The European Union’s research program on noise reduction, Silence(r), officially ended in June with promising results. It explored all noise sources, from engines to landing gear and flaps. However, although it achieved a reduction of five decibels in aircraft noise, several more leads need to be developed to reach the ambitious target of cutting a full 10 dB from average noise levels by 2020.
Swearingen SA-226T, Teterboro, N.J., May 31, 2005–The NTSB blamed the pilot’s “improper decision to depart with a known deficiency, which resulted in a loss of control during landing at the destination airport. A factor was the fuel control units’ improper flight idle fuel flow rate.”
The new TopFlight satellite data unit (SDU) from Thales is small, light and affordable enough to bring satellite communications to single-aisle and regional airliners.
Saab Systems (Stand W326) has developed a new software suite and integration platform that allows users to connect a wide variety of systems to a common network, without the need for expensive hard-coding and software integration. Known as WISE (widely integrated systems environment), the system has a number of applications but is particularly well-suited to military training involving differing platforms and services.
The European Union is about to launch a massive seven-year, ?1.6 billion ($2 billion) research program dubbed Clean Sky, which will include developing six demonstrators for greener technologies. The European Council of Ministers is expected to formally adopt the comprehensive project next month.
CMC Electronics (Stand E230) is providing its new TacView portable mission display for AC-130 gunships operated by U.S. Air Force special operations units in conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq. The displays come in a dual installation for paperless cockpit operations, including aircraft data and procedures manuals, interactive electronic charts and improved situational awareness, using USAF’s Falcon- View mission planning system.
Lockheed Martin delivered the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) equipment to the FAA on budget and ahead of schedule last month, meeting a major milestone in the agency’s Flight Plan for modernizing the National Airspace System (NAS).
Yingling Aviation, which has found a ready market among Cessna Caravan owners for its Oasis interior, has unveiled a restyled Oasis, “with no increase in price.” Included in the new interior are standard features such as two-tone executive seats with perforated leather insets and more lumbar support, leather-upholstered crew seats, a dual-position divan certified for occupancy during takeoff and landing, forward and aft divan curtains, new sid
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has selected E-A-R Specialty Composites as its partner in developing the cabin thermal/ acoustic package for its new Lineage 1000 bizliner. According to Brian Joyal, business development manager for the Indianapolis-based company, the customized package will incorporate new materials and new technology.
Corpair Supply, the component arm of Chesterfield, Mo.-based Avmats, can now clean, bubble point and flow check Falcon hydraulic filters. It also offers a complete set of exchange filters for the Falcon 10, 20, 200 and 50s. The company has more than 25 years of experience in heavy maintenance, sheet metal, avionics, engines, APUs, interiors and modifications.