The Bombardier Challenger 601-1A/3A/3R and 604 have been added to Banyan Air Service’s FAA Part 145 repair station approval at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, as well as to its EASA certification and Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela approvals. “We have a large customer base and as they transition into larger aircraft we intend to augment our capabilities to be able to continue to offer them service and support,” said Paul Rose, Banyan’s vice president of technical sales.
Terrain awareness and warning system
The FAA is proposing changes to installation guidance (AC 27-1B) regarding helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems (HTaws). HTaws is required for air ambulance operations under 14 CFR Part 135 Subpart L. Functionality and performance requirements for HTaws were previously established in TSO-C194 and this new proposed advisory circular does not change that. However, it does suggest several changes to make HTaws more effective in the operational environment.
Nextant Aerospace is several STCs closer to receiving EASA certification for its remanufactured Beechjet 400A and XT models. The company’s 400XT has already received FAA certification. Two of the supplemental type certificates cover several major operational areas, including Class A terrain awareness and warning systems (Taws) as well as a wide area augmentation system (Waas). Other STCs cover a number of in-flight entertainment options. Earlier deliveries already included the equipment necessary for certification.
JetTech received an STC for installation of Garmin’s G600 avionics system in the Cessna Citation 500, 501, 550, 551 and S550. JetTech-approved Garmin dealers are eligible to install the G600 STC in customer aircraft. The JetTech G600 STC retains the jet’s existing RVSM system It also includes JetTech’s proprietary air data interface unit, according to JetTech founder and partner/manager Rob Irwin, allowing the aircraft’s RVSM solution to be displayed on pilot and copilot instruments.
Sandel Avionics has been selected by Sikorsky to provide a new MIL-STD version of its HeliTAWS wire and terrain alerting system for forward-fit installation aboard the new S-70i Black Hawk helicopter in mid-2012.
The model ST3453H, like Sandel’s commercial model ST3400H HeliTAWS, protects against terrain, wires and obstacles, and is the only terrain avoidance system certified for nuisance-free operation below en route altitudes, according to the company.
HAI will present its Salute to Excellence Awards tonight in the categories of safety, maintenance, law enforcement, communications, flight instructor, pilot and Lifetime Achievement.
Sandel Avionics has shipped the first production WireWatch helicopter wire alerting system software upgrade to Agusta A109 operator North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsville, Minn. MSP Aero of Minneapolis is installing the upgrade.
The FAA supplemental type certificate for Garmin’s GTN series touchscreen avionics has been validated by EASA, and the GTN 650 and 750 can now be installed in aircraft registered in Europe.
The FAA issued an STC for installation of Sandel’s HeliTaws on the Bell 412EP.
Avidyne announced this week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., that it is joining the push into touchscreen avionics control with the launch of the IFD540 FMS/GPS/navcom system. The IFD540 is a plug-and-play replacement for the Garmin GNS530, slotting into the Garmin tray and taking up the same real estate on the panel.