When asked, “Why an app, and why now?” James Hardie, Arinc Direct’s director for the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, responded, “Once we realized that more than 50 percent of our subscriber base was already using the [Apple] iPad as an electronic flight bag in the cockpit, we knew that we could provide more up-to-date information, automatically, through our own app, whenever it is connected via the Internet to our servers.”
Nextant Aerospace has been awarded several new supplemental type certificates for the 400XT, including STCs for the Rockwell Collins Venue in-flight entertainment system and the Aircell Axxess cabin communication system featuring high-speed wireless Internet connectivity and dual-channel satellite phone service. Nextant also received STCs for additional avionics options, many of which help to pave the way for final certification by the EASA.
Aerion said today that it plans to fly a “more representative” wing test article for its supersonic business jet this summer. Following supersonic tests in 2010 aboard a NASA F-15B, the company has refined the wing design and plans to use the same aircraft to conduct another round of tests in June or July. Fabrication of the 40-inch vertical span by 80-inch chord test article is now under way and will be complete by the end of next month, it said.
Esterline CMC Electronics (Booth No. 9740) is showing how its TacView portable mission display brings numerous capabilities to the helicopter cockpit here at Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas. It is designed for a range of missions, from search and rescue, close air support, firefighting and police operations to medical and offshore oil and gas transport.
FOCUS on…AUTOROTATION TRAINING “Infrequent autorotation training is dangerous,” said Chad Oakley, chief pilot at the Bell Academy, yesterday at a Heli-Expo training session called, “Autorotations, Reality Exposed.” Other participants at the one-hour session–pilots, instructors, and representatives from the FAA, NTSB, OEMs, and several fleet operators–agreed.
Honeywell’s new Sky Connect Tracker III arrived at Dallas Executive Airport (RDB) aboard the company’s Eurocopter AS350 AStar demonstrator, just in time for a flight around the south suburbs, augmented by the company’s helicopter Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS).
The FAA has issued a proposed plan to transition the national airspace system (NAS) to a performance-based navigation system that relies on GPS and “area navigation everywhere and required navigation performance where beneficial,” instead of defining airways, routes and procedures using VORs and other legacy navaids. A minimum operational network of VORs and an “optimized network” of DMEs would be retained, and this drawdown would be complete by Jan. 1, 2020.
On December 16 last year, the European Commission adopted a new regulation mandating Change 7.1 software for airborne collision avoidance systems (Acas II) used in aircraft operating in European airspace. The new regulation applies to turbine-powered aircraft with maximum takeoff weights of more than 5,700 kg (12,566 pounds) or aircraft authorized to carry more than 19 passengers.
Safe Flight Instrument is celebrating its 65th anniversary with several new programs, including a speed-control system for the Cessna 400 and 208, Lancair Evolution, Quest Kodiak and Viking Twin Otter and autothrottles for the Gulfstream G150, Cessna Citation X and Hawker 800 series.
Business aircraft flight activity in the U.S. last month mostly maintained status quo from a year ago, barely increasing by 0.2 percent, according to TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. As it has for much of the year, Part 91 flying led the pack, with a year-over-year climb of 4.9 percent. Fractional flying, which has trended positive in recent months, contracted by 0.6 percent last month.