Indian state-owned National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) continue working on a 12-passenger twin-turboprop pusher called the Saras, named after the graceful Indian crane. The first prototype, which made its flying debut at Aero India 2005, has logged 95 flight hours in 40 test flights. Teething problems discovered in the initial phase of flight-testing have been solved, NAL director Dr. A.R.
Eurocontrol will introduce a new process for assigning the secondary surveillance radar (SSR) codes used by ATC for radar services. Increasing airline traffic to new European destinations is resulting in shortages of assigned codes, prompting Eurocontrol to introduce the Centralised SSR Code Assignment and Management System (CCAMS) for all civilian flights. A four-year phase-in period is scheduled to begin late next year.
The FAA assumed that its chosen ADS-B program bidders–Lockheed Martin, ITT and Raytheon–would submit competitive offers on the expected system configuration. This service would be provided to GA through the FAA-developed 978 MHz UAT system, and to other users through the internationally standardized 1090 MHz frequency.
Bombardier announced on Tuesday it is designating an aircraft dedicated to AOG parts delivery. At the same time it announced an improved facility. The company, which finished second-to-last ahead of only Sabreliner in last year’s AIN Product Support Survey, tapped in to its national Flexjet web of fractional-owned aircraft and crews, allocating the equivalent of a 100-percent share of one Learjet 45.
Dassault Aviation confirmed at its annual results briefing in Paris last month that it will launch a super-midsize Falcon, probably next year.
BELL 206L-1 LONGRANGER, ESCALANTE, UTAH, JULY 23, 2004. After a “hot” refueling from a fuel truck on the ramp at Escalante Municipal Airport, the pilot got out of LongRanger N2758C, still running, to help the refueler with the hose. He heard a strange noise and the helicopter began to vibrate. As he grabbed the controls, the helicopter bounced and knocked him down.
You may be thinking outside the cockpit, but the other end of you is still firmly stuck in the cockpit, and the flight is a lot more pleasant if that end is in a comfortable place.
Bell 205s, 212s and 412s are the subject of an FAA special airworthiness information bulletin recommending compliance with an Aug. 27, 2002, manufacturer safety notice calling for inspections of the tail rotor at 25-hour intervals to detect excessive corrosion damage. The November 5 bulletin said there have been two tail rotor failures on the Bell 212 and five on the Bell 412 since 2002.
Plano, Texas-based PFSweb has been named to manage Raytheon Aircraft Western Hemisphere parts and inventory distribution (Rapid) inventory of more than 300,000 serial-numbered parts. According to Raytheon Aircraft, PFSweb’s participation in Rapid “improves order consistency and accuracy, expedites shipping and enhances issue resolution.” PFSweb also manages Rapid’s new European facility
In late 1995, around the time of the highly publicized crash of an American Airlines Boeing 757 on approach to Cali, Colombia, Dassault launched a research and development program aimed at applying the most advanced avionics technologies then available to a radically different kind of cockpit.