New Royal Netherlands Air Force Boeing CH-47F (NL) helicopters are to be equipped with Honeywell’s avionics control and management system, which will also be used to modify the customer’s existing fleet. To reduce crew workload, the equipment will provide an integrated cockpit with “improved functionality and efficient human factors,” said Honeywell.
For the past three months, three Rostvertol Mi-26T helicopters owned by Russia’s Ministry for Emergency Situations have been in Pakistan to support relief efforts following last year’s devastating earthquake.
In the ARJ21 Rockwell Collins has found the first regional jet application for its ProLine 21 avionics suite. Chinese airframer ACAC specifically selected the package because it wants the new model to boast flight deck commonality with larger airliners. The U.S. avionics house is now testing the kit in its ARJ21 configurations and expects to complete integration of the first version of this by year end.
Singapore Airlines is to replace its paper-intensive manual processes with Rockwell Collins eFlight electronic database and document management services.
Protecting aircraft and their crews from ground fire has long been a specialty of Plasan Sasa, which also offers ballistic armored solutions for personnel, vehicles and vessels. One of Plasan’s latest programs involved the provision of full protection from nose to tail for Boeing Chinook helicopters operated by a NATO country, but it also can supply kits to protect all types of tactical transport, assault and cargo helicopters.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will add Boeing’s Class 3electronic flight bag (EFB) installation kits on its entire fleet of new and existing 777s. SIA now flies a fleet of 58 Boeing 777s, the largest of any airline, and holds orders for another 19. Boeing expects to begin fitting the EFB installation kits on the 19 new 777-300ERs starting in November.
Boeing will deliver the first 777-200LR prototype tomorrow to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Boeing vice president of product development Dan Mooney confirmed here yesterday. Three weeks ago the world’s longest-range airliner received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Air Safety Administration approval after two flight test airplanes completed 886 flight hours on 328 flights, and 318 ground test hours.
Australia is mulling the acquisition of four Boeing C-17s, but will probably have to make its mind up by the end of June. Unless the U.S. Congress modifies the Pentagon’s fiscal 2007 budget by funding additional production for the U.S. Air Force beyond the 180 already purchased, the C-17 line will close in April 2008.
FAL Aviation UK is here at EBACE to promote its recently opened executive facility at the former Lydd Airport on the southeast coast of England. Both the private airport–which has rebranded itself London Ashford Airport–and the business aircraft operation are subsidiaries of Saudi Arabian-based FAL Holdings (Riyadh). Being outside the London TMA, the airport avoids air traffic control delays at airports closer to the city.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what technology might make business aircraft operations safer and more cost effective. But Honeywell Aerospace clearly didn’t want to take any chances and so in 2004 it hired as its vice president for advanced technology Bob Smith, executive director of American Space Alliance, the contractor on NASA’s space shuttle upgrades development program.