RocketRoute and Aircraft Performance Group (APG) have partnered to offer APG’s runway performance data as part of the RocketRoute flight-planning system. APG has been providing aircraft takeoff/landing and engine-out performance data since 1999. By adding APG data to the RocketRoute system, detailed runway analysis can be accessed directly on the flightdeck, which is especially useful when operating to and from short fields and those at high altitudes. APG’s data also provides tailored engine-out procedures and allows in-flight appraisal of potential diversion airfields.
Winglet Technology has completed testing its new elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation Sovereign. It is collaborating with the Citation service center network on the project and released test results for the $395,000 kit (uninstalled) today at NBAA 2014. Speed increases by 12 to 14 knots at FL450, time-to-climb direct to FL450 drops to 26 minutes and range increases by 265 nm with payloads over 1,450 pounds. FAA certification is pending. The company’s elliptical winglets for the Citation X were approved by the FAA in 2009.
Aerion’s long-awaited AS2 supersonic business jet (SSBJ) program received a major boost last month when Airbus signed up for a partnership involving an exchange of knowledge and capabilities in design, manufacturing and certification. According to Aerion, the collaboration will support the Mach 1.6, $100+ million AS2 through to certification. Although the industrialization plan for the new jet has still to be confirmed, the Reno, Nev.-based group said that this will happen “over the course of the next year” and confirmed that it is no longer searching for a manufacturing partner.
Nav Canada, UK NATS and Air France said they have demonstrated that aircraft can safely change their flight profiles to more efficiently cross North Atlantic airspace. The so-called Engage II project will lead to “significant changes” in oceanic procedures, Nav Canada said October 17.
RocketRoute (Booth 3680) and Aircraft Performance Group (APG, Booth 3093) have partnered to offer APG’s runway performance data as part of the RocketRoute flight-planning system, which has been used to process more than a million flights since it was introduced in 2010. APG has been providing takeoff/landing and engine-out performance data since 1999.
Lighting specialist Luma Technologies (Booth 1562) has introduced two new products aimed at the Beechcraft King Air family. Having developed its Lumatech series of LED-based caution/warning annunciator panels to meet the needs of larger King Air variants (200, 300, 350 and 1900D), Luma has introduced a 45-station variant for the King Air C90. As with all the Lumatech series, the King Air panel is designed as an easy-to-install drop-in replacement for older incandescent units.
Esterline CMC Electronics is showing off its PilotView crew information system for the first time at NBAA 2014. Working in conjunction with the PilotView aircraft information server, the crew information system provides integrated cockpit connectivity, complete with a tablet interface. The system is compatible with the PilotView electronic flight bag.
For Learjet 20-series operators, Dec. 31, 2015, has been looking like a dark day. That’s the last day aircraft with takeoff weight of less than 75,000 pounds will be allowed to operate in the contiguous U.S. if they do not meet Stage 3 noise standards. But Trine Aerospace (Booth 4492) has a solution that does not involve selling offshore or parting out airplanes.
The strong investment Rolls-Royce has made in customer service was vindicated by the results of this year’s AIN Product Support Survey, which placed the engine maker in joint number-one position. Last year the engine maker established a new operational service desk in Dahlewitz, Germany, and made a series of reforms aimed at making its product service delivery team more responsive.
A German court has denied Lufthansa’s plea to forcibly end the latest strike by its pilots over a retirement benefits dispute, virtually ensuring that the airline must move ahead with plans to cancel the majority of short- and medium-haul flights to and from Frankfurt and suspend almost all long-haul traffic from that hub. The airline expects to operate about half of its planned short- and medium-haul flights from Munich during the strike period thanks to regional subsidiary Lufthansa Cityline, while roughly half of its mainline flights from Munich continue under a special flight plan published Monday afternoon.