Aeronautics

March 6, 2013 - 7:25pm

Leading Edge Composites (Booth No. N4535) announced the expansion of its aircraft cabinetry capabilities, “combining the industry experience and success of our formidable composite parts production with innovative cabinet design and finishing service.”

According to director of new product development Paul Norris, expansion at the company’s Oxford, Pa. facilities allows owners, operators and completion centers working with both rotor- and fixed-wing aircraft to enjoy the benefits of working with an integrated design, engineering, production and finishing facility.

March 4, 2013 - 4:15pm

Eighteen of 21 people aboard a tourist balloon ride died in Luxor, Egypt, on February 26 when the aircraft’s gas chamber exploded, sending the balloon falling nearly 1,000 feet to the ground. The crash is believed to have been the deadliest balloon accident in the world over the past 20 years. The local governor of Luxor province banned any further balloon flights until further notice.

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.

February 11, 2013 - 10:55am

An ATR 72 operated under the Alitalia network by Romanian carrier Carpatair was substantially damaged on February 2 when the crew lost control of the aircraft on landing at Rome Fiumicino Airport in Italy (LIRF). The wind at the time of the accident was approximately 90 degrees to Runway 16, gusting to 41 knots.

Four of the 50 people aboard were injured, two seriously.

July 23, 2012 - 4:20pm

The search for answers continues into what caused the mid-afternoon landing overrun accident of a Gulfstream GIV at Le Castellet Airport (LFMQ), in France, on July 13.

July 8, 2012 - 8:00am

General Electric/Safran joint venture Nexcelle has successfully completed the test program for the thrust reverser on next-generation integrated propulsion systems (IPS).

July 3, 2012 - 6:00am
Left, approach plate with own-ship position on Garmin Pilot iPad app. Right, Jeppesen en route chart with own-ship position on Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck iPad app.

The FAA’s release of an updated Advisory Circular 120-76B covering electronic flight bag (EFB) guidelines is raising concerns about possible increased scrutiny of Part 91 Subpart F operators of business jets that weigh more than 12,500 pounds.

June 11, 2012 - 4:30pm

No passengers were injured when an American Airlines Boeing 757 ran off the end of Runway 19 at Jackson Hole Airport (JAC]), Jackson Hole, Wyo., in December 2010, but a number of safety issues highlighted in the NTSB report make the event worth reviewing.

May 12, 2012 - 3:30pm

Tightening regulation of airport noise is set to boost interest in hush-kitting older business jets, according to Hubbard Aviation Technologies, which will demonstrate its QS3 system for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs at EBACE 2012 in Geneva next week.

May 2, 2012 - 4:47pm
Debris from the missing Air France A330-200 recovered from the Atlantic Ocean arrives at the port of Recife, Brazil on June 14, 2009.

Like many pilots, Bill Voss is concerned about the extent to which automation has changed the role of the professional pilot today. But as president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, Voss is also better placed than most to do something about the problems he perceives.

 
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