As airports across the U.S. wage their annual struggle against winter weather, business aviation operators may soon find themselves familiar with a new de-icing method. Forced-air de-icers, which use high-volume, low-pressure air to help strip contamination from flying surfaces, have been used to augment the effect of glycol on airliners at major airports for years, but the business aircraft community has been slow to embrace them.
An FAA plan to consolidate all of the 84 National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters now co-located in the nation’s 21 ATC en route centers into two central forecasting locations has drawn spirited opposition from the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO), which is claiming the move is unsafe.
Bendix/King’s new AV8OR handheld GPS receiver can display XM Weather’s Aviator LT and Aviator products, making it a handy cockpit tool. During a recent trip, I used the Aviator product provided by WxWorx of Huntsville, Ala. Although WxWorx also offers XM Weather’s Aviator Pro, the AV8OR can’t display the additional features available in Pro.
Universal Weather & Aviation has released a new version of the online UVflightplanner.com service with improved functionality. Users can now accomplish multiple tasks from one window without having to exit to another application.
Without the ability to understand and accurately forecast weather, NextGen technology won’t amount to much. For that reason, industry participants including Baron Services, NCAR and the FAA are not only working to integrate weather into the NextGen technology, but they are also working to improve forecasting techniques.
New air quality regulations issued by the California Environmental Protection Agency may lead to similar restrictions in other states, according to the National Air Transportation Association.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has commented on a set of proposed regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seek to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, specifically targeting emissions by general aviation aircraft.
Arinc is promoting its new onboard Internet (Oi) service for laptop computers here at the MEBA show (Stand No. 330). Launched in September for the commercial airliner market, Oi is also expected to appeal to business aircraft operators who want to provide online connections for their passengers.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Bethel, Alaska, Jan. 15, 2008–The Grant Aviation Caravan touched down between the runway and the taxiway in the snow removed from the active surfaces; the Safety Board blamed “the pilot’s selection of unsuitable terrain for landing.” Contributing factors were snow-covered terrain, blowing snow and flat lighting conditions.
Honeywell’s IntuVue line of airborne weather radars makes its debut at this month’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., as the rebranded extension of the company’s RDR-4000 radar previously selected for the Airbus A380 and Gulfstream G650.