The release of an Australian university’s study of how fire affects composite materials has caught the attention of the aerospace industry, given the growing use of composites as structural material, especially in large airplanes.
About six months ago, someone–either a customer or an aircraft manufacturer–queried Rockwell Collins about a runway with a displaced threshold in a Pro Line FMS database. The airport databases in FMSs used in the Pro Line 4 and 21 avionics suites provide total runway length but not available landing distance (runway length less displaced threshold or usable length).
By 2009, Nav Canada plans to install ADS-B ground stations around Hudson Bay, which straddles high-latitude airline flight paths between Asia, North America and Europe but lacks radar coverage. Currently, aircraft overflying the area must observe “procedural” separations that keep them approximately 80 miles apart, compared with five miles under radar monitoring.
“Just as maintenance technicians must keep up with constant changes in aircraft systems, current and aspiring managers must stay up-to-date on the skills needed to effectively direct their department and to provide the ultimate in customer service,” said Doug Bowen, director of worldwide maintenance training sales at FlightSafety International.
Raytheon Aircraft Services now holds an STC for an auxiliary ground heating system for all Beech Premiers. The system provides pre-heat to the cabin without running the engines, even in “sub-freezing weather,” said officials. The system costs around $24,000 and requires 10 days to install, according to a spokesman. All Raytheon Aircraft Services locations are approved to install the upgrade.
The new Channel Tracker from Innovative Advantage (Booth No. N3229) is all about making something older new again in an existing cabin entertainment system.