HyperMach Aerospace unveiled plans for its 20-seat SonicStar V-tailed, supersonic business jet yesterday at the Paris Air Show. Company CEO Richard Lugg claims the Mach 3.6 aircraft will take no more than one hour 45 minutes to fly from Paris to New York. The SonicStar is scheduled to fly in 2021, with certification possible, but not promised, by 2025.
Investigators suspect a faulty airspeed indication as a possible cause of the crash of an Antonov An-148 in western Russia on March 5, killing all six people aboard, Russia’s ITAR-Tass news agency reported. The investigation team has theorized that the pilots, misled by the faulty airspeed indication, inadvertently exceeded the aircraft’s speed limit, resulting in excessive loads on the airframe.
Star Navigation Systems Group is offering its newest version of the Star In-flight Safety Monitoring System (Star-ism). “Most people are familiar with the black box in airliners. It’s the nearly indestructible sealed recording device that assists investigators in determining the cause of an aircraft accident,” said Star CEO Viraf Kapadia.
Garmin ESP has a mind of its own
Some are calling it a kind of stick shaker for light airplanes. Others describe it as a hand-flying backup. Garmin calls
Proposed changes to FAR Parts 25 and 33 address dangerous icing conditions caused by supercooled large drops, including a requirement that manufacturers not only show that airplanes can operate safely in those conditions but also with specific performance and handling qualities. Changes would add new icing certification standards for engines and engine installations and components such
L-3 Avionics’s Trilogy electronic standby instrument received TSO approval from the FAA for use on Part 27 and Part 29 rotary-wing aircraft, according to the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company.
The wide-cabin Gulfstream G650 resumed flight testing on December 4, following the November 25 maiden flight of the first test aircraft (T1). That flight was cut short at 12 minutes due to “slight vibrations” in one of the gear doors. Although the initial flight from Savannah (Ga.) International Airport was expected to last about an hour, Gulfstream called the abbreviated test run a complete success.
Static electricity may cause pitot static probes to fail, according to a Cessna Citation X owner-pilot who survived a simultaneous failure of all three pitots during a flight earlier this year. Kirill Minovalov, a Russian entrepreneur and private pilot, was flying in stormy weather conditions when the incident happened; he managed to land safely at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.
Harco general manager Michael Milardo said his company would support the Eclipse EA500–for now. Harco makes the airspeed probes for the compact very light jet. Milardo said his company is planning to participate in the Eclipse Aerospace suppliers conference scheduled for October 27 in Albuquerque, N.M., and will work with Eclipse’s new owners and current aircraft operators.
The FAA today issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) on Airbus A330s and A340s that requires replacing certain Thales Avionics pitot probes with certain Goodrich or newer-design Thales probes. The AD requires compliance within 120 days. It intends to prevent airspeed discrepancies, which could lead to disconnect of the autopilot and/or auto-thrust functions and consequent increased pilot workload.