Corporate operators heading for Colorado’s Craig, Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Rifle Airports this winter shouldn’t worry about diverting to Denver and having their passengers complete the trip by car. That’s because the Colorado DOT has purchased and installed a $5.7 million Sensis multilateration system to track aircraft accurately well below the mountain-affected line of sight of distant FAA secondary surveillance radars (SSR).
Honeywell has started flight testing a technology that merges the view of an infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) with that of a synthetic-vision system (SVS) to give pilots a new way of seeing the world at night or in poor visibility. The company said this week that it has completed about 25 hours of evaluations in a Cessna Citation V and a Sovereign fitted with forward-looking IR sensors and its SmartView SVS.
MTS Systems has secured a substantial order for mechanical test equipment, software and consulting from Rolls-Royce. The MTS testing solutions will be deployed at the new Rolls-Royce mechanical test operations center (MTOC) in Dahlewitz, Germany, to provide insight into the behavior of jet engine materials and components under demanding, real-world operating conditions.
As part of its initiative to combat the problems associated with aging aircraft, the FAA has funded a suite of projects at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) that includes self-healing wires, smart clamps and radio wire fault detectors. The goal of the project is to eliminate the time-consuming task of tracing wire faults.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B100, Rapid City, S.D., June 15, 2009–King Air N4490M, operated as a medical transport under Part 135 by Air Methods, encountered clear-air turbulence during a mission from Gordon Municipal Airport in Nebraska to Rapid City Regional Airport. The patient sustained severe injuries as a result of the turbulence; the four flight crewmembers received minor injuries. VMC prevailed during the flight.
Self-healing wire technology, developed as part of an FAA initiative to combat the problems associated with aging aircraft, has been licensed to Ohio-based Pinnacle Systems–its first commercial licensee.
Charter broker Mercury Jet Charter is offering one-way charter rates under its new Mercury Express program. Mercury will sell the entire aircraft or empty legs for rates starting at $4,500. Typical one-way rates include a coast-to-coast Citation X for $21,000, and a light jet from New York to South Florida starting at $7,000.
Dassault Aviation could launch an all-electric Falcon business jet program in 2014 or 2015, said company engineers at a conference held by the ASTech Paris Region aerospace cluster at the Paris Air Show in June.
The possibility of commercially available synthetic jet fuels took a step closer to reality last week when ASTM International’s aviation fuels subcommittee passed a new specification for alternative jet fuel. The new specification details the properties and criteria required to control the production and quality of synthetic fuels for aviation use.
PPG Aerospace is developing transparencies for aircraft cockpit and cabin windows that help keep the interior cooler by reducing heat from the sun. The clear solar-reflective window coatings cut solar transmittance in half, said PPG Aerospace global director Anthony Stone. Aircraft like the Boeing 787 and Hawker 4000 that are built using composites don’t dissipate solar heat as well as aluminum airplanes, Stone noted.