Real-time graphical weather, text and datalink radar via the Iridium satellite network is one of the most recent features added to the PilotView 8.4-inch CMA-1100 MkII and 10.4-inch CMA-1410 electronic flight bags (EFBs) produced by Esterline CMC Electronics.
International Communications Group (ICG) and Cobham Antenna Systems have been granted an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for a dual-network satcom system named Sora that offers both Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband voice and data services worldwide. The first Sora (the Japanese word for “sky”) system was recently installed and certified aboard a Gulfstream G200.
Rockwell Collins has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) allowing Waas LPV upgrades in King Air models equipped with the avionics maker’s Pro Line 21 cockpit. Collins worked with Hawker Beechcraft to develop the STC, which covers the King Air C90GTi, B200, B200GT, B200C, 350 and 350C.
The FAA issued draft Advisory Circular (AC) 21.93 “Determining the Classification of a Change to Type Design” last year to address the ongoing issue of whether a change to type design falls under the major or minor heading.
The FAA has granted Dassault Falcon the authority to act as organization designation authorization (ODA) for its Little Rock Completion Center and Dassault Aircraft Services-Little Rock facility. The ODA gives Dassault the authority to approve supplemental type certificates (STCs) on behalf of the FAA and replaces the older designated alteration station method of approval.
TrueNorth Avionics has gained the initial supplemental type certificate (STC) for its Simphone Global Broadband System, billed as a compact and low-cost high-speed-data satcom system for business jets. Developed in collaboration with Cobham, the satcom system links through Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite data service and features the first use of Cobham’s recently introduced IGA 5001 intermediate-gain satcom antenna.
The FAA has approved a supplemental type certificate organization designation authorization (STC ODA) for Midcoast Aviation. The designation enables the company to produce STCs in-house in support of its maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions activities. The new status replaces the company’s previous designated alteration station (DAS) approval.
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Cessna Aircraft has completed all certification testing of its new Citation CJ4 and is in the final stages of FAA type certification approvals, the company said today at the Singapore Airshow. Three CJ4 test aircraft have completed more than 1,100 flights and accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours.
With its first A400M in the air, Airbus Military is embarking on an intensive flight trials campaign, with the aim of clearing the baseline common standard aircraft (CSA) configuration for service in 2012. As political controversy surrounded the airplane, with Airbus threatening to stop funding, the flight test team made good progress.