The so-called “smart cabin automated dimming system” (Scads) marks the latest stage in evolution of the electrically dimmable E-Shade smart window from InspecTech of Fort Lauderdale.
Midcoast Aviation has expanded its capability to assist aircraft operators at their home bases to supplement in-house maintenance staff. “We have been providing this select service to customers by request for years,” said Morris Smith, director of technical services. “Because operators have found the service so beneficial it just made sense to expand and let all our customers know mobile maintenance teams are available to come to them.
US Aviation in Denton, Texas, is the first FBO in the U.S. to install stainless steel-lined fuel tanks in its fuel farm. Traditional fuel storage tanks use an epoxy inner liner, and this liner “has a tendency to break down,” according to Jeff Soules, the FBO’s senior v-p and general manager. Benefits of the stainless-steel liners include no initial startup problems or chips, flaking or biological disintegration of the epoxy, he said.
President Obama has nominated Mark Rosekind, an aviation fatigue specialist and former head of NASA’s fatigue research program, to fill a vacancy on the NTSB. He is currently president and chief scientist for Alertness Solutions, a company he founded.
InspecTech Aero Service (Booth No. 3706) has unveiled the new Smart Cabin Automated Dimming System (SCADS) for its I-Shade.
Aviation insurance giant USAIG, in collaboration with Alertness Solutions, is launching Z-Coach, a science-based fatigue management program.
The FAA yesterday issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) that addresses pilot fatigue countermeasures in Part 121 and 135 short-haul operations, though the information is also pertinent to Part 91, 91K fractional and 135 on-demand charter operators.
Wichita’s new National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT), still under construction, is offering nondestructive testing (NDT) courses this fall. Through a cooperative effort between Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC), NCAT will offer a series of 11 NDT courses at WATC’s Comotara Center campus.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD 2009-15-03) for Bombardier Global Express BD-700-1A10s and BD-700-1A11s. According to the AD, a bolt that connects the power control unit (PCU) to the elevator surface was found fractured in the assembly during a scheduled maintenance inspection.
PPG Aerospace is developing transparencies for aircraft cockpit and cabin windows that help keep the interior cooler by reducing heat from the sun. The clear solar-reflective window coatings cut solar transmittance in half, said PPG Aerospace global director Anthony Stone. Aircraft like the Boeing 787 and Hawker 4000 that are built using composites don’t dissipate solar heat as well as aluminum airplanes, Stone noted.