Aviation International News » November 2007

November 5, 2007 - 8:34am

CMC Electronics showcased its new CMA-9000 flight management system (FMS), which also includes radio management. “The -9000 is a derivative of both the -3000, a helicopter cockpit product, and the airline-oriented -900,” FMS program manager Martin Richard explained. It features several search-and-rescue functions, including programmable moving waypoints.

November 5, 2007 - 8:29am

FDC Aerofilter, a California-based company that specializes in engine inlet barrier filtration, is developing a new filter for the Eurocopter EC 135. It is slated for certification by next year. FDC is also working on extending the life expectancy of its filters. Removal intervals, currently at 1,500 hours, are to be increased to 3,000 hours within months, sales manager Ann Cooper told AIN.

November 5, 2007 - 8:27am

FEC Heliports, in Chesham, UK, is offering a portable aluminum helipad that can be used with helicopters weighing up to 15,000 pounds. Company representative Colin Little said the Portapad can be built in two hours. It can be accommodated in a car trailer similar to those used for glider transport. All usual accessories can be fitted to it. These can be a hot fluid-based snow melt system, a windsock or removable steps, for example.

November 5, 2007 - 8:24am

Turbomeca has broken ground for its future research, development and manufacturing facility in Bordes, southwest France. The facility, built
to bring design and production teams closer together, will house 600 employees. Construction started in mid-September and should last until late next year or early 2009.

November 5, 2007 - 7:45am

Wall Street analysts now say the proposed merger between XM Satellite Radio and Sirius should have little difficulty winning approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Justice. That could spell trouble for buyers of aviation weather datalink gear.

November 5, 2007 - 7:41am

Arinc and partner SES Americom have announced plans to expand the

November 5, 2007 - 7:37am

The Federal Communications Commission has said it won’t continue exploring the feasibility of allowing passengers to use their personal cellphones to make calls in flight, basing its decision on concerns raised by cellular providers over possible airborne interference with ground networks.

November 5, 2007 - 6:34am

West Star Aviation is the new official moniker for Premier/West Star and all its affiliated locations, bringing back a name that had been used for more than a decade starting in the 1980s. The circuitous route the company has taken since then provides insight into the reasons the name is back: Premier Air Center in East Alton, Ill., bought West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., in 2004.

November 5, 2007 - 6:33am

Landmark Aviation last month said it has received an STC to install the Rockwell Collins Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) in the Hawker 800XP/850XP. The IFIS file server gives pilots access to charts, airport diagrams, notams and other electronic information. The system can be installed as a single or dual server with an optional XM weather receiver.

November 5, 2007 - 6:32am

Rockwell Collins has introduced cabin management controls that will let passengers connect their iPods to the airplane’s in-flight entertainment system. The iPod Solo and Quad stations provide access to iPod music and video libraries through the cabin audiovisual system. As their names imply, the Solo station provides a dock for one iPod or iPhone and the Quad unit slots for as many as four.

 
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