Proponents of commercial operations with single-engine aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) have been frustrated once again by seemingly interminable delays in prospective European approval for such flights. The European Joint Aviation Authorities had been scheduled to discuss a formal proposal last week, but that meeting has now been postponed until late in July.
Paris Air Show » June 15, 2005
Aircraft windows specialist PPG Aerospace Transparencies is to supply Bell/Agusta and Airbus. Bird-impact tests have been completed on three windshield configurations, claimed to be among the largest in aviation, designed for the Bell/Agusta AB139 helicopter.
Dubai airshow organizer Fairs & Exhibitions has added a conference dedicated to Middle East’s surging business market to this year’s event. The Mid East Business Jet Conference is scheduled for November 19, the day before the opening of Dubai 2005.
Next year’s ILA show in Berlin will be shortened by one day with three days reserved for trade visitors and three days for the general public. In addition to commercial aviation, including the Airbus A380, ILA will devote more space to military aviation and defense systems, equipment, aero engines, space flight, general aviation and helicopters.
Annual global economic growth of 2.9 percent over the coming 20 years will be the principal driver for a 4.8-percent yearly increase in the world’s passenger traffic, said Boeing. But regional growth during 2005-24 will vary widely, with traffic in China increasing by almost 160 percent more than that in Europe, which has the lowest expansion rate.
Here at the Paris air show on the static display, visitors can see a rebuilt Dassault Flamant (Flamingo) MD-312 light military transport. Its recent history is that of enthusiasts investing time and money. But the near future is even more exciting, as the Flamant is to fly across the Atlantic to the Air Venture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, next month. Tail number F-AZVG is exhibited next to the Embraer 195.
Infrared imaging specialist FLIR Systems this week is introducing an airborne camera system designed to provide ultra-high-definition images in challenging environments like urban centers. Called the Star Safire HD, the sensor system can include mega-pixel thermal, day and night sensors with high magnification optics and laser targeting equipment for covert illumination, the company said.
A new Pratt & Whitney noise-reduction kit will permit operators of McDonnell Douglas MD-80 twinjets to meet Chapter 4 International Civil Aviation Organization noise rules that are scheduled for introduction in six months’ time. The heavyweight version of the equipment comprises an improved fan-inlet liner, a 16-lobe exhaust mixer, a muffler and a tabbed nozzle.
The Alenia C-27J Spartan that features in the daily flying display here is a far better fit for the U.S. Army’s future cargo aircraft (FCA) program than the C-295/C-235-based proposal from the rival team of EADS CASA and Raytheon. That was the message delivered here yesterday by Global Military Aircraft Systems, the joint venture of L-3 Communications Integrated Systems and Alenia North America.
To prioritize and promote unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the United Kingdom, the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) and the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association (UAVS) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see resources focused on accelerating the implementation of UAV systems and making UK industry globally competitive.