Aviation International News » September 2006

September 12, 2006 - 12:47pm

The Florida company that intends to bring low-cost enhanced-vision system (EVS) technology to the (general aviation) masses announced a $5,000 price break on its newest non-certified system, which will sell for $9,995 to the first 100 buyers. The company is planning an STC program for the King Air 90, although it hasn’t announced a price for that version.

September 12, 2006 - 12:26pm

Garmin isn’t the only company targeting the venerable King Air turboprop with modern glass avionics (see "Garmin reveals first retrofit package for popular G1000"). Rockwell Collins last month announced avionics retrofit programs for the King Air 200 and 300 (it already supplies the avionics systems in new King Air 350s), while a pair of relative unknowns have teamed to offer an upgraded cockpit for the King Air 90.

September 12, 2006 - 12:23pm

Kansas City Aviation Center (KCAC) has obtained an STC to install the retrofit EFI-890R cockpit from Universal Avionics in the Pilatus PC-12. The upgrade replaces the original EFIS 40 suite with three 8.9-inch flat-panel displays. The integrated system also includes options for synthetic vision, electronic charts and satellite weather. Including installation, price for the cockpit upgrade runs from $325,000 to $398,000, depending on options.

September 12, 2006 - 12:19pm

It didn’t take long for Iridium resellers to start targeting MagnaStar customers after Verizon Airfone’s July announcement that it plans to exit the general aviation business. AirCell last month introduced Axxess EZ, a two-channel Iridium satcom system that is intended as a direct replacement for the old MagnaStar phones.

September 12, 2006 - 12:13pm

The new facilities are adjacent to the terminal’s arrivals entrance.

Both lounges offer complimentary Internet access, drinks and satellite television. Standard opening hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but the premises can be available around the clock.

September 12, 2006 - 12:11pm

Passengers on corporate and private aircraft flocking to Ireland for this month’s Ryder Cup golf tournament could face inflated parking rates and a shortage of hotels. Flight-planning group Universal Weather & Aviation has urged operators to make plans early for the event, which is being held from September 22 through 26 at the K Club outside Dublin.

September 12, 2006 - 12:06pm

The release of an Australian university’s study of how fire affects composite materials has caught the attention of the aerospace industry, given the growing use of composites as structural material, especially in large airplanes.

September 12, 2006 - 11:59am

In Cologne, Germany, the $412 million European Transonic Wind Tunnel (ETW)– a multinational joint venture among France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK–is gradually increasing its workload. The main feature of the wind tunnel is the use of cold nitrogen to aerodynamically offset the smaller size of the model tested, compared to the actual aircraft.

September 12, 2006 - 11:52am

Italian carrier Eurofly has been operating its all-business-class Airbus A319 service between Milan and New York since May, but the start-up has been marred by a political row over traffic rights. The U.S. Department of Transportation refused to allow the service to operate to and from Milan’s near-downtown Linate Airport because U.S. airlines are obliged to use the less convenient Malpensa Airport.

September 12, 2006 - 9:41am

There is “lots of demand” for civil helicopters in Latin America, according to Danny Maldonado, v-p of Latin American sales for Bell Helicopter.