Current in-flight icing detection systems (FIDS) cannot detect ice crystals. But equipment manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace (Booth E07) is developing a new FIDS, using optical techniques. It will detect any form of icing and will be able to tell which form of ice–small or large supercooled droplets, crystal and so forth–is impacting the aircraft. It will give the crew specific warnings when large-droplet icing conditions or ice crystals are encountered, François Larue, head of research and technology of Zodiac’s Aircraft Systems division, told AIN.
Beechcraft celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the King Air 90 prototype yesterday with three-aircraft formation fly-bys of the company’s current-production King Airs–the C90GTx, 250 and 350i–over its home base at Beech Field in Wichita. The King Air is the best-selling business aircraft in the world, with nearly 7,200 delivered and more than 60 million flight hours logged worldwide.
The FAA is proposing to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engines. The proposed AD was prompted by in-service events involving the perforation of engine cases as a result of the liberation of power-turbine blades and the fracture/displacement of the power-turbine containment ring.
Avcorp Industries subsidiary Comtek Advanced Structures won a contract to design and manufacture the floor panels for Bombardier’s in-development Global 7000 and 8000. The company said it will start design engineering work immediately. Comtek currently supplies floor panels to Bombardier for its CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 regional jets; Q400 regional turboprop; and in-development Learjet 85.
Patrick Gentile has joined Spirit Aeronautics as regional sales manager to spearhead new business development in the U.S. Southern Region. Gentile brings more than 20 years of experience and relationships in aviation sales and marketing to Spirit Aeronautics. Most recently, he was founder and president of Gentile Aircraft Consulting, orchestrating corporate aircraft evaluations, interior and exterior planning, pre-purchase inspection oversight, post-purchase upgrades, scheduled maintenance and contract negotiations.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week released a new video to reinforce the need for airport operators to report all bird strikes. The production also details how to preserve and prepare bird remains for shipment to Washington, D.C., for analysis.
Traditional measures point to a recovery in the economy in general, but the business aviation sector has yet to enjoy it. On the up side, credit has loosened somewhat for newer aircraft, as lenders find niche markets for themselves. For many buyers, however, cash remains king.
Many of the usual suppliers for Dassault’s Falcon aircraft have been selected for the 5X, although Héroux-Devtek will be the landing gear supplier (Messier Dowty provides the 7X gear). The nosegear will have a “dual-chamber, for comfort.”
Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies company, is providing the electrically started APU (“easy start, all the time”), with Thales AES supplying the new starter-generator system.
Oxford Aviation, a resident of Oxford County Regional Airport in Maine for nearly 25 years, is engaged in a battle with the Oxford County Commission to avoid eviction, and to compound the proceedings the refurbishment and MRO facility filed for Chapter 13 voluntary bankruptcy on Tuesday.
The filing also noted the transfer of Oxford Aviation’s assets to its founder, owner and president, James Horowitz, for $1. The filing also effectively caused cancellation of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday regarding the separate eviction filing by the Oxford County Commission.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Sustainability Program presented West Star Aviation with the Colorado Governor’s Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Silver Award. It is the third time West Star has received the Silver Award since it was first recognized as a Bronze Achiever in 2010.