The DOT last month began a top-to-bottom audit of the FAA’s next-generation
Aviation International News » September 2003
Calling it one of the most complex design efforts ever undertaken in the field of avionics, Honeywell engineering executives were popping champagne corks last month in celebration of the freshly issued FAA papers certifying the Primus Epic integrated avionics system.
Defunct VisionAire’s intellectual property for its six-seat, single-engine Vantage very light business jet and two-seat, single-engine Spirit sport jet is for sale by the bankruptcy administrator.
Melbourne, Fla.-based Maverick Jets has moved manufacturing of its five-seat Leader twinjet kitplane to Tbilisi Aerospace Manufacturing in the republic of Georgia, CIS, to take advantage of TAM’s 2.7 million-square-foot, ISO 9000-certified facility. Subsequently, some 50 employees involved in manufacturing in Melbourne were let go.
Explorer Aircraft of Jasper, Texas, which showed its proof-of-concept aircraft, configured as a 500T with a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-135B, at Oshkosh, is still looking for investment money, according to Don Joseph, president. With the economy picking up and venture capital firms starting to invest in promising businesses, Joseph said he’s seeing increasing interest, but nothing firm yet.
Beriev Aircraft, of Taganrog, Russia, received FAA Part 23 type certification for its Be-103 twin-piston amphibian at EAA AirVenture directly from FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. It is the first Russian amphibious airplane to achieve this status.
In addition to announcing its selection of the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra for its two-seat Javelin “executive jet," Aviation Technology Group of Englewood, Colo., reported receiving letters of intent from three possible distributors on its way to convert from direct factory sales to a national distributor network. The company intends to have six distributors in the U.S. and one each in Canada and Mexico.
French inventor Christian Hugues has patented a new wingtip device promising an 8-percent reduction in induced drag and a 5.4-percent increase in lift. The Minix system consists of a hollow cylindrical tube that dissipates wake vortex by passing it through a series of helical slits before it linearly flows out of an opening in the rear of the wingtip.
The idea of opening a new Gulfstream repair station in southern Florida was evolutionary for Vincent Wolanin. Its roots go back to Wolanin’s days as chairman of TopNotch Entertainment, a rock-and-roll management company that worked with groups such as Aerosmith, Kiss, John Mellencamp and many others.
“This is about changing the entrepreneurial spirit,” Brad Bruce, flight department manager of ADI Corporate Shuttle Services, told AIN. “By minimizing or eliminating many of the barriers to travel, corporate shuttles allow business opportunities to be more readily considered and acted upon.