The problems with the A400M’s TP400-D6 turboprop engine that caused the airlifter to be scratched from this week’s Farnborough International flight demonstrations will slow civil certification and first delivery of the aircraft, but are not expected to delay its entry into service with the French air force next year. Production aircraft do not have the same issues.
GE Aviation’s H80 turboprop engine received type certification from the Brazilian Civil Aviation agency (ANAC) and the Argentine aviation authority (Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil) last week. These certifications follow similar approvals from EASA and the FAA. The first aircraft to enter service with the 800-shp H80 will be the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft. It has also been selected to power the Aircraft Industries L410 regional turboprop.
West Star Aviation recently received FAA approval for a supplemental type certificate enabling Wi-Fi on Falcon 2000s and 2000EXs equipped with Pro Line 4 and Pro Line 21. The project was completed at the West Star Aviation East Alton, Ill. location. The True North Chorus was used for Iridium data via Wi-Fi, while the Inmarsat solution was provided via the EMS CNX-200 and Honeywell HD-710 swift broadband pipe. According to West Start Aviation, the STC is considered to be Wi-Fi tolerant, allowing for other manufacturers’ routers to be enabled.
The Avicopter AC311 light single-engine utility helicopter had its type certification “recommended” under China’s approval procedures last month. The Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) type certification examination committee recommended issuance of the type certificate in a meeting held on May 4 in Beijing.
Universal Avionics (Stand 639) has contributed a UniLink UL-800/801 communications management system for installation in a Swiss-based Bombardier Challenger CL-601 that frequently travels along North Atlantic tracks helping to test the Future Air Navigation System (Fans), which is beginning to be utilized by Eurocontrol. The UniLink box is in full compliance with Fans standards.
Jet Aviation has received a European supplemental type certificate (STC) to install Aircell’s Aviator 200 system on the Dassault Falcon 2000LX jet. The Aviator 200 enables near-global email and voice capabilities via Inmarsat’s satellite-based SwiftBroadband service powered by Thrane & Thrane. A complete package costs $60,000, including installation.
Business aviation entrepreneur Kenn Ricci has a unique perspective on the industry that to his diverse holdings that includes fractional provider Flight Options, maintenance firm Constant Aviation and aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace. To get his take on the state of the bizav industry, AIN sat down with him at the EBACE show, and he gave a fairly candid view.
Air Works India Engineering, India’s first independent maintenance, repair and overhaul provider, has signed an exclusive agreement with Pune-based automobile stylist Dilip Chhabria to address the interior refurbishment needs of business aircraft owners in India. This is the first time such a service is being offered in India and the work will be done with Chhabria’s company, DC Design. Refurbishments will be carried out at the Air Works facility in Hosur near Bangalore, where the designer will supervise the process.
Nextant Aerospace has been awarded several new supplemental type certificates for the 400XT, including STCs for the Rockwell Collins Venue in-flight entertainment system and the Aircell Axxess cabin communication system featuring high-speed wireless Internet connectivity and dual-channel satellite phone service. Nextant also received STCs for additional avionics options, many of which help to pave the way for final certification by the EASA.