz have announced a joint venture to bring lower-cost infrared products to the general aviation market. A repackaged version of the Max-Viz EVS-100 will be the first manifestation of the alliance when the $15,000 forward-looking sensor goes on sale early next year.

April 30, 2007 - 6:52am

Reacting to last summer’s crash of Comair Flight 5191 at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky.–as well as countless runway incursions and serious on-airport incidents that have occurred across the U.S. in recent years–the FAA has launched an effort to speed the testing and certification of surface moving maps for the flight deck.

April 30, 2007 - 6:43am

“Business aviation operators are becoming much more sophisticated about the ways they can use their airplanes outside the United States,” said Bill Stine, NBAA’s director of international operations and the man behind the curtain for the association’s annual International Operators Conference (IOC), held this year in San Diego.

April 30, 2007 - 6:43am

While FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and GA industry leaders wrangled over aviation user fees and taxes at the Aircraft Electronics Association’s 50th annual convention, avionics makers and dealers got down to the business of discussing new products and market opportunities.

April 30, 2007 - 6:40am

Early adopters who plunked down $100,000 for a position on the Cirrus jet assembly line got to participate in a clever Cirrus marketing campaign that is drip-feeding tantalizing details about the jet.

April 30, 2007 - 6:40am
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As oil prices remain above the $60 per barrel mark, operators, oil companies and government regulators are showing ever more interest in alternative jet fuels. At a March 8 speech at the U.S.

April 30, 2007 - 6:39am

Twelve people, including company president Bob Bornhofen, continue to work on the Sport-Jet single-engine jet program based in Colorado Springs, Colo. The first Sport-Jet prototype logged nearly 25 hours before crashing on takeoff on June 22 last year.

April 30, 2007 - 6:38am

Embraer has begun construction of its second Phenom 100 airframe and is on schedule for planned first flight in the middle of this year and entry-into-service in the middle of next year. The first all-metal Phenom 100 VLJs will be assembled at Embraer’s main plant in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

April 30, 2007 - 6:36am

Robert Harold Cooper, often referred to by those who knew him as “a true gentleman” and known to his friends at Gulfstream Aerospace as “Captain Bob,” died March 17 while playing golf with friends, as reported briefly in AIN’s April issue (page 108).

April 30, 2007 - 6:35am

Proponents awaiting European approval for commercial single-engine operations at night or under instrumental meteorological conditions (SE-IMC) should not hold their collective breath. It could be another three years before formal clearance for such
operations–roughly equivalent to U.S. commercial single-engine instrument flight rules–are approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

 
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