In February, the FAA chartered a safety management system (SMS) aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to seek industry input on new rules that will govern SMSs for operators and repair stations.
While it might be a name unfamiliar to many pilots, Baron Services is well known in meteorology circles. The company was originally formed out of a research project with NASA in the late 1980s that dealt with reporting of highly localized lightning data. Baron later expanded the display technology, incorporating radar data to create its first storm-tracking system.
The Odyssey Aviation FBO marketing partnership, which includes eight FBOs, has chosen Passur’s FBO software suite for customer flight tracking and to improve fuel pricing, fuel sales and customer service. Passur uses its own network of passive transponder detectors combined with the FAA’s live radar feed to track aircraft, even those with N-numbers blocked by the NBAA block aircraft registration request program.
Bendix/King’s new AV8OR handheld GPS receiver can display XM Weather’s Aviator LT and Aviator products, making it a handy cockpit tool. During a recent trip, I used the Aviator product provided by WxWorx of Huntsville, Ala. Although WxWorx also offers XM Weather’s Aviator Pro, the AV8OR can’t display the additional features available in Pro.
RDT (Stand No. 542) has introduced the new Tempus IC version of its in-flight medical emergency response system. The new model is significantly lighter and more compact than the original Tempus 2000 system and offers new communications tools that allow for new functions such as streaming live video of patients to doctors on the ground.
Gulfstream Aerospace last month announced that it successfully demonstrated aircraft control using “fly-by-wireless” technology. The two-hour test flight, which took place on September 18, is the first known application of wireless signaling for a primary flight-control surface in a civilian or military aircraft.
WSI yesterday introduced Pilotbrief Mobile, which provides the company’s aviation weather and hazard information in a format compatible with mobile devices such as the BlackBerry, Treo and iPhone. Costing $9.95 per month, the service does not require installation of an application and is compatible with the Internet browsers found on most mobile phones.
Honeywell’s IntuVue line of airborne weather radars makes its debut at this month’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., as the rebranded extension of the company’s RDR-4000 radar previously selected for the Airbus A380 and Gulfstream G650.
Honeywell has unveiled its IntuVue line of airborne weather radars as the rebranded extension of the company’s RDR-4000 radar previously selected for the Airbus A380 and Gulfstream G650.
Operators in the future will possibly be able to use X-rays from pulsating stars–or pulsars– light years away from earth to navigate with the same accuracy as GPS.