Europe’s top court has upheld the European Commission’s July 2001 block on a $45 billion merger between Honeywell and General Electric. Both Honeywell and GE have stated that they have no intention of trying to restart the merger, which was first proposed more than four years ago. GE said that its only motivation for appealing the EC decision was to challenge certain legal aspects of the case.
Eurocopter AS 350-B2, Scottsdale, Ariz., July 1, 2004–The NTSB determined that the accident was the result of “the inadvertent in-flight engagement of the collective down lock, which resulted in an uncontrolled descent and ground impact.
Revue Thommen, the Swiss instrument maker, last month opened a U.S. sales office in Addison, Texas, that company officials said will serve as the base of operations for a push into the business aviation market.
Autopilot maker S-Tec announced that it is now offering factory installations of its Magic 2100 digital autopilot and single-side EFIS in the King Air 90, Conquest I and Cheyenne I and II. Operators purchasing the autopilot will receive a “free glass cockpit” with no installation fees through the offer from S-Tec and its parent company, Meggitt.
Rockwell Collins last month said it has received an additional TSO for the Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) that allows buyers to installthe retrofit cockpit in aircraft equipped with Collins AP-105 and APS-65 autopilots.
Quest Aircraft’s Kodiak prototype (S/N 001) has logged more than 330 flight hours and is currently on schedule to receive FAA certification in the second quarter. At press time, the STOL turboprop single was being prepared for spin testing and was being fitted with a conforming rudder and horizontal stabilizer. Additionally, a three-display Garmin G1000 was installed in late December.
The FAA has amended new regulations regarding aircraft thermal and acoustic insulation in response to industry concerns that the requirements applied to a much broader range of components and airplanes than was originally intended.
Four reported incidents of in-flight loss of hydraulic fluid led to an emergency AD for 139 Premier Is. None of the incidents led to any mishaps. The problem has been traced to the failure of a hydraulic tube assembly in the left engine. The January 20 directive requires a visual inspection of the affected part before further flight and subsequent inspections at intervals of 50 hours.
Honeywell has announced plans to build an FAA-certified, 1,800-shp version of its military T53 turbo-shaft engine to fit the recently certified Bell 210.
Garmin has introduced the GMX 200 multifunction display, a higher-resolution (480 by 640 pixels) version of the MX20 display originally developed by UPS Aviation Technologies (which Garmin bought in mid-2003 and renamed Garmin AT).