Electroair announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that it received the first FAA STC for a pure electronic ignition system for certified aircraft, after a two-year testing and documentation process. The Electroair ignition system is eligible for installation in all Lycoming four-cylinder engines installed on Cessna aircraft.
Cabin interiors specialist Lantal is probably best known for its carpets and upholstery, but the Swiss company also has just launched its new Pneumatic Comfort System, which it says makes seats more passenger-friendly. The system’s pressure-adjustable cushions have been in service with Swiss International Airline’s business and first-class long-haul aircraft for the two years and are now available for more widespread use.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Jacksonville, Fla.-based Job Performance Associates for the development of interactive multimedia training products linked to Sikorsky technical publications. Sikorsky’s aftermarket division identified specific training needs for JPA to create a library of Web-based learning videos.
Simplex Manufacturing of Portland, Ore. (Booth No. 1547), announced it has received the single largest order in the company’s 64-year history. The order, from the air force of the Republic of Korea, consists of seven model 328 “Fire Attack” helicopter fire-fighting systems, including spares and training. Simplex has delivered more than 55 of these systems to Korea and Russia during the past 15 years.
Fractional provider NetJets and its pilots union–NJASAP, the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots–have collaborated on a voluntary furlough-mitigation program. “This collection of leave options is not concessionary; rather, it is a menu of purely voluntary options that we believe will genuinely and verifiably help alleviate the current company-wide overstaffing issue,” said union president Mark Luthi.
Signature Flight Support’s ongoing “Cultivate and Celebrate” campaign helped raise more than $180,000 to pay for the Hub of Hope, on-site housing for families of children with life-threatening illnesses at the Give Kids The World facility in central Florida. Signature Flight Support has raised more than $1 million for Give Kids The World since 2001.
Rockwell Collins announced that its Pro Line 21 Continuum retrofit cockpit system has been certified in the Cessna Citation III, bringing to six the total number of aircraft approved to fly with Continuum.
In a cooperative agreement announced last month, ChevronTexaco Global Aviation (CTGA) employees will sponsor 22 children from around the world. After extensive research, the employees chose Childreach/ Plan, a nonprofit organization that promotes children’s well being, rights and interests around the world.
The DOT is proposing to eliminate many of the drug-related questions required to be answered by employers on the annual management information system (MIS) forms. If the proposal is adopted, 14 question areas will be dropped from the MIS form. Elimination of the data will reduce the MIS form to a single page and standardize the information collected across DOT agencies, including the FAA.
Integrating pilot seniority, one of the thorniest issues created when fractional-operator Flight Options acquired Raytheon Travel Air earlier this year, has apparently been resolved. In a mandatory vote this past summer, pilots adopted a seniority program called modified date-of-hire.