Once you’ve watched a professional flight crew fly a business jet equipped with Safe Flight’s AutoPower autothrottle system, you’ll wonder why autothrottles aren’t standard on more airplanes. While they offer efficiency and passenger comfort benefits, it’s the safety aspects that make autothrottles well worthwhile.
Cessna has successfully completed certification flight tests of Safe Flight Instrument’s automatic throttle system for the Citation X. FAA STC approval of the autothrottle system for the Mach 0.92 jet is expected within the next month, according to Safe Flight. By controlling speed and thrust, the Cessna Citation X autothrottles will result in increased situational awareness, reduced crew workload, greater passenger comfort and extended range/payload potential, Safe Flight said.
Safe Flight Instrument’s AutoPower autothrottle system has made its way onto the Gulfstream G150 (and via retrofit the G200). The STCed system, available as a factory-new option or via retrofit from authorized Gulfstream service centers, can extend the aircraft’s range or payload with its fuel savings. “You can take one extra passenger and his bags on a flight because of the fuel savings from the AutoPower system,” said sales manager Ken Bannon.
Safe Flight Instrument introduced its AutoPower Citation X autothrottle system during the NBAA Convention. The system can operate in speed dominate or power dominate mode. It also has a retard mode for landing. “Passenger comfort is just one of the advantages of this system,” said Ken Bannon, manager of corporate marketing for the company. “The system reduces crew workload, stabilizes approaches, limits airspeed overshoots and contributes to fuel savings.”
Safe Flight Instrument announced last month that its AutoPower autothrottle has been approved as an STC by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for installation on the Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 900, 850, 800 and 750 jets. AutoPower will also be STCed for Cessna’s Citation X this summer by the Cessna Wichita Citation Service Center and will be offered as a retrofit on all Citation Xs.
Flight management systems are coming for the Eclipse 500 very light jet and other aircraft, thanks to a new program from Innovative Solutions & Support (IS& S). IS&S (Booth No. 4443) and Eclipse Aerospace (Booth No. 6667) have announced that the avionics manufacturer will provide Eclipse 500 operators with the new AvioNG FMS system.
Safe Flight (Booth No. 1615) is offering several different autothrottle solutions for several more business jets. Safe Flight's AutoPower is being installed by Flying Colours in its new and retrofit Challenger 850s and CRJ ExecLiner. It is also being offered for retrofit in the Citation X through the Cessna service center in Wichita via STC beginning in 2011.
Safe Flight Instrument of White Plains, N.Y., announced at NBAA that its enhanced AutoPower automatic throttle has been certified for the Gulfstream G150. Installation of AutoPower, according to Safe Flight (Booth No. 5130), will increase the G150’s range, improve passenger comfort and enhance safety.
Safe Flight Instrument Corp.’s AutoPower automatic throttle system will be an option on the Gulfstream G150, thanks to a contract that Gulfstream has signed with the White Plains, N.Y. company.
Safety officials probing the circumstances leading to the January 17 accident of a British Airways (BA) Boeing 777 at London Heathrow are continuing to focus on the fuel system. In particular, they want to know why the aircraft lost power when it was on final approach.
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