Aerospace engineering

October 23, 2014 - 4:00pm

Pilatus and Williams International have been touting some features–passive thrust vectoring and quiet power mode–of the FJ44-4A turbofan on the PC-24 but the engine manufacturer is scarce on details. The so-called Exact passive thrust vectoring system uses “a proprietary fluid dynamic scheme,” Matt Huff, Williams’ business development vice president, told AIN. The thrust vector from the exhaust nozzle varies as a function of engine operating conditions–power setting, exhaust gas temperature, Mach number and altitude.

October 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

Textron Aviation is now actively marketing its Citation X Elite program, which refurbishes Xs­­–formerly in service with NetJets­–with updated avionics, new interior, paint and other refinements. The first ex-NetJets Citation X was inducted into the Elite program last year and the second is on display this week at NBAA 2014. The Elite upgrade isn’t limited to NetJets airplanes, noted Brad Thress, Textron Aviation senior vice president of customer service.

October 22, 2014 - 4:30pm

For prospective jet buyers who like the performance capabilities of Cessna’s speedy Citation X but don’t want to spend $23.5 million for a new one and are worried about deliving into the used market, Textron Aviation has devised an alternative, the Citation X Elite program. The Elite is a former X that was in service with fractional-share operation NetJets, and while these jets have accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours by the time they leave NetJets service, they were maintained by Cessna service centers and are good candidates for a thorough refurbishment and avionics upgrade.

October 22, 2014 - 12:30pm

The comment deadline has been extended 90 days, from October 8 to January 6, on anotice of proposed rulemaking(NPRM) published in July that seeks to amend qualification standards for some flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), specifically those capable of reproducing extended flight envelope and adverse weather training.

October 21, 2014 - 10:40am

Raisbeck Engineering is introducing new performance mods for Beechcraft King Air 90s and celebrating the arrival on the market of its aft fuselage locker for the Learjet 60. Company founder James Raisbeck told AIN that his firm is now studying Cessna Citations for possible modification opportunities.

October 21, 2014 - 9:00am

The new Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets, unveiled last week at the company’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga., not only ushered in a new era for the OEM, but also provided another validation of the expertise in fly-by-wire (FBW) control systems for Thales. The French avionics company is supplying the FBW systems for both aircraft, building on its work in providing the system for the G650. Thales also provides the FBW system for Gulfstream’s flagship ultra long-range G650ER.

October 20, 2014 - 7:10pm

Dassault is preparing to fly two new Falcons–the Falcon 5X twinjet and the Falcon 8X trijet, both large-cabin business aircraft–in the first half of 2015. Five test aircraft are thus expected to grace Dassault’s Istres, France ramp by the end of next year. The 5,200-nm Falcon 5X was announced at the 2013 NBAA show and the 6,450-nm Falcon 8X a few months later at EBACE 2014.

October 20, 2014 - 12:50pm

Genesys Aerosystems is offering details about its HeliSAS helicopter stability augmentation system (HeliSas) and autopilot at Booth 3334. The latest HeliSas recently received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation in the Airbus Helicopters EC130T2.

The STC expands Genesys’s range of autopilot certifications for Eurocopter, Bell and Robinson helicopters, according to the Mineral Wells, Tex.-based company, which purchased Cobham Avionics units S-Tec and Chelton Flight Systems in April in a management-led buyout.

October 20, 2014 - 11:40am

A number of NextGen-based airspaces changes will take effect November 13 across the U.S. and Canada. The updates, part of the FAA’s regular charting cycle, show the most significant changes coming to the combined U.S. and Canadian airspace near Windsor/Toronto and Montreal, as well as Boston, Washington and New York. Airspace in parts of Tennessee and South Carolina will also be updated in the mid-November cycle. Cleveland Center is preparing for 17 amended routes, the deletion of 20 jet routes and the addition of 21 Q routes.

October 18, 2014 - 7:55am

By aviation industry standards, Gulfstream Aerospace’s launch last week of its new G500 and G600 aircraft was a well-kept secret, especially since the programs have already been in the works for five years since 2009. Over the past 12 months, the U.S. airframer has seen rival Dassault Falcon refresh its product range with the launch of the new Falcon 5X and 8X models, but Gulfstream insists that its focus has been on boosting choice and the value proposition of its own family of aircraft rather than seeking to keep up with competitors.

 
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