Despite the recession, French aerospace research organization Onera is launching a recruitment drive here at the Paris Air Show. This year it hopes to fill nearly 100 vacancies–its highest number of new staff ever, according to Véronique Padoan, the Onera’s director of human resources, told AIN. “Some of our people are retiring and our business is growing,” Padoan explained.
Innovative Solutions & Support is preparing to submit the FAA paperwork necessary to secure a supplemental type certificate allowing installations of the Exton, Pa. firm’s AdViz Cessna Citation retrofit avionics system.
A Citation V completed its first test flight with the IS&S cockpit in April, following two years of development. STC approval is expected this month.
Dassault received EASA certification for its Falcon 2000LX on April 23, followed by FAA certification seven days later. Initially slated for certification more than one year ago, the 2000LX is a winglet-equipped version of the 2000EX. According to the French manufacturer, the winglets cut drag by 5 percent and boost range at Mach 0.80 to 4,000 nm from 3,800 nm. The first customer 2000LX was delivered early last month.
GPS service is in danger of severe erosion, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). A Congressional “watchdog” of programs and spending of government departments, the GAO warns that the satellite navigation service could slowly worsen after 2010, and not recover to acceptable aviation levels before 2022.
Aviation Partners signed up a customer for its new Falcon 2000 winglet modification here at the EBACE show yesterday. The company (Booth No. 1655) also has appointed StandardAero (Booth No. 370) as its first authorized installer for blended winglets. Details of the EASA- and FAA-approved “high-Mach” winglets on Dassault’s Falcon 2000 family were revealed here at EBACE.
Aero-Dienst, based in Nuremberg, Germany, has been approved by Dassault Aviation as an authorized service center for the Falcon 7X trijet. The German company is already an authorized service center for the Falcon 2000 and 900 series, including the latest EASy and EX versions.
A study from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) predicts that GPS service levels could fall well below civil requirements in the next decade. GPS typically has 24 satellites in orbit, although it currently has 31.
Gulfstream Aerospace has received authorization from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to use automatic dependent surveillance-contract (ADS-C) for oceanic and remote area waypoint reporting. This will be the first application of the technology on purpose-built business jets.
Nordam (Booth No. 1539) recently delivered the first shipset of cabinets for Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 7X, less than a year after being selected to produce all cabinetry for the large cabin trijet back in April 2008. A three-stage delivery of the first shipset began on March 9 from the company’s cabinetry division in Wichita, Kansas.
Reductions in supersonic boom intensity could allow for overland operation of future supersonic civil aircraft, according to a panel of supersonic technology experts at a meeting held on March 1 in Palm Springs, Calif. The session was part of the UC Davis Aviation Noise & Air Quality Symposium.