So where do young Russians go to become airline pilots? How does the training startTypically, they apply to the advanced flying school at Ulianovsk, which is a well-regarded old institution. In 2010, Ulianovsk accepted 200 new cadets and graduated 82 of them.
Even as it works toward delivery of the first flying A350 cockpit later this year, Thales (Hall Concorde) is exploring possibilities for the post-2020 generation of aircraft at its Le Haillan facility in Bordeaux.
At this year’s Paris Air Show, Esterline CMC Electronics (Hall 5 Stand 242) is showing, for the first time, the Cockpit 9000 avionics suite selected as an upgrade for Lockheed Martin C-130 cockpits.
Avionics manufacturer Avidyne is displaying its full line of cockpit displays and flight control systems as well as its R9 integrated flight deck at this year’s EBACE show (Stand 1951).
More than 500 business aircraft are now using Arinc Direct services in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and the aeronautical communications and IT specialist is continuing to expand the scope of its support offerings for operators.
The rapid uptake of Apple’s iPad into business and even commercial aviation cockpits has been stunning. So, too, has been the deployment of applications that do everything from displaying moving maps with geo-referenced (own-ship) position on airport, en route and approach charts to providing terrain awareness and pre-flight (and soon in-flight) weather.
Flight Display Systems (Booth No. 3723) has announced the successful installation and delivery of the first Eurocopter EC145 with Flight Display’s Select cabin management system (CMS).
The CMS package allows passengers to control XM radio, Blu-ray video, cabin lighting, air-conditioning and the Flight Display moving map from seated comfort.
Apple's iPad seems like almost the perfect cockpit companion for viewing everything from terminal procedure charts to the number for a local motel–in short, allowing the crew to toss out just about anything that's printed on a sheet of paper. But a closer look at the iPad and its limitations reveals a few caveats that corporate flight departments will want to consider before taking the plunge.
The technology in Embraer’s newest business jet series, the Legacy 450 and 500, enables detailed exploration and development to take place much further ahead of first flight, according to Eduardo Camelier, chief test pilot for the Brazilian manufacturer. “We are flying this airplane before first flight a lot more than we did with the E170,” he said.