Landmark Aviation hosted an open house this week to showcase its newly remodeled FBO at Roanoke (Va.) Regional Airport. The nearly $1 million project included a terminal remodel with an updated executive conference room and bistro area, as well as hangar updates. Terminal renovations included new paint, carpet, tile, furniture and fixtures.
Someone intimated I was old this week. Well, actually what he said was, “Dude, you’re so a fossil.”
“I have a Facebook page,” I blurted out in my defense.
“Lame,” was the response.
A Boeing 727 was deliberately crashed and filmed–from both inside and outside–for the premiere episode of Curiosity, which airs Sunday on Discovery Channel. This was done to see what actually happens during an airplane crash and to examine the science behind passengers’ best chances for survival. Crash test dummies as well as sensors throughout the airplane were used to reveal the types of forces unleashed in a typical crash.
An article in AIN’s September issue addressed concerns that have been raised about the security of the ADS-B system, which is headed for widespread deployment around the world. ADS-B is designed to replace radar as the primary method for surveillance of airborne traffic.
The European Helicopter Safety Team (Ehest) has published a “training leaflet” for single-pilot operations, in a bid to curb accidents stemming from poor decision-making. The document highlights common errors and suggests strategies to prevent a pilot from being caught in a fatal spiral of events after having chosen the wrong option.
The Learjet 60XR was featured in a recent episode of National Geographic Channel’s Megafactories TV series. In this episode, the assembly of businessman David Morgan’s $14 million Learjet 60XR is highlighted to tell the story of how each business jet is assembled at the Wichita plant, as well as how Bombardier Learjet has reinvented itself to optimize production. The film crew captured how the production line runs and the technical expertise and monumental logistics behind each aircraft.
Flight Display Systems has introduced its Fly HD aircraft video system, which it says is a cost-effective and easy-to-install upgrade path to get full 1080p high-definition video in cabins. The system has been engineered to use HD-SDI signals on the common coaxial cable that is already installed on many aircraft, reducing rewiring and converter boxes. Fly HD flat-panel HD monitors are available in sizes from seven to 55 inches. Installations can range from simple monitor upgrades to a complete cabin management system.
In 2014 the Farnborough airshow will play host to a new event, the Global Intelligent Systems Expo. Air Vice Marshal Baz North, the RAF’s assistant chief of the air staff, announced yesterday at the ADS Defence Conference that the expo will constitute a conference and workshops, plus both static and dynamic displays, to provide a forum for the advancement of intelligent systems and their application. The expo is a collaboration between ADS, Farnborough International and the UK MoD.
Here at the Farnborough International airshow Israeli electronics house Elbit Systems (Hall 1 Stand C14) is highlighting two new systems that expand the company’s portfolio in the field of aircraft protection. J-Music is a new DIRCM [directed infrared countermeasures] system intended for large aircraft, while the All-in-Small is a compact unified protection suite that has both fixed- and rotary-wing applications.
If you’re attending Farnborough International Airshow 2012, be sure to pick up print copies of AIN’s Farnborough Airshow News daily editions at the show from July 9 to 12. Also look to www.AINonline.com for the latest news from the show, including stories, videos, podcasts, blogs and digital flip-through editions of the