Decades after the last Grumman Goose rolled off the famed manufacturer’s assembly line, the G-21 Goose is nearly ready to come back to life. A company called Antilles Seaplanes, headquartered in Gibsonville, N.C., is resurrecting the Goose and will sell the amphibian as newly manufactured airframes powered by 680-shp (flat-rated) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turboprops instead of the Goose’s original Pratt & Whitney radial engines.
There’s a good reason for the new-car smell of the Merlin Simulation Pro Series Sikorsky 300C (nee Schweizer 300C) advanced aviation training device (AATD) the company is demonstrating at Heli-Expo. The device received FAA approval at the beginning of this month and the one here was just built. The unit used for approval is already with flight-training school Rotors of the Rockies in Colorado. Three more are on order.
Visitors to the Conklin & de Decker display (Booth No. 3323) during Heli-Expo’09 can receive a 20-percent discount on some of the company’s most popular products, including the Aircraft Cost Evaluator, the Aircraft Performance Comparator, Life Cycle Cost and the State Tax Guide for General Aviation. The Massachusetts-based company released the 2009 tax guide earlier this month.
January was a good month for Texas Aviation Services (Booth No. 3935), with the award of a multi-ship upgrade contract and delivery of yet another executive helicopter completion to Brazil as part of its partnership with in-country sales, customization and consulting specialist Sierra Aeronautica.
It’s been less than two years since startup airborne telecommunications firm TrueNorth Avionics of Canada introduced its first products–the Simphone (pronounced symphony) line of cabin communications systems. Today, with the economy in serious trouble and business jet sales activity slowing down, the company’s growth prospects would seem severely dampened.
Except for some early models, Honeywell’s Bendix/King division hasn’t in recent years focused on the market for GPS handheld navigators. This year at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., however, Bendix/King unveiled a handheld that offers a lower-cost alternative to Garmin’s dominant line of GPS handhelds.
It didn’t take long for competitors to introduce synthetic-vision system (SVS) avionics enhancements after Garmin last spring removed the cloak of secrecy from its long-anticipated synthetic-vision technology (SVT) upgrade for the G1000 avionics system.
Garmin last month unveiled the GPSMAP 696, a portable aviation navigation device with a seven-inch portrait screen. The GPSMAP 696 incorporates the features of the GPSMAP 496, while its larger display allows added capabilities such as airways, electronic charts and expanded weather. According to Garmin, the GPSMAP 696 is now available and costs $3,295.
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aviation on November 21 received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification for the Eclipse 500. The approval is for private flights only, the EASA clarified, and Eclipse expects to receive EU-OPS 1 certification for commercial operations next year. The certification is valid for VFR and IFR operations, including RVSM and flight into known icing.
With the opening of a new 10,800-sq-ft avionics facility, all of Wisconsin Aviation’s maintenance operations at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison are consolidated in one set of buildings called the Technical Service Complex.