Effective March 8, the NTSB is amending its reporting requirements for aviation incidents to include whenever an airliner lands or departs on an incorrect runway; when damage to a helicopter’s tail or main rotor blade necessitates major repair or replacement; when all or part of a propeller blade separates from an aircraft, except when ground contact was the sole cau
German aerospace research center DLR is testing sidesticks that provide force feedback and, on a more innovative note, touch cues to reduce crew workload. The pilot can feel stops or vibrations if the aircraft approaches a pre-defined limit.
Intercontinental Jet Services is in the process of certifying a Sagem glass cockpit as part of the Limited Edition (LE) refurbishment package for the Mitsubishi MU-2-40 and 60 turboprops. Intercontinental Jet (Booth No. 2932) expects supplemental type certificate approval later this year.
Garmin this afternoon introduced an integrated avionics system for light turbine-powered airplanes. Dubbed G3000, the new system sets itself apart by using menu-driven touchscreens for accessing nearly all of the functions that pilots normally control with myriad buttons and dials.
Avionics display provider Barco has entered into a partnership with Zhukovsky-based aerospace company Monitor Soft to jointly provide cockpit mission systems on the Russian market. “The Russian market has always been an important focus for us and over the past ten years we have achieved a dominant market share on civil aircraft,” said a Barco spokesman.
Speech-recognition technology has come a long way in the last few years, especially as cellphone makers seek to add voice search capability to their latest Web-enabled smartphones. So maybe it’s not too surprising that the FAA has signed off on a pilot-speech-recognition system that can enter GPS waypoints or victor airways en route simply by hearing them.
L-3 Avionics Systems said last month that its new Trilogy ESI-1000 electronic standby instrument has received TSO approval and an approved model list STC allowing installations of the product in most light general aviation aircraft. Designed to serve as an all-in-one backup instrument for glass cockpits, Trilogy is touted as the first solid-state electronic standby product for smaller Part 23 airplanes.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for ATR cockpit windows.
Esterline CMC Electronics (Hall 3 Stand D50) is giving Paris showgoers their first glimpse of the company’s latest portable computer with the unveiling of a new version of the PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) called the CMA-1410.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Taylor, Texas, April 10, 2008–The NTSB ruled that the probable cause of the accidental death of a mechanic was the failure of the pilot and mechanic to ensure that the airplane was fully depressurized before opening the cabin door. Contributing to the accident was a failure in the airplane’s vacuum system.