Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services is no stranger to taking an older airplane from analog to digital. According to principal engineer Greg Smith, the DC-9 cockpit went from “steam gauges” to digital in a matter of four months and the airplane rolled out with a glass cockpit sporting four 10-inch Universal Avionics EFI 890 flat-panel displays; Universal UNS-1LW flight management system; L-3 integrated standby units combining airspeed and attitude in a single unit; and Cobham audio panels.
One of the supreme ironies of the ongoing LightSquared saga is that the company’s efforts to promote its nationwide email initiative are not helped when emails about its own activities, written by U.S. government bureaucrats, become public under Freedom of Information legislation.
Avionics technology is accelerating, and while manufacturers have made tremendous advances during the past decade, the march of microprocessor speed, electronic storage growth and high-speed communications networks means that engineers can increasingly do much more with less equipment, bringing stunning new capabilities to the cockpits of tomorrow.
If Charles Dickens were to make a prediction about the state of aircraft maintenance in 2012, he might say it will be the best of times and the worst of times. The good news is business is picking up; the bad news is there are problems.
Recent tests “did show that LightSquared signals caused harmful interference to the majority of other tested general-purpose GPS receivers,” according to a statement issued yesterday by Anthony Russo, director of the National Coordination Office, on behalf of the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing.
Delta TechOps has received ISO 9001 certification from the International Standards Organization for its engine maintenance and landing gear shops. It is one of only a few airline maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers to achieve the certification, an internationally tested framework designed to manage an organization’s processes and help generate a high-quality product that satisfies customers’ expectations. The airline received ISO 9001 certification for its component maintenance shop in 2008.
The FAA supplemental type certificate for Garmin’s GTN series touchscreen avionics has been validated by EASA, and the GTN 650 and 750 can now be installed in aircraft registered in Europe.
Industry market analyst Forecast International sees slow but steady improvement ahead for the business aviation industry in its new study released this week. Based on trends, such as increased business jet usage, stabilization in the used jet market, economic growth and strong corporate profits, the company believes the industry has already weathered the worst of the downturn.
StandardAero Business Aviation is now offering Pratt & Whitney PW305 service at its Houston facility in support of the Learjet 60 and Hawker 1000. The MRO’s Springfield, Ill. facility was the first site to begin supporting the PW300-series.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Bombardier Aerospace have signed a multiyear agreement building upon a 2010 Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement, which covers research, development and testing in areas of interest to both organizations, details both fee-for-service and collaborative research projects.