Today’s highly capable glass cockpits certainly put old, round-dial standby instruments in the shade. In many cases, standby training has become almost a chore rather than a necessity. Yet the standbys are always there, ready for us. The question is, are we always ready for them?
The scene at a recent aviation trade show illustrates perfectly what has become an industry-wide dilemma. An avionics sales representative had just finished giving a seasoned flight department manager a nearly hour-long sneak preview of his employer’s newest retrofit cockpit system.
Flight Display Systems continued its push to gain entry into the large-aircraft market with its presence at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in March.
Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., said it passed the first engineering milestone for its program to upgrade the original Falcon 50 engine (the Honeywell TFE731-3) to a TFE731-4, to provide the “Falcon 50-4” with longer range, increased hot and high performance, better climb and higher cruise thrust than the basic aircraft, according to the company.
Three years ago satellite direct television was “gee whiz” equipment. Today it is almost standard on anything larger than a Falcon 50. Honeywell, with its AIS-2000 multi-region system, provides in-flight coverage in Europe, the Middle East and North America. But best of all, the modular cabinet design now allows the user to download software modules to shift from one coverage area to another in flight.
CSC Africa, a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility based at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg, will introduce P&WC PT6 overhaul services by the end of the summer. The company, a subsidiary of a joint venture between P&WC and MTU of Germany, is enlarging its facility, reconfiguring its engine test cell and adding to its maintenance staff.
Frasca’s newest flight training device, the Mentor, is being billed by the Urbana, Ill. company as one of the few devices capable of replicating the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit.
The first three months of this year saw a significant increase in fatalities involving business jets and turboprops compared with the same period last year, according to figures compiled by safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. In the first quarter of this year, the U.S.-registered fleet of turbine-powered business airplanes experienced 22 accidents, including five fatal ones that killed 24 passengers and crew.
David Calvert-Jones was promoted to chief executive of Los Angeles-based Helinet Aviation Services. He was previously senior v-p of corporate strategy and most recently served as interim CEO.
Alexandria, Va.-based Flight Explorer named James Kelly president and CEO. Kelly, who was founder, president and CEO of SynXis, replaces Walt Kross.
Challenger 600, Tupelo, Miss., March 9, 2005–Inadequate design of the STCed microphone jack assembly, resulting in restricted aft movement of the control column, was blamed for the accident of Romeo Mike Aviation’s Challenger.