Raytheon Aircraft Services last month completed the first installation of the Rockwell Collins Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) on a Hawker 800XP. Performed at Raytheon’s shop in Little Rock, Ark., the installation included a Collins file server unit capable of storing electronic charts and interfacing them with the airplane’s Pro Line 21 navigation displays.
Aviation International News » May 2006
Airservices Australia has awarded a contract to Honeywell for the development of satellite-based precision landing systems that could eventually find a ready market in countries around the world. Honeywell will supply Airservices Australia with the GBAS (ground-based augmentation system) at large airports and GRAS (ground-based regional automation system) at smaller fields.
The airlines that own Arinc are said to be interested in selling the 77-year-old aviation communications company, and the reasons are purely economic. Arinc posted impressive revenues of $890 million last year, but its owners, including financially troubled Delta and American, are reluctant to make necessary investments in the company.
The first several Global Express XRS ultra-long-range business jets fitted with the Bombardier enhanced-vision system (EVS) are now operating to far-flung destinations around the world, and early word on the devices has been positive. The system, using a CMC Electronics infrared sensor mated to a Thales head-up display, is standard on the Global Express XRS, now in full-rate production.
Despite the addition of money for aircraft certification to the FAA budget for Fiscal Year 2006, original equipment manufacturers complained to a congressional panel meeting in Wichita that they are at a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace because of continuing certification delays.
The Diamond D-Jet (S/N 001) single-engine very light jet flew for the first time on April 18 from London International Airport in Ontario, Canada, home of Diamond’s North American division. The company said the one-hour six-minute flight “went according to plan, with the evaluation of 19 test points.” After takeoff at 5:08 p.m.
There is little evidence to support the idea that a single cellphone left on in a piece
Reacting to a pair of landmark NTSB recommendations addressing potential safety vulnerabilities in autopilots, the FAA this month is amending airworthiness standards for automatic flight control systems in transport-category airplanes. The revised standards cover newly certified business jets with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds.