Aviation International News » February 2013

February 4, 2013 - 12:15am

Jet Aviation has begun construction of a new hangar in Singapore to accommodate continued growth in its maintenance and FBO activities there. The company is the latest multinational to opt for a new facility at the island state’s Seletar Airport, which has been redeveloped significantly in the past few years as an aerospace and general aviation center. Jet Aviation first landed at Seletar 1995, taking over a 29,400-sq-ft World War II-vintage hangar that it still occupies.

February 3, 2013 - 5:40am
L-3 Link Simulation and Training used a National Research Council of Canada Bell 412 as part of its research into improving fidelity-measuring standards for simulators.

Simulators could see a revolution in the quality of visuals as new ray-tracing technology comes to the fore and replaces rasterized images, and new multi-core chips make it possible to use multiple projectors simultaneously. That was one of the conclusions to emerge from a Royal Aeronautical Society conference in London on flight simulation research in late November. Whether the increased cost of greater “fidelity” is necessary to meet training goals was another matter for discussion.

February 3, 2013 - 5:10am

There’s no question that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, replacing the former UAV acronym) are coming to the NAS. The name change, from unmanned aerial vehicles to unmanned aerial systems, reflects what the machines are all about, since UAV didn’t properly recognize that in future configurations the ground control element would be as essential as the airborne part.

February 3, 2013 - 5:00am
Heli-Expo 2011 Orlando, Florida.

In just over a month, more than 20,000 rotorcraft enthusiasts will fill the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center for four days of networking, learning and, every business hopes, buying of services, parts, accessories and helicopters. While the exhibit halls open on a Tuesday this year (10:30 a.m. on March 5), early activities begin with professional education courses starting on February 28.

February 3, 2013 - 4:55am

Israel-headquartered Elbit Systems has announced a series of successful flight tests on a system designed to protect large jet aircraft against shoulder-launched ground-to-air missiles (Manpads, or man-portable air-defense systems). Designated C-Music, the defensive equipment was tested on board a Boeing 707.

C-Music, for commercial multi-spectral infrared countermeasures, is part of the company’s line of directed IR countermeasures (DIRCM) solutions for protecting all types of aircraft from heat-seeking ground-to-air missiles in all operational conditions.

February 3, 2013 - 4:55am

The power of mobile devices has spawned many useful and inexpensive applications for pilots. Beyond the increasingly capable moving-map applications, however, smart people have leveraged Apple’s iPhone and iPad to deliver unexpected new products such as CloudAhoy’s flight recording and playback app.

February 3, 2013 - 4:20am
Online charter booking service Victor allows members to book aircraft directly at fixed, all-inclusive rates and then resells individual empty seats to other members. The company hopes to have approximately 10,000 seats available at any given time by the end of the first quarter.

Online charter booking portal Victor aims to increase available capacity almost tenfold. As of the end of last year, its site showed approximately 1,300 available private jet seats at any given time and it wants to boost this number to approximately 10,000 seats by the end of this year’s first quarter.

February 3, 2013 - 4:10am

As the migration of iPad tablet computers into cockpits has accelerated, operators have had to grapple with the logistics of deploying these devices. Companies such as Atlanta-based AirWatch have stepped in to help manage configuration, security and tracking for operators that have anywhere from a few to thousands of these mobile devices in employees’ hands. Jeppesen, which offers the Mobile FliteDeck Pro app for the iPad, has teamed with AirWatch to resell AirWatch’s services.

February 3, 2013 - 3:40am
In designing the Legacy 500 interior, Embraer had several focus groups come in and spend an entire night in the cabin mockup, “sleeping, eating, using the lavatory,” all to see if the issues they had noted had been addressed properly.

Embraer’s new Legacy 500 just might be the most well equipped midsize business jet cabin on the market. Embraer v-p of interior design Jay Beever is convinced that the airplane is that, and more. Beever could be accused of hyperbole, but on the other hand he might be right.

When Embraer began designing the interior of its latest business jet, now barely a year from certification, designers and engineers wanted to create an interior that meets every expectation.

February 3, 2013 - 2:50am

Eric Hinson has been named president of flight training provider SimCom. Most recently he served as executive v-p of FlightSafety International.

 
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