Showing signs that it is getting back on a solid footing after nearly being KO’d by an ugly patent lawsuit, Sandel Avionics announced that three regional airlines have chosen its ST3400 terrain awareness and warning system to provide TAWS compliance for their Beech 1900 fleets.
Aviation International News » June 2004
Shown to passengers on transatlantic TWA flights, the first full-length feature film to play on an airliner was 1961’s By Love Possessed, starring Lana Turner and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Marking a milestone that history may well hold in equally high regard, Lufthansa on May 17 gave passengers on Flight LH452 from Munich to Los Angeles the opportunity to be the first in the world to surf the Internet on a revenue airline flight.
The FAA has awarded Boeing’s Air Traffic Management organization a $3.1 million contract extension to continue work through the summer for the global communications, navigation and surveillance system (GCNSS) program while the agency decides who should be awarded the contract to begin Phase Two.
Boeing Business Jet operators are being invited to join an airborne trial of controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) over the North Atlantic as part of an evaluation by airlines of future air navigation system (FANS) concepts.
Las Vegas-based Epic Aircraft has maintained a low profile since the company announced its composite turboprop single at EAA AirVenture last year, but has been making progress on its prototype. In March, the company removed the fuselage for the first airplane from the molds at its facility in Bend, Ore., while the composite wings were completed in February.
Gulfstream Aerospace reports that the G450, an upgraded G400 with G550 avionics, is on track for FAA certification in the third quarter of this year. Customer deliveries are pegged to begin next spring. Since the model’s first flight on April 30 last year, the four G450 test airplanes have logged more than 1,250 flight hours on about 500 flights.
Since its first flight on March 29, the first prototype G160 Ranger, German manufacturer Grob-Werke’s second turboprop model, had accumulated more than 20 hours on 20 flights by the middle of last month. Two G160 flight-test aircraft will be used, with the second expected to fly in the fourth quarter of this year.
Don Joseph, president of Explorer Aircraft in Jasper, Texas, said he is “more optimistic than ever” about the company’s fundraising efforts. “We’re in due diligence with one group and in conversations with two others,” he told AIN. The company has been in a fundraising mode for at least three years during which development of the PT6-powered Explorer has been on hold.
“The FAA, and the IRS…they really don’t think alike,” began tax attorney Gary Garofalo, first speaker at the NBAA Federal Aviation Tax Forum in Arlington, Va., on May 7. Some 80 specialists, accountants and financial officers attended the most advanced forum the NBAA tax committee has held on aircraft taxation.
Bob Checchio, president of the MidAtlantic Aviation Coalition (MAAC)–sponsor of the New Jersey Aviation Conference held last month in cooperation with the New Jersey Aviation Association and the New Jersey Division of Aeronautics–outlined the many problems airports face, which makes the progress that has been made in preserving airports all the more noteworthy.