Our community will face greater change in the next 10 years than we experienced in the last 50. We will see new communications, navigation and surveillance equipment, as well as changes in piloting requirements and procedures. A new class of very light jets (VLJs) will emerge, and owner pilots will be operating them in airspace previously the pur-view of professionals.
Reduced Vertical Separation Minima
Admittedly, there are a few serious concerns regarding the implementation of RVSM on January 20. However, when you talk to a lot of operators and MROs about it, you begin to recognize that most people aren’t as upset by it as conventional wisdom would have you believe. What you do discover is a lot of misunderstanding and a certain amount of hyperbole.
AvQuotes.com uses the Internet to match people seeking maintenance with more than 50 maintenance facilities. It’s a simple, logical idea that apparently never occurred to anyone before Sheldon Early and his wife went to lunch one afternoon. “Six years ago I was at Stevens Aviation as vice president of business development,” Early, AvQuotes president, told AIN.
Innovative Solutions & Support announced last month that the FAA has awarded the company TSO certification for its 12- by 9-inch flat-panel flight display after a combination of successful ground and flight demonstration milestones. Roman Ptakowski, president of IS&S in Exton, Pa., said the certification clears the way for applications of the display in the military, commercial and general aviation markets.
Business aviation services provider Elliott Aviation is making its EBACE debut this week. The 71-year-old company (Booth No. 1561) is showcasing its range of total aircraft solutions here, including its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified elite series cockpit upgrades. The upgrade includes installation of Universal Avionics’ EFI-890R large-format flat-panel display and Vision-1 synthetic vision system.
Revue Thommen, the Swiss avionics manufacturer (Booth No. 712), has announced that its AD32 air data display with autopilot alerter has been integrated into an RVSM package available for European-registered Hawker Beechcraft King Air twin turboprops. The European Aviation Safety Agency issued an STC for the package to Elliott Aviation of the U.S.
JetTech of Littleton, Colo., last month announced it has received an STC for an RVSM kit for pre-275 serial number Cessna Citation 500s equipped with Bendix autopilots. The kit, said to be the only one of its kind, includes two Honeywell digital altimeters, an air-data interface unit, pitot-static plumbing and wiring harnesses.
New air traffic management plans are one means by which nations can reduce carbon dioxide emissions. According to Giovanni Bisignani, director general of the International Air Transport Association, implementation of the Single European Sky program can reduce aviation CO2 by 12 percent. He added, “We have 34 air traffic control centers in Europe versus one [provider] in the U.S.
Effective September 1, operators will be required to use a new set of flight plan aircraft equipment suffixes to indicate advanced navigation capabilities. According to an FAA notice published last week, either J, K, L or a newly defined Q is to be used to specify advanced RNAV and RVSM capabilities. Pilots should continue to use a W to indicate RVSM capability only.
Nearly seven months after domestic RVSM went into effect only four aircraft models have reached 100-percent fleet compliance with RVSM requirements–the Gulfstream G100, Learjet 45 and Citation CJ2 and X.