Net sales for Flight Options increased in the fourth quarter of last year compared with the same period in 2005, but the fractional provider recorded an operating loss quarter-over-quarter. Nevertheless, parent Raytheon stands by the company. “Flight Options essentially met or exceeded all the operational objectives that we had in place,” said Raytheon CFO Dave Wajsgras.
Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) has unveiled a new automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) receiver that uses a 16 MHz or better sampling rate, a new algorithm and enhanced error correction to decode 1,090-MHz extended squitter transmissions correctly even in the presence of extreme frequency congestion.
Europe’s ambitious program to introduce mode-S surveillance datalink technology has once again been rescheduled to account for operational and technical difficulties. On January 13, Eurocontrol announced a “rationalization” of the implementation timetable for mode-S elementary (ELS, known in North America as “upgraded mode-S”) and enhanced (EHS) surveillance for IFR flights in general air traffic (IFR/GAT).
Wire strikes–long the bane of low-altitude rotorcraft and agplane operations–could be reduced if a system now undergoing testing on both sides of the Atlantic is able to supplement or even replace marker balls and continuously flashing strobes. It could also aid other low-flying aircraft in avoiding any obstacles in the flight path.
Dallas-based Aviall, which supplies parts for more than 200 aviation manufacturers, will now integrate its Raytheon Aircraft inventory into Raytheon’s aircraft parts and inventory distribution (Rapid) program. Aviall’s part listings, totaling more than 60,000 components, will further increase the quantity and range of spares available for Beech and Hawker customers.
A May 11 trial date has been set for the start of a lawsuit in which four former Flight Options pilots allege they were fired because of their union-organizing activities before the company merged with Raytheon Travel Air. However, a settlement could come sooner. The case is scheduled to go before a mediator early this month. The pilots filed the lawsuit in late 2002.
According to NBAA, the four-day show, which ran from February 13 to 16, drew 1,525 attendees, 75 more than last year’s show, and 275 exhibitors, 37 more than in 2004. The one-day Schedulers Professional Development Program continues to grow, with more than 100 attending this year, including “numerous pilots and at least one flight department manager,” said Jay Evans, former NBAA liaison to the Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee.
Plano, Texas-based PFSweb has been named to manage Raytheon Aircraft Western Hemisphere parts and inventory distribution (Rapid) inventory of more than 300,000 serial-numbered parts. According to Raytheon Aircraft, PFSweb’s participation in Rapid “improves order consistency and accuracy, expedites shipping and enhances issue resolution.” PFSweb also manages Rapid’s new European facility
The next generation of airborne weather radars won’t just see the storms, they will remember what they have scanned and store that information in a computer database.
Some three-and-a-half years ago, Safe Flight Instrument of White Plains, N.Y., received supplemental type certification for its Powerline Detection System (PDS) on the company’s own Aerospatiale SA341G Gazelle. Since then the Safe Flight system has been certified and installed on Eurocopter AS 350s, EC 135s and AS 365s and Mil Mi-17s flying in Australia, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland and the U.S.