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July 3, 2007, 11:45 AM

L-3 Avionics Systems has received STC approval and parts manufacturer approval aboard the King Air C90 for the Iris infrared imaging system. The C90 is the first application for Iris, which a spokeswoman said is generating “tremendous interest.

July 3, 2007, 11:42 AM

Iridium is inching closer to obtaining ICAO and FAA approvals that will allow airlines to use the satellite service for transmitting safety-of-flight messages to ATC on oceanic routes and over the North Pole.

July 3, 2007, 11:25 AM

Comp Air is firming up plans to certify the single-engine turboprop Model 12, having agreed to work with Downing Aviation Associates “to secure funding, engineering and operational resources” to bring the airplane to market.

July 3, 2007, 11:21 AM

Design of Utilicraft’s prototype FF1080-200 twin-engine freight-hauling turboprop has been finalized, and the airplane is scheduled to fly in January, according to John Dupont, chairman, president and CEO. The -200 will serve as a 77-percent-scale prototype of the larger -300ER.

July 3, 2007, 11:18 AM

Recent news reports that Gulfstream plans to build a prototype supersonic business jet (SSBJ) by 2013 are inaccurate, according to a company spokesman. “We’re still doing basic research on sonic boom suppression,” he said.

July 3, 2007, 11:17 AM

Epic’s Elite VLJ made its maiden flight on June 7 from Redmond, Ore.’s Roberts Field.

July 3, 2007, 11:12 AM

UK-based Rolls-Royce has purchased the rights to a new coating process for turbine blades that could improve performance and durability.

July 3, 2007, 11:09 AM

Air-taxi operators and potential operators used a recent VLJ forum, “Business Models for VLJs and Light Jets,” to outline their plans for using the new class of jets to offer point-to-point service.

July 3, 2007, 11:03 AM

A recent Eurocontrol-sponsored VLJ workshop gave the agency and potential operators the opportunity to discuss the impact of the coming class of very light jets (VLJs) on the ATC system.

July 3, 2007, 10:48 AM

At the FAA’s Joint Planning and Development Office Day on Capitol Hill recently, Administrator Marion Blakey introduced two NextGen future ATC documents.

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