The FAA assumed that its chosen ADS-B program bidders–Lockheed Martin, ITT and Raytheon–would submit competitive offers on the expected system configuration. This service would be provided to GA through the FAA-developed 978 MHz UAT system, and to other users through the internationally standardized 1090 MHz frequency.
The FAA has withdrawn its decade-old proposal to rescind its requirement for Mode-S transponders and, consequently, plans to end the hundreds of Mode-S installation exemptions currently in effect. Beginning March 1, 2007, the FAA has proposed that it will no longer allow exempted Part 121 and 135 operators to fly without a Mode-S transponder.
Cessna has placed an order with avionics maker Innovative Solutions & Support for an undisclosed number of flat-panel cockpit displays that will be offered as part of an upgrade program for operators of older Citations. The installations will be available at any of the 34 Cessna Service Centers (factory and authorized) worldwide. About 4,000 Citations are candidates for the retrofit.
Not satisfied to rest on its laurels of introducing 25 new or derivative Citations in the last 10 years, Cessna used the NBAA venue to introduce its 26th model, the Encore+. Scheduled for certification by the end of 2006 to enable initial deliveries in February 2007, the Encore+ introduces several improvements over the Encore.
In a bid to gain a larger share of the market for retrofit cockpit systems, Honeywell is adding electronic charts and uplink weather functions to its Primus Epic CDS/R avionics system.
At the request of the FAA, the RTCA is in the midst of a long-term study of the dangers portable electronic devices (PEDs) pose to aircraft systems. Specifically, a special RTCA group has been tasked with assessing what level of interference is caused by the latest ultra-wideband devices, cellphones and so-called pico-cells to support wireless phone use by passengers.
TSO approval for a new all-digital communications package marks the completion of a three-year program by Rockwell Collins to develop radios to support the FAA’s digital VHF communications system, called Nexcom (next-generation communications).
As most of its customers know by now, AirCell no longer actively markets airborne cellular systems, mainly because new digital cellular technology is rendering much of its existing analog-based ground network obsolete–but that doesn’t mean the AirCell name is a misnomer.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) listed it as merely a serious incident but considered it significant enough to issue a full report. The incident involved the loss of control a Saab 340 experienced when it encountered icing. There were no injuries and no damage to the aircraft, but the pilots did not recover from the loss of control until the aircraft was only 112 feet above the ground.
Dallas Airmotive’s Carpenter Freeway production facility in Dallas has added overhaul-level authorization to its existing Honeywell 36-series authorized service center agreement. The new authorization covers all Honeywell 36-6, 36-100 and 36-150 APUs used in business and general aviation applications.