Singapore Airlines (SIA) will add Boeing’s Class 3electronic flight bag (EFB) installation kits on its entire fleet of new and existing 777s. SIA now flies a fleet of 58 Boeing 777s, the largest of any airline, and holds orders for another 19. Boeing expects to begin fitting the EFB installation kits on the 19 new 777-300ERs starting in November.
Boeing will deliver the first 777-200LR prototype tomorrow to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Boeing vice president of product development Dan Mooney confirmed here yesterday. Three weeks ago the world’s longest-range airliner received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Air Safety Administration approval after two flight test airplanes completed 886 flight hours on 328 flights, and 318 ground test hours.
Australia is mulling the acquisition of four Boeing C-17s, but will probably have to make its mind up by the end of June. Unless the U.S. Congress modifies the Pentagon’s fiscal 2007 budget by funding additional production for the U.S. Air Force beyond the 180 already purchased, the C-17 line will close in April 2008.
FAL Aviation UK is here at EBACE to promote its recently opened executive facility at the former Lydd Airport on the southeast coast of England. Both the private airport–which has rebranded itself London Ashford Airport–and the business aircraft operation are subsidiaries of Saudi Arabian-based FAL Holdings (Riyadh). Being outside the London TMA, the airport avoids air traffic control delays at airports closer to the city.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what technology might make business aircraft operations safer and more cost effective. But Honeywell Aerospace clearly didn’t want to take any chances and so in 2004 it hired as its vice president for advanced technology Bob Smith, executive director of American Space Alliance, the contractor on NASA’s space shuttle upgrades development program.
Here at EBACE Honeywell is exhibiting its runway awareness and advisory system (RAAS), which gives the crew of an airplane the proper information to avoid making a runway incursion.
Midcoast Aviation has delivered the first corporate Global 5000 to be completed outside Bombardier’s own factory completions center. The airplane features fore and aft lavatories, dual galleys, an electrically operated conference table and carbon-fiber trim throughout the 10-seat cabin.
Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a joint L-3 Communications and Thales company, has announced that Cessna has selected the TCAS 2000 traffic alert and collision avoidance system as standard for the Citation X, XLS and Sovereign. Launched in 1997 by Honeywell, TCAS 2000 was the industry’s first TCAS II system. In 1999 when AlliedSignal and Honeywell merged, ACSS was formed to buy the product.
Yesterday, EBACE Convention News incorrectly reported that Universal Weather and Aviation has 12,000 employees. In fact, the flight-planning group has a global staff of 1,200.
Visitors to Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 1020) can learn of the company’s recently launched In-flight Alerts system designed to keep flight crews apprised of weather hazards or other changing conditions that could affect planned and active flight routes. By means of significant system enhancements, Universal now provides automated alerts of new weather or flight-impacting notifications to one of its 60 staff meteorologists.