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Textron Aviation said its integrated terrain awareness and warning system (iTAWS) is now standard equipment on Collins Pro Line Fusion-equipped Beechcraft King Air 350i/ER turboprops. The new iTAWS works side by side with the Fusion's synthetic vision system adding aural and visual warnings that appear on primary flight and multi-function cockpit displays.
A district court has restored the demand for the full reinstatement of ATC applicants who claimed they were denied employment because of discriminatory hiring practices by the FAA. The group of would-be applicants filed a class-action suit in 2015 after their job applications were thrown out by the FAA, according to the group's lawyers.
The restoration of a demand is not a final ruling. It does, however, mean that reinstatement is back on the table for affected parties if the court does rule against the FAA.
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On May 22, 2018, Aireon reported the sixth successful launch and deployment of its space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads, hosted by the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, bringing the total number of Aireon payloads in orbit to 55.
This leaves just two more launches of 10 satellites each before the launch campaign concludes in 2018.
German-based VIP charter company K5 Aviation has contracted Lufthansa Technik to provide worldwide technical support for its VIP long-haul fleet. K5 Aviation is a worldwide operating company with bases in Europe, Russia and the USA and has a mixed Airbus / Bombardier fleet.
The FAA has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that will allow pilots to fly two larger Piper aircraft under BasicMed medical certificates. Under BasicMed, pilots are restricted to aircraft certified to carry six or fewer people. Senecas and most Cherokee Six aircraft and their derivatives are certified as seven-seat aircraft although few actually have seven seats. The STC, which was issued to Aeronautix, requires the removal of the seventh seat in aircraft that have them and restricts them to six seats.
The recent jump in fuel prices is not driving older aircraft into retirement, executives at parts supplier Heico Corp. report.
"We've really seen just consistent growth, similar with the last many quarters in terms of aftermarket demand," Eric Mendelson, president of the company's Flight Support Group (FSG).
AMETEK MRO announces the appointment of Jeff Chalupa, a highly experienced aerospace industry executive, to the position of Division Vice President and Business Manager for the Midwest Region. He joins AMETEK from NORDAM, a leading, Tulsa-based aerospace manufacturing and repair company, where he most recently served as Vice President of Operations and Program Management.
Boeing and Safran have agreed to jointly design, build and service Auxiliary Power Units, creating better value for customers and for both companies. An APU is an onboard engine that is used to primarily start the main engines and power aircraft systems on the ground and, if necessary, in flight.
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