Autopilot maker S-Tec announced last month it has received FAA technical standard order (TSO) authorization for its IntelliFlight 1950 digital flight control system, incorporated as a standard feature in the SmartDeck cockpit from L-3 Communications Avionics Systems in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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Avidyne and Southern Star Avionics announced they are collaborating on a certification program to bring the Envision retrofit cockpit to the King Air E90. The companies are pursuing an STC that eventually will add A through E series King Airs to the approved model list. Southern Star recently acquired a King Air E90 to serve as a development platform aircraft, installing an EXP5000 PFD and EX5000 MFD interfaced with an S-Tec 65X autopilot.
Universal Avionics last month touted the addition of a WAAS-capable UNS-1Fw FMS in a Falcon 20. The installation, performed by Alternative Avionics in Waterford, Mich., adds to the list of airplanes certified to carry Universal’s WAAS FMS, which includes King Airs, Astras, Challengers and the Boeing 737. Universal last month also announced the receipt of an STC covering installation of an MFD-640 multifunction display in the Falcon 50.
Gulfstream’s new G650 ultra-long-range jet will feature a wing built by Spirit AeroSystems. Gulfstream awarded a contract worth more than $1 billion to Spirit to design, produce and integrate the flight-ready G650 wing. The G650 will be the fastest civil airplane, with a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925, and will offer 7,000-nm range at Mach 0.85 and 5,000 nm at Mach 0.90.
Although it has yet to find an aircraft manufacturer willing to help design and build the world’s first supersonic business jet, Aerion has built an order backlog of more than $3 billion. The backlog reflects letters of intent backed by $250,000 refundable deposits for 38 of the $80 million supersonic business jets. Aero Toy Store, the Aerion distributor for the Americas and Caribbean, has logged 12 of those letters of intent.
The next-generation version of the Pilatus PC-12 is certified and deliveries have begun, so the single-engine turboprop is dropping off the In The Works chart.
Diamond Aircraft is delaying the D-Jet program to install an engine with greater power output. The new engine is the -19 version of the Williams International FJ33-4A, delivering 1,900 pounds of thrust compared with the original -15’s 1,564 pounds. Coincidentally, that is almost the same engine change made by Spectrum Aeronautical with its S-33 Independence VLJ, switching from the FJ33-4A-15 to a 1,750-pound-thrust version of the -19.
The not-yet-named midsize jet and mid-light jet got the green light from Embraer’s board of directors on March 28, and Embraer plans to spend about $750 million to bring the two new jets to market in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Embraer has accepted letters of intent for more than 100 MSJs and MLJs and will start taking orders at EBACE in Geneva this month.
The first Phenom 300 was rolled out on April 12 and should fly this month or next, at the latest. The $6.65 million Phenom 300 is expected to enter into service during the second half of next year. Phenom buyers are expected to be interested in moving up to the just-launched MLJ and MSJ.
Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet is speeding toward its scheduled mid-year certification. The fourth Phenom 100 took flight on March 26 and will add to the 530 hours the first three jets in the program have logged. Planned testing for number four includes an intense flight schedule to simulate “real operating conditions, including exposure to extreme heat and cold weather,” according to Embraer.