Matter

July 10, 2012 - 7:00pm

Russia’s VSMPO-AVISMA Corp., specialist manufacturer of products made of titanium and aluminum alloys, steel and nickel, and Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co. (SAMC), have signed a long-term purchase contract for titanium forging products for the Comac C919 aircraft program.

April 10, 2012 - 1:40pm

XOJet today announced the XOJet Platinum Partner Network, which enables select members of its broker network to extend their relationship with the charter provider. While all XOJet broker partners can resell the operator’s on-demand and fixed-price charter services on a per-trip basis, platinum partners will now also be able to resell Preferred Access, which offers lower prices for flexible fliers; Coast2Coast, a discounted program for coast-to-coast travel; and XOJet Elite Access, a guaranteed access program that mimics those found at fractional providers.

March 30, 2012 - 11:45am
Retired Air Force Gen. Gregory Martin

A seven-month investigation by the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board into unexplained hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, incidents experienced by F-22 pilots has not determined the root cause of the problem, the service said March 29. The investigation did produce a number of safety recommendations, and the Air Force continues to study the problem.

February 1, 2012 - 5:15am
Lithium-ion batteries power nearly every portable device pilots and passengers c

The photo of a badly burned Apple iPhone that circulated after the phone caught fire during a Regional Express flight has raised important questions about lithium-ion battery safety among a wide aviation audience. The incident occurred after the Regional Express Saab 340B landed in Sydney, Australia, on Nov.

September 27, 2011 - 8:43am

With a narrower pipe but greater reach for voice and data than its rival Inmarsat, the Iridium satellite network is becoming increasingly relevant for aircraft cockpits.

September 21, 2011 - 10:16am

The FAA has issued Special Conditions for the Cessna 680 Sovereign, for which Cessna proposes to use rechargeable lithium-ion main batteries and APU start batteries. According to the FAA, lithium-ion batteries differ significantly from the nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad) and lead-acid rechargeable batteries currently approved.

September 12, 2011 - 9:10am
Airline pilots would like to see bulk shipments of lithium batteries better r

The FAA proposed a civil penalty against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on September 2 for allegedly providing to FedEx a mislabeled box containing lithium batteries, bringing attention to an issue of particular concern to the airline industry.

July 30, 2011 - 6:50am

The Iridium satcom system received FAA approval for use as an Aeronautical Mobile Satellite (Route) Service so operators can use Iridium systems for over-ocean critical ATC communications. Iridium’s advantages over other communications systems include much lighter weight, lower power needs and coverage over the Earth’s poles. The FAA approval means that Iridium satcom can be used for Future Air Navigation System (Fans) 1/A communications.

June 20, 2011 - 8:05pm

Gulfstream Aerospace has chosen Securaplane’s lithium-ion battery as standard equipment on its new G650 business jet. The multi-million-dollar deal marks the first time a Gulfstream aircraft will feature the technology, proven some 50-percent lighter than conventional NiCad or lead-acid batteries and carrying a higher energy density.

April 5, 2011 - 6:02am

The FAA is abdicating its safety responsibility.

 
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