The increasing number of GPS approaches is making those government approach plate publications so thick for some regions that they have become unwieldy. Therefore, the FAA has decided to split the volumes to cover smaller regions. Starting with the November 1 revision cycle, there will be four additional volumes of the terminal procedures publication added to the Northeast series, the South Central series and the Southwest series.
NASA’s small aircraft transportation system (SATS), a five-year, $69 million project aimed at maximizing the benefits of light aircraft and small airports, announced at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh that it selected four teams to participate in its initial research and development phase. The Maryland team will focus on evolving existing flight procedures, integrating new technology and studying human factors.
Man-carried portable air defense systems (Manpads), also known as shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, in the hands of terrorists have a lot of people very worried. It’s debatable how significant the concern really is– particularly in comparison with the threat from other sources.
Raytheon Aircraft Services Ltd. in Chester, England, has started offering a program for older Hawker business jets to comply with the requirements for reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) in preparation for the start of European RVSM in January. Hawker 700s that do not have air-data computers will be fitted with the air-data display unit developed by Innovative Solutions & support of Malvern, Pa.
BBA Group, parent company of Signature Flight Support FBOs and the Dallas Airmotive maintenance center, has acquired Barrett Turbine Engine Company. Barrett specializes in the repair and overhaul of turbine-engine components, particularly for the Honeywell TFE731 series. No changes in the management or location of the Augusta, Ga., company are planned, said BBA Aviation officials.
As part of research activities under the NASA/FAA Joint Universities Program, the MIT International Center for Air Transportation is investigating factors that may act as barriers to the utility of general aviation (GA) transportation in North America. If you use the North American GA transportation system, then MIT would appreciate your feedback on what factors reduce GA utility and what can be done about it.
Parker Hannifin announced a guaranteed cost-per-brake-landing (CPBL) program for Pilatus PC-12s equipped with new Cleveland brakes. The program, provided through Pilatus Business Aircraft of Broomfield, Colo., guarantees a brake cost of $2.85 per landing for 1,000 landings over three years.
Following air traffic controller complaints, the FAA and NASA are reviewing changes to the software controlling the final approach spacing tool (FAST), one of the experimental Free Flight technologies being evaluated by the FAA (see story on page 110). FAST is designed to assign inbound aircraft to specific descent paths and runways to achieve a “balanced” flow at multi-runway airports.
Honeywell is on the verge of gaining FAA certification approval for retrofit versions of its Primus Epic integrated avionics suite. Targeting older medium and heavy business jets, Primus Epic CDS/R (control display system/retrofit) has been developed to transform steam-gauge-driven dinosaurs into state-of-the-art hot rods capable of meeting airspace operating requirements for the next decade or more.
Honeywell is now demonstrating its Inflightmail airborne e-mail service aboard the company’s Citation V. As configured, the system transmits data through the Iridium low-earth-orbit satellite network using an Airsat 1 satphone and onboard computer server.