As of September 25, the number of GPS-based wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) instrument approach procedures in the U.S. surpassed the number of ILS approaches. “This is clearly a turning point for aviation and the way pilots navigate,” the FAA said in a statement announcing the milestone.
An extraordinary confluence of events has embroiled Eclipse Aviation in intense scrutiny, all without a single fatal accident to act as a catalyst.
Although EAA’s AirVenture 2008 wasn’t a big show for avionics manufacturers, Honeywell’s Bendix/King showed that the manufacturer is serious about the general aviation market with the introduction of the new AV8OR Handheld navigator and two AV8OR synthetic-vision system (SVS) handheld/electronic flight bag (EFB) units.
Close on the heels of FAA approvals by Honeywell and Garmin for the avionics manufacturers’ respective synthetic-vision systems (SVS), two more companies have joined the fray with 3-D primary flight presentations of their own.
At last month’s Paris Air Show, Rockwell Collins announced certification by U.S. and Canadian authorities of the company’s Pro Line 21 cockpit in the super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 300. The flight deck contains four 12- by 10-inch LCDs and integrates a number of advanced technologies, including TCAS II and TAWS, as standard. Options include turbulence-detection weather radar and 3-D FMS navigation maps.
Jet Works Air Center recently broke ground on its 43,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar expansion in Denton, Texas. It is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year and will include 40,000 sq ft for additional aircraft maintenance and repair, inspections and avionics installations. Similar to the existing Jet Works facility, the new hangar will also accommodate long-range business jets such as the Global Express and Gulfstream V.
Aviation Sales Inc., Swiss aircraft maker Pilatus’ Western U.S. PC-12 distributor, has named Jet Works Aviation Inc. the new Southern Service Center for the PC-12 turbine single. The company, a turbine and avionics specialist, is located at Meacham Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.
Enhanced security and improved data acquisition are prime concerns of today’s business aviation community, subjects Universal Weather and Aviation of Houston seeks to address with two new programs.
A business is an institution when one of a city’s major thoroughfares and one of its fine hotels bears its name. That’s the way it is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Collins Road runs near the Collins Plaza Hotel. There, in 1933, hometown boy Arthur Collins began the Collins Radio Co.
The Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention, held April 23 through 26 near Washington, D.C., served as a bustling venue for more than two dozen new-product introductions, many of them geared toward satisfying the entertainment and communications needs of passengers.