Thales Avionics Canada has directed its engineering staff to accelerate design work on a fly-by-wire (FBW) flight-control system, enhanced vision system (EVS) and required navigation performance (RNP) avionics for business jets and regional airliners. Most likely to benefit from the bulk of the designers’ early work will be Bombardier, a neighbor of Thales in Montreal and the world’s third-biggest airframe manufacturer.
Since introducing its Fuelstat contamination detection kit at the Dubai Air Show in 2001, Conidia Bioscience has sold the product to major airlines, helicopter operators and corporate jet maintenance departments. The International Air Transport Association selected Conidia to host the first Asian symposium on fuel contaminants last month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Innotech Aviation of Montreal has begun construction of its new twin-bay aircraft paint facility at Pierre Trudeau International Airport in Dorval. The 41,000-sq-ft facility will accommodate aircraft as large as the Global Express XRS.
In 1999, Motorola’s ill-starred Iridium satcom venture declared bankruptcy and was on the verge of maneuvering the service’s 66 satellites to burn up in the atmosphere. Today, officials at the re-established satcom operation are promoting the company’s rapidly growing customer base and line of service offerings.
New England EMS operator MedStar Transport is to equip its EC 135 and BK 117 fleet with Sky Connect satellite terminals, to provide automated tracking and voice com-munications with the aircraft through the Iridium satellite network.
An exterior paint job on a Gulfstream G550 will typically cost in the neighborhood of $150,000 and, with proper care and maintenance, will last about five years. CareJet Services president Matt Weisman says it doesn’t have to be that way, and his recently launched company offers as proof a new polymer coating that both extends the life of the paint and enhances its appearance.
Iridium satcom supplier Blue Sky Network last month announced that the Gulf of Mexico’s largest privately held helicopter operator has selected the company’s voice calling and two-way satellite messaging equipment for installation in its entire fleet. Rotorcraft Leasing of Lafayette, La., plans to add Blue Sky’s SkyRouter communications equipment to more than 100 helicopters, enabling voice calls, text messaging and aircraft tracking.
Sherwin-Williams’ aerospace division has announced development of new color tools created to provide paint scheme designers with a more convenient and accurate means of choosing and presenting paints. The complete kit includes color cards, fan decks and a binder filled with tear-off color swatches.
In an experiment reminiscent of Jimmy Doolittle’s trailblazing instrument blind flight in 1929, researchers at Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) have conducted a full takeoff and landing flight of their testbed fly-by-wire Bell 205 helicopter controlled by a pilot completely “under the hood” and receiving all his visual cues via a helmet-mounted enhanced synthetic vision system (ESVS).
Oxford Aviation of Oxford, Maine, introduced a three-in-one boot treatment called Tri-Guard. It is a silicone-free treatment that rejuvenates and conditions de-icing boots with a high gloss finish, offers protection from ozone degradation and UV rays, enhances the flexibility and durability of the boot and helps the actual ice-shedding process.