Business Jet Technologies last month announced FAA certification for the company’s reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) compliance package for the Gulfstream II and IIB. The Dallas-based company said the upgrade requires only “simplified augmentation” of the airplane’s air-data computer and uses existing altimetry components, significantly reducing cost and downtime.
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West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., received an amendment to its August 2003 Learjet 35/36 STC that adds RVSM equipment installation approval to airplanes equipped with FC-530 and FC-200 autopilots, various wing configurations, and Avcon and Raisbeck mods. The avionics package for all aircraft in the amended STC is essentially the same as the original.
Chelton Flight Systems announced completion of the STC for the company’s FlightLogic synthetic-vision EFIS in the Cessna Citation 501.
Raytheon Aircraft is now offering a complete package of RVSM compliance paperwork and flight-test services for operators of Beechcraft and Hawker turbine business aircraft once they are equipped and approved with RVSM avionics.
Just two locations–Atlantic City, N.J., and Wichita–are in service to provide ground-based aircraft height monitoring to meet RVSM altitude-performance requirements. Cleveland and a yet-to-be-determined city in Arizona are slated to go into service “soon.” Roanoke, Va., and two cities in Canada are also behind schedule.
The FAA last month granted Innovative Solutions & Support an STC for installation of the company’s 10-inch displays in the Pilatus PC-12. Like its previous PC-12 approval for installation of two 15-inch display units, IS&S’s latest STC includes TCAS, TAWS and RVSM compatibility.
Avcon Industries expects to have FAA group approval for its RVSM equipment package for Learjet 35s and 36s by the NBAA Convention later this month. The Newton, Kan. company is also working with Stevens Aviation on a Universal Avionics glass cockpit for the Learjet 20 and 30 series.
Business Jet Technologies, the co-developer of the Quiet Technologies Stage 3 hush kit for the Gulfstream II/IIB, has launched avionics upgrade programs for the aircraft models based on the recent mandates for terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) and reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) equipment.
The pressure is on for Exton, Pa.-based Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S), but you would never know it from talking with company marketing executives.
Now that much of the world has applied reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) standards in the upper flight levels, it was only a matter of time before forward-thinking China followed suit.