Aviation International News » September 2012

September 3, 2012 - 3:50am

The FAA has issued technical standard order approval for the L-3 Aviation Products GH-3900 electronic standby instrument system. The GH-3900 meets Level A software and hardware standards and features a sunlight-readable three-inch display that is customizable to match primary avionics systems.

September 3, 2012 - 3:35am

Bendix/King has released its first new avionics product since the Honeywell division moved to Albuquerque, N.M., and began revitalizing the once-iconic avionics brand under the leadership of president Kevin Gould. The new $2,300 KMA 30 audio panel signals that Bendix/King is serious about new avionics to serve the general aviation market.

September 3, 2012 - 3:20am

Prices for digital JeppView subscriptions have dropped, under a new program Jeppesen is offering where buyers can opt for two to four installs of the data. Previously JeppView came with four installations or product keys. The new system will save owners and operators about 35 percent when choosing just two installs versus four, according to Jeppesen. The new JeppView pricing structure will be available when Jeppesen releases version 2.0 of its Mobile FliteDeck application, expected at the end of this month.

September 3, 2012 - 2:50am

Last year there were a handful of companies promoting devices that could capture weather and traffic signals from the growing network of ADS-B ground stations deployed around the U.S. This year, the market and the makers of ADS-B devices have exploded, and buyers now have an array of choices.

The good news is that these devices are now available for both Android and Apple devices. The even better news is that some manufacturers have added fairly significant capabilities to their ADS-B devices, although some of these have yet to begin deliveries.

September 3, 2012 - 2:35am

“The Block Aircraft Registration Request [Barr] program doesn’t really provide privacy; it’s just a barrier,” Dustin Hoffman, president of Los Angeles-based IT engineering firm Exigent Systems, told AIN. Hoffman, who has a private pilot certificate and flies a piston single for his business, set out to prove his point at the Defcon 20 computer security conference last month in Las Vegas.

September 3, 2012 - 2:06am

The Night Vision Advisory Council (NVAC) will hold its first formal meeting on September 19 on the eve of the annual Night Vision Conference (NightCon 2012) in Dallas. NVAC was formed at the request of the FAA to provide industry input into night vision recommendations and regulation. NVAC members include NVG manufacturers, trainers and operators. NightCon 2012 will be held at the Dallas DoubleTree hotel, September 20 and 21. For more information log onto www.nightcon.com.

September 3, 2012 - 2:05am

Night Flight Concepts (NFC) is offering laser defense training online. The one-hour course is available to law enforcement and other first responders for $95 and to other students for $125 through the company’s website: www.nightflightconcepts.com. Upon finishing the course, students take an online quiz and can print a certificate of completion.

September 3, 2012 - 1:40am
A crowd of aircraft parked at London Biggin Hill Airport.

Despite dire warnings about the consequences of restricted access to UK airspace and airports, overall business aviation’s part in London’s Olympic Games seems to have gone smoothly. In fact, those dire predictions proved overstated, and the event appears not to have resulted in as much of a boost to the industry as it might have expected.

September 3, 2012 - 12:45am

The ADS-B system that is the cornerstone of the FAA’s NextGen ATC modernization plan is at risk of serious security breaches, according to Brad Haines, a hacker and network security consultant who is worried about ADS-B vulnerabilities. Haines first outlined his concerns during a presentation he gave at the Def Con 20 hacker conference in Las Vegas in July.

September 3, 2012 - 12:15am

Organizers of the Latin Am­eri­can Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) say the event has become the premier showcase of business aviation not just in Brazil but in all of Latin America, and ABAG chairman Eduardo Marson offers up LABACE 2012 as proof. The first