The third flight-test D-Jet completed a one-hour 25-minute maiden flight on Tuesday from Diamond Aircraft’s London, Ontario facility, with chief test pilot Daniel Ribeiro at the controls. S/N 003 will be used for performance and handling quality refinement, as well as to further develop avionics, fuel, autopilot and anti-ice systems.
In a move that should reap significant rewards for the buyer, Rockwell Collins has announced plans to buy Airshow, the Tustin, Calif. maker of cabin information systems, for $160 million. The acquisition from Airshow parent Acterna, a maker of communications test equipment, is anticipated to give Collins a more solid foothold in business aviation and airline in-flight-entertainment markets.
The trial seeking the truth in the September 1999 fatal in-flight upset involving a Greek Dassault Falcon 900 in Romanian airspace continued last month at the Athens First Degree Court. It started May 13 and hopes to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the deaths of seven passengers, including Greek Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Giannos Kranidiotis.
Garmin unveiled the G950 avionics suite at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., on Tuesday. The glass avionics suite, dubbed “G1000 light” by a spokeswoman, is designed for aircraft manufacturers who want a standardized avionics configuration and will complete certification of their airframe’s avionics panel on their own. Quartz Mountain Aerospace is the first manufacturer to select the G950, for its four-place piston single.
Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) manufacturers Goodrich, Sandel and Universal are being sued by Honeywell for alleged patent infringement. In the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, Honeywell is asking that the defendants be enjoined from selling their TAWS and that the company be awarded damages. No court hearing had been scheduled.
Garmin announced yesterday that it has received FAA supplemental type certification for a synthetic-vision system it is incorporating into the G1000 cockpit. Called SVT (synthetic vision technology), the upgrade uses GPS-derived aircraft position and internal topographical databases to create 3-D images on the G1000’s large XGA displays.
With its 2007 acquisition of Pittsburgh-based CJ Systems, Air Methods has become the largest civil air ambulance provider in the country. Integrating CJ into Air Methods has proceeded smoothly, so far, said CEO Aaron Todd, but there are challenges ahead.
Dassault has selected Honeywell to supply a communications gateway (CG-710) and multi-channel satcom systems (MCS-7120) for all Falcon 900 and 2000 series business jets and the Falcon 7X. The technology is intended to provide a bridge between passengers and their laptops, as well as voice-over-IP calling capability and BlackBerry e-mail access. The system will provide benefits for pilots, too.
Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., last month won a long-anticipated FAA STC for Ellipse TV, a product that takes a commercial-off-the-shelf satellite television antenna normally found atop SUVs, mobile homes and yachts and makes it available for installation on business jets.
Wall Street reaction to the appointment of David Cote as CEO of Honeywell was mixed (see page 12). An article in The Wall Street Journal shortly after the announcement late last month said Cote, most recently CEO of TRW, “has cultivated a reputation as a relentless yet personable cost cutter.