Aviation International News » July 2008

July 8, 2008 - 8:39am

Eurocopter has filed a lawsuit in Canada against Bell Helicopter alleging that the Texas company improperly used a patented landing-gear design on the Bell 429. According to Bell’s publicity, the 429 features an energy-attenuating sled-type landing gear. “Our lawyers are looking at the lawsuit,” a Bell spokesman told AIN.

July 8, 2008 - 8:37am

Given the recent sharp drop in shipments of GA piston-powered airplanes, it’s not surprising that some equipment suppliers have begun to look to other markets to boost their bottom lines.

July 8, 2008 - 8:34am

Cirrus Design’s partnership with Garmin on a “high-end” cockpit upgrade for the SR22-G3 called Cirrus Perspective is turning out to be a hit with buyers, nearly all of whom are jumping at the chance to bring the optional avionics to their new airplanes.

July 8, 2008 - 8:31am

The recent FAA approval of L-3 Avionics Systems’ SmartDeck integrated avionics system clears a path for integration of the cockpit into the production line of the first of two OEM customers the Grand Rapids, Mich. company has secured.

July 8, 2008 - 8:29am

Two recent ATC conferences underscore the various points of view about the most efficient ways to implement the next generation of air transportation, either gradually, taking advantage of today’s technology, or all at once in 2025.

July 8, 2008 - 8:27am

After years of development and months of anticipation, Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite aeronautical data service is finally poised for takeoff.

July 8, 2008 - 7:26am

Flight Display Systems in Alpharetta, Ga., last month said the FAA has granted it parts manufacturing approval for three new cabin LCD monitors, an endorsement that will make it easier for some dealers to install the equipment. The newly introduced monitors include a 10.4-inch LCD that sells for a list price of $2,989, a 17.1-inch widescreen LCD that lists for $6,094 and a 26-inch widescreen that costs $10,940.

July 8, 2008 - 7:26am

Flight Display Systems in Alpharetta, Ga., last month said the FAA has granted it parts manufacturing approval for three new cabin LCD monitors, an endorsement that will make it easier for some dealers to install the equipment. The newly introduced monitors include a 10.4-inch LCD that sells for a list price of $2,989, a 17.1-inch widescreen LCD that lists for $6,094 and a 26-inch widescreen that costs $10,940.

July 8, 2008 - 7:23am

West Star Aviation last month announced the receipt of an STC covering the installation of L-3 Avionics’ GH-3100 standby instrument and magnetometer in the Cessna Citation 550 and 560 models. The STC applies to Citation 500 S/N 550-0809 and higher and Citation 560 S/N 560-0401 to 560-5000. The L-3 standby display replaces three current instruments for backup attitude, altitude and airspeed with a single solid-state unit.

July 8, 2008 - 7:12am

OLED technology has been offered for the last couple of years in the small displays used in some business jet cabin management systems, but now Icom America has added them to its panel-mount VHF radios. The IC-A210 VHF Air Band transceiver includes an OLED display that Icom said is brighter and sharper than comparable LCD screens and which also boasts a much wider viewing angle than conventional displays.

 
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