A nationwide effort to “de-conflict” airspace in major metropolitan areas using existing technology and procedures is progressing, with studies completed at the first two of several designated sites.
The benefits of implementing NextGen and its European counterpart, the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar), are threefold: not only will the new procedures and technologies improve safety and efficiency, but they will also yield environmental benefits. The ultimate goal is to increase airspace capacity while reducing fuel burn, emissions and noise.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) has begun scheduling wide area augmentation system (Waas) upgrades on Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21-equipped King Air 200/300s. This installation follows the introduction of the King Air C90GTi upgrade announced last March. According to an HBS spokesman, the King Air 200/300 Waas upgrade offers operational flexibility and cost savings associated with direct and curved area navigation (Rnav) routes.
Emteq Nets Challenger 850 Completions Work
Avionics, maintenance and lighting specialist Emteq (Booth No. 1265) of New Berlin, Wisconsin, has received two interior completion contracts from Midcoast of St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. The projects, to convert Bombardier Challenger 850s, will be completed at ACS-NAI, Emteq’s facility in Winnipeg, Canada, for delivery in the third quarter of this year.
After a protracted gestation period, the Senate unanimously passed its FAA reauthorization bill late yesterday, sending it to a conference committee that will reconcile differences with the House version approved last May. General aviation groups cheered the measure, which contains no user fees for GA but modestly raises the federal excise taxes on jet-A and aviation gas that GA pilots pay into the aviation trust fund.
Universal Avionics spent much of the last year working with FAA officials trying to come up with a way to upgrade the customers’ flight management systems for Waas LPV approach capability under a basic field approval rather than having to submit to the cumbersome supplemental type certification process.
Capital Aviation (Booth No. 4442) of Bethany, Okla., has gained a supplemental type certificate (STC) for an upgrade of the Challenger 600 series that includes a Universal Avionics Waas-capable flight management system, EFI-890R display upgrade and terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS). The initial upgrade
FlightSafety International (Booth No. 2678), with customers in 154 countries, is here at the NBAA Convention with news of a host of new products, services and awards. The company has rolled out a new online recurrent international procedures training system, as well as new availability for King Air 200 and Bell 200/400 series helicopter training.
The FAA’s recent decision to permit Waas LPV upgrades of Universal Avionics FMS equipment under a basic field approval instead of an aircraft-specific STC could benefit thousands of Part 25 business jet operators, even if they don’t fly with Universal gear. The change, adopted after months of back-and-forth meetings between the FAA and the Tucson, Ariz.
Chicago Jet Group, located at Aurora Municipal Airport, has gained an STC for installing dual Universal Avionics UNS-1Fw and UNS-1Lw flight management systems in the Dassault Falcon 50. The STC includes approval for 3-D coupled Waas GPS (Rnav) and localizer performance with vertical guidance approaches (LPV).