The Solar Impulse has made significant progress toward its goal of being the first solar-powered aircraft to fly at night. Led by psychiatrist and accomplished aeronaut Bertrand Piccard, the team began construction of the 200-foot-wingspan prototype in late April. Flight tests are scheduled to start next year.
Virgin USA has launched Virgin Charter, an online marketplace for charter operators and customers.
Finding a rental car at an FBO will be much easier soon as Enterprise Rent-A-Car signed an agreement to serve customers at Landmark Aviation’s 34 North American FBOs. The cars will be available either on-site or from local Enterprise locations, and Landmark customers will receive a discount on the Enterprise rentals.
The Hawker 43Ah steel case, sealed lead-acid battery has been STC’d for installation in the Embraer Brasilia. The unit was developed as a replacement for the factory-installed SAFT 4076-9 and 4078-10. It is already in use on the Bandeirante, Twin Otter and Dash 8.
“Today, 13 percent of all the world’s business jets are based in Europe,” said Larry Flynn, Gulfstream president for product support. “This is our largest market outside the United States. As such, we have ramped up our parts inventory to ensure our European operators as well as transient operators in Europe receive the parts they need, when they need them.”
Jet-Care and Honeywell have launched a fault-code reporting service for TFE731 DEEC engine operators. The new service is being offered in addition to Jet-Care’s existing engine performance trend monitoring program.
CAE SimuFlite has relocated its Sikorsky S-76 simulator to its new Northeast facility, near Morristown Airport, N.J., from its headquarters at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. SimuFlite’s Sikorsky S-76 simulator can be reconfigured between the S-76C+ and S-76B, and is the only S-76 level-D simulator to feature full-size chin windows, according to the company.
Avionics manufacturer OP Technologies is about to enter the market for TSO’d avionics in FAA-certified airplanes. After launching its integrated cockpit avionics suite in the experimental aircraft market, OP Technologies is preparing to receive FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization for its avionics and an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of the new avionics in the Cirrus SR22.
Iridium hardware maker International Communications Group (ICG) reports launching a study to determine the potential requirements for an aeronautical satcom antenna capable of linking to a proposed high-speed-data transceiver under development by Iridium.
Shipping giant UPS and partner Aviation Communication and Surveillance Systems (ACSS) last month submitted the approval paperwork to the FAA for a suite of ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) avionics intended to streamline busy operations at UPS’s Louisville, Ky. hub.