MD Helicopters (MDHI) has selected Precision Aviation Services (PAS) of Peachtree City, Georgia to be an Authorized MD Helicopters Service Center. PAS is approved to provide factory authorized service, including airframe maintenance, component overhaul parts and accessories sales, including parts and labor for warranty replacements. The approval covers MD 900/902 Explorer helicopters and 500- and 600-series helicopters, the complete line manufactured by MDHI.
Bombardier Aerospace recently completed a non-temperature-restricted bleedless auxiliary power unit starting test, following a 10-hour cold soak at -40 degrees F and using a starter/generation system and lithium-ion battery system. The Safran Microturbo e-APU system included a starter generator and power electronics from Thales and a Saft Li-ion battery system. The prototype equipment was designed for business jets, Bombardier said. The tests were conducted at the Safran Turbomeca cold-chamber facility in Pau, France.
An Australian company has created a cockpit lighting system that might also solve the persistent issue of pilot spatial disorientation.
With current technology a pilot must first recognize disorientation using the attitude indicator and other supporting flight instruments. The Go Light, which has received provisional patent approval, is a system of cockpit lights that gives pilots a constant reference point of the horizon in their peripheral vision.
The number of U.S. helicopter accidents dropped 17 percent during the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, according to data from the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST). From January through the end of June this year, there were 62 civil helicopter accidents compared with 75 during the same period last year. During the first six months of this year, nine helicopter accidents resulted in 15 fatalities, compared with 18 fatal accidents that resulted in 41 fatalities during last year’s first half.
Canadian air navigation service provider Nav Canada says the number of monthly controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) contacts in domestic airspace has grown 10-fold since September 2012. At that time the monthly tally was about 7,000, but by May this year it had reached 76,000. National adoption of CPDLC was completed in April this year when the Toronto center began employing the text-based communications system.
The U.S. government has nearly completed revising its export controls for aerospace-related products, but it has not resolved how to manage exports of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and components, senior officials said last week at the Farnborough International Airshow.
The Garmin Pilot iOS aviation app–which provides flight-planning capabilities, comprehensive weather information and navigation–now has worldwide coverage, Garmin announced today. Pilots also have access to expanded coverage of European charts in a single application, including geo-referenced FliteCharts and SafeTaxi airport diagrams. New features also include FastFind and Smart Airspace, which offer users more efficient flight planning, quick waypoint entry and intuitive airspace navigation.
Rockwell Collins’s Venue cabin management and HD entertainment system was selected by Sabena Technics for installation aboard a Boeing BBJ. The updated BBJ cabin will feature HD monitors and digital audio throughout the aircraft for watching Blu-ray disc movies and other high-resolution content, such as real-time flight information from Rockwell Collins’s Airshow 3-D moving map. These features are built upon a fiber-optic backbone that ensures maximum system availability and enough bandwidth to integrate the latest consumer technologies.
Delhi-based OIS AeroSpace (Hall 4 Stand 4/C12), an investor in advanced technology products and services with a focus on the aviation supply chain, offers products that could be tapped to honor India’s defense offsets.
At Farnborough 2014 yesterday OIS announced IObserver, a low-cost, fixed-wing, manned aerial surveillance platform based on the Italian SkyArrow very light aircraft (VLA). The platform was developed by OIS, OEM for the SkyArrow platform in India.
DRS Technologies, part of the Finmeccanica group (Outside Exhibit 1), is promoting a flight data recorder that deploys upon impact in the event of a crash. The system has been used for many years in military aircraft and helicopters operating in the offshore industry, and has been put to the test many times. The need for a system for commercial aircraft that can be easily and quickly recovered has been brought into sharp focus following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in March.
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