Technology

February 7, 2008 - 10:12am

Loran will continue, and be modernized, according to the recently released U.S. Fiscal Year 2009 budget. Furthermore, system responsibility will be placed with the National Protection and Programs Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security, which has chosen it as the backup for national infrastructure elements that currently depend on GPS.

February 7, 2008 - 5:31am

New regulations limiting–and in some cases prohibiting–the transport of certain types of batteries on passenger aircraft are directed at the airlines, but business jet operators throughout the U.S. are addressing the issue with similar policies and recommendations following an increase in the number of aviation incidents involving overheated batteries and battery-powered devices.

February 7, 2008 - 5:31am

New regulations limiting–and in some cases prohibiting–the transport of certain types of batteries on passenger aircraft are directed at the airlines, but business jet operators throughout the U.S. are addressing the issue with similar policies and recommendations following an increase in the number of aviation incidents involving overheated batteries and battery-powered devices.

February 7, 2008 - 5:26am

As promised, NASA in December released responses collected from the airline and general aviation pilot surveys as part of the National Aviation Operational Monitoring Service (NAOMS) project from April 2001 through December 2004. However, the safety data is heavily redacted and published in raw form, making it difficult to glean any useful conclusions.

February 7, 2008 - 5:26am

As promised, NASA in December released responses collected from the airline and general aviation pilot surveys as part of the National Aviation Operational Monitoring Service (NAOMS) project from April 2001 through December 2004. However, the safety data is heavily redacted and published in raw form, making it difficult to glean any useful conclusions.

February 6, 2008 - 10:29am

Cirrus Design late last year struck a deal with the Duluth, Minn. Economic Development Authority to move its single-engine jet research and development activity to a former Northwest Airlines maintenance hangar adjacent to its headquarters at Duluth Airport. The authority on December 27 passed a resolution of intent to lease the 189,000-sq-ft facility to Cirrus for 25 years, with an option for 25 more.

February 6, 2008 - 10:29am

Cirrus Design late last year struck a deal with the Duluth, Minn. Economic Development Authority to move its single-engine jet research and development activity to a former Northwest Airlines maintenance hangar adjacent to its headquarters at Duluth Airport. The authority on December 27 passed a resolution of intent to lease the 189,000-sq-ft facility to Cirrus for 25 years, with an option for 25 more.

February 5, 2008 - 4:50am

Fidelity Flight Simulation, a Pittsburgh maker of full-motion flight-training devices (FTDs) for fixed-wing aircraft, this month plans to deliver the company’s first-ever helicopter simulator. Based on the medium-twin Eurocopter EC 135, the device is scheduled for late-May delivery to its new owner, EMS operator Stat Medevac.

February 5, 2008 - 4:50am

Fidelity Flight Simulation, a Pittsburgh maker of full-motion flight-training devices (FTDs) for fixed-wing aircraft, this month plans to deliver the company’s first-ever helicopter simulator. Based on the medium-twin Eurocopter EC 135, the device is scheduled for late-May delivery to its new owner, EMS operator Stat Medevac.

February 4, 2008 - 9:29am

In a historic first the FAA has issued a TSO for the synthetic-vision EFIS developed by Chelton Flight Systems of Boise, Idaho. Intended primarily for the high-performance piston and turboprop markets, the system is unique in aviation because of its ability to portray 3-D views of terrain and obstacles and so-called highway-in-the-sky (HITS) guidance cues on a full-color primary flight display.

 
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