Four separate reports of interference and consequent chafing of hydraulic lines in the No. 1 and No. 3 engine pylons of Falcon 50s have led to an AD requiring detailed inspections of the entire length of the lines to ensure proper clearance. AD 2003-10-04 is applicable to aircraft with S/N 2 two through 329. Inspections and corrective action are required by June 11.
These are just a few of the prizes being given away in monthly drawings sponsored by aviation services provider Jet Aviation. The West Palm Beach, Fla. company announced the program last month as a means of promoting use of its online pre-arrival system.
Jeppesen and Arinc Direct are pooling their resources to give corporate aviation customers the ability to uplink flight plans directly to an airplane’s flight management system. The service, available in the air or on the ground, eliminates the need for pilots to type flight plans into the FMS, cutting workload and reducing the risk of errors.
Arinc has introduced an electronic flight bag (EFB) for pilots that is notable for its ease of use, handy size and a price that the Annapolis, Md. company hopes will entice corporate flight departments seeking to move away from paper charts.
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have drawn flak for a deal they struck with NASA to base an executive Boeing 767-200 and two Gulfstream Vs at the space agency’s Moffett Field, minutes away from Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Since launching the Zing engine data-gathering service at last year’s NBAA Convention, Honeywell has been testing the system in a select group of customer airplanes in preparation for its official rollout. Zing eliminates the need for a mechanic to plug a laptop computer into an airplane to download engine operating data. It instead allows wireless transmission of engine information by tapping into the existing GSM/GPRS cellphone network.
StarterGenerator.com of The Woodlands, Texas, is at Booth No. 2921 to publicize its aftermarket support for Bombardier Learjet 60 engine and APU starter-generators. As distributor for Unison and its Aircraft Parts Corp. subsidiary, StarterGenerator.com now maintains an inventory of factory-new and factory-overhauled Unison Learjet 60 starter-generators. Units are warehoused in Houston and ready for immediate dispatch worldwide.
Eclipse Aviation selected radar manufacturer Japan Radio to provide a new weather radar that will come standard in the Eclipse 500 very light jet. The original Honeywell radar will be an extra-cost option, but the Japan Radio radar will not be retrofittable to Eclipse 500s already equipped with the Honeywell radars, according to Vern Raburn, Eclipse president and CEO.
Charter operator Linear Air has 30 Eclipse 500s on order, with first deliveries scheduled for September, but the company bought an earlier serial number aircraft (S/N 16) that recently became available. “We jumped on it,” said William Herp, president and CEO. “This constitutes a watershed moment in our three-year history.” Linear Air was formed to test the VLJ charter concept using Cessna Caravans, which offer similar operating economics.
It’s been more than seven years since Vern Raburn launched the Eclipse 500, a small, low-cost very light jet that he predicted would bring “disruptive technology” to aviation. At the time, the model 500 was to sell for $775,000 (in 2000 $), have a 44-cents-per-mile direct operating cost and be powered by tiny Williams International EJ22 engines. Certification and deliveries were expected in 2003.