When the financial crisis that exploded in late 2008 began to ravage Western economies in 2009 and 2010, the business aviation industry took well founded comfort from the fact that escalating demand from emerging markets farther east seemed to be shoring up otherwise sagging demand in traditional markets.
“Decision errors in aviation are typically not slips or lapses, but mistakes,” concludes the introduction to the European Helicopter Safety Implementation Team’s new guide to rotorcraft decision making. “In other words, the problem doesn’t lie with a failure to execute a correct decision, but with making a poor decision in the first instance.”
When asked, “Why an app, and why now?” James Hardie, Arinc Direct’s director for the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, responded, “Once we realized that more than 50 percent of our subscriber base was already using the [Apple] iPad as an electronic flight bag in the cockpit, we knew that we could provide more up-to-date information, automatically, through our own app, whenever it is connected via the Internet to our servers.”
United Technologies (UTC) announced on Monday that Mick Maurer has been appointed president of its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary, effective July 1. Maurer, who will succeed the retiring Jeffrey Pino,
joined Sikorsky in 2000 and most recently served as president of the military systems unit.
Pino, who will retire effective July 1, will then serve as a consultant to Sikorsky. He has been Sikorsky’s president since 2006, and during his tenure the helicopter manufacturer has doubled its production rate, according to Louis Chênevert, UTC chairman and CEO.
Esterline CMC Electronics (Booth No. 9740) is showing how its TacView portable mission display brings numerous capabilities to the helicopter cockpit here at Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas. It is designed for a range of missions, from search and rescue, close air support, firefighting and police operations to medical and offshore oil and gas transport.
The FAA has issued a proposed plan to transition the national airspace system (NAS) to a performance-based navigation system that relies on GPS and “area navigation everywhere and required navigation performance where beneficial,” instead of defining airways, routes and procedures using VORs and other legacy navaids. A minimum operational network of VORs and an “optimized network” of DMEs would be retained, and this drawdown would be complete by Jan. 1, 2020.
On December 16 last year, the European Commission adopted a new regulation mandating Change 7.1 software for airborne collision avoidance systems (Acas II) used in aircraft operating in European airspace. The new regulation applies to turbine-powered aircraft with maximum takeoff weights of more than 5,700 kg (12,566 pounds) or aircraft authorized to carry more than 19 passengers.
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for the Gulfstream Aerospace Galaxy and Gulfstream 200, citing cracked nuts found on the aircraft’s production line during routine post-assembly inspection. Investigation revealed that the cracks resulted from hydrogen embrittlement combined with high hardness.
Business aircraft flight activity in the U.S. last month mostly maintained status quo from a year ago, barely increasing by 0.2 percent, according to TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. As it has for much of the year, Part 91 flying led the pack, with a year-over-year climb of 4.9 percent. Fractional flying, which has trended positive in recent months, contracted by 0.6 percent last month.
Pre-owned business jet, turboprop and helicopter markets showed early signs of improvement in the first half of this year, which is expected to be a second year of correction leading to sustained growth in 2012, according to market information provider JetNet. The company reported 15.3-percent growth in pre-owned business jet retail sale transactions through June compared with the same period in 2010.