In an experiment reminiscent of Jimmy Doolittle’s trailblazing instrument blind flight in 1929, researchers at Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) have conducted a full takeoff and landing flight of their testbed fly-by-wire Bell 205 helicopter controlled by a pilot completely “under the hood” and receiving all his visual cues via a helmet-mounted enhanced synthetic vision system (ESVS).
Oxford Aviation of Oxford, Maine, introduced a three-in-one boot treatment called Tri-Guard. It is a silicone-free treatment that rejuvenates and conditions de-icing boots with a high gloss finish, offers protection from ozone degradation and UV rays, enhances the flexibility and durability of the boot and helps the actual ice-shedding process.
Bahama Bay Resort had no sooner announced the opening of its heliport for public use when it had to close because of damage from Hurricane Frances. Located in West End, Grand Bahama, on the north jetty of the marina at Old Bahama Bay, the helipad’s normal operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. U.S. customs and immigration clearance fees are about $100.
Innotech Aviation (Booth No. 8039) has begun construction of a 41,000-sq-ft, two-bay paint facility, scheduled to be up and running by the first quarter of next year. The hangar, on Montreal’s Pierre Trudeau International (Dorval) Airport, will be large enough to accept business aircraft such as the Bombardier Global XRS, for which Innotech has been a preferred completion center since 2005.
Enhanced-vision system (EVS) manufacturer Max-Viz is in Atlanta this week at Booth No. 1501 unveiling three new systems, including an application of its dual-sensor system integrated with Rockwell Collins’ head-up display (HUD) on the Boeing Business Jet for landing credits.
Iridium has named suppliers to help it build and deploy the Iridium Next satellite constellation over the next several years. Partners will include Boeing, General Dynamics, Avaliant, KinetX, MicroSat Systems and Trident Sensors. The Next network is predicted to cost around $2.2 billion and will consist of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites plus a dozen or so spares.
Thales Aerospace this week is expected to unveil retrofit options covering four of its products in the business aviation market. The French group already has a U.S. presence and is creating a dealer and installation center network to deal directly with operators.
Iridium hardware maker International Communications Group (ICG) reports launching a study to determine the potential requirements for an aeronautical satcom antenna capable of linking to a proposed high-speed-data transceiver under development by Iridium.
L-3 Avionics Systems has received STC approval and parts manufacturer approval aboard the King Air C90 for the Iris infrared imaging system. The C90 is the first application for Iris, which a spokeswoman said is generating “tremendous interest. We have installation and certification programs under way for many different platforms.”
Iridium is inching closer to obtaining ICAO and FAA approvals that will allow airlines to use the satellite service for transmitting safety-of-flight messages to ATC on oceanic routes and over the North Pole.