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Honeywell has launched a new option called consigned inventory management for its maintenance protection program, the Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan. This feature lets Business and General Aviation aircraft operators store the avionics they need at the repair facilities closest to them, ensuring parts are more readily available. The program's focus on 24/7 asset availability for operators greatly improves aircraft availability and prevents flight delays or cancellations.
Kenneth Witcher, dean of the college of aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, predicts the maintenance workforce of the future will have fewer but much better trained employees for each aircraft supported. He believes technology, in design of aircraft and engines, in troubleshooting, scheduling and performing maintenance and in training maintenance workers, will permit a smaller ratio of techs per aircraft-year.
Electric powerplants and autonomous systems continue to make progress, with reports of first flights and new designs. In China, the two-seat RX1E-A, an advanced version of the RX1E, designed by Shenyang Aerospace University, flew for the first time and proved it can now fly for up to two hours on a single charge, an improvement over the 45-minute endurance of the previous model, which has been in production since last year. The new version of the airplane also has a new parachute.
House Republicans are divided on a piece of legislation that would would remove air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration and instead establish an independent nonprofit to oversee the function.
House Speaker Paul Ryan supports the nonprofit system, yet many Republicans do not back the measure, known as the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act, particularly Republicans from rural areas.
Business Jet Traveller
Bombardier’s Challenger and Global business jet lines are "strong," while Learjet remains "soft," company president and CEO Alain Bellemare said recently during a third-quarter investor conference call. "This is consistent with previous years, and it will look much the same going forward," he added.
During the quarter, Bombardier Business Aircraft delivered 31 jets—four Learjet 70/75s, 13 Challenger 350s, four Challenger 650s, one Challenger 850, and nine Global 5000/6000s.
A pilot successfully landed on I-4 during rush hour after his plane engine died mid-flight, according to Seminole County Fire Rescue officials.
Florida Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Kim Montes said troopers responded to the plane that landed in closed lanes of eastbound I-4 at mile marker 95.
Daylight Saving Time got switched off over the weekend, to the anguish of more than a few of my friends. Not only do they like sunlight of an evening, the return of Standard Time means they can no longer deny the nearly imminent arrival of winter and its challenges to aviating. It also seem to be when I hear numerous pilots start inquiring as to what is "cold" for a piston aircraft engine. At what temperature are you risking damage to your engine if you start it without some sort of preheating?
Business aircraft activity in Europe climbed 8 percent year-over-year last month, thanks largely to a 13-percent boost in business jet charter flights, according to data published today by WingX Advance. Year-to-date, segment flying is up 4 percent, or 28,000 more flights, versus the same period in 2016.
"Strong year-over-year growth, the largest so far this year, points to a sustained growth in charter demand," said WingX managing director Richard Koe.
General Aviation News
Bruce's Custom Covers has unveiled its improved insulated covers for aircraft engines.
The insulated aircraft covers are manufactured using 3M Thinsulate, a widely recognized winter insulating material. Made of synthetic fibers, Thinsulate is a thin and lightweight filler material that works to trap internal heat, company officials explain.
Business turbine airplane operations accounted for more than half of all turbine airplane accidents in the U.S. between 2000 and 2016. Over that 16-year period, business jets and turboprop airplanes combined suffered 771 accidents, 235 of which caused fatalities, according to the NTSB. These numbers represent 56 percent of all turbine airplane accidents in the U.S. (including the airlines) and 96 percent of the fatal accidents between 2000 and 2016.
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