AOPA wrote a letter to the FAA last week saying that if a new policy outlined in Advisory Circular (AC) 90-100A is allowed to remain as it is currently written, more than 25,000 GPS users will not be able to use the unit as a substitute for DME or Rnav procedures.
L-3 Avionics Systems has received STC approval aboard the King Air C90 for its new Iris infrared imaging system for general aviation aircraft, along with FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval. The C90 is the first application for Iris, which a spokesperson said is generating “tremendous interest. We have installation and certification programs under way for many different platforms.”
Arinc (Booth No. 929) is preparing to launch its SkyLink in-flight broadband communications service on the North Atlantic flight tracks and has launched a slimmer antenna suitable for aircraft other than the Gulfstreams which have enjoyed exclusive access so far. First user will be a Falcon 2000 to be equipped by Waterford, Michigan-based Pentastar Aviation.
Phoenix, Arizona-based engine and avionics manufacturer Honeywell (Booth No. 1606) says its entry in the 10,000-pound-thrust engine sweepstakes is well under way. Ron Rich, the company’s director of advanced technologies, told EBACE Convention News that parts for the HTF10000 demonstrator have been ordered, with the core engine expected to be operational by the end of next year.
The Solar Impulse has made significant progress toward its aim of being the first solar-powered aircraft able to fly at night. The team initiated by famous balloonist Bertrand Piccard began construction of the 200-foot-wingpsan prototype just four weeks ago. Flight tests should start next year.
Operators of jets powered by Honeywell TFE731 engines with digital electronic engine controls (DEECs) will be able to participate in the fault-code reporting service offered by Honeywell and Jet-Care beginning on June 1. The fault-code reporting service was announced in mid-2005, and Honeywell and Jet-Care have been preparing to launch the service since then.
Universal Weather and Aviation is demonstrating its new electronic flight bag CD-ROM and online editions of its UVTripPlanner airport information database at Booth No. 1420. The online and EFB versions offer more information than the company’s traditional printed UVTripPlanner, which lists only airports with runways longer than 3,900 feet due to space limitations.
Lufthansa Technik (Booth No. 1240) is delivering cabin systems for the Bombardier Challenger 300 at the rate of one a week and is looking to expand its product range and customer base further.
Rockwell Collins’ new HGS-5860 is the first head-up display (HUD) system with an LCD projector to be certified on a business jet–Dassault’s Falcon 7X. At EBACE yesterday, Rockwell Collins also announced that Gulfstream has selected the HGS-6000 HUD as standard equipment on the G450 and G550 and as an option on the remainder of its model line. Entry into service for Gulfstream’s version of the Rockwell Collins HUD is expected in 2009.
Sikorsky Aircraft yesterday disclosed at the American Helicopter Society International annual technical forum in Grapevine, Texas, plans to build and test a demonstrator for a new class of coaxial helicopters that will have improved vertical flight capabilities and will cruise at 250 knots. The Stratford, Conn.