Gulfstream Aerospace has chosen Securaplane’s lithium-ion battery as standard equipment on its new G650 business jet. The multi-million-dollar deal marks the first time a Gulfstream aircraft will feature the technology, proven some 50-percent lighter than conventional NiCad or lead-acid batteries and carrying a higher energy density.
Most of the time, business aviation makes air travel painless and trouble-free. That’s what you’re paying for and that’s why you love it.
Identifying traditionally covert symptoms of fatigue has always been difficult. But Boeing and Jeppesen have developed an iPhone app–CrewAlert–designed to function as a human fatigue early-warning system of sorts before fatigue-induced inattention causes an accident.
Vector Aerospace will maintain its separate identity as a stand-alone MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) company even after it is acquired by Eurocopter Holdings, according to Vector CEO Declan O’Shea.
As part of its €1.6 billion ($2.2 billion) Clean Sky joint technology initiative, Europe is undertaking a number of projects toward the development of more-electric helicopters.
As a 9,000-hour ATP-rated pilot and a former senior manager in Allegheny Airlines’ flight operations and safety department, RAA senior vice president of operations and safety Scott Foose perhaps brings as balanced a perspective as one could expect when it comes to the issue of fatigue in the cockpit.
I never wanted to be an aircraft mechanic. That’s probably a good thing, because I would never fly in anything I worked on.
Luminary cover subjects are a signature feature of Business Jet Traveler, a bimonthly publication that focuses on the users of business aviation, as opposed to the pilots, maintenance technicians, FBO personnel and others in the industry who are the focus of its sister publication, the monthly Aviation International News. Of course, a lot people read both magazines, which is fine with us.
Eurocopter might exhibit a hybrid helicopter, using both piston engines and electric motors like a hybrid car, by Heli-Expo 2020. Parent company EADS last year unveiled a helicopter concept that could burn 50 percent less fuel than its traditional equivalent. EADS Innovation Works is devising a way to combine diesel engines, generators, batteries and electric motors.
Night Flight Concepts (Booth No. 3428) has announced an online course to educate flight crews about the growing threat from laser strikes. According to the FAA, the number of laser strikes directed at aircraft cockpits continues to increase, causing loss of situational awareness, flash blindness and retinal damage.