Federal agencies are asking for the public’s help to decide if there is a need to continue to operate or invest in the loran-C radio navigation system beyond Fiscal Year 2007 (which ends September 30). While the current loran-C system is based on technology developed in the 1960s, some of the stations have been updated to allow for an enhanced signal (eLoran).
An FAA airworthiness directive, effective January 26, mandates replacement of a batch of Shadin ADC-2000 air-data computers installed in about 450 aircraft, including a handful of King Airs, Citation 501s and Conquests. The AD was prompted by the discovery of potential errors in some units that could cause them to display incorrect altitude information on their Chelton FlightLogic EFIS displays.
An announcement is expected imminently that Charles Keegan will be leaving the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) for a senior position at Raytheon. As v-p for operations planning at the ATO, Keegan, 47, has been one of its most visible spokesmen and a strong advocate of system modernization and the application of new technology.
An airworthiness directive published last month requiring replacement of Shadin ADC-2000 computers only affects aircraft owners with “Quick Start” models or those who participated in Alaska’s Capstone project. The AD, not effective until January 23, was prompted by the discovery of potential errors in some units that could cause them to display incorrect altitude information on their Chelton FlightLogic EFIS displays.
With White House budget cuts restored by Congress, NASA is returning to its roots by restructuring its aeronautics research mission directorate to emphasize cutting-edge fundamental research, as well as protecting its far-flung test facilities as national assets.
This year’s AIN FBO Survey questionnaire is now available online, hosted by aviation market analyst Forecast International of Newtown, Conn. Those AIN readers selected to participate in this survey should have received a coded number and a link to the survey Web site by e-mail or fax.
The general aviation industry in 2005 reached an all-time record for billings and a four-year high in new turbine airplane deliveries. According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, billings of $15.1 billion on the shipment of 3,580 piston and turbine airplanes last year was a 27.2-percent increase from the $11.9 billion on the shipment of 2,963 airplanes in 2004.
As a result of the Era Aviation Sikorsky S-76++ crash, the NTSB asked the FAA to require terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) on all U.S.-registered turbine helicopters that are certified to carry at least six passengers.
Universal Avionics and Kansas City Aviation Center have teamed to develop a three-screen LCD upgrade for the Pilatus PC-12. Marketed as a replacement for the turboprop single’s Bendix/King EFIS 40 cockpit with five-inch displays, the Universal EFI-890R avionics system will include a pair of primary displays and a multifunction display, each measuring 8.9 inches diagonally.
Eighty percent of pilots polled said they would make the switch to electronic charts if the cost was reasonable, the FAA said it was OK to do so and the hardware needed to run the e-charts was reliable and easy to use. Jeppesen published the poll results at a new Web site it launched last month called FlyElectronic.net. The site provides answers to questions about the transition to e-charts, from costs to what the regs say.