Recent improvements and upgrades to the software that drives Chelton’s FlightLogic synthetic-vision EFIS have been keeping the company’s R&D engineering staff almost as busy as it was in the months leading to certification of the avionics system.
With all the recent talk about glass cockpits migrating to light airplanes, it has been an exciting 12 months not only for GA pilots and aviation enthusiasts, but also for avionics installers. The Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention was awash in news and unconfirmed talk of new products from the major avionics manufacturers, with much of the attention focused on Garmin and Avidyne, makers of low-end glass cockpits.
How much would it be worth to be able to reliably predict the structural failure of any part or component of an aircraft long before any flaw becomes visible? To be able to discover that there would be a structural failure in the top of a fuselage, in a vertical stabilizer or even in a landing gear before there was any visible indication such as a crack?
Since Honeywell launched its Web-based e-Engine program three years ago, more than 3,000 users have signed up. They represent some 1,350 owner-operators of business and regional aircraft and 254 service providers. The program integrates information from several aircraft data systems and provides operators with engine condition trend monitoring, technical publications and engine/GSE software downloads.
EVASWorldwide, the Ramsey, N.J.-based distributor for the Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS), has appointed Business Jet Aircraft Completions (BJAC) as an installation center. BJAC has service facilities in Hartford, Conn., Montreal and Tucson. BJAC will now offer EVAS clients its international mobile technical-service teams. These mobile teams travel to a client’s home base and perform system installations.
Cropdusters fondly call their craft the back-and-forth business. Or at least “aerial application,” hoping to dust off their perception as noxious tumbleweeds. In the days following September’s terrorist attacks, aerial applicators operating under FAR Part 137, except those in firefighting, were more down-and-out than back-and-forth.
The board of directors at Bombardier will give CEO Paul Tellier a bonus of as much as $8.5 million in 2006 if the company meets profit and sales targets. His annual salary of $1.4 million will remain unchanged until January 2006.
The temporary reduction in navigation and ATC user charges in Canada will be eliminated on December 31 in one of several steps Nav Canada is taking to stem a potential revenue shortfall resulting from reduced flight operations after September 11.
A new Web site, scheduled to be fully operational this month, promises to provide data on the major fractional programs, including detailed descriptions of aircraft ages, flight tracker, classified ads for buying and selling shares and a “complete database” of owners.
Operators waiting for the long-delayed certification of the Orenda V8 turbocharged piston engine retrofit for the King Air C90 will have to wait a little longer. Orenda officials in Nova Scotia told AIN that the engine installation kit is being redesigned with the aim of making it more “maintenance friendly.” The company is now aiming for an STC by year-end.