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Sales of retrofit avionics for business and general aviation aircraft for the first nine months of 2017 are up 28 percent relative to the same period last year, says the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA). Sales of forward-fit avionics (those destined for new aircraft) were down 17.1 percent over the same period. "Retrofit sales increased more than 32 percent during the third-quarter months alone," says AEA President Paula Derks.
Aircraft operating under part 91K, 121, 125, or 135, that use an electronic flight bag as a replacement for carrying required paperwork such as instrument approach plates or aircraft manuals, will want to spend some time with the guidelines in FAA's recently updated AC 120-76D.
The new version clarifies the definition of an EFB as a device that hosts or displays applications that are natural extensions of traditional flight bag contents and generally replace conventional paper products and tools.
One of the most important conversations going on in aviation today has to do with the proposal to remove the air traffic control organization from the FAA and turn it into a privatized entity. Proponents claim that this would free the function from the bureaucracy and petty budgetary pressures of the FAA and lead to more efficient operations. They also claim that it would result in more rapid modernization of the air traffic control system.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quickly approved the first unmanned aircraft operation of its kind to help restore cellular service in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
The Flying COW (Cell on Wings) drone, developed by AT&T, functions like a cell tower in the sky, restoring voice, data and internet service. It flies up to 200 feet above the ground, covering an area of 40 square miles, and is particularly useful in remote areas.
Textron Aviation announced it will continue its Top Hawk program for 2018, providing a new Cessna Skyhawk 172 to five university programs for use in their flight training and recruiting efforts. "As the Top Hawk program enters its fourth year, we're proud to build on a program that has allowed us to support general aviation and contribute to the enhancement of student pilot training," said Doug May, Textron's vice president for piston aircraft.
Business jets are in the news again. That's never a good thing. Whenever business jets crop up in our collective consciousness, it's because one of them has crashed or because executives or government officials are using them unwisely, and people noticed. The most notorious example of this was when automotive executives from Ford, Chrysler, and GM all flew to Washington, D.C., during the financial crisis of 2008 to ask Congress for taxpayer bailout cash. Bad optics, for sure.
Jet Aviation held a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 17, 2017, for its latest widebody bizliner completions hangar. Replacing two smaller hangars at the company's Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg base in France, the new Hangar 3 will offer 94,399 sq ft/8,770 sq m of workspace, adding to the three widebody hangars that the company already operates at Basel.
Scheduled to be ready for operations in the third quarter of 2018, the hangar can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747.
General Aviation News
MT-Propeller has received an FAA STC for the next generation 5-blade Quiet Fan Jet scimitar composite propeller on the Cessna P210N Silver Eagle equipped with a Rolls Royce 250-B17F/2 turbine.
The installation is already certified by EASA.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
On the grounds of the St. Paul Downtown Airport, contractors and volunteer building trades workers are transforming an aircraft hangar into a year-round classroom for thousands of students interested in aviation.
It is an extraordinary effort, meant not only to whet the appetites of future pilots and aircraft mechanics, but also to give hands-on experience to dozens of apprentice plumbers, carpenters, sheet metal workers and laborers pitching in for a project with a budget of zero, said Steve Hurvitz, vice president of the Learning Jet.
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