Brazil has chosen the Saab Gripen E as its new fighter aircraft, after years of indecision. Defense Minister Celso Amorim and Brazilian air force commander Bg. Juniti Saito announced their preference for the Swedish jet over the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Dassault Rafale after authorization from President Dilma Rousseff. Previous attempts to decide the FX-2 competition failed at the political level.
Bond Air Services has grounded its EC135 helicopter fleet in the wake of a November 29 accident in which one of the aircraft it operates for local police crashed into a pub in Glasgow, Scotland, killing nine people and injuring 32 others.
Clay Lacy Aviation (CLA) is on track for certification of a Universal Avionics Fans-1/A+, CPDLC, Link 2000+ and ADS-B solution for the Gulfstream IV and GIV-SP. Installation in the initial certification aircraft is scheduled to begin in January, with supplemental type certification (STC) expected in April.
CLA is working with Envoy Aerospace on the certification process and plans to install and sell the STC solution at its Van Nuys, Calif. facility, as well as make it available to qualified Universal Avionics authorized dealers.
The FAA issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) NM-14-05 related to potential wing/aileron oscillations on various BAe 125/Hawker business jets. The November 27 bulletin covers the following types: the 750, 800, 800A (including C-29A and U-125/U-125A versions), 800B, 800XP, 850XP, 900XP, 1000, 1000A and 1000B.
In an online forum, a professional pilot wondered whether he might be incorrectly controlling the aircraft when he performed a slip on final approach because the airspeed always increased, not decreased as he’d been taught. Slips in transport aircraft are sometimes restricted or even prohibited, making it hard for pilots to know how to handle them when they are required.
Flight tests of the MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile on a Eurofighter Typhoon began on November 27. A week later, the four-nation industrial consortium delivered the 400th aircraft. The first Tranche 3 Eurofighter flew on December 2 from Warton.
According to NBAA, the FAA will publish a notice to airmen on December 12 detailing plans for the rollout of Phase 2 of the North Atlantic datalink mandate. Implementation will begin with Phase 2a on Feb. 5, 2015, at which time flights within the North Atlantic Tracks (NAT) between FL350 and FL390 must be equipped with Fans 1/A controller-pilot datalink communications and ADS-C systems. The program expands to these altitudes in the entire ICAO NAT region on Dec.
In aviation, we tend to consider our use of GPS one of the more important applications of the technology, especially when compared to, say, drivers on downtown shopping expeditions. And, of course, it is.
The first Learjet 28 Longhorn (Serial Number 28-001) cruised at 50,000 feet somewhere between Allentown, Pa., and Mattoon, Ill., when the thought hit me. The late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, had flown this same airplane and here I was riding in the cabin.
When the FAA amended aircraft stall training last year to emphasize reducing angle of attack over the long-used procedure of limiting altitude loss above all else, training organizations across the U.S. were required to update their curriculums to reflect those changes.