Bose introduced its long-awaited A20 noise-canceling headset at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh in July and attendees immediately began snapping up the $1,095 (retail) headset. The A20 launch comes 12 years after Bose introduced the Aviation Headset X, spawning keen competition in the headset market and convincing pilots that noise-canceling plus passive sound deadening is the way to fly.
Aviation International News » October 2010
TrueNorth Avionics has introduced a plug-in hardware module that lets owners of several brands of airborne telephone use their personal smartphones to send and receive e-mails worldwide over the Iridium satcom network.
Sandel Avionics last month delivered its first HeliTaws helicopter terrain safety system, to Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La., for installation in a Eurocopter AS350. Sandel received TSO approval for HeliTaws on August 16. The 3-ATI HeliTaws includes a high-resolution display that retrofits by removing and replacing an existing radar altimeter indicator.
Gulfstream’s G250 integration test facility (ITF) in Savannah, Ga., has logged more than 1,000 hours of testing of the PlaneView250 avionics software load that will be the basis for securing the super-midsize business jet’s initial type certificate next year. Gulfstream reached the milestone just four months after evaluation of the Rockwell Collins-provided software began.
Flexjet last month announced plans to offer Aircell Gogo Biz in-flight Wi-Fi connections as a standard amenity on its fractional program aircraft at no additional charge to shareowners. The system will allow Flexjet customers to use any Wi-Fi device to access the Web at broadband speeds while they fly. Installation of GoGo Biz will begin on Flexjet’s 25 Challenger 300s and seven Challenger 604/605s.
Avidyne is setting its sights on the lower echelon of the turbine business airplane market as part of a strategy by the Massachusetts avionics manufacturer to broaden the audience for its new Entegra R9 glass cockpit, introduced in the Cirrus SR22 and SR20 piston singles in April last year.
Qantas removed from service five of the 21 Bombardier Q400s operated by regional affiliate QantasLink in late August after the airline found a defect in what it described as a main landing-gear component. Qantas said it decided to inspect the airplanes and ultimately remove them from service after consultation with fellow Q400 operator Flybe and Bombardier.
Star Navigation Systems Group is offering its newest version of the Star In-flight Safety Monitoring System (Star-ism). “Most people are familiar with the black box in airliners. It’s the nearly indestructible sealed recording device that assists investigators in determining the cause of an aircraft accident,” said Star CEO Viraf Kapadia.
Atlantic Aero has added Falcon 900 and 2000 maintenance capability to its roster of services. The company has already secured tooling, technical data, experienced personnel and a 23,660-sq-ft hangar. The new facility can house aircraft as large as ultra-long-range business jets and includes an additional 6,500 sq ft of space for support shops and office space.
Commercial aircraft operators and engine maintenance and repair shops can quickly search Chromalloy’s new online catalog for aircraft engine parts and repairs. “The new Web-based [http://chromalloy.com/CapabilityCatalog] catalog returns instant results and [simplifies] contact [with] a company representative,” a spokesman said.