An alert radar controller monitoring traffic at Shannon air traffic services helped to prevent a Gulfstream IV-SP from crashing near Killarney, Ireland, last July. According to a UK incident report, the Gulfstream crew requested a return to Kerry Airport after a fracture formed on the left-hand windshield shortly after takeoff. Kerry Tower cleared the aircraft for the ILS approach to Runway 26.
Progression in the development of both aircraft and their systems have made it so that in many cases pilots manage the systems more than they handle the airplane. However, old-fashioned piloting skills remain as essential as ever since such systems can be affected by interference from outside sources such as the sun–a vulnerability that might rear its head quite soon.
Gulfstream has received FAA approval to add Waas functionality in the G150 as part of a final-phase manufacturing installation that adds an optional Waas-capable GPS receiver to the airplane. The Waas upgrade is also available for retrofit in G150s already in service.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) has begun scheduling wide area augmentation system (Waas) upgrades on Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21-equipped King Air 200/300s. This installation follows the introduction of the King Air C90GTi upgrade announced last March. According to an HBS spokesman, the King Air 200/300 Waas upgrade offers operational flexibility and cost savings associated with direct and curved area navigation (Rnav) routes.
A June editorial in GPS World magazine notes that ICAO’s marine equivalent, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has endorsed eLoran as the backup to GPS. This echoed the unanimous view of GPS industry leaders, who advocate eLoran as the best solution for all users.
Emteq Nets Challenger 850 Completions Work
Avionics, maintenance and lighting specialist Emteq (Booth No. 1265) of New Berlin, Wisconsin, has received two interior completion contracts from Midcoast of St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. The projects, to convert Bombardier Challenger 850s, will be completed at ACS-NAI, Emteq’s facility in Winnipeg, Canada, for delivery in the third quarter of this year.
Rockwell Collins has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) allowing Waas LPV upgrades in King Air models equipped with the avionics maker’s Pro Line 21 cockpit. Collins worked with Hawker Beechcraft to develop the STC, which covers the King Air C90GTi, B200, B200GT, B200C, 350 and 350C.
A supplemental type certificate (STC) has been approved for Rockwell Collins to provide localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) upgrades for the King Air C90GTi, B200, B200GT, B200C, B200CGT, 350 and 350C. According to a Rockwell Collins spokesman, the company has worked closely with Hawker Beechcraft to develop and certify the coupled LPV solution, which includes an upgrade to a Rockwell Collins GPS-4000S.
Cobham Avionics, specifically the former S-Tec autopilot house in Mineral Wells, Texas, yesterday described the functions, features and financial benefits of its HeliSAS digital two-axis, stability-augmentation and autopilot system (SAS) for light helicopters.
In 1994 Steve Hickok began the initial flight tests that led to development and implementation of the first FAA-approved GPS Rnav helicopter instrument approaches.