The FAA proposes to supersede AD 2013-22-19, which applies to all Gulfstream GVs and GV-SPs. It requires determining if fuel boost pumps with a certain part number are installed, replacing them and revising the airplane maintenance program to include revised instructions for continued airworthiness.
The FAA proposes to supersede AD 2012-14-06, which applies to certain Rolls-Royce 250-C20, - C20B, and -C20R/2 turboshaft engines. The current AD requires a one-time visual inspection and fluorescent-penetrant inspection on certain third- and fourth-stage turbine wheels for cracks in the turbine blades.
The FAA has certified the V400 avionics software for the S-76D, allowing single-pilot IFR operations. The system adds LPV capability for satellite-aided approaches and allows SiriusXM weather to be overlaid on to a moving map. ADS-B data can be transmitted via the mode-S transponder.
The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $19.5 million contract for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, a mobile radar the company says will detect, identify and track drones, missiles and aircraft.
GrandView Aviation (née Baltimore Helicopter Services) is expanding its charter services from a regional-based program in Baltimore to include worldwide-brokered helicopter and jet flights, as well as helicopter fleet management. It will also coordinate ancillary services such as catering and ground transportation for the brokered trips. The company is aiming its new helicopter fleet management services at clients who are purchasing their first aircraft or expanding their fleet.
Operators that need to meet upcoming ADS-B OUT mandates have an option for a precision GPS source, the Esterline CMC Electronics IntegriFlight CMA-5024 Landing System Sensor. The CMA-5024 not only meets the ADS-B OUT GPS sensor requirements but also offers the optional CMA-5025 control panel so the unit can act as a completely independent precision approach system. The CMA-5024 offers RNP 0.1 performance and built-in LPV approach capability to CAT I standards, “with growth to GBAS CAT I/II/III, according to CMC. The unit also meets all TSO C-145c Beta-3 and TSO C-146c Delta-4 requirements.
The FAA has issued Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG) an amendment to the Part 25 approved model list (AML) STC for its flyTab Class 2 iPad EFB installation, adding the Bombardier Dash 8-100/200/300 and Q400 to the STC. The AML STC is available for both U.S. and Canadian operators of the types covered by the STC. ASIG’s eXtreme Flight Bag (XFB) system adds more rugged components to the mounting system for iPads in cockpits.
Ruag Aviation signed a dealership agreement with Jetcraft to market the HUD Vision Access for the Challenger 604 and 605. Under the agreement, Ruag will sell and install the enhanced flight vision system (EFVS), which includes an Elbit AT-HUD head-up display and infrared sensor. The HUD Vision Access also allows pilots to descend below decision height at many airports (generally 100 feet lower for ILS and LPV GPS approaches with vertical guidance) thanks to FAA landing credits for an approved EFVS, which displays the infrared EVS image on the HUD.
For aircraft equipped with satcom or air-to-ground Internet connectivity, pilots can use an iPhone/iPad app from Aerovie while airborne to submit pilot reports directly to the FAA’s Aviation Weather Center and to Lockheed Martin Flight Services (the contractor that runs the FAA’s network of flight service stations). The AerovieReports app also delivers Pireps directly to the app, saving pilots time looking up flight service frequencies and calling on the radio for updated information.