Further details have been announced about the future of the UK’s helicopter search-and-rescue service. From 2012, the Ministry of Defence and Maritime and Coastguard Agency will jointly manage a “harmonized” operation under a private finance initiative, with Royal Navy and Royal Air Force crews working alongside their civilian counterparts in common aircraft types.
Aviation International News » June 2006
Sikorsky will sell two S-76Ds to Premier Aviation Services of Ireland, for VIP and business travel use. Premier–the first European customer for the -D model–plans to operate its aircraft from Weston Airport outside Dublin.
Flight-tracking specialist OuterLink was presented an award during the American Helicopter Society symposium in Phoenix last month. The Harry T. Jensen Award recognizes its work in creating a monitoring system for the U.S. military that records the mechanical performance of a helicopter’s powertrain and transmits that information to ground officials while the aircraft is in flight.
Demand for engine oil and debris analysis from laboratories in Europe and the U.S. appears to be growing, as manufacturers and operators recognize the potential for such checks to diagnose a problem before it becomes an expensive maintenance issue.
“How much weather information does a pilot really need?” This was a question posed by meteorologist James Tauss at a recent NASA conference on integrated communications, navigation and surveillance in Baltimore. Tauss, an aviation weather specialist at Aviation Management Associates, Alexandria, Va., who has worked with the FAA, NASA and private industry for close to 30 years, has developed a different way of looking at this question.
Bombardier has selected the eNfusion AMT-3800 high-gain satcom antenna from Canada’s EMS Satcom as a factory option on the Global Express XRS and Global 5000. Installed atop the fuselage, the low-profile antenna provides access to Inmarsat Swift data services in addition to worldwide voice calling. Originally designed for smaller business jets, the antenna is touted as a good fit for large-cabin aircraft as well.
Gulfstream was the first to add electronic flight bag portable computers to its options list, and now Dassault has followed suit by selecting the PilotView EFB from CMC Electronics as a standard option on the Falcon 2000DX, 2000EX, 900DX and 900EX. Designed to supplement the airplanes’ EASy integrated avionics, the PilotView tablet computers can be used to view checklists, electronic approach charts, moving maps and graphical weather.
In preparation for the launch of Inmarsat SwiftBroadband data service early next year, Rockwell Collins has introduced two new data-ready satcom terminals, the HST-2110 and HST-2120. According to the manufacturer, the HST-2110 will support one channel of SwiftBroadband and the HST-2120 will support two. SwiftBroadband will provide Internet access in flight at data rates of 432 kilobytes per second per satcom channel.
Described by some Honeywell engineers as “son of Primus Epic,” the Phoenix company’s Apex integrated avionics system is undergoing a makeover that aims to make that moniker more appropriate than ever. The enhanced version of Apex now under development for Grob’s SPn “utility jet” will feature better integration of TCAS II, weather radar and other functions thanks to greater software processing power.
The FAA last month closed a three-month comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would amend long-standing HIRF (high-intensity radiated fields) testing requirements for newly certified airplanes and helicopters.