More than 100 airlines have selected Rockwell Collins’ multiscan airborne weather radar, billed as the first such system to offer fully automated, “hands-free” scanning capability out to a range of 320 nm. Soon, business jet crews will get the chance to fly with the technology, too.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries yesterday said it will establish a wholly owned subsidiary to produce commercial aircraft components in Hanoi, Vietnam. Plans call for the new division, dubbed MHI Aerospace Vietnam Co., Ltd. (MHIVA), to begin assembling metal aircraft components by the spring of 2009, starting with flaps for the Boeing 737.
Former FAA Administrator Langhorne Bond voiced concerns about the “notorious” doctrine of sole-means GPS dependency before international attendees at the U.S. Air Traffic Control Association’s summer meeting in Dublin, Ireland, in late July.
UK aerospace and defense firm Cobham yesterday announced an agreement to purchase autopilot maker S-Tec from Meggitt for $38 million. S-Tec’s Mineral Wells, Texas operation and its workforce of 180 employees will be added to Cobham’s portfolio of avionics businesses in North America, which also includes Chelton Flight Systems, Wulfsburg, NAT and Artex.
The increasing number of GPS approaches is making those government approach plate publications so thick for some regions that they have become unwieldy. Therefore, the FAA has decided to split the volumes to cover smaller regions. Starting with the November 1 revision cycle, there will be four additional volumes of the terminal procedures publication added to the Northeast series, the South Central series and the Southwest series.
NASA’s small aircraft transportation system (SATS), a five-year, $69 million project aimed at maximizing the benefits of light aircraft and small airports, announced at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh that it selected four teams to participate in its initial research and development phase. The Maryland team will focus on evolving existing flight procedures, integrating new technology and studying human factors.
Man-carried portable air defense systems (Manpads), also known as shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, in the hands of terrorists have a lot of people very worried. It’s debatable how significant the concern really is– particularly in comparison with the threat from other sources.
Raytheon Aircraft Services Ltd. in Chester, England, has started offering a program for older Hawker business jets to comply with the requirements for reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) in preparation for the start of European RVSM in January. Hawker 700s that do not have air-data computers will be fitted with the air-data display unit developed by Innovative Solutions & support of Malvern, Pa.
BBA Group, parent company of Signature Flight Support FBOs and the Dallas Airmotive maintenance center, has acquired Barrett Turbine Engine Company. Barrett specializes in the repair and overhaul of turbine-engine components, particularly for the Honeywell TFE731 series. No changes in the management or location of the Augusta, Ga., company are planned, said BBA Aviation officials.
As part of research activities under the NASA/FAA Joint Universities Program, the MIT International Center for Air Transportation is investigating factors that may act as barriers to the utility of general aviation (GA) transportation in North America. If you use the North American GA transportation system, then MIT would appreciate your feedback on what factors reduce GA utility and what can be done about it.