The FAA has approved the enhanced vision system (EVS) recently installed in a Gulfstream V flight simulator at FlightSafety’s Savannah, Ga. training center. The first pilots have completed EVS training in the level-D simulator and at press time were preparing to fly the real thing.
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) has demanded a “balanced approach” to environmental controls in the European Union transport industry following the publication of its new study on the noise performance of the continent’s regional airline fleet. The “Growing Quieter” report concluded that the noise generated by the average regional aircraft is about half what it was in the early 1970s.
The FAA selected the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to be the lead partner in a Center of Excellence program on aircraft noise and emissions mitigation. MIT will lead a team from other colleges and universities, as well as industry and government, to research and develop solutions for mitigating existing and anticipated noise and emissions-related problems.
Making its surprise debut at last month’s MAKS airshow just outside Moscow, Kazan Helicopters’ Aktai is a roomy three-seat trainer with an aft cargo cabin similar to Western pickup trucks’ so-called “crew cabs.” Powered by a single 270-shp VAZ 4256 turboshaft, the Aktai has a mtow of 2,530 pounds, 97-knot max speed and a 13,000-foot ceiling.
They say that turnabout is fair play, and that’s evidently what a proactive North Carolina tobacco grower thought he was doing when he sued a local high school over its use of a helicopter to place an air conditioner on its rooftop. This, after he had been refused permission to operate a helicopter from his own land without a permit.
A scale model of the six-seat Safire S-26 ultralight twinjet is undergoing wind-tunnel testing with the goal of verifying the aerodynamic design before preliminary design reviews of the airplane’s cost, performance and features. Following the completion of these reviews and an anticipated design freeze this July, the detailed design and production documentation phase will begin.
Elliott Aviation has received FAA STCs for installing Universal flat-panel integrated displays (FPIDs), Universal TAWS and Collins AHRS in Citation 550/560s. The Universal FPID STC replaces the standard Citation electromechanical or EFIS ADI and HSI flight instruments with Universal EFI-550 five-inch LCD FPIDs. Two-, three- or five-tube installation options are available.
Wilson Air Center of Memphis, Tenn. has installed a new 32-inch, high-definition monitor interfaced with the WSI Pilotbrief Pro Weather System, a new flight decision support system that combines weather, airspace and flight plan information into a single integrated display.
At nearly the halfway point, this year continues to build on what has been an 18-month-long trend of lower pre-owned inventory and stabilizing prices among most models, especially late-model and current-production aircraft. In late 2002, pre-owned inventory rose above 2,050 units and has since backed off to 1,814, roughly a 12-percent decline.
For most pilots, the attention-grabbing feature of the newest entries in the small-aircraft general aviation market, such as the Cirrus SR22, is probably their large-format cockpit displays. They’re colorful, bold and big, and they offer capabilities undreamed of in this class of aircraft even two or three years ago.