Cobham Integrated Systems of Mineral Wells, Texas, announced the S-Tec 5000 autopilot for jet and turboprop aircraft, at NBAA 2013. The new three-axis autopilot, which accommodates a full digital or a combination digital and analog interface, will be certified to meet the requirements for use in Part 25 aircraft.
The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared airlines to allow their passengers to use portable electronic devices (PEDs) in all phases of flight, once they prove that their aircraft can tolerate electromagnetic interference. The process will vary among airlines, but many carriers should be able to demonstrate PEDs tolerance within several months, the agency said.
Brazil’s Embraer announced several “product enhancements” to its midsize Legacy 500 and “mid-light” Legacy 450 business jets at last week’s NBAA 2013 Convention in Las Vegas.
With the first prototype of the Legacy 450 due to fly by year-end, the manufacturer revealed that it has extended the fuselage of the jet by more than half a foot to provide six additional inches of cabin length. Embraer has also increased the range specification of the Legacy 450 from 2,300 to 2,500 nm with four passengers by increasing the aircraft’s full-fuel capacity.
Banyan Air Service (Booth No. N4726), based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida, is advising that aircraft equipped with the Magnastar C2000 digital telephone system should replace their systems as the December 31 phase-out of service nears. Banyan said it recently completed Magnastar replacements on a Bombardier Challenger, Hawker and Cessna Citation during routine maintenance inspections.
Appareo Systems (Booth No. 351), a designer and manufacturer of lightweight flight data monitoring (FDM) systems, is exhibiting at the NBAA convention for the first time this year. The Fargo, N.D.-based company will highlight its Aircraft Logging and Event Recording for Training and Safety (Alerts) system, which includes flight-data capture hardware and a full suite of software analysis tools.
“Business is looking up,” Western Jet Aviation shop supervisor Jason Mann told AIN during NBAA 2013. “I’ve taken about a dozen phone calls for pre-buy tech inspections just this month,” he continued, explaining that these inspections often turn into refurbishment work for the company. Western Jet recently tripled its avionics shop space and went from two to seven technicians to keep up with the work.
Piper Aircraft is launching a new initiative here at NBAA to promote its flagship Meridian single-engine turboprop as a business aircraft. The six-seat, $2.176 million M-Class Meridian features a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A 500 shp engine and Garmin G1000 glass panel avionics. Top cruise speed is 260 knots and maximum range is 1,000 nm.
Honeywell is highlighting upgrades available to its satcom products, flight management systems (FMS), cabin management systems (CMS) and cockpit displays at this year’s NBAA show.
The company has developed a modification that allows an operator with the “C” series Ovation Select CMS to upgrade the system to full HD video and audio, onboard music, Blu-ray and PlayStation capability. The modification will be offered through the Honeywell dealer network via a supplemental type certificate.
FlightSafety International (Booth No. N1921) is preparing to offer a new web-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) course as part of its eLearning programs.
The course will begin in November and is designed to develop pilot knowledge of the ADS-B system, review flight plan considerations, MEL requirements and human factors issues. The course will provide pilots with the necessary training to apply for FAA authorization to conduct ADS-B operations outside U.S. airspace in accordance with FAA Advisory Circular 90-114.
“Nose-to-tail” aircraft MRO and completions specialist Stevens Aviation is here at NBAA to announce several new service initiatives. A service provider for Beechcraft, Bombardier, Cessna, Embraer, Gulfstream, Piaggio and Pilatus, Stevens provides services ranging from aircraft painting to engine overhauls at five locations (Greenville and Greer, S.C.; Dayton, Ohio; Nashville, Tenn.; and Denver, Colo.) It has 124 technicians network-wide, with nine of them having earned “FAA Technician of the Year” honors.