U.S. and European aviation authorities agree that air traffic will double, possibly even triple, by 2025, and air traffic managements worldwide are busy devising solutions to meet this challenge, with new technologies and new procedures expected to be introduced gradually in the next several years.
The scene was straight out of a science fiction movie. Thick coils of wire wound like serpents along the pale green walls. More wire slithered up from the floor in bundles as thick as rope. Part of an overhead instrument panel hung from the ceiling, suspended by yet more wires.
As of mid-May, Eclipse Aviation had begun construction of Eclipse 500 number 62, and numbers 15 and 16 had received their certificates of airworthiness, according to Michael McConnell, Eclipse vice president of marketing and sales. Number 14 was delivered during the week of May 7.
Much ado about nothing is essentially what the FAA is saying about a story that broke this week regarding the validity of using GPS and FMS units after a supposedly new policy was issued in March.
Aircraft Bluebook, the long-running aircraft price digest, has launched into the 21st century and is available online. Yearly subscriptions are available to complement the
CD-ROM and print versions. The book, which has been published for more than 50 years, allows users to determine the current market value of business aircraft based
Cessna delivered the first Cessna Citation Encore+ last month, nearly five months after receiving FAA type certification. The company expects to deliver another 24 by year-end. The $8.1 million business jet seats between seven and 11 passengers and is equipped with fadec Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW535B engines, the newest member of P&WC’s PW500 line. The newest Encore also has more payload and new interior features.
The investigation into why an Embraer Legacy and Gol Airlines Boeing 737 collided over the Amazon jungle last September 29 isn’t expected to conclude for several months, but that hasn’t stopped Brazil’s Federal Police from recommending criminal prosecutions for ExcelAire pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino.
Cessna expanded its relationship with Rockwell Collins last month when it announced the avionics maker will provide the digital cabin management system for the new CJ4. Not often seen in the light jet market, the system will include high-definition video and audio. In addition, the Airshow moving map will be offered as well.
Charter safety auditors CharterX and Wyvern announced a new product last month aimed at ensuring customers receive the most up-to-date safety information available for each flight.
Phoenix-based Honeywell announced last month it had received TSO approval for phase IV, the latest version of the Primus Epic control display system/retrofit (CDS/R). The phase IV upgrade will allow the CDS/R to display electronic charts and maps, as well as satellite weather. In addition to the electronic charts and weather, Honeywell said the CDS/R offers an 8- by 10-inch full-color screen, GPS, satcom capability, TCAS and EGPWS.