The Flight Dynamics division of Rockwell Collins next year plans to introduce a synthetic-vision system (SVS) with its Head-Up Guidance System (HGS, aka HUD) for Bombardier’s Global Express. The SVS HGS will be part of Rockwell’s Pro Line Fusion flight deck in the newest Global Express, and will overlay the normal HGS guidance symbology with a computer-generated, correctly oriented picture of the terrain ahead.
Aviation International News » August 2009
Something positive might come from the February 12 crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 after all, if a broad FAA effort to revamp rules governing airline pilot records, fatigue and training ultimately bears fruit.
In a move to end the longstanding dispute between helicopter operators and residents around the exclusive sea resort of Saint-Tropez in southeast France, local authorities have issued new rules. Ten spots in Saint-Tropez and neighboring Ramatuelle and Gassin are allowed for helicopter landings and takeoffs. Hours of operations are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Daily aircraft movements are limited to 10 or 20, depending on the city.
Daher has signed a contract with Eurocopter to design, develop and produce a “new generation” airframe for light helicopters. The airframe will offer “better tradeoff between performance and weight,” according to the company. Under the agreement, production will start in 2012 in Daher-Socata’s factory in Tarbes, southwest France.
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling in June said Brazil is to become his company’s “fourth domestic country,” after France, Germany and Spain. Pointing out the country wants to build its helicopter industry into a major player–like Embraer in regional jets–he said Helibras, a 70-percent-owned local subsidiary, will expand. Over the coming years, it will double in size and staff (workforce currently stands at 300).
The AgustaWestland A109E, owned by the New Mexico State Department of Public Safety and operated by the New Mexico State Police, had just rescued a lost hiker after a search near Baldy Mountain and was returning to Sante Fe when it collided with the side of a mountain in IMC shortly before dusk on June 9. Clouds, strong gusty winds, heavy rain and sleet were reported in the area at the time of the crash.
Sikorsky’s X2 compound helicopter reached another milestone last month by completing two test flights that included full engagement of the high-speed tail propulsor for the first time. In one hour of testing conducted during the two flights, the aircraft flew at speeds up to 52 knots in one test and 42 knots with the propeller providing forward thrust in the second flight.
The recently certified Falcon 2000LX claims a 5-percent performance advantage over its predecessor, the Falcon 2000EX, and Dassault Falcon was looking for an opportunity to prove it. As a result, the company let me fly a new green aircraft from the factory in Bordeaux, France, across the Atlantic to Teterboro, N.J., a flight of about seven or eight hours.
London’s Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit in June flew its 5,000th hour (in almost two years) with its fleet of three Eurocopter EC 145s equipped with Skyquest Aviation’s video-management system. The aircraft feature five mission-management screens and several recording devices. The crew can view multiple sensors at once.
The 27-minute search for the life-rafts occupied by the survivors of a Bond-operated Eurocopter EC 225 helicopter that ditched into the North Sea on February 18, less than 1,500 feet from an offshore oil platform, prompted the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) to recommend improved training in the use of personal locator beacons (PLBs) and emergency locator transmitters (ELTs).