The AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin has been certified to conduct Rnav (area navigation) satellite-based approaches with vertical guidance to LPV (lateral precision with vertical guidance) minimums. It thus can perform approaches at speeds as low as 45 knots and glidepath angles as high as 9 degrees, with ILS-equivalent minimums–without ILS infrastructure. Europe has begun implementing LPV approaches, which are already common in the U.S.
Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance
The new EASy II flight deck is in full view here at the EBACE show in the cockpit of a Dassault Falcon 900EX. Honeywell, manufacturer of the Primus Epic avionics suite on which the EASy suite is based, has brought the aircraft to Geneva and is offering customer demonstration flights.
The AgustaWestland AW169 medium twin helicopter made its first flight on Thursday at the company’s Cascina Costa plant in northern Italy. The company reported that the eight- to 10-passenger, 9,000-pound helicopter performed “as expected” during the flight to check out general handling and basic systems.
Nextant Aerospace has been awarded several new supplemental type certificates for the 400XT, including STCs for the Rockwell Collins Venue in-flight entertainment system and the Aircell Axxess cabin communication system featuring high-speed wireless Internet connectivity and dual-channel satellite phone service. Nextant also received STCs for additional avionics options, many of which help to pave the way for final certification by the EASA.
Embraer announced at the Singapore Airshow that it has made substantial interior improvements to the Legacy 600/650 family, which will be available for aircraft produced this year. “Key to this is our effort to reduce cabin sound levels, which set a new benchmark for the Legacy 600 and 650 class of aircraft,” said Embraer Executive Jets president Ernie Edwards.
The FAA has issued a proposed plan to transition the national airspace system (NAS) to a performance-based navigation system that relies on GPS and “area navigation everywhere and required navigation performance where beneficial,” instead of defining airways, routes and procedures using VORs and other legacy navaids. A minimum operational network of VORs and an “optimized network” of DMEs would be retained, and this drawdown would be complete by Jan. 1, 2020.
New technology is finally enabling avionics manufacturers to make head-up display (HUD) systems smaller, and Rockwell Collins is first out of the gate with the new HGS-3500. While it wasn’t able to bring a working model of the device to Geneva, the company is displaying a mockup at EBACE (Stand 7036) to show the unit’s stowable capability.
Jet Aviation St. Louis (formerly Midcoast Aviation) has completed the first wide-area augmentation system (Waas) FMS installation in a Dassault Falcon 2000, and it did it under a basic FAA field approval rather than obtaining a full supplemental type certificate (STC).
Gulfstream has received FAA approval to add Waas functionality in the G150 as part of a final-phase manufacturing installation that adds an optional Waas-capable GPS receiver to the airplane. The Waas upgrade is also available for retrofit in G150s already in service.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) has begun scheduling wide area augmentation system (Waas) upgrades on Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21-equipped King Air 200/300s. This installation follows the introduction of the King Air C90GTi upgrade announced last March. According to an HBS spokesman, the King Air 200/300 Waas upgrade offers operational flexibility and cost savings associated with direct and curved area navigation (Rnav) routes.