West Star Aviation recently received FAA approval for a supplemental type certificate enabling Wi-Fi on Falcon 2000s and 2000EXs equipped with Pro Line 4 and Pro Line 21. The project was completed at the West Star Aviation East Alton, Ill. location. The True North Chorus was used for Iridium data via Wi-Fi, while the Inmarsat solution was provided via the EMS CNX-200 and Honeywell HD-710 swift broadband pipe. According to West Start Aviation, the STC is considered to be Wi-Fi tolerant, allowing for other manufacturers’ routers to be enabled.
Aviation International News » June 2012
Heli Air Design’s Helineo turbine-powered, two-seat helicopter made its first flight on April 26, the company announced last month. In rainy weather, test pilot Stéphane Ligier performed a series of 15 takeoffs and flights in ground effect at Metz Nancy Lorraine airport. The helicopter performed as expected, the company said. First flight had initially been pegged for July last year.
FlyTab Module Connects iPads to Aircraft Systems
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support and Max-Viz expect the FAA to issue the STC for installation of the Max-Viz EVS-1500 enhanced vision system for the Hawker 750 through 900 this month. Hawker Beechcraft is also offering the EVS-1500 for buyers of new Hawker 900XPs. Installations for the Hawker 750 through 900 series will be done at Hawker Beechcraft Services factory-owned service centers. In the Hawker jets, EVS-1500 delivers infrared imaging to Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 MFDs as well as video-capable EFBs and, using a video distribution amplifier, passenger monitors.
JetBlue’s LiveTV has selected Greenwich AeroGroup to distribute its OpenPort-Aero broadband satcom system, which runs on the Iridium network. Greenwich AeroGroup and its Atlantic Aero, Western Aircraft and Summit Aviation facilities will sell, install and support the systems, as will other Greenwich-approved service providers. The first installation should begin in the third quarter, leading to STCs for a variety of aircraft, including helicopters, turboprops and jets.
The new Cessna Citation Longitude and Learjet 70/75 will feature Garmin G5000-based flight decks. In the case of the Learjet 70/75, Bombardier has opted to adopt the Vision brand name for its flight deck (as it does with the avionics suites in the Global series, which feature Rockwell Collins Fusion-based cockpits).
Global ground services provider Swissport is seeking to acquire rival Flightcare’s divisions in Spain and Belgium. The purchase of Flightcare Spain would add Barcelona, Malaga, Fuerteventura, Valencia, Alicante, Jerez and Almeria to the company’s ground handling network. Through the purchase of Flightcare Belgium, Swissport would be able to add ground handling capability at Brussels Airport.
Paragon Aviation Group has added two new members to its network of independent FBOs. Henriksen Jet Center is the service provider at privately owned Austin Executive Airport in Texas, the newest business aviation airport in the country. The FBO is open 24 hours a day and features amenities such as a theater room, VIP passenger lounge and 18,000-sq-ft arrival canopy.
Marshall Group, owner of the UK’s Cambridge Airport, will kick off a more than $30 million infrastructure investment program next month, including the construction of a new taxiway to provide a key access route to the south end of the runway. In addition, the airport will undertake a rehabilitation of the 6,447-foot runway itself. The airport is one of just five in the UK capable of business and passenger services with a 24/7 slot allocation during the 2012 Olympics period.
Touting its volume purchasing power and its relationship with World Fuel Services, Zurich-based Jet Aviation has introduced a new on-site fuel service intended to pass along savings to its FBO and MRO customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The program will be offered in tandem with Jet Aviation’s existing fuel program, which is currently excusive to its aircraft management clients.