Carlsbad, Calif.-based Jet Source (Booth No. 1153) recently completed the first of four Eurocopter AS 350B3s for the San Diego Police Department. The company, which specializes in special-mission aircraft completions for law enforcement, designed and built a custom panel for the AStars. The helicopters are night-vision-goggle capable and have been fitted with a thermal imaging system, an Avalex moving map and a custom radio command suite.
The crash of Comair Flight 5191 in the early morning darkness of August 27 has given pause to the entire aviation community. As investigators grapple with the question of how an experienced CRJ100 crew could blast down an unlit, 3,500-foot runway without looking at so much as their heading, safety experts are becoming convinced that technology might have broken the chain of events that led to the crash.
Light-emitting diodes (LED) as the backlighting source for glass avionics? Thanks to a patented design from Sandel Avionics, that’s precisely what the Vista, Calif. avionics maker is introducing here this week.
In the months since AirCell won an FCC frequency-spectrum auction to provide wireless broadband connectivity to airplanes flying high above the continental U.S., the Louisville, Colo. company has been off and running.
The HondaJet officially went on sale at last month’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, racking up orders for “more than” 100 airplanes by the end of the three-day event.
Charles Lindbergh knew it, and every pilot who has come after him has known it, too: if only there were some way of seeing through the clouds, of turning a black night into a sunshiny day, flying would be a far simpler, and by extension safer, endeavor.
Honeywell Aerospace expects the world’s business jet manufacturers to set a new delivery record next year and establish a strong precedent for a 10-year forecast period in which the industry will ship more than 12,000 airplanes worth $195 billion.
Responding to customer input, Verizon Airfone said it will continue providing MagnaStar phone users with air-to-ground communications “through at least Dec. 31, 2007.” This action reverses a Verizon decision this summer to exit the air-to-ground phone business on December 4, an action that would have left some 4,100 Teledyne Control MagnaStar users without service.
Thunder Aviation in Chesterfield, Mo., recently won a group RVSM STC for Falcon 10s equipped with the Collins AP-105 autopilot. Kit price, including installation, is $175,000. At press time, the company expected to receive group STCs for Falcon 10s and 20s equipped with the Honeywell SPZ500 autopilot. The company anticipates receiving a group RVSM STC for the dozen or so Falcon 20s equipped with the KFC 400 autopilot.
Effective January 5, when filing an FAA flight plan (with the exception of filing through DUATS and flight service stations), RVSM-compliant operators are expected to file “/Q” (RVSM with a FMS or GPS) or “/W” (RVSM without FMS and GPS), as appropriate, for flight in RVSM airspace (between FL290 and FL410 inclusive).