The transonic speed spat between Cessna’s Citation Ten and Gulfstream’s G650 is likely to hit of the stops at Mach 0.95 when it encounters not “the sound barrier” but required safety margins. With the Ten’s top speed now pegged at Mach 0.935, Gulfstream’s G650 could thus leapfrog the Ten only slightly, if the Savannah-based aircraft manufacturer even chooses to do so.
Fractional provider Avantair has released “owner portal” applications for iOS, Blackberry and Android devices, allowing customers to book and view scheduled flights via smartphones and tablets. “Our mobile application allows customers more flexibility when traveling. They can now book flights, view their scheduled flights, view peak travel days and even change profile settings online by using mobile devices,” said Avantair CIO David Fitzgerald. “This is essential for our customer base since our clients are constantly on the go.”
The Night Vision Advisory Council (NVAC) will hold its first formal meeting on September 19 on the eve of the annual Night Vision Conference (NightCon 2012) in Dallas. NVAC was formed at the request of the FAA to provide industry input into night vision recommendations and regulation. NVAC members include NVG manufacturers, trainers and operators. NightCon 2012 will be held at the Dallas DoubleTree hotel, September 20 and 21. For more information log onto www.nightcon.com.
The Aircraft Electronics Association has begun distributing its free updated Pilot’s Guide to Avionics, which helps avionics buyers understand new technology and find qualified avionics shops for installations and repairs. This year’s guide covers new avionics, training, combined vision systems, electronic engine instruments, the growing use of touchscreens in cockpit displays, ADS-B, electronic flight bags, tablet computers, Waas GPS and audio panels. Free copies of the guide can be picked up at tradeshows or are available by request at www.aeapilotsguide.net.
Bruce’s Custom Covers has donated two sets of custom-fitted aircraft covers in support of the EAA Young Eagles program. The auction is part of the Gathering of Eagles event scheduled for July 27 during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow next week. There are two auction events, and each winner will receive an aircraft covering custom-fitted to his aircraft, including a logo or tail number imprint and storage duffel bag.
Rolls-Royce and Aircelle have signed a service contract for the Trent 900 engine nacelles that will be fitted to British Airways Airbus A380s. The airline has ordered 12 of the type.
British Airways has chosen Crane’s enhanced landing gear control interface unit (LGCIU), which has been standard fit on Airbus A320 family aircraft since October 2010, for its A320 fleet upgrade. The LGCIU provides system health status to the central fault display system, sensing the position of the landing gear and landing gear doors, flap disconnect status and cargo door position.
Boston-based Magellan Jets is offering all-inclusive packages to attend the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which start later next month in London. The package includes transportation on a charter business jet to London Brize Norton Airport, luxury accommodations at the nearby countryside Old Swan Hotel and Minster Mill and tickets to the Olympic Games, along with private helicopter service or direct rail to the stadium. Prices start at $69,000 for a one-way flight from New York City to London on a 12-passenger Gulfstream IV.
The FAA is proposing a new Airworthiness Directive for the Boeing 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900 and -900ER. It is prompted by a report of an inboard main landing gear (MLG) door assembly departure due to premature fatigue cracking in the inboard MLG door hinge fittings. The AD would require repetitive inspections for cracking of the inboard MLG door hinge fittings and modification of cracked fittings, which would terminate the repetitive inspections.
Associated Air Center’s BBJ mockup has proved more effective than originally anticipated for turnaround time, project cost and risk management. It allows technicians to fit check interior furnishings, bulkheads, monuments, headliners and valances before the arrival of the green aircraft or while other work is being done on the aircraft.