The UK business aviation lobby has launched a vigorous campaign to convince the British government that its plans to extend the existing airline passenger duty (APD) to private aviation are discriminatory and disproportionate.
Aviation International News » May 2011
In yet another case of local interpretation of federal regulations, at the Long Beach, Calif., Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) FAA inspectors have decided that contract pilots cannot fly for different Part 135 operators without undergoing full initial training on each aircraft that they fly.
Rockwell Collins is developing the HGS-3500 head-up guidance system, a smaller and lighter head-up display (HUD) for turboprop singles to midsize jets. The HGS-3500, for use in aircraft equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite, fits into one 12-pound unit that mounts in front of the pilot. It consists of an LED-lighted active-matrix LCD that feeds the image into the top of the HUD glass.
Embraer signed a framework agreement with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic) on April 12 to produce Legacy 650s at the Harbin Embraer Aircraft plant, which has assembled and delivered 39 ERJ145s since opening in early 2003. The Legacy 650 is based on the ERJ135, a truncated version of the ERJ145. Embraer told AIN that it will also continue to manufacture Legacy 650s in Brazil.
StandardAero Business Aviation announced at the Aircraft Interiors Expo it has completed the first Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4-to-Pro Line 21 cockpit upgrade on a Falcon 50EX. According to the Tempe, Ariz. maintenance, repair and overhaul center, it is authorized to perform the work at any of its four MRO facilities–Springfield, Ill.; Augusta, Ga.; Los Angeles; and Houston.
Eclipse Aerospace has completed fatigue testing of the Eclipse 500 and is in the process of assembling the data to submit to the FAA, company executive vice president Mike Press told AIN. Once it submits this data, Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse will seek to increase the Eclipse 500’s lifecycle limit from 10,000 to 20,000 cycles.
Pelzer Consult has its own solution to cabin noise in the form of new “closed sandwich” trim tab technology. Conventional trim panels, said the Swiss acoustic products supplier, create an undesired loudspeaker effect.
Marking the 10th anniversary of the first flight of an aircraft equipped with its seatbelt airbag, AmSafe Industries of Phoenix, is introducing its next-generation seatbelt airbag. AmSafe developed “the first and only” seatbelt airbag certified for use on commercial aircraft as a cost-effective method of 16g compliance for difficult-to-certify seat placements.”
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), who is likely to face a tough re-election race next year, is selling the share of a Pilatus PC-12 she and her husband own following disclosure that they owed more than $287,000 in property taxes on the single-engine turboprop. She has since paid the taxes.
Executive Jet Management (EJM) has received FAA approval to use Jeppesen’s Mobile TC App Version 1.2 for the iPad2 as an alternative to paper aeronautical charts following a three-month demonstration program that covered 55 pilots flying 10 different aircraft over 250 flight segments. Jeppesen reported that the pilots were pleased with the app’s ease of use, simplicity, speed and display clarity.