Plano, Texas Police threatened to close the airspace over future news events after helicopters from nearby television stations disrupted their attempts to end an armed, 12-hour standoff in March. Police said noise from orbiting television stations’ news helicopters hampered tactical officers’ ability to communicate with the suspect.
Aviation International News » May 2008
Following reports of incorrect altitude and airspeed indications by Avidyne Entegra EXP5000 primary flight displays, the FAA last month issued an airworthiness directive requiring cockpit placards and aircraft flight manual/pilot operating handbook limitations until affected displays can be repaired.
Avidyne unveiled its Entegra FMS900W WAAS-enabled GPS navcom flight management system last month at the Sun ’n’ Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla. The FMS announcement is significant, since the system is the central computer–not to mention the user interface and input device–for Avidyne’s next-generation integrated avionics system. It is also the first of “four major announcements” that the Lincoln, Mass.
Thales is to provide quadruple-redundant computers for the Gulfstream G650’s fly-by-wire (FBW) flight controls. The new large-cabin, ultra-long-range business jet will be the first to feature Thales’ Quad-Dual architecture. While Thales will act as Gulfstream’s deputy, the aircraft manufacturer retains authority for FBW system integration.
For the second time in three years the international requirements for ELT equipage are changing, but this time the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) promises that while the new rules will ensnare more airplanes than previous requirements, implementing them will be easier than before.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Banyan Air Service is expanding its capabilities to include avionics installations in large-cabin business jets. The company’s avionics department recently completed the installation of a cabin entertainment system in a Gulfstream IV-SP, EVS in a Falcon 900B and satellite tv and high-speed-data satcom in a privately owned Boeing 747SP.
L-3 Avionics Systems last month announced receipt of an approved model list (AML) STC and parts manufacturing approval that covers installation of the Iris infrared imaging system in many King Air 90/200/300-series turboprops.
The pace of airplane introductions in the first half of the year has bordered
There’s a lot to like about Garmin’s synthetic-vision technology (SVT) upgrade for the G1000 avionics system, starting with a price that should attract plenty of buyers.
International Communications Group (ICG) has integrated its Iridium-based satcom systems with the Universal Avionics UniLink UL-70x communications management unit. Operators can use Iridium short-burst data or the standard dial-up data service to receive text and graphical weather anywhere in the world, along with text messaging, position reporting and Acars messaging.