Described by some Honeywell engineers as “son of Primus Epic,” the Phoenix company’s Apex integrated avionics system is undergoing a makeover that aims to make that moniker more appropriate than ever. The enhanced version of Apex now under development for Grob’s SPn “utility jet” will feature better integration of TCAS II, weather radar and other functions thanks to greater software processing power.
Avionics dealers were treated to sneak previews of the latest must-have airborne hardware at the Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention in late April, held at the Wyndham Palm Springs in (very) sunny Southern California.
Arinc Direct Aircraft Services has expanded its FAA Part 145 certification to perform full-service aircraft maintenance at its repair station in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Asked about the market for cockpit retrofit installations, Honeywell vice president for aftermarket sales John Bolton said the floodgates have been pushed wide open by buyers seeking to renovate the flight decks of aging aircraft that thanks to fresh paint and new interiors still have a lot of life left.
A Falcon parts price guarantee program and a program to improve dispatch reliability are two of the latest efforts Dassault has launched as part of a plan to “become the undisputed leader in customer support in business aviation.” Under the parts program, if Dassault “agrees” that the customer has found a component equivalent to a factory replacement part, the company will match the price.
In these pages last month, a relatively lackluster but functional 1991 Falcon 900 pushing 11,000 hours began its journey through the fountain of youth. As the photos here show, technicians at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb. facility have now stripped the airplane of its outdated cabin furnishings, and they have gutted the instrument panel in preparation for installation of a modern suite of Honeywell Primus Epic avionics.
AIN avionics editor Stephen Pope won the Rockwell Collins award for Best Avionics Submission in the 2006 Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards for his article on the future of head-up display technology.
Platinum Jet Management last month was slapped with a cease-and-desist order for the second time since the Challenger overrun accident at Teterboro Airport on February 2 last year. The DOT order claims Platinum Jet operated the Challenger and other charter flights without economic or regulatory authority and violated U.S. cabotage rules. Platinum Jet and its three owners were penalized $175,000.
Bombardier Learjet 55, Van Nuys, Calif., July 15, 2006–Learjet N554CL, operated by Clay Lacy Aviation, suffered an in-flight fire while on approach to Van Nuys. The crew reported that the airplane had not “cooled off” during the flight from Las Vegas. When the airplane was about 500 feet above the runway, the bleed air r and emer press annunciator lights illuminated.
The owner of the 1991 Falcon 900 shown here undergoing an extensive cockpit and cabin renovation by Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Neb., has learned a lesson familiar to all pioneers: the unknown lurks somewhere out there and will spring surprises.