Elliott Aviation is working on a Universal Avionics 890R EFIS installation for the Falcon 10/100. STCs for the EFIS and additional avionics are expected by the end of September, after which Elliott will apply for EASA certification. Installations can be performed at any of Elliott’s facilities, but if paint or interior work is needed, installations will have to be done at the company’s Moline, Ill. shop.
Reports of cracks found on the rudder-pedal arm assemblies of two Raytheon Beech Premier I light jets have prompted a proposed AD that mandates replacing affected parts. The directive would apply to nearly 100 U.S.-registered Premier Is. Comments on the proposed AD are due by August 19. For more information, contact the FAA’s David Ostrodka at (316) 676-3140.
Lingering technical issues are forcing Garmin to delay plans for upgraded WAAS capability in its GNS 430/530 and GPS 400/500 panel-mount avionics, according to a spokesman. Explaining that the upgrades will require “a major software rewrite” in addition to minor hardware changes, the spokesman indicated that the capability is now not expected to be available before next year’s third quarter.
Controversy continues to swirl around the FAA’s September 2005 regulations regarding aircraft thermal and acoustic insulation. The agency amended the original regulations after discovering the wording implicated a much broader range of components than intended and recognizing that in many cases compliant parts are not available.
Proposed noise mitigation measures under study by the Los Angeles World Airport Authority do not contain an outright ban on Stage 2 jets at Van Nuys Airport. However, the airport authority’s goal of establishing a maximum daytime noise limit of 77 dBA for all aircraft operations at the airport effectively bans Stage 2 jets.
Heli-Dyne Systems has sold a new Bell 206BIII JetRanger to Duke University for use as an environmental observation platform.
Dr. Roni Avissar, chairman of the university’sdepartment of civil and environmental engineering, plans to use the helicopter to study air pollution and climate change.
Duncan Aviation has installed and certified the Universal Avionics EFI-890R retrofit avionics system in a King Air 300, the Battle Creek, Mich. company reported. The STC for the package covers two- and three-display systems, with Universal’s large-format 8.9-inch active matrix LCD screens serving as the centerpiece for the upgrade. This particular installation, completed last month, included three displays.
Jeppesen has assembled a team of engineers to look into complaints by users that the company’s latest electronic charting software, JeppView FlightDeck 3.0, can cause electronic flight bag (EFB) computers to crash without warning.
NASA last month awarded grants to fund a five-month study on how to design and build an airplane that could demonstrate technology to reduce the sonic boom during supersonic flight. The four industry teams–Boeing Phantom Works, Raytheon Aircraft, Gulfstream/Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin/Cessna–have each received a $1 million grant.
The so-called “father of very light jets,” Eclipse CEO and president Vern Raburn, knows this new class of small jets wouldn’t even be possible without suitable engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada, Williams International and GE-Honda Aerospace. Simply, these lighter, more efficient, lower-output turbofans have opened the door to new possibilities for jet aircraft designers.