At the recent Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., Piper Aircraft v-p of sales and marketing Bob Kromer and Cirrus Design CEO Alan Klapmeier told AIN about the progress of their respective single-engine jet prototypes. Both companies’ airplanes are nearly complete and will soon be in the air.
Tucson, Ariz.-based Universal Avionics achieved a significant milestone last month, becoming the first company to certify a synthetic-vision system (SVS) for aircraft. It is a feat that some believe heralds a new era, not only for Universal, but also for aviation itself.
AirCell Inc. and Iridium Satellite LLC have reached an agreement that would allow AirCell to offer Iridium-based satellite communications products and services. As part of the agreement, AirCell is expanding its airborne telecommunications product line by developing new Iridium-based products to be offered through AirCell’s existing network of U.S. dealers, as well as through a newly formed and expanding network of international dealers.
Honeywell’s patent infringement lawsuit against the makers of terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), filed on May 10 in U.S. District Court in Delaware, has stirred a hornet’s nest of criticism by top executives from companies named in the suit.
Pilatus Business Aircraft announced three personnel changes. Mike Rector, previously avionics manager at Pilatus, was promoted to completions center manager. Dennis Ruch, formerly interiors manager, was promoted to logistics manager. Ken Schaelchlin was named customer support manager.
Sometime this month, homeowners surrounding the Boca Raton (Fla.) Airport (BCT) should be able to go to a Web site if they have a complaint about a noisy aircraft. Developed by Megadata of Greenwich, Conn., AirportMonitor software displays departing, arriving and overflying aircraft traffic with a detailed overlay map of the streets neighboring the airport up to 96 mi away.
With a noise study and plans for a Stage 2 aircraft nighttime ban approved by the Palwaukee Municipal Airport commission, Palwaukee (Ill.) Airport (PWK) has taken proactive steps to address noise issues. In late May an FAR Part 150 noise-compatibility study for the airport made 12 recommendations, including a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on Stage 2 aircraft operations.
Technicians at Dassault Falcon Jet’s completion center in Little Rock, Ark., have on this month’s docket the installation in a Falcon 900EX of a new high-speed-data satcom system designed by EMS Technologies. Known as the HSD-128, the data unit is claimed to be the first such system installed by an aircraft OEM for a customer airplane–in this case the wealthy CEO of an Internet company.
Tucson, Ariz.-based Universal Avionics announced receipt of a TSO certifying the company’s Universal Cockpit Display, a handheld tablet computer with an 8.4-in. touchscreen. At a list price of $33,500, the handheld device is more expensive than other electronic flight bags (EFB) on the market, but it has the advantage of interfacing directly with the airplane’s FMS.
Goers and GOTS describe two critical FAA programs planned for later this year and early next year, respectively. Goers stands for GPS outage en route simulation, while GOTS is similar, but with terminal replacing en route.