EMS SatCom introduced its eNfusion AMT-700 High-gain Antenna
(HGA) at the NBAA National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
Annual Meeting and Convention this week. The new tail-mounted
antenna will provide higher gain than competing antennas of similar
size and weight.
Cessna unveiled its new Citation Columbus concept mock-up
Monday, reflecting progress to date on the program and two years of
research into customer preferences. The mock-up was unveiled to
customers and the media at a special event on the opening day of
the National Business Aviation Association Meeting and Convention
in Orlando, FL.
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L-3 Avionics Systems announced Monday its GH-3100 Electronic
Standby Instrument System (ESIS) has been selected as standard
equipment on the all-new Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft.
Canada’s Viking Air Limited is resuming production of the
aircraft, which is expected to be delivered before April 2009.
Common sense tells us that you only get what you pay for, but
the saying may not always hold true when it comes to air travel. A
recent Forbes survey comparing 10 US airlines revealed three
lower-cost carriers earned highest marks when judged in six
categories of performance.
ARINC Direct announced Monday at NBAA 2008 it has expanded its
portfolio of flight services for business aviation with a new,
fully-integrated Weight & Balance and Performance (runway
analysis) application. Developed in cooperation with the Aircraft
Performance Group, the program will enable ARINC Direct customers
to perform Weight & Balance calculations on-line from any
standard Internet computer connection.
Airbus Claims Engine Makers Are To Blame For Delivery
Faced with more late delivery penalties and production woes,
Airbus is in a situation that seems to be snowballing. Adding to
the tension of running behind schedule on several projects, France
and Germany are applying political pressure to EADS, Airbus' parent
Emirates Investment & Development Company PSC (Emivest), the
majority shareholder of Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation
(SSAC), unveiled a new company name Sunday to attendees of NBAA
2008. Now known as Emivest Aerospace Corporation, the company aims
to succeed where its predecessor could not -- by establishing
serial production of the SJ30-2 business jet.
System Cert Expected In 2010; Lineage Deliveries To Start
Embraer has selected Elbit Systems of America, LLC, to supply
its Kollsman EVS II (Enhanced Vision System) for the Lineage 1000
jet. This optional item will be offered in combination with
Rockwell Collins’ Head-Up Guidance System, model 5600E.
Aerion announced Sunday it has embarked on a "proof of concept"
design phase, as it continues to shoot for a planned 2014
certification for its supersonic business jet design. The news
comes as Aerion continues to search for an establish OEM to produce
the aircraft... an endeavor the company has embarked on for over
Since program announcement at NBAA in September
2007, significant progress has been made towards
completing FAA certification of Winglet Technology's patented
Elliptical Winglets on the Cessna Citation X.
The Best-Laid Plans Of Moose And Men Often Go Awry
Conservation officers were thwarted in their attempt to airlift
a moose from a residential area last Thursday when the cargo net
carrying the animal came loose from their helicopter, dropping the
tranquilized moose from a height of about 15 feet.
A VERY Close Look At Piper's Most Exciting Aircraft Program Yet
ANN had extensive access to the exciting new PiperJet just a few days ago... inside, outside and in the air! Piper's most aggressive new airplane program, the FJ44-powered PiperJet is set to make aviation history as one of the new generation of high-performance single-engine jets that is setting the aviation world abuzz.
A VERY Close Look At Piper's Most Exciting Aircraft Program
ANN had extensive access to the exciting new PiperJet just a few
days ago... inside, outside and in the air! Piper's most aggressive
new airplane program, the FJ44-powered PiperJet is set to make
aviation history as one of the new generation of high-performance
single-engine jets that is setting the aviation world abuzz.
The world just got a little smaller... and that's great news for
pilots. Avidyne announced Monday at NBAA 2008 its MLX770 Satellite
Datalink Transceiver has received system certification by Iridium
Satellite LLC. The approval gives Avidyne the authority to operate
on the global Iridium satellite network, paving the way for the
launch of Avidyne's worldwide datalink weather service.
The cat was already out of the bag by the time Piaggio Aero
executives had the chance to share their big news at NBAA 2008...
as news of the company's newest shareholder had already made the
rounds in the financial wires last week.
Petters Resignation Puts Finances, Jobs In Jeopardy
Used to relying on short-term loans from its parent company to
carry it through slower times, Sun Country Airlines is bracing for
the possibility of layoffs or possible closure due to last week's
resignation of Petters Group Worldwide CEO Tom Petters.
RoigWest At VNY, West Coast Jet At CRQ Latest Additions
Crownair Aviation announced Monday at NBAA 2008 it has acquired
RoigWest Maintenance -- a turbine aircraft maintenance service and
support center at Van Nuys Airport (VNY), the third busiest general
aviation airport in the world -- as well as West Coast Jet Services
at McClellan Palomar Airport (CRQ), which will now be known as
Airport Officials Riding Out Fluctuations In Activity
Despite a recent 20 percent decrease in airline capacity -- as
well as losing out on a proposed $375 million Bombardier assembly
plant -- Kansas City International Airport (MCI) officials are
The Warbirds Resource Group was formed to provide a starting point
for an individual looking to learn about historical military
aviation, primarily centered on the World War II era but eventually
it will include from the end of World War I to the beginning of the
A British name for a hard-surfaced area on an airport where
aircraft are parked, tied down or serviced. The term is derived
from "tarmacadam", a mixture of tar and crushed stone often used as
the surfacing material.
"This is an important milestone for the D-Jet program
as we will be using this and subsequent aircraft for actual
Source: Peter Maurer, President of Diamond
Aircraft. The company flew its D-Jet for the first time with the
new Williams FJ33-5A engine Sunday. D-Jet S/N 003, flown by Chief
Test Pilot Daniel Ribeiro and Flight Test Engineer Gerard
Struthers, departed from Diamond Aircraft's London, Ontario
facility for a successful 1.4-hour flight with completion of all
intended test points.