He took the Citation XLS to the West Star Aviation completion and refurbishment center in Grand Junction, Colo., for a special exterior paint job, starting with overall silver metallic paint, using Sherwin-Williams “Acry Glo” applied from special pressure-pots to ensure an even coat.
FlightSafety International is introducing a hypoxia awareness course at its learning centers.
Denying it is re-evaluating safety aspects of the Mitsubishi MU-2 in response to requests from several Colorado legislators, the FAA said its investigation is the result of a “recent increase in the accident rate” of the turboprop twin. As of press time, 11 people have been killed in six accidents involving MU-2s since last March, including two in Colorado. The MU-2 was the subject of two previous evaluations–in 1983 and 1991.
International Communications Group (ICG) is at Heli-Expo’06 with its newest Iridium-based cabin tele-communication unit (CTU), a single-channel system optimized for helicopter and very light jet use.
FlightSafety International is demonstrating its new mobile graphical flight simulator LNV, a full-flight device that is software-configurable to any helicopter or fixed-wing model, at Heli-Expo’06 Booth No. 1699C.
MU-2 operators can expect to have to complete a more stringent flight-training program, similar to a type rating, as a result of the FAA’s inquiry into the aircraft’s safety record. The new training likely to be required was one of the subjects of the recent 2006 MU-2 Pilots Review of Proficiency (Prop) seminar.
Extending paint life and preventing corrosion is the aim of Granitize, and liquid-formula Xzilon is the product. The South Gate, Calif. company notes that Xzilon has been approved for use by major airframe manufacturers Airbus and Boeing.
In cabin seats, it’s a question of comfort, and Franklin Products of Torrington, Conn., has an answer. The company calls it Soft-Touch and claims it is superior to the currently popular memory-foam products. According to Franklin ergonomist Vesa Vannas, Soft-Touch provides better support and reacts more quickly to passenger movements than memory foam.
New environmental laws enacted by the European Union over the summer could mean that the avionics of tomorrow will be less reliable than radios built before Charles Lindbergh’s solo Atlantic crossing. But before anybody vows never to buy another new piece of aircraft electronics, here’s the full story.
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