The first production-conforming Nextant 400XT will make its public debut this month at Ebace. According to Nextant, the 400XT is a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and a zero-timed airframe complete with new paint and interior.
Aviation International News » May 2011
Air Wisconsin’s pilots dropped their participation in the company’s Aviation Safety Action Program (Asap) last month, following what ALPA leaders called interference by management “with the conduct and integrity of the program.” The union’s Air Wisconsin unit objected to what it called the forced resignation of a first officer of a Bombardier CRJ200 crew that accidentally penetrated restricted airspace above Washington, D.C.
Rockwell Collins’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system received FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval on April 21. This sets the stage for STC approval on the avionics manufacturer’s Challenger 601 testbed and certification on the Bombardier Global Express XRS.
The investigation continues into last month’s fatal crash of a Gulfstream G650 during a test flight at Roswell, N.M., and it may be more than a year before the cause of the accident is determined, according to the NTSB.
The 7,445-pound-thrust Honeywell HTF7250G turbofan gained FAA certification last month, a company official told AIN. Honeywell Aerospace is now supporting the G250’s flight tests. Next will be the beginning of the actual production phase–the Gulfstream’s HTF7250G test engines were already built according to production processes, Honeywell said.
While the LightSquared broadband wireless network’s potential to disrupt GPS signals has been widely publicized, a lesser known problem is the possibility of the system’s high-power transmitters interfering with satcom.
Pilatus is developing a new civil aircraft that has been designated the PC-24, according to its 2010 annual report. Not much is known about the new model, including whether it’s a turboprop or jet, and the Swiss manufacturer won’t reveal more until next year. If financial numbers are any indication, research and development spending grew by 20 percent between 2009 and 2010, to CHF49 million ($55 million).
Cessna’s first-quarter revenues of $556 million were up by $123 million from the same period a year ago, but the Textron division still managed to sustain a larger operating loss–$38 million versus $24 million last year.
The General Aviation Airport Coalition (GAAC) was officially formed last month to “preserve and promote,” on a national level, GA airports in the U.S. It consists initially of 24 founding members–all GA airport operators–from across the continental U.S. that began meeting late last year to discuss GA airport issues.
While few in the business aviation industry are forecasting a spike in growth, they are willing to recognize that a recovery appears to be under way, albeit with fingers crossed behind their collective backs.
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