Aviation International News » March 2013

March 5, 2013 - 3:10am
Garmin’s GDL 39 ADS-B receiver displays weather and traffic information on the Garmin Pilot iPad app.

Garmin’s GDL 39 portable ADS-B receiver offers a simple solution for pilots who want to receive free weather and traffic information without a lot of complication. The GDL 39 sells for $799 and receives both types of ADS-B signal that are a unique feature of the U.S. ADS-B landscape. Not all portable ADS-B receivers are dual-band; some receive only the frequency that provides free weather information and certain traffic targets.

March 4, 2013 - 5:10am

Russia’s Yakutia Airlines took the first of three Bombardier Q400 turboprops to its base at Yakutsk Airport in late January, marking the first-ever delivery of the big turboprop to a Russian operator. Yakutia’s new status as a Q400 operator follows type approval for the type by Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) in June last year.

March 4, 2013 - 4:10am

The Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) effort, Europe’s equivalent of NextGen in the U.S., is making progress as a research and development program “but it is not yet a successful modernization program,” according to the man directing its development phase.

March 4, 2013 - 3:40am
Skycharter offers clients a heated 80,000-sq-ft hangar which costs less– in terms of both time and money–than de-icing, for which the wait time during a typical winter event can be several hours.

When Irv Shoichet established Mississauga, Ontario-based Skycharter in 1968, the newly formed company offered FBO services, charter, pilot training, maintenance and aircraft sales.

March 4, 2013 - 2:55am
Air Methods now operates a fleet of 400 helicopters following its acquisition of Las Vegas-based Sundance Helicopters. Air-tour operators can be a good source of pilots for an expanding EMS business, according to Air Methods CEO Aaron Todd.

Last December Air Methods announced orders for 42 new Eurocopter and Bell helicopters, issued a special cash dividend and announced a three-for-one stock split. It also acquired the assets of Las Vegas air-tour operator Sundance Helicopters, including its fleet of 22 Eurocopter AS350s and EC130s.

March 4, 2013 - 2:35am
Magenta hoops on the upper PFD section depict the Xavion-determined flight path. The airports are color-coded, indicating reachable airports.

If your engine or engines suddenly quit, could you glide safely to the end of a runway? If that does happen, an iPad/iPhone app called Xavion can help point the way to a safe landing in any weather.

Xavion is the latest product from X-Plane simulator developer Austin Meyer’s Laminar Research. The company tested Xavion extensively on X-Plane and used the simulations to hone the program’s algorithms. A side benefit is that you can run Xavion on X-Plane to practice before trying it in a real airplane.

March 4, 2013 - 1:30am

Whenever the non-aviation media gets hold of a story that involves aircraft certification issues, such as the recent Boeing 787 lithium-ion battery problems, an enterprising reporter “discovers” that the FAA applied “special conditions” to the certification of the product in question. These stories seem to imply that the manufacturer was given some sort of special dispensation, a way to get around the regulations to obtain the FAA’s stamp of approval.

March 4, 2013 - 12:55am

Malaysian Airlines has signed a deal with Canada’s Viking Air to take six new 19-seat Twin Otter Series 400s for use in scheduled service by its regional subsidiary MASwings. Viking plans to deliver all the airplanes by the end of next year.

March 4, 2013 - 12:35am

Air France unveiled the name of a new regional airline in late January that it plans to form through the merger of its Brit Air, Régional and Airlinair affiliates. Plans call for the airline–dubbed HOP!–to launch operations this summer, operating point-to-point flights within Air France’s domestic network from Paris Orly and connecting service to Paris Charles de Gaulle.

March 3, 2013 - 5:40am

The new iPad mini kneeboard from PilotMall features a hold-flat leg strap and smart cover that automatically wakes up the iPad when opened. The kneeboard’s cradle rotates 360 degrees for easy switching between portrait and landscape modes while allowing full access to all ports and switches. The case also doubles as a desk stand. A suction cup mount is an option and costs $9.99. The new kneeboard sells for $29.99.

 
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