Bermuda’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is now accepting the Vector Safety Management System (SMS), available to Rockwell Collins’ Arinc Direct customers, as a means of compliance for the country’s SMS mandate. The DCA requires foreign business aviation operators to have an SMS program in place or to have started the SMS implementation process. The web-based Vector SMS program, provided through an agreement with Polaris Aero, integrates with the Arinc Direct flight operation service so customers can implement all the critical components of a safety management system.
Some people scratched their heads when Gulfstream announced last month the inclusion of sales and marketing people into the company’s safety management system (SMS). Gulfstream, however, saw the move as closing the final loop in the SMS chain to link together all 14,000 people in 42 countries.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s inspector general (IG) last month issued recommendations related to the FAA plan to integrate two runway safety systems with airport surface detection equipment (ASDE-X). The two systems are the runway status lights (RWSL) system, which gives pilots a visible warning when runways are occupied; and the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system that generates simultaneous alerts to controllers and pilots of potential runway incursions and ground collisions.
As of July 24, there are 3,430 wide-area augmentation system (Waas) localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approach procedures serving 1,690 U.S. airports. There are also 555 localizer performance (LP) approach procedures in the U.S. serving 404 airports.
Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS helicopter stability augmentation system (SAS) and autopilot is now available for retrofit installation in Robinson R44 helicopters. The former Cobham subsidiary, which makes Chelton EFIS and STEC autopilot systems, was bought out by management in April. Here at LABACE, Genesys is exhibiting with Greenwich Aero Group subsidiary DAC International, which is one of its distributors (Booth 4003).
Pilatus rolled out the first example of its new PC-24 business jet on August 1, just over a year after launching the new model in May 2013. The aircraft is expected to make its first flight by year-end en route to European and U.S. certification in early 2017.
The Prodigy Touch avionics suite for the Embraer Phenom 300 is more than just an optional upgrade that brings a touchscreen flight management system to the light jet’s cockpit. Based on the Garmin G3000 system, Prodigy Touch also brings larger displays and more functionality over the Phenom 300’s standard G1000-based Prodigy flight deck.
Elbit Systems of America provided more detail on the Center Pedestal Display (CPD) it is providing to Lockheed Martin for the F-16V upgrade. Along with a new AESA radar, the CPD is a key element of the upgrade, which is proceeding for 150 Taiwanese F-16A/Bs, while the U.S. Air Force struggles to fund the improvements for its own fleet.
Competing in the MRO business requires more than just maintenance skills and a good price, according to one company. Rick Veague, chief technical officer for IFS North America, a global enterprise software vendor, believes it also takes simple and efficient data tracking.
Precision Aviation Group has acquired Aviation Controls (ACI), an MRO for engine accessories specializing in components and accessories for the GE J-85, Honeywell LTS-101 and Rolls-Royce 250 engines. David Mast, president and CEO of PAG, said, “The acquisition of ACI further diversifies PAG’s MRO capabilities by expanding our services into engine accessories. Our investment in ACI allows us to provide our customers additional capabilities that will improve service levels and facilitate more streamlined purchasing operations.