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.
Diamond Aircraft in late June selected the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system for its D-Jet, a very light jet powered by a single Williams FJ33-4 engine. The D-Jet’s flight deck will feature a three-panel G1000 system with two primary flight displays and a multifunction display.
While buyers will undoubtedly welcome the switch in the Piper Meridian from previous Meggitt Magic avionics to the more capable Avidyne Entegra system, an unintended side effect of the supplier change could turn out to be the fits of jealousy it causes among current Meridian owners.
It’s not a bad idea to keep a portable GPS receiver in the flight bag just in case, but now Garmin has come out with an aviation handheld that even seasoned business aircraft pilots will want to dig out and keep on the glareshield full time.