An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), tasked by the FAA to advise on ADS-B in introduction strategies, has recommended that the system not be mandated. In large part, this is because many of its potential applications have yet to be fully defined so the benefits payback period on an operator’s investment in the near future would be well outside the typical three-year standard for the major airlines, considered the system’s predominant user group.
In last month’s issue of AIN, in Part 1 of the charter/fractional special report, we covered the current state of the charter and fractional share segments, both in the U.S. and worldwide.
Greenwich AeroGroup has selected Avi IT’s eMan for all of its MRO locations. eMan is a centralized technical publications system with instant access to technical publications such as OEM applications, flight operations content, company maintenance documentation and others.
Having started life mainly focused on the airline sector, Arinc (Booth No. N4221) has further expanded its horizons into business aviation, especially so since the U.S.-based group opened its international division in the UK back in 2000. Since the EBACE show in May, Arinc Direct has added more than 50 business aircraft to the international fleet it supports.
To prevent damage to aircraft as they are moved in hangars, charter and aircraft management provider Talon Air, based at Republic Airport on New York’s Long Island, has installed in two of its hangars a new Optex Redscan laser-scan perimeter-detection system that will warn pilots and hangar personnel when part of an aircraft comes within eight feet of the walls.
Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck went live on Apple’s AppStore on July 25 and had been downloaded more than 3,000 times before Jeppesen formally announced the iPad app’s release three days later. Mobile FliteDeck builds on Jeppesen’s Mobile TC, which displayed worldwide terminal charts on the iPad, with new functionality, including en route charts and geo-referenced (own-ship) position display on GPS-equipped iPads.
Paradigm International’s Paradigm Aerospace helicopter support services subsidiary (Booth No. 1021) has delivered a Bell 407, above, with extensive upgrades to client HeliJet Solutions. The job by the Mt. Pleasant, Pa.-based aviation services provider included avionics, interior and exterior upgrades, as well as a distinctive new exterior paint scheme.
Enterprise Jet Center evolved from Enterprise Products, a gas and oil company that opened a flight department in 1979. The latter’s original 30,000-sq-ft facility remains among the new company’s holdings on Hobby Airport.
FltPlan.com said it is developing an online safety management system (SMS) subscription service for smaller business aviation flight departments and operators. An online service was chosen because it ensures easy access by all from any location and helps with document control.
The useful life of a given helicopter’s components can vary significantly depending upon its mission, making predictive maintenance challenging, but that might be changing.