International Communications Group, a Newport News, Va.-based supplier of electronic communications equipment to operators of airliner-size aircraft, has introduced a family of products that the company said is tailored for installation in midsize to large business jets.
Aviation International News » May 2003
The FAA has issued a TSO to Honeywell for the Bendix/King KT 73, a next-generation transponder that can receive data from ATC radar systems through the new, free-of-charge FAA traffic information service (TIS). Once picked up by the transponder, the TIS traffic data can be linked to a Honeywell Bendix/King MFD to alert pilots to as many as seven nearby aircraft using TCAS-like symbology.
Seattle Falcon 50 operator Mariner Air has ordered a Max-Viz EVS-1000 enhanced-vision system (EVS), a setup that will include an uncooled IR sensor in the top of the tail and a head-down cockpit display. Western Aircraft of Boise, Idaho, will perform the installation. The Max-Viz sensor system was first certified in March aboard a Challenger 601-3A. Cessna has selected a dual-sensor version, the EVS-2000, for the Citation X and Sovereign.
XM Satellite Radio and Weather Works, an affiliate of Baron Services, have joined forces to provide Nexrad weather maps, Metars, TAFs and other data through XM’s proprietary satellite system, which also beams 100 channels of digital audio to special receivers, mainly in cars.
The WAAS revolution appears set to begin. A new IFR WAAS-capable GPS/navcom, the Apollo CNX80 all-in-one navigator from UPS Aviation Technologies–introduced last month at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla.–could give Garmin’s popular GNS 430 and 530 navigation units some serious competition. Similar in size and function to the Garmin GNS 430, the CNX80 is claimed to be the first such box to include an IFR WAAS GPS receiver.
Major interior components were recently checked for fitting in the cabin of the fourth Hawker Horizon (RC-4), planned for use in the super-midsize business jet’s certification program. “The rough fit of the interior components substantiated what we have been saying all along,” said Brad Hatt, president/general manager of Raytheon Aircraft’s Hawker Division.
Last month, the Melbourne, Fla.-based builder of the Maverick Leader, a four-place, twin-engine kit plane, announced that it would, effective immediately, now sell “all of its personal custom jets with its new fan jet engines,” the Williams FJ33 turbofan engine, rated at 1,100 pounds thrust.
The search for financing continues to be Australian-born Explorer Aircraft’s primary focus. Said Donald Joseph, president, “We are actively looking for opportunities. Despite the tough economic times, we’ve become more optimistic in the last three or four months.”
In late 2001, successful Canadian oilman Don Jewitt, then principle investor in Alberta Aerospace of Calgary, decided the OEM start-up company had spent too much money in its effort to acquire and certify the two-seat Promavia Jet Squalus, which it had renamed the Phoenix FanJet.
Rick Adam, CEO of Adam Aircraft, told AIN at last month’s Sun ’n’ Fun airshow in Lakeland, Fla., that the A700 very light twinjet would make its first flight in the second half of this year and obtain certification next year. He said his company’s A500 inline piston twin, which is currently in flight testing and expected to earn FAA approval in July, is eliminating much of the risk for the Williams FJ33-1-powered A700.