Boeing’s plans to shut down its Connexion satellite Internet service after failure to turn a profit in six years of operation put a damper on what should have been only good news this month for Rockwell Collins. The avionics maker announced that a newly manufactured Bombardier Global Express XRS became the first customer airplane to enter service with eXchange Internet hardware, which uses the Connexion satellite link.
A recent notice sent to Honeywell GNS-XLS owners confirmed what many had suspected all along: due to hardware limitations, the flight management system will be ineligible for upgrade to WAAS functionality. Honeywell is offering a software upgrade for the GNS-XLS covering precision area navigation (PRnav) in Europe and compliance with AC 90-100 for new U.S.
Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft has chosen Millennium Concepts to design, fabricate and certify interior packages for its Kodiak 10-seat, single-engine turboprop.
Looking ahead to technologies that likely will be commonplace in tomorrow’s business jet cockpits, Rockwell Collins has introduced a GPS receiver with WAAS (wide-area augmentation system) capability and a new traffic surveillance system that can host ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) applications.
Universal Avionics continues to expand its EFI-890R retrofit cockpit program, most recently by announcing STC projects with IFR Avionics and Premier Air/West Star Aviation to bring the glass cockpit to the Gulfstream II and III and the Falcon 50.
Hughes 369D, Somis, Calif., Sept. 6, 2006–The pilot and a power-line inspector were killed when the Southern California Edison Hughes 369D, cruising about three miles from Somis, hit power lines. A witness reported that the helicopter “flew straight” into the power lines, became entangled and fell to the ground. There was no fire. The estimated elevation of the lines was about 75 feet agl.
The captain of a Learjet 45 operated by German air-taxi company Cirrus Aviation was seriously injured when the airplane began to move during preflight. He fell out the door, became trapped by the nosegear door and was dragged by the airplane.
“Let there be light,” said designers at DeCrane Aircraft’s Audio International, and to make it even better, they added full-spectrum color. The Little Rock, Ark.-based company’s Spectra 35 full-color, fully programmable LCD touch control switch is the first in the Spectra 20 Series, named in recognition of the company’s 20th anniversary in business.
Sometimes you just outgrow a name, as Kelner Turbine did. As of September the company is rebranded to CD Aviation Services. According to a company spokesman, the name change accompanies the introduction of a new facility in Calgary, Alberta.
Aerospace Products International announced that it will open a 172,000-sq-ft facility in Southaven, Miss. The location is approximately three miles from the Memphis International Airport and the FedEx hub. API will consolidate four of its warehouse facilities into a recently completed distribution center developed by Industrial Developments International (IDI) early next year.