Calling it one of the most complex design efforts ever undertaken in the field of avionics, Honeywell engineering executives were popping champagne corks last month in celebration of the freshly issued FAA papers certifying the Primus Epic integrated avionics system.
Dassault Falcon 900
Gulfstream last month proved the old axiom: “Double your pleasure, double your fun; get two certificates instead of one.” In what is believed to be a first in the company’s more than 40-year history, Gulfstream received both a type certificate and a production certificate on the same day for the same airplane.
Ongoing software integration problems are forcing at least two airframe manufacturers into the unenviable position of having to stretch aircraft certification schedules to give Honeywell engineers time to troubleshoot a variety of technical issues that are manifesting themselves in the Primus Epic avionics system.
To serve as a training aid for pilots who are about to strap into Dassault’s new Falcon 900EX with the Primus Epic EASy cockpit, Honeywell and FlightSafety plan to provide PC-based training software. FlightSafety instructors will use the software in the classroom to familiarize aviators with the modern cockpit before hands-on training in a full-flight simulator.
Dassault added another wing-letted model to the company’s lineup, the Falcon 900LX, which will replace the Falcon 900EX following certification in the first half of 2010. Initial flight testing has demonstrated a drag reduction of up to 7 percent. Climb performance should improve by 10 percent, according to Dassault, and maximum range will climb to 4,800 nm.
Rockwell Collins has announced the first installation of its high-speed data communication system. The HST-900 transceiver is being installed on a Dassault Falcon 900EX by Detroit-based Rockwell Collins dealer Pentastar, and delivery is expected later this month. Designed for simple integration with Collins’ SAT-906, the two-MCU, 8.5-lb HST-900 provides 64 kilobits per second, allowing airborne Internet and e-mail access.
The first Max-Viz EVS-1000 installation on an operator-customer’s aircraft is being completed by Total Aircraft Services (TAS) at Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport (VNY). The system going aboard a Bombardier Challenger 601-3A is expected to receive STC approval by the end of the year. TAS president Stan Fisher said the tail-mount installation will apply directly to other Challenger models and possibly to Bombardier CRJ regional jets.
Honeywell launched the new TFE731-50 engine here in Orlando on Sunday evening, offering up to 4,900 lb of takeoff thrust and featuring integrated nacelle and thrust reverser systems. The new turbofan is set to achieve certification in 2004.
The September 11 terrorist attacks and economic downturn have seemingly done nothing to dent the maintenance and modification business of Midcoast Aviation. In results announced last Wednesday, the company logged record 21-percent sales growth in its last financial year (ending June 30, 2002).
Last year, Karin Tennstedt was just one of a number of entrepreneurs launching a new business at NBAA; as she put it, “wandering the halls with a net and looking for customers.”
This year, the president of Mach 1 Design and former corporate flight attendant is the head of a successful turnkey completion management company.