Start-up engine manufacturer Price Induction is about to begin endurance testing on its 575-pound-thrust Dgen 380 turbofan by the end of this month. A new architecture on the core engine was validated in December for better performance after 50 hours of testing, a spokesperson from the France-based company told AIN. The A6 standard of the full engine, which incorporates the core changes, has run about 20 hours since.
AINalerts » March 25, 2010
Last week China flew a new home-grown heavy-lift helicopter for the first time. The AC313 tips the scales at 27,600 pounds, can carry up to 27 people, has a maximum ferry range of 560 miles and was built at state-owned AVIC, the same company making Sikorsky S-76C++ airframes. The AC313 appears to be an outgrowth of the 14,000-pound Chinese Zhi-8. That medium helicopter is based on the 1970s-vintage Aérospatiale SA321 Super Frelon.
Northwest Florida Beaches Airport (KECP) near Panama City, Fla., is scheduled to open on May 23, marking the first new greenfield airport to be built in the post-9/11 era. The new 4,000-acre facility is part of the St. Joe Company’s “master planned” 75,000-acre greenfield parcel that guarantees no residential development will be built near the airfield itself or within the flight paths.
Cirrus Design has filed a lawsuit against L-3 Avionics Systems aimed at stopping the spread of scuttlebutt that Cirrus is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. L-3 Avionics sued Cirrus for $21.7 million last year after a deal for cockpit systems fell apart. Cirrus’ suit against L-3 alleges that the Grand Rapids, Mich.
Monday’s passage of the FAA reauthorization bill in the Senate brought some surprises to future ADS-B users. The FAA planned that all aircraft must carry ADS-B transmit-only “Out” equipment by 2020, but merely recommended installation of the more advanced ADS-B transmit/receive “In” units. House members agreed, but the Senate bill proposes mandating ADS-B Out on all aircraft by 2015 and ADS-B In on all aircraft by 2018.