In a letter to the Department of Transportation last month, AOPA renewed its support of loran as a possible low-cost, ideal backup to the future GPS-based ATC system. The letter went to the Coast Guard because it is responsible for operation and maintenance of loran.
For years, the moving-map display was little more than a page from Mrs. Grundy’s third-grade geography book, with a moving generic aircraft icon keeping track of progress. No more.
Camp Systems has been selected to take over the Facts maintenance tracking business from Raytheon Aircraft Company (RAC). The agreement designates Camp as the exclusive factory-endorsed provider of maintenance tracking services for all Hawkers and Beechcraft. It also calls for Camp to provide extensive feedback to RAC for maintenance and reliability data for the entire Hawker and Beechcraft fleet.
Weco Aerospace Systems, a privately held aviation-component overhaul company specializing in electrical, electronic accessories and flight instrument services, has been acquired by Gulfstream Aerospace. The business will retain the Weco name and become part of Gulfstream’s product support business. The purchase is expected to close by the end of the first quarter; financial details have not been disclosed.
Cessna Aircraft has entered into an agreement with Innovative Solutions & Support for the avionics maker to provide flat-panel display systems for legacy Cessna Citations. The new system replaces existing round dials and displays and will be distributed and installed through 34 Cessna Service Centers worldwide.
Last week’s stock market tumble put a chokehold on Inmarsat’s Swift64 satellite ISDN service as business jet passengers, particularly those on the U.S. East Coast, scrambled for their laptops and, perhaps predictably, brought the network to a grinding halt. As demand for the service continues to skyrocket, Swift64 is having trouble handling data traffic in the U.S. and Europe at peak times, especially on weekday afternoons.
The FAA is releasing a new Web-based program that lets the user fill out, digitally sign and print forms online. The user can also interact with the FAA when necessary and forward forms directly to the aircraft registry to be placed in the official aircraft records.
With more than 20,000 product launches packed into the span of just four days, January’s Consumer Electronics Show surely thrilled the throng of technophiles in attendance. For everybody else, the event probably seemed more like a techno-blur.
Iridium last month disclosed plans for a future satellite constellation to replace the 66 low-earth-orbit satellites that make up its current satcom network.
Boeing Business Jets said enhanced-vision system (EVS) capability is coming to the BBJ, but the technology will be offered as a retrofit both for new and in-service airplanes. In other words, buyers of new BBJs seeking to add EVS must first take delivery of their airplane before sending it to an installation center to add the EVS camera system at a cost of between $500,000 and $750,000 for the hardware alone.