Revue Thommen, the Swiss instrument maker, last month opened a U.S. sales office in Addison, Texas, that company officials said will serve as the base of operations for a push into the business aviation market.
Aviation International News » February 2006
An airworthiness directive requiring replacement of Shadin ADC-2000 computers affects only aircraft owners with “Quick Start” models of the Chelton FlightLogic cockpit or those who participated in Alaska’s Capstone project. The AD, effective January 23, was prompted by the discovery of potential errors in some units that could cause them to display incorrect altitude information.
Autopilot maker S-Tec announced that it is now offering factory installations of its Magic 2100 digital autopilot and single-side EFIS in the King Air 90, Conquest I and Cheyenne I and II. Operators purchasing the autopilot will receive a “free glass cockpit” with no installation fees through the offer from S-Tec and its parent company, Meggitt.
Rockwell Collins last month said it has received an additional TSO for the Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) that allows buyers to installthe retrofit cockpit in aircraft equipped with Collins AP-105 and APS-65 autopilots.
Rockwell Collins engineers are hard at work ona top-to-bottom overhaul of NetJets’ information management back office, an effort that Collins said will allow the fractional operator to automate its scheduling, maintenance and document update tasks.
With its Private Jet service, Lufthansa is Europe’s only airline to offer connection flights with business jets to and from its overseas links departing or arriving in Frankfurt or Munich. Point-to-point flights anywhere within the European Union, as well as Switzerland and Norway, are also available.
Private Jet Gourmet in Miami has come up with a unique variation on traditional catering–an assortment of gourmet frozen entrees, side dishes and desserts, from beef roulade and Moroccan lamb chops to garlic mashed potatoes and four-cheese ravioli to chocolate soufflé and key lime pie.
Edward Taylor, a 16th-century New England Puritan not given to excess, nevertheless saw fit to describe the spiritual in terms of the flesh when he wrote of the sacraments, “It’s food too fine for angels.”
The twinjet derivative of the former VisionAire Vantage is progressing, though not quite as quickly as previously expected. Next month’s planned first flight has been delayed until October, though the critical design review was completed last month, paving the way for the construction of a conforming airplane at Eviation’s São José dos Campos, Brazil facility.
In late December Eclipse Aviation confirmed that a supplier problem has delayed certification of its VLJ from next month to late in the second quarter. Despite the setback, at press time Eclipse said its five flying test aircraft have amassed more than 1,000 flight hours in just over 750 flights.