Flight-testing at Toulouse, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, has proved that a reliable alternative to an ILS signal can be produced with a GNSS constellation and single-frequency input signal. Eurocontrol’s Sesar air traffic management research team worked with equipment manufacturers Thales, Indra-Navia, Honeywell and Thales Avionics using a ground-based augmentation system (GBAS). Further testing at both airports is expected to resume in the middle of next year.
Five U.S. airlines have signed on to participate in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Data Comm equipment initiative, bringing the effort to 80 percent of its targeted number of airframes, according to contractor Harris. The company revealed the first airline to commit–United–at the Air Traffic Control Association conference last month. Non-disclosure agreements prevented it from immediately identifying the others.
Apple’s new iPad Air, which is thinner and weighs 20 percent less than the previous-generation iPad, has passed rapid decompression testing conducted by Jeppesen. The company tested the iPad Air to 51,000 feet, similar to tests conducted on all previous iPad versions. “No anomalies were detected during testing of any of the iPad models,” according to Jeppesen, which makes the Mobile FliteDeck and FliteDeck VFR apps for the iPad.
Just days after Aircell announced its new UCS (unified computing system) smart router/media server upgrade, Jet Aviation St. Louis signed the first after-market customer in the industry, according to the St. Louis Downtown Airport-based completion, refurbishment and MRO specialist.
Bombardier has launched a free Proximity App for its business aircraft customers. It’s available from the Apple App Store and provides users with instant access to Bombardier’s support team on their iPad and iPhone. “Each day, our worldwide team works hand in hand with Bombardier aircraft operators to ensure they reach optimal dispatch availability,” Andy Nureddin, Bombardier Business Aircraft vice president for customer services and support, told AIN.
Business Jet Access has added Jerry Tindel Jr. and David Garvey to its maintenance staff. Tindel assumes the position of maintenance supervisor and will oversee operations at the BJA Dallas Love Field maintenance facility. He began his career in the Air Force and his 30 years in business aviation maintenance include positions as lead technician for Falcon and Gulfstream aircraft. As supply chain manager, Garvey will manage all areas of materials and supply-chain logistics for the company.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for certain Bombardier CL600-2B16s (CL601-3A, CL601-3R, and CL604 variants). It was prompted by reports of airspeed mismatch between the pilot’s and copilot’s airspeed indicators during or after heavy rain. The AD requires inspecting for drain bottles having certain part numbers and replacing affected drain bottles.
Piper’s aircraft deliveries and revenues “trended up” for three consecutive quarters, continuing an improving trend in a challenging economy for general aviation aircraft. During the third quarter, Piper delivered 41 aircraft, including eight Meridian turboprop singles, worth $37.2 million. In the first nine months, the Vero Beach, Fla. aircraft manufacturer shipped 127 aircraft, including 20 Meridians, and revenue from new aircraft sales grew to $113.9 million, compared with $106.9 million during the same period last year.
FltPlan is now offering up-to-date fuel price information for more than 3,300 FBOs on its website and mobile apps. The fuel price listing is designed to offer pilots a single source to ascertain fuel prices. The fuel prices appear on FltPlan’s “airport/FBO” or the “area fuel prices” pages. Pilots can also view pricing on the free FltPlan iPad and Android apps online or offline.
The FAA said Thursday that passengers will soon be able to use their personal electronic devices during all phases of aircraft operation, including takeoff and landing. Each airline will decide how best to implement the agency’s approval. Use of cellphones for communication will remain banned, however, as will all use of devices during certain airport low-visibility conditions.