Sometimes the simplest ideas turn out to be the best ones. After initially targeting the Bendix/King KMD 250 multifunction display to owners of piston singles, Honeywell now believes the unit will turn out to be a popular addition in the cockpits of many turboprops and business jets.
If asked today for their views about automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), many pilots might respond that it was developed to meet the unique needs of single-engine commercial operators in remote areas such as Alaska, where only minimal ATC services were available.
Although the FAA warned business jet operators that there was no way it could extend a January 1 deadline for installation of emergency locator transmitters (ELTs), the agency apparently did not make an effort to enforce the rule after hundreds failed to comply on time.
Avquotes.com recently added RVSM modifications to its online aviation maintenance and refurbishment quote system. The Greer, S.C. company said it currently has 13 service providers on its list with capabilities to perform RVSM modifications on 44 aircraft models.
Dallas-based Business Jet Technologies is teaming with Shadin and AeroMech to develop an RVSM equipment package for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs. The package, said a spokesman, can be installed for about $175,000 at the company’s Tulsa, Okla.
Danis Ranque, CEO of European electronics conglomerate Thales, insisted last month that the company is not likely to be the object of a merger or takeover, contrary to some speculation in the financial press.
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