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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The FAA is issuing a superseding airworthiness directive for certain Airbus Helicopters EC130B4s. AD 2012-02-13 required inspecting certain areas of the tailboom/fenestron junction frame (junction frame) for cracking. The new AD retains the requirements of AD 2012-02-13, expands the inspection area of the junction frame and shortens the repetitive inspection interval.
The two industry teams the U.S. Army selected to build advanced rotorcraft designs under its joint multi-role technology demonstration (JMR-TD) revealed details of their proposals during the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting this week in Washington, D.C. Bell Helicopter displayed a full-scale mockup of its V-280 Valor tiltrotor.
Responding to a 40-percent rise in runway incursion incidents reported during 2013, Italy’s National Flight Safety Agency (the ANSV) has issued four safety recommendations. The agency said that of the 151 total runway incursions reported last year, 24 involved animals, while the remainder involved vehicles, aircraft or people.
Rome Fiumicino Airport logged the most incursions (26), followed by Bologna (14) and Milan Linate (10).
The total number of incursions so far this year sits at 65.
Dassault has redelivered to the French Navy the first of ten 10 Rafale M aircraft , that are being upgraded from F1 to F3 standard. The work included replacement of the fighter’s central mission computer;, new cockpit screens;, wiring and weapons store changes. The Spectra electronic warfare system was also upgraded, and provision to change the RBE2 radar to the latest AESA version was made.
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