Aviation International News » September 2003

August 11, 2008 - 9:13am

The DOT last month began a top-to-bottom audit of the FAA’s next-generation

August 11, 2008 - 9:12am

Calling it one of the most complex design efforts ever undertaken in the field of avionics, Honeywell engineering executives were popping champagne corks last month in celebration of the freshly issued FAA papers certifying the Primus Epic integrated avionics system.

August 11, 2008 - 9:10am

Defunct VisionAire’s intellectual property for its six-seat, single-engine Vantage very light business jet and two-seat, single-engine Spirit sport jet is for sale by the bankruptcy administrator.

August 11, 2008 - 9:09am

Melbourne, Fla.-based Maverick Jets has moved manufacturing of its five-seat Leader twinjet kitplane to Tbilisi Aerospace Manufacturing in the republic of Georgia, CIS, to take advantage of TAM’s 2.7 million-square-foot, ISO 9000-certified facility. Subsequently, some 50 employees involved in manufacturing in Melbourne were let go.

August 11, 2008 - 9:08am

Explorer Aircraft of Jasper, Texas, which showed its proof-of-concept aircraft, configured as a 500T with a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-135B, at Oshkosh, is still looking for investment money, according to Don Joseph, president. With the economy picking up and venture capital firms starting to invest in promising businesses, Joseph said he’s seeing increasing interest, but nothing firm yet.

August 11, 2008 - 9:07am

Beriev Aircraft, of Taganrog, Russia, received FAA Part 23 type certification for its Be-103 twin-piston amphibian at EAA AirVenture directly from FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. It is the first Russian amphibious airplane to achieve this status.

August 11, 2008 - 9:07am

In addition to announcing its selection of the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra for its two-seat Javelin “executive jet," Aviation Technology Group of Englewood, Colo., reported receiving letters of intent from three possible distributors on its way to convert from direct factory sales to a national distributor network. The company intends to have six distributors in the U.S. and one each in Canada and Mexico.

August 11, 2008 - 9:05am

French inventor Christian Hugues has patented a new wingtip device promising an 8-percent reduction in induced drag and a 5.4-percent increase in lift. The Minix system consists of a hollow cylindrical tube that dissipates wake vortex by passing it through a series of helical slits before it linearly flows out of an opening in the rear of the wingtip.

August 11, 2008 - 9:04am

The idea of opening a new Gulfstream repair station in southern Florida was evolutionary for Vincent Wolanin. Its roots go back to Wolanin’s days as chairman of TopNotch Entertainment, a rock-and-roll management company that worked with groups such as Aerosmith, Kiss, John Mellencamp and many others.

August 11, 2008 - 9:02am

“This is about changing the entrepreneurial spirit,” Brad Bruce, flight department manager of ADI Corporate Shuttle Services, told AIN. “By minimizing or eliminating many of the barriers to travel, corporate shuttles allow business opportunities to be more readily considered and acted upon.