Swedish-based defense group Saab said it has finished developing a system to protect aircraft from surface-to-air missiles and plans to supply production versions of the system as part of a bid to win a U.S. Department of Homeland Security contract. Saab is part of a consortium that is one of three groups competing for the contract. The winner could be announced as early as this month.
Aviation International News » September 2004
The FAA will soon replace a 1995 advisory circular that provides operators with guidance and recommendations on how to develop and receive approval for a weight-and-balance control program. Weight-and-balance programs have been required for operators of aircraft with five or more passenger seats and operated under FAR Parts 121, 125 and 135. The new publication, AC 120-27D, will add fractional aircraft operations under Part 91, Subpart K.
FlightSafety International has added a new program to its simulator training courses. Called Runway Judgment Training, the program explores runway incursion accident prevention and assists flight crews in developing procedures that address the risks. Simulator instructors can create hazardous operating conditions on runways at specific airports.
Fractional provider NetJets has ordered 50 AirCell ST 3100 Iridium satellite communication systems for its fleet of Hawker 400XP light business jets. The satellite phones will be installed in the 400XPs before retail delivery at Raytheon Aircraft Services in San Antonio, in the coming months, according to AirCell, which began marketing Iridium services in 2002.
Sandel Avionics last month introduced the SN3500 line of electronic HSI units, featuring compass, map, flight-plan display and RMI, along with traffic, terrain and weather displays. Developed as a replacement for the SN3308, the new product line includes the basic 3-ATI EHSI and supports nav functions, mode-S transponder traffic input and the WX-500 Stormscope. According to Sandel, there are three versions of the SN3500.
Chelton Flight Systems announced completion of the STC for the company’s FlightLogic synthetic-vision EFIS in the Cessna Citation 501.
In a backhanded way, Airbus almost broke its two-year silence about the number of Airbus Corporate Jetliners it has delivered. The European OEM expects to deliver eight aircraft “from its ACJ family” this year, bringing “total ACJ deliveries to 30,” said a spokesman.
A lawsuit accusing safety audit specialist Aviation Research Group/ U.S. (ARG/US) of defamation was settled last month when a U.S. District Court judge granted a motion by ARG/US for a summary judgment of dismissal.
In a change of direction, Farnborough Aircraft lead investor Geoffrey Galley has agreed to continue financing the six-seat F1 turboprop single through first flight and put the search for about $125 million in major financing on hold, according to Richard Blair, Farnborough commercial director. The developers plan to fly the proof-of-concept, non-conforming prototype during the first half of next year.
Gulfstream is on its way to establishing an in-house record of sorts. The Savannah, Ga. OEM expects to exceed 2,000 flight-test hours this year, nearly four times the 542 hours logged in 2001 for early testing of the G550. The company said that this year a fleet of up to 12 aircraft has already passed the 1,600-hour mark conducting flight tests for four Gulfstream models–the G550/G500 and the G450/350–being developed simultaneously.