South St. Paul, Minn.-based Ballistic Recovery Systems on July 24 performed a touchdown condition test on an OMF Symphony 160 fuselage. In the test, a conforming fuselage of the Part 23 two seater–sand bagged to simulate a mtow of 2,150 pounds–was hoisted to 8.5 feet and dropped by releasing the tow cable. Although no parachute was involved, the test created a descent rate calculated for a 5,000-foot density altitude.
Aviation International News » September 2003
Nowhere is the boundary layer between piston airplanes and small business jets becoming less defined than in avionics. At Oshkosh, Avidyne of Lincoln, Mass., announced that both Adam Aircraft (for its A700 twinjet) and Advanced Technologies Group (for its tandem two-seat jet) have selected Avidyne’s FlightMax Entegra integrated avionics systems.
If Paris is the Big Daddy of airshows–high-powered, straight-laced and eminently button-down–then Oshkosh is the Big Mamma, her arms open wide as the Wisconsin prairie, beckoning teeming masses of aviation enthusiasts to their spiritual home in the heartland of America. So what better place could there be than the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture to really kick off the centennial of the first manned, powered flight?
No offense intended to its participants, but aviation progress by the 1980s had become rather mundane by comparison with the incessant leaps and bounds of previous decades. Maybe it was a matter of butting up against the realities of aviation’s maturity, or maybe it was simply a product of the funk enveloping the west at the start of the 1980s.
The comment period closed last month on an FAA notice of proposed policy making on airport weight-bearing restrictions (www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html “search line” number 15495). The proposal drew most of its response from those opposed to the FAA setting such standards.
A story in The Bergen Record, a Northern New Jersey newspaper, opened a floodgate of protests from residents of communities surrounding Teterboro Airport. It reported that the FAA had posted a notice in the Federal Register to the effect that it was calling into question the action of some airports banning aircraft above certain weights from landing at their facilities.
The start of construction for American Eurocopter’s new parts manufacturing facility in Columbus, Miss., was marked by an August 7 groundbreaking ceremony. Grand Prairie, Texas-based American Eurocopter revealed last October that it planned to build a major production and finishing facility at Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus. The facility will focus on constructing helicopter components for the AS 350, EC 130 and AS 355.
Honeywell and West Star Aviation have received supplemental type certification of an RVSM equipment package for the Learjet 35 and 36. The installations, performed at West Star, Grand Junction, Colo., consist of Honeywell’s AZ-252 advanced air-data computer, AM-250 and BA-250 barometric altimeters and an AL-800 altitude alerter control. Installed price and downtime are $165,000 and about three weeks, respectively.
The FAA last month approved upgraded flammability standards for thermal and acoustic insulation materials used in Part 25 (transport category) aircraft. Revised standards include new tests and criteria that address flame propagation and entry into the cabin of an external fire.
Pilots who apply for a new certificate to replace one that has been damaged or lost, or who require a new certificate because of added ratings or endorsements, will receive a pleasant surprise. The FAA has started to issue redesigned credit-card-size certificates that are more professional looking documents and made from composite PVC media card stock instead of paper.