The FAA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to adopt a new airworthiness directive for Airbus Helicopters AS355Es, AS355Fs, AS355F1s and AS355F2s with a Fueltron flowmeter installed. This AD would require removing each flowmeter, replacing the fuel system hoses and disabling the electrical connections for the flowmeter installation. It is prompted by a report of particle contamination creating an obstruction in a flowmeter, resulting in an uncontrolled flameout of the engine.
Superior Tube has named Wade Burchell as aerospace market manager. Burchell joined the company at its facility in Collegeville, Penn. last May, having previously held director-level sales and marketing positions with a number of aerospace businesses. His 22 years of experience, gained across international markets, cover aircraft and aerospace products, ground support equipment and military subcontract manufacturing. Wade is also a Naval Academy graduate and retired U.S. Navy pilot with more than 20 years’ service.
Hilton Software is demonstrating the latest addition to the features of its moving-map app at its Sun ’n’ Fun booth (No. D-081/082), integration of the Pebble smart watch with WingX Pro7. The watch connects to an iPad or iPhone running WingX Pro7 and displays navigation information and battery level indications and provides vibrating notifications. Pebble integration is available with the latest version of WingX Pro7, version 8.0, which also includes the ability to add SIDs, Stars and instrument approach procedures to flights plans and display user documents in a split screen.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for certain Bombardier CL600-2B16s (CL601-3A, CL601-3R, and CL604 variants). It was prompted by reports of airspeed mismatch between the pilot’s and copilot’s airspeed indicators during or after heavy rain. The AD requires inspecting for drain bottles having certain part numbers and replacing affected drain bottles.
Until recently, electrically dimmable aircraft windows were dependent on electrical current supplied through the aircraft grid. With new technology from French energy specialist Sunpartner and its recently acquired French partner Vision Systems (Booth No. C9925), that is about to change.
According to Ludovic Deblois, CEO and founder of Sunpartner Group, the company’s new Wysips Glass can transform any glass surface into a photovoltaic energy-generating solar panel producing enough energy to power the dimmable window itself without the need of an external power source.
Convergent Performance CEO Tony Kern thinks it’s time the aviation industry moved past the old adage that “to err is human.” In his recent book, The Blue Threat, the human-factors expert argues that to err is in fact “inhuman.”
A Gulfstream G650 set a city-pair speed record last month on a flight between Shanghai and Newark, N.J., flying the 6,855-nm route in 13 hours and 32 minutes, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. The jet took off from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on April 18 carrying five passengers and four crewmembers. ATC restrictions kept the G650 below FL310 for the first hour before it was cleared to climb to its normal cruising altitude of FL410 to FL510.
For those who have tried to balance a piece of luggage the size of a Prius on the bathroom scale before heading off to the airport, there’s a solution from Tool Testing Lab: the GripScale.
According to the company the scale is ideal for the business aviation industry, where weight-and-balance calculations are sometimes critical and not easily calculated. Tool Testing has certified the digital scale to NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) requirements and is an aviation distributor for the item’s manufacturer, eBags of Denver.
“No traditional business jet will take you closer to the speed of sound,” promises Gulfstream in an announcement about its recently certified G650, which boasts a maximum velocity of Mach 0.925.
Amid the recent announcements of major fuel companies withdrawing from the general-aviation arena, independent fuel provider Avfuel continues to see growth and opportunity in the market. Over the past year, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company has added 57 new FBOs to its network, bringing its total to well over 600 locations nationwide.
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