One of the first steps in developing the technology to automate the National Airspace System (NAS) is to coordinate and manage the data that is necessary for the technology to work properly. The system-wide information management (Swim) platform will allow all of the NextGen systems to “speak” to one another, as well as to other systems within other government agencies and industry partners, according to the FAA.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Bethel, Alaska, Jan. 15, 2008–The Grant Aviation Caravan touched down between the runway and the taxiway in the snow removed from the active surfaces; the Safety Board blamed “the pilot’s selection of unsuitable terrain for landing.” Contributing factors were snow-covered terrain, blowing snow and flat lighting conditions.
International Jet Interiors, an independent completion and refurbishment center in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., has signed a major service agreement with Eclipse Aviation. Under terms of the deal, International Jet will provide service for the manufacturer’s Eclipse 500 very light jet interior for the Northeast U.S.
The Sirius/XM merger will have no impact to WxWorx services, the XM WX Satellite Weather provider said yesterday. WxWorx (Booth No. 962) offers the XM WX service in conjunction with XM Satellite Radio, now called Sirius XM. The two satellite radio companies merged in July.
The aviation industry took a hit last month from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The back-to-back storms affected more than a dozen airports along the Gulf Coast, resulting in temporary flight restrictions, numerous airport closures and short-term loss of ATC services.
Houston-based Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 219) is recovering from infrastructure damage from Hurricane Ike, which pummeled the Texas Gulf Coast on September 13. Despite the loss of commercial power, the facility remained open throughout the storm, which passed almost directly over Universal’s Houston headquarters.
EUROCOPTER EC 120B, BOONVILLE, MO., JUNE 25, 2003–Eurocopter N298HS was destroyed when it crashed at about 10:45 p.m. CDT under unknown circumstances shortly after takeoff from Boonville. One person on board was killed. It was not reported if there were others on board the aircraft, which was destined for Lake Ozark, Mo.
Just in time for the Oshkosh airshow last month, WSI announced FAA manufacturing approval for the company’s InFlight weather briefing system. With an equipment price of just under $5,000, the InFlight AV200’s remote receiver and antenna can display weather information on a variety of general aviation MFDs, including graphic and text TAF/Metars, EchoTops storm tracking, NowRad radar images and airmets and sigmets.
In response to historic flooding in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area in June, Rockwell Collins made a $2 million contribution to aid local flood relief efforts. The funds will be used to support the immediate needs of flood victims, as well as ongoing clean-up and restoration activities. The company has also established the Rockwell Collins Flood Recovery Fund to enable employees, retirees and suppliers to donate to flood relief efforts.
Rockwell Collins has selected WSI InFlight to provide up-to-date weather briefings to aircraft equipped with Collins Pro Line 21 flight-deck displays. WSI Corp.’s InFlight system uses satellite technology to continuously broadcast accurate, up-to-date weather and near-term forecasts to any aircraft equipped with WSI’s special-purpose antenna and receiver.