After years of losing market share to cross-town rival Garmin, Honeywell’s Bendix/King division is fighting back with two all-new products for general aviation.
Embraer is getting closer to flying its Phenom 100 VLJ, having rolled out the first prototype on June 16 from the company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. With a fresh coat of paint, Phenom 100 number one will undergo ground tests to prepare for first flight. Embraer and its 50 suppliers were able to use serial production tooling to manufacture the first Phenom 100 because engineers employed Catia V5 engineering software.
As preparations continue for the construction of Honda Aircraft’s new world headquarters building in Greensboro, N.C., Honda engineers are refining the aircraft design and laying the groundwork for more prototypes.
Los Angeles-based Cloud Nine Aviation received the first Learjet 60XR this week, following an entry-into-service delivery ceremony at the Learjet manufacturing facility in Wichita.
The FAA last month made good on a longstanding promise to provide Airworthiness Directives (AD) and Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins (SAIB) only via e-mail. According to the agency, operators can sign up at the designated Web site (http://rgl.faa.gov) and receive the service by aircraft, as was the case with paper copies.
Clifford Development, working on a Williams FJ44-3A engine conversion for the Citation II, has appointed Chino, Calif.-based Threshold Aviation Group as a service center. Under the agreement, Threshold will sell, install and service the upgrade, which will include all necessary parts, certifications and manuals. Clifford is still developing the more than $2 million conversion. Downtime is expected to be six weeks.
Aviation consulting and education firm Conklin & de Decker released the most recent version of its Aircraft Performance Comparator software last month. This version includes a number of new aircraft, such as the Citation Mustang, Hawker 750 and TBM 850. The software allows for a head-to-head comparison of more than 200 aircraft, enabling buyers to be more informed during the purchase process.
The European Space Agency (ESA) recently launched the early development phase of the Single European Sky Iris program, a research initiative designed to improve air traffic management through satellite-based air-to-ground communication links. If the ESA Council approves the early development proposals next year, system development will begin in mid-2009.
“Our customers expect an instant response to their problem,” said Chris Gress, manager for parts, components and services. “Our new parts, components and services [PCS program] can meet their needs anywhere, anytime.
On September 10, Walled Lake, Mich.-based Williams International received FAA type certification of its new 1,568-pound-thrust FJ33-4A. The company will follow this milestone with the introduction of yet another turbofan engine.