Cessna received FAA type certification for the Citation CJ3+ on Thursday, some six months after the company introduced the new derivative. The CJ3+ features a Garmin G3000 integrated avionics suite, an automatically controlled cabin pressurization system and an advanced fault and maintenance diagnostic system.
Quest Aircraft received FAA approval to install the Garmin GFC 700 autopilot into its Kodiak turboprop single. The GFC 700–which provides flight director, autopilot, yaw damper, automatic and manual electric trim capabilities–integrates with the Kodiak’s G1000 avionics system. Standard features of the GFC 700 include electronic stability protection, which prevents the airplane from decelerating below established minimum airspeeds and allows for coupled go-arounds. Deliveries of Kodiaks equipped with the Garmin GFC 700 will begin in the fourth quarter.
To improve situational awareness and gather more specific data about helicopter movements and helicopter noise, the FAA is requesting that pilots of civil helicopters operating under VFR at or below 6,000 feet in the Los Angeles Basin squawk transponder code 1205 between September 1 and Feb. 27, 2015. Law enforcement and other first-responder helicopters have been asked to squawk 1206. However, both rotary- and fixed-wing pilots should continue to squawk 1201 when flying in the L.A. Special Flight Rules Corridor.
A Pentagon “quality assurance assessment” of Raytheon’s exoatmospheric kill vehicle (EKV), part of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) System, identified 48 “nonconformances” that could affect the reliability of the system, which is designed to destroy ballistic missiles in flight. Raytheon and partner Boeing said they have already addressed most of the issues.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) believes methane gas expelled from an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico caused the partial power failure on a Bell 206-L3 helicopter departing the MP61A platform on March 24, 2011. The pilot experienced the power failure at about 4:55 p.m., shortly after liftoff. The NTSB attributed the power loss to an engine compressor stall after it ingested methane gas during takeoff.
Jeppesen quickly responded to the September 5 alert about the unscheduled September 4 JeppFD iPad update that reportedly destroyed the application’s terminal approach charts in the process of adding new data. The error occurred when the “update in progress” message appeared on the update screen. Jeppesen told NBAA on September 6 that the update was actually intended for the demonstration side of the JeppFD system and was released in error.
The National Weather Service (NWS) released a tool last week to allow airspace system users to input real-time turbulence and icing Pireps electronically. The Pireps, as well as other weather observations, will be immediately distributed to users throughout the aviation system, including dispatchers and schedulers. The updated information will also be fed into NWS computers to help improve the accuracy of forecasts.
PS Engineering has added “IntelliAudio” dimensional sound to its new PMA450 audio panel. Based on research conducted by the U.S. Air Force’s Wright Patterson Air Force Laboratory and licensed by PS Engineering, IntelliAudio allows the pilot to select where various audio inputs will sound as though they are coming from in the headset. For example, com 1 and 2 can be set in any of nine separate positions, so each audio source sounds separate and unique.
Oceania Aviation’s Airborne Systems subsidiary has received an STC from New Zealand’s CAA for its bike rack on the Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil. Made of aluminum alloy, the device can hold up to six bicycles (three on each side). The system weighs 120 pounds and trained ground crew can load the bikes in 20 seconds, according to the company. An AS355 STC addition was planned for last month.
SiriusXM’s new SXAR1 receiver simplifies delivery of SiriusXM weather and radio products to iPads. The battery-powered receiver connects wirelessly with one iPad via Bluetooth and can also connect simultaneously to a Bluetooth audio-enabled headset. SiriusXM weather subscriptions range from $34.99 to $99.99 per month and offer access to high-resolution radar with echo tops, satellite imagery, lightning strikes, Metars, TAFs, Pireps, TFRs and other products that vary with the subscription level.