Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) STC for the Dassault Falcon 50 is now available to its dealer network, and the avionics maker said it plans to do the same for other models soon.
Aviation International News » October 2007
After years of quiet development, L-3 Avionics Systems formally dropped the veil on its SmartDeck integrated avionics system at the NBAA Convention last month. The launch customer for the cockpit is Cirrus, which has selected SmartDeck for its single-engine personal jet.
It’s been 21 years since Richard Santulli opened the doors of NetJets, having figured out a way to lower the barriers to entry to business aviation by selling fractional shares in corporate jets. Now all sorts of industries that sell expensive products have latched onto fractional shares; the latest are companies that sell specialized manufacturing equipment to factories that need to switch production lines to new products quickly.
The FAA awarded to ITT in August an 18-year, $1.8 billion contract to provide nationwide automatic dependent surveillance- broadcast (ADS-B) service through- out the National Airspace System. ITT will design, build, install, operate and maintain that critical element of the FAA’s NextGen infrastructure, with the agency’s involvement limited to certification and operational oversight.
Bombardier is bringing Rockwell Collins’ new Pro Line Fusion cockpit to the Global Express XRS and 5000 as long-overdue replacements for the airplanes’ Honeywell Primus 2000XP avionics.
Next year a new Million Air FBO is slated to open at San Bernardino International Airport in California. Construction is scheduled to begin in December. Million Air San Bernardino is being built on the northwest corner of the airport and features a 32,000-sq-ft hangar, a 40,000-sq-ft executive terminal and support facility and 10 acres of ramp space. The FBO’s fuel farm will be completed after the FBO is finished.
The Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Service and Supporting Research, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Australia’s Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) has grounded several Cessna 441 Conquest IIs, citing the potential for in-flight structural failures on aircraft that have surpassed 22,500 hours. CASA stated that the defect, located near the rear pressure dome, could cause the tail to separate during flight.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has studied the predicted impact of very light jets and found that FAA and industry experts have few concerns. “Most experts GAO contacted believe that very light jets will likely have little impact on safety due to the FAA’s certification procedures for aircraft, pilots and maintenance,” the agency noted.
British racing driver Colin McRae was killed when the Eurocopter AS 355 Twin Squirrel he was flying crashed near his home in Scotland on September 15. The accident happened at 4:10 p.m. near Lanark, 27 miles south of Glasgow, and also killed McRae’s five-year-old son and two friends. According to local press reports, there was rain at the time of the crash but visibility was reasonable.