The FAA has decided that automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) will use a combination of the 1090-MHz extended squitter surveillance link for air carrier and private/commercial operators of high-performance aircraft, and the universal access transceiver (UAT) surveillance link for the typical general aviation user.
Winners of this year’s Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service talk to Curt Epstein about the past, present and future of helicopter use in firefighting. Click here to watch.
Garmin introduced its latest portable GPS receiver, the GPSMAP 196, at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Typically priced at $999, the new unit features an improved processor, 320 by 240 pixel monochrome display, pop-up map details and a panel-like page that shows facsimiles of an HSI, airspeed indicator, atltimeter, turn-and-bank indicator and a vertical-speed indicator.
Rockwell Collins announced it has completed a series of FAA evaluation flights meant to test automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) and cockpit display of traffic information (CDTI) avionics. The tests, designed specifically to assess the concepts during airport surface operations, were conducted at Memphis (Tenn.) International Airport as part of the FAA’s ongoing Safeflight 21 program.
Movie stars tend to get what they want, so when comic actor Adam Sandler asked to borrow Sikorsky’s S-92 helicopter for a cameo appearance in his new film Mr. Deeds, Sikorsky said yes.
Nimbus Group, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. company that recently failed to obtain sufficient financing to complete its proposed purchase of 1,000 Eclipse 500 entry-level twinjets, has signed a letter of intent to swap shares of stock with Miami-based Horizons Aviation. If the agreement is approved, the controlling shareholders of Horizons will own a controlling share of Nimbus.
Operators selling their airplanes may be interested in showing them on an interactive DVD distributed quarterly to more than 6,200 brokers, dealers and operators worldwide, according to Aircraft Shopper Online of Corte Madera, Calif. The online pre-owned aircraft sales service introduced the DVD with 11 aircraft at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Geneva in May.
Plenty of A-list celebrities fly through Farnborough, but the British airport is set to get a serious dusting of Hollywood glitz when it features in the new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, which is set for release in November. During January, TAG Aviation’s Farnborough facilities were used for two days of filming that saw several chartered business jets brought in to be used in action sequences.
Pilots and other crewmembers visiting Jet Aviation’s four U.S. facilities through December 15 are eligible to sign up for a dose of sobering humility. The FBO chain is giving away copies of the $40 coffee table book Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty by Nick Del Calzo and Peter Collier. Featuring a forward by former President George H. Bush and essays by Tom Brokaw and Sen.
Last year was the first National Air Transportation Association (NATA) FBO Leadership Conference, following the association’s splitting its annual conference into two parts, one for FBO-focused members and the other aimed at serving the charter industry.