Fairchild (M7 Aerospace is the current TC holder) Metro III, Somerset, Ky., Jan. 2, 2010–The twin turboprop was substantially damaged after it skidded off the runway, went down an embankment and hit the airport boundary fence. According to the pilot, the aircraft’s nosewheel locked during the landing roll, causing the aircraft to veer to the right. The pilot applied full left rudder, but he was unable to regain control.
In 2008, the FAA issued new rules affecting pilots who fly the remaining fleet of more than 350 Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprops.
Deliveries of turbine-powered business airplanes will continue to fall through the end of next year before beginning a slow but steady recovery in 2011, according to a market forecast released by avionics maker Rockwell Collins. The outlook projects that around 600 turbine business airplanes will roll out of factories next year, with the market remaining relatively flat in 2011 and 2012 before rebounding to pre-recession levels in 2013.
Rockwell Collins has started flight trials of the synthetic-vision portion of the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system in a company-owned Challenger 601, adding one of the last–and most highly anticipated–features to the new avionics system.
Deliveries of turbine-powered business airplanes will continue to fall through the end of next year before beginning a slow but steady recovery in 2011, according to a market forecast released on Friday by avionics maker Rockwell Collins.
The Flight Dynamics division of Rockwell Collins next year plans to introduce a synthetic-vision system (SVS) with its Head-Up Guidance System (HGS, aka HUD) for Bombardier’s Global Express. The SVS HGS will be part of Rockwell’s Pro Line Fusion flight deck in the newest Global Express, and will overlay the normal HGS guidance symbology with a computer-generated, correctly oriented picture of the terrain ahead.
Rockwell Collins’s Airshow 4000 v2 moving map has had a major facelift after the avionics group brought in some of California’s top video game programmers to make sure they got it right. The new v2 is purely a software upgrade and the entirely new mapping includes some 200 3-D enhancements and makes use of satellite-source topographic data from NASA.
Rockwell Collins’s Airshow 4000 v2 moving map has gotten a major facelift, and the company brought in some of California’s top video game programmers to make sure designers got the new version right. The new v2 is a software upgrade, and the entirely new mapping includes some two hundred 3-D enhancements and makes use of satellite-derived topographic data from NASA.
Rockwell Collins’s Venue cabin management system is only just finding its way into production business aircraft, but the 3-D moving-map display is already undergoing a major software upgrade. The Version 2 enhancement is “dramatic,” director of cabin systems product marketing Andrew Mohr told AIN. Entirely new mapping includes some two hundred 3-D enhancements and makes use of satellite source data from NASA.
MD Helicopters Explorer Models 900 and 902 are the subject of an FAA Emergency Airworthiness Directive (2008-22-53) following several recent reports of loss of yaw control in the no-tail rotor (Notar) helicopters. The latest incidents occurred in October, both apparently caused by the separation of the vertical control rod from the actuator.