Here’s some news about the McDonnell Model 119/220 I wrote about earlier this week.
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By Bret Koebbe AvTutorials recently released interactive iPad app versions of its popular pilot training programs, including Getting Around on the Ground, Airborne Radar and Mastering Stick and Rudder. We’ll take a…
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By David Donald
Last week the FAA and its partners in the NextGen Advisory Committee submitted a plan to Congress to accelerate the implementation of NextGen ATC procedures. The NextGen Priorities Joint Implementation Plan seeks approval to begin the rollout of NextGen’s advanced features and introduce the benefits they produce.
Under the plan, the FAA will introduce multiple-runway operations at 36 U.S. airports, raising airport efficiency and reducing delays. Performance-based navigation procedures will be deployed in three metropolitan areas: northern California, Atlanta and Charlotte. The goal of introducing repeatable and predictable flight paths is to provide more direct routings and thereby save fuel, cut emissions, enhance controller productivity and improve safety.
Other elements of NextGen will see the FAA sharing more data about surface operations. The agency says it is accelerating work on upgrading its ATC communications to digital from voice to enhance safety and efficiency.
October 23, 2014, 2:25 PM
Read more here:: FAA To Accelerate NextGen Plans
Honeywell demonstrated control of its Ovation Select cabin management system with Google Glass this week at NBAA 2014. The demonstration is part of a new rapid-prototyping effort under way at Honeywell to develop products and features.
Honeywell engineers started work on Google Glass control of Ovation Select in February and had a working prototype aboard the company’s Gulfstream G550 in August. The company is also exploring control of Ovation Select using other wearable devices such as the new smart watches from Samsung and Apple. In fact, Honeywell says it received a watch from Samsung last Thursday and already has it working with the cabin management system.
Functions controlled by Google glass include cabin lighting; monitor displays; temperature; flight map information; and electronic shades. More functions will be added as development continues.
The Beta test version of the Google Glass control feature is available to interested customers of aircraft equipped with Ovation Select.
October 23, 2014, 2:38 PM
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Read more here:: NBAA Daily Update: NBAA2014 Day Three
NBAA2014 concluded today in Orlando, FL, and the event organizers report that, by all indications, the show was a success for attendees and exhibitors alike.
Read more here:: NBAA’s 2014 Convention Wraps Up as a Highly Successful Show
By David Donald
Sandel Avionics (Booth 4866) announced that it had been issued a service installation bulletin (equivalent to an FAA STC) from the Russian aviation authorities and the Mil Design Bureau for installing its ST3400H HeliTaws system in the Mil Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters. The ST3400H thus becomes the first non-Russian helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (H-Taws) to be certified in the country.
Installation in the Mi-8 required Vista, Calif.-based Sandel to undertake some modifications to the alerting parameters to meet Russian requirements. The program was driven largely by UTAir, Russia’s largest helicopter operator. The carrier provided the helicopter for the initial installation, which was undertaken by APG/NEBO with Sandel on-site support.
HeliTaws is a self-contained H-Taws equipped with a TruAlert system that allows pilots to operate from off-airport sites without triggering nuisance false alerts. The panel-mounted system has also recently been approved by EASA under a European TSO.
October 23, 2014, 5:15 PM
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Careers in aviation can range from pilot or air traffic controller, to aviation attorney or unmanned aircraft system engineer, a room full of high school and college students learned Oct. 23 at NBAA2014. At a packed session on Careers in Business Aviation, students watched videos, heard from a variety of industry speakers and then were taken on tours of the convention exhibit hall, with its thousands of business-aviation related products and services n display. “The one central thing is, do what you love to do,” said Steven Brown, chief operating officer of NBAA. “You will probably work about 44 years, or about 12,000 days. People in this industry donâ??t count the days – they have passion for what they do.”