Bombardier has selected Revue Thommen’s AD20 two-inch electronic standby altimeter as a retrofit option for the Challenger 601-3A/3R and 604. According to the Swiss avionics specialist, the AD20 is the first electronic standby altimeter designed to RTCA DO-178B standards with software level A required for installation on Part 25-certified jets.
Aircraft maintenance training provider Global Jet Services has launched its first online training course for maintenance technicians. The course teaches technicians the fundamentals of pitot-static systems and how to use Barfield’s 450 pitot-static test equipment to conduct static/altimeter system tests. It also shows students how to set up the test equipment based on step-by-step procedures, according to Global Jet.
FreeFlight Systems announced that FAA certification was awarded in August for its RA 4000 radar altimeter, a package listed at $8,665 that consists of a remote antenna and dual antennas for more precise altitude information from zero to 2,000 feet agl.
With the Dec. 31, 2004, deadline fast approaching for all aircraft flying between FL 290 and FL 410 to comply with domestic reduced vertical separation minimum (DRVSM) standards, aircraft and avionics OEMs have been feverishly working toward RVSM certification of air-data units and data packages as owners begin upgrading their fleets.
On May 10 at 10:40 p.m. local time, a Eurocopter EC 135T2+ crashed in an area of rapidly rising terrain six minutes after taking off from La Crosse, Wis. Municipal Airport. The three occupants, an instrument- rated pilot and the two-man medical crew, aboard the VFR Part 91 positioning flight were killed. It was the first crash in the 23-year history of the program.
MITSUBISHI MU-2B-26A, EDGARTOWN, MASS., OCT. 6, 2000–The NTSB issued the final report and probable cause on the fatal crash of former New Jersey legislator Charles Yates. Yates, his wife, Anya, and their two young children perished when he failed to execute an ILS approach into Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY). The Board cited “the pilot’s failure to follow instrument flight procedures, resulting in a collision with a tree.
The business and commuter aircraft products business of Trimble Navigation has been purchased by newly established FreeFlight Systems, a sister company of Aircraft Systems & Manufacturing of Georgetown, Texas. Business aviation veteran Steve Williams is president of FreeFlight Systems, which will be based in Waco, Texas.
Honeywell signed a contract with West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo., to develop an RVSM equipment package for the Learjet 30 series. The package, scheduled to be available for installation early next year, includes Honeywell’s AZ-252 advanced air data computer, AM-250 barometric altimeter/airdata computer, BA-250 altimeter display and altitude alerter control.
Garrett Aviation announced it has received STCs for RVSM avionics retrofits in Cessna Citations 501, 550 and 551, as well as later 500 models. A certification program for the 560 is under way, according to a spokesman. The RVSM compliance packages each include two air-data display units (ADDU) and an analog/digital interface unit (AIU) built by Innovative Solutions & Support of Malvern, Pa.
As more RVSM STCs are awarded, operators of most makes and models, even those of much older and rarer airframes, will soon have many places to get RVSM installations and other related work. Programs differ considerably in the extent of work performed, pricing and downtime. Here is a status report of just a few of the latest RVSM STC projects under way: