Gulfstream Aerospace last month announced that it successfully demonstrated aircraft control using “fly-by-wireless” technology. The two-hour test flight, which took place on September 18, is the first known application of wireless signaling for a primary flight-control surface in a civilian or military aircraft.
Aviation International News » November 2008
At the NBAA media breakfast, held last month at the NBAA Convention, Alan Klapmeier, GAMA chairman (and president and CEO of Cirrus), noted that the credit crunch is a problem for the general economy and for some aircraft sales, but said that productivity is the key to turning the economy around. Adding productivity is what business aviation does best, he said.
Midway International Airport is one step closer to becoming the nation’s first privately operated major airport, following last month’s vote by the Chicago city council to sell a 99-year operating lease for the airport. The plan was championed by Chicago mayor Richard Daley, who earned infamy in the aviation community in 2003 by ordering the stealthy destruction of lakeside Meigs Field in the middle of the night.
FlightSafety International has opened its newly expanded Gulfstream maintenance training facility in Savannah, Ga. The center is nearly twice the size of the existing facility and includes a hangar for hands-on training, an expanded customer lounge and more classrooms. It has the capacity to train 5,000 technicians per year, more than double the number that completed training last year.
Under a partnership agreement signed with Air Data, Innotech Aviation’s Montreal completion center will install Air Data JetAir bio-protection systems (BPS) on Bombardier Global Expresses. The JetAir BPS uses “cold plasma ionic interaction” technology, which catches and inactivates air contaminants and reduces “harmful and annoying gases against which traditional filters have no effect,” according to Innotech.
San Diego-based Crownair has acquired RoigWest Maintenance, a turbine aircraft maintenance and support center at Van Nuys Airport, the third busiest general aviation airport in the world, as well as West Coast Jet Services at McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif. West Coast Jet Services will now be known as Crownair Aviation CRQ. Crownair plans to expand to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Arizona by 2010.
Midcoast Aviation opened its newest hangar at St. Louis Downtown Airport last month. The $18.5 million 146,000-sq-ft facility is Midcoast’s largest and will accommodate 200 new employees within the first two years of operation. Midcoast will use the new hangar for green business jet completions.
StandardAero in late September concluded a shakedown run of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW600 at the company’s new test cell facility in Maryville, Tenn. The company began work on the $6 million facility in June last year. It is the first test cell dedicated to PW600 repair and overhaul, but the company said it designed the facility to accommodate engines up to 30,000 pounds of thrust.
DAO Aviation is Honeywell’s newest TPE331 major-level service center, authorized to work on the TPE331-1 through -14 turboprop engines. DAO is based at Roskilde Airport near Copenhagen, Denmark.
Hawker Beechcraft took the wraps off the Hawker 450XP and King Air 350i last month. Both aircraft enjoy cabin make-overs for the people in back who pay the bills and, in the case of the revamped Hawker, the pilots up front will get Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and more modern engines.