Thales Avionics has threatened legal reprisals against Honeywell unless the U.S. avionics and engines giant drops a patent-infringement lawsuit against Phoenix-based Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a maker of terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), TCAS and mode-S transponders, jointly owned by Thales and L-3 Communications.
Aviation International News » October 2002
Delta Aero-Taxi plans to start a fractional aircraft ownership operation in Europe with the new Citation Mustang. The Florence, Italy-based company, which now operates a Citation X, placed an order for seven of the very light business jets. The Mustang is “ideal for Europe because of the relatively short travel distances and the [airplane’s] low acquisition cost,” said Delta Aero-Taxi president Carlo Panerai.
If a Beechcraft or Hawker customer identifies the “exact same part at a much lower price elsewhere,” Raytheon Aircraft will “make every effort to lower the price,” according to a parts-price review form now posted on the company’s Web site.
Naples, Fla., is the site for Air Chef’s 14th business aircraft catering facility in 11 metropolitan areas. The 2,500-sq-ft kitchen, said president Paul Schweitzer, is distinguished by a “collection of fine wines.” The Naples location marked the third opening of a new Air Chef catering kitchen this year. Two new facilities in Chicago were launched in June.
Wichita-based Executive Aircraft, which filed for bankruptcy protection in August, expects court confirmation of its plan for reorganization next month. Part of the plan is to close its aircraft sales division and concentrate on other core businesses, including maintenance, completions, refurbs and FBO services at Mid-Continent Airport.
LoneStar Propjets of Waco, Texas, has received an STC to replace the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprops on the King Air 90 through C90 series with Prague-designed Walter M601E turboprops and Avia Hamilton five-blade propellers. The converted airplane, known as the “Power 90,” has a “substantial increase in both climb and cruise performance,” according to LoneStar.
In her first official visit outside Washington since she took office, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey traveled to Wichita last month, where she toured Raytheon Aircraft and Cessna and spoke with others at General Aviation Manufacturers Association member companies.
Aviation Partners now expects to receive certification of its winglets for the Hawker 800 next May, nearly a year later than originally planned. Failure to obtain certain engineering data from Raytheon Aircraft caused the delay, according to Aviation Partners. The Seattle company claims winglets allow the “Hawker 800SP” to fly 30 min longer or 180 nm further and 18 kt faster than a standard Hawker 800.
A laser-guided, computer-controlled robot that promises to significantly decrease the time it takes to find corrosion and other airframe structural anomalies is under development by Honeywell and London-based BBA Diagnostics. The structural anomaly mapping (SAM) robot is being designed to scan an entire aircraft in three hours.
With the FAA asking for help in protecting the nation’s airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has joined with AOPA to develop a nationwide aviation watch system to report suspicious activity.