A study commissioned by the NGATS Institute on behalf of the FAA’s JPDO and prepared by the advanced engineering and sciences division of ITT determined that eLoran (for enhanced) has “the highest overall preference rating…particularly in the U.S.” as a backup for satnav receivers in the event of failure or interference.
Aviation International News » September 2007
Cessna will offer a TKS “weeping wing” anti-icing system for the Cessna Grand Caravan beginning next March. The system, manufactured by Aerospace Systems & Technologies, includes TKS panels (titanium laser-drilled with thousands of tiny holes) installed on the leading edges of the wings, wing struts and horizontal and vertical stabilizers.
Honeywell announced recently that it had won approval for its TPE331-12JR turboprop to be installed on the Cessna Caravan. The certification was completed in connection with Aero Twin in Anchorage, Alaska, which plans to offer complete retrofit kits, installation and service.
Fractional operator Avantair, which flies the P180 Avanti II exclusively, said last month that it is partnering with carbon offset company TerraPass. Per the agreement, TerraPass will fund environmentally friendly energy projects such as wind energy and biomass (methane as an energy source) with carbon offset payments from Avantair. The operator claims to be the first fractional to offer such a program.
In response to ongoing flight service complaints, the FAA recently established a hotline ( FLT-SRVC [358-7782]) to track and manage issues with Lockheed Martin’s handling of the pilot resource. Pilots have reported long hold times, inaccurate or incomplete information and call routing to distant locales. The hotline allows crews to leave a message about their particular problem. Lockheed must respond to the complaint within 15 days.
Embraer’s second-quarter profit fell considerably as the Brazilian manufacturer struggled to keep pace with its record backlog. Although the company kept an even keel by delivering 36 jets in the second quarter of this year, its profit (compared with the second quarter last year) tumbled 50 percent, to $67.3 million. This number was actually up, however, from the first quarter of this year, when the company recorded a profit of $26.2 million.
After purchasing Landmark Aviation and Standard Aero from The Carlyle Group on August 1, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) announced that it is selling a division of Landmark Aviation now called the Airport Services Group and retaining the maintenance-focused portions of Landmark, including executive aircraft completions business Associated Air Center as well as turbine overhauler Standard Aero.
A new Information for Operators dealing with risk assessment was released last month, specifically focusing on how it relates to a safety-management system. The tool discusses the various risks associated with a flight, how to handle them and what may be considered an acceptable risk.
The Alerts (aircraft logging and event recording for training and safety) system, designed jointly by Appareo Systems and Bristow Group subsidiary Air Logistics, is now STC certified. Alerts, which is currently certified only for the Bell 206 and 407, consists of a lightweight inertial sensor suite and a recorder capable of storing more than 100 hours of flight data. It also includes a 3-D graphic flight replay software system.
The FAA last month released a final rule governing certification of transport-category (Part 25) airplanes for operation in icing conditions. The new rule, which takes effect October 9, effectively added new material to Part 25, Appendix C, the section that details the so-called icing envelope.