GKN Aerospace’s acquisition of the U.S. company astech gives GKN increased capability in titanium structures. Now renamed astech Engineering Products, the company produces lightweight honeycomb structures that offer weight and noise reduction in the manufacture of aircraft.
ProFlight Proficiency Flight Training of Carlsbad, Calif., will soon be adding a Citation CJ3 simulation device to its training platform. The Fidelity Flight Simulation device includes a Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite with a three-screen display, APP-85 AFCS, FMS-3000 flight management system and electronic charting capabilities, in addition to a six-axis motion base and a cross-cockpit visual display.
With the ink still fresh on the paperwork certifying the installation of the $500,000 enhanced vision system (EVS) from Gulfstream and Kollsman, rival avionics manufacturers are accelerating their development programs to bring competing products to market quickly.
After a 26-year relationship with FlightSafety International, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) announced at last month’s NBAA Convention that it will shift MU-2 training to SimCom Training Centers in Orlando, Fla., initially using existing former FSI simulators.
Icarus Instruments of Tokoma Park, Md., has introduced SatTalk II, a low-cost satcom system that uses the Iridium network of satellites to route calls around the globe. The $6,000 system consists of a Motorola Series 9505 portable telephone, aircraft-mounted docking station and external antenna. The satphone can be removed from its docking station and used on battery power on the ground away from the airplane.
Legislation to ban certain large transport aircraft that have hush kits from using all European airports starting next April has been scrapped by the European Union. Consequently, the U.S. withdrew a formal complaint submitted last year to the International Civil Aviation Organization. The U.S. maintained that the regulation, that applied to hush-kitted aircraft over 75,000 lb mtow, discriminated against U.S. manufacturers.
Ascent Technologies of Parish, N.Y., has a new product for sucking up spilled fluids from aircraft, ground vehicles and de-icers. The Safety-Vac is faster, safer and less expensive than using absorbent materials, according to Dave Munger, operations manager for Ascent. “The most important feature of the new product is that it is safe from static electricity discharges, so you don’t have to worry about starting a fire.
Innotech Aviation plans to open a new 41,000-sq-ft paint preparation and application facility this July. The paint shop, which will accommodate aircraft as large as the Bombardier Global XRS, features state-of-the-art filters, an independent waste-water cleaning system and variable-speed airflow, making it, according to Innotech, the most modern and technologically advanced hangar of its kind in North America.
A Mitsubishi MU-2 crashed into a car dealership April 15 at about 3 p.m. near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The sole-occupant pilot and one person on the ground were killed. The twin turboprop, N45BS, was registered to Maxfly Aviation of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was being operated by Crucian International Airlines.
The DOT is proposing to eliminate many of the drug-related questions required to be answered by employers on the annual management information system (MIS) forms. If the proposal is adopted, 14 question areas will be dropped from the MIS form. Elimination of the data will reduce the MIS form to a single page and standardize the information collected across DOT agencies, including the FAA.