Transport Canada has approved the Piaggio Avanti to operate in reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace in Canada. FAA approval for operating in U.S. domestic RVSM airspace is expected shortly, according to Piaggio America of Greenville, S.C. The airplane previously won JAA RVSM approval.
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Just one year ago there were none. Now, four companies have suddenly announced their intention to develop an RVSM STC package for the Learjet 20 series to be available next year. All four companies propose to achieve the approval using the airplane’s original JET autopilot and estimate the price to be around $150,000.
Group RVSM approval for Falcon 10/100s equipped with the original Collins autopilot is expected to be completed early next year. Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., recently received certification for the installation of RVSM altimetry equipment, IS&S air data display units and a Rockwell Collins ADC-87 air data computer. The RVSM package, not including height-monitoring flights, is expected to cost about $125,000.
The Regional Airline Association has urged the FAA to expand its consultations with airlines on domestic reduced vertical separation minimums (DRVSM) to include regional jet operators “to enable an accurate assessment of the costs, benefits and impact on regional airlines.” In a comment to the FAA’s rule proposal, submitted August 8, RAA recommended that the agency amend the rule’s implementation date to ensure that RJs in the U.S.
From now until March 29, 2005, business aircraft operators, including those that fly overseas–even if only occasionally–will be required to have a number of additional, and possibly expensive, avionics and other communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) equipment. This equipment is intended to provide enhanced CNS capabilities for both operators and ATC.
Fall 2001 may not have been the most auspicious time to launch a new business strategy, but for Elliott Aviation its ambitious business plan for the next half-decade is showing signs of success, despite a faltering economy and the impact of September 11 on business aviation.
Honeywell signed a contract with West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo., to develop an RVSM equipment package for the Learjet 30 series. The package, scheduled to be available for installation early next year, includes Honeywell’s AZ-252 advanced air data computer, AM-250 barometric altimeter/airdata computer, BA-250 altimeter display and altitude alerter control.
Avcon Industries, the Newton, Kan. company that developed the Learjet 30 series “Avcon Fin,” is seeking 20 Learjet 24/25s, at least four of which will participate with Avcon’s own aircraft in a group RVSM program for the business jets. Avcon expects the RVSM avionics package and functional test flight to cost $149,225 per aircraft. An initial deposit of $25,000 is required.
As Raytheon Aircraft ramps up significantly the delivery rate of the Premier I–the company aims to ship 40 units this year, more than twice as many aircraft in the second half than the 13 in the first half–it has disclosed several major improvements scheduled for incorporation on new aircraft over the next year and to be available for retrofit on all airplanes previously delivered (31 to date).
August 8 marked the official close of the rulemaking comment period