Honeywell received FAA TSO approval last month to start deliveries of an FMS software upgrade that provides advanced GPS-enabled approaches and access to Future Air Navigation System (Fans) routes in congested airspace and on oceanic airways. With the approval, Honeywell’s FMS 6.1 software upgrade can be installed in approximately 600 business aircraft equipped with the Honeywell FMZ-2000 flight-management system.
Aviation International News » September 2010
The FAA has published a draft policy (ANM-113-10-004) that could affect the certification of permanently installed rechargeable lithium batteries in Part 25 airplanes.
Garmin ESP has a mind of its own
Some are calling it a kind of stick shaker for light airplanes. Others describe it as a hand-flying backup. Garmin calls
Dassault Falcon 20C, Eagle, Colo., Jan. 8, 2010–The Board ruled that the aborted takeoff accident was caused by the flight crew's improper preflight inspection and failure to remove the main landing gear chock, resulting in damage to and subsequent failure of the main landing gear tire during the takeoff roll. The Mexican-registered twinjet was substantially damaged in the crash.
Inmarsat announced plans to introduce by 2014 a Ka-band satellite broadband service that would be far faster, cost less per megabit and require smaller antennas than competing Ku-band services.
Offering a blistering 50 megabit-per-second maximum data rate in flight, Inmarsat’s Global Xpress service is sure to give pause to anyone who had been thinking about equipping with a Ku-band satellite data system.
Later this year Bell Helicopter will deliver its last JetRanger, a 206B3. According to a company spokeswoman, Bell decided “to stop production on the 206B JetRanger in the first quarter in response to shifting market demands.” Bell will continue to manufacture the stretched version of the helicopter, the LongRanger 206L4.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Prospect Heights, Ill., Jan. 5, 2010–The twinjet, owned and operated as a cargo hauler by Waterford, Mich.-based Royal Air Freight, was destroyed when it crashed into a forest preserve approximately two miles short of Chicago Executive Airport, killing the pilot and copilot. The Learjet landed in the Des Plaines River at the conclusion of a short flight from Pontiac-Oakland County Airport.
Germany-based operator Heli Aviation is developing the Heli Trainer, a new kind of simulator for ab initio helicopter pilot training. The device, which uses a real helicopter forward fuselage attached to a moving robotic arm, is designed for better movement fidelity and less expensive operation than traditional sims.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Sioux City, Iowa, Jan. 19, 2010–The King Air was substantially damaged when it departed the runway on landing at Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field (SUX). The early-morning Part 91 flight was operating on an IFR flight plan from Des Moines International Airport, and the pilots had filed Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), their next destination, as an alternate.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Millington, Tenn., Dec. 9, 2008–Just after takeoff on a Part 91 positioning flight from Millington Regional Jetport (NQA) in rain, the pilot noticed a loss of power from the right engine and feathered the propeller. He then told ATC he was returning to NQA.