FlightSafety Intl (FSI) is offering a 1-day course in Required Navigation Performance Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (RNP SAAAR) for pilots of Gulfstream G350s, 450s, G500s and G550s equipped with the PlaneView flightdeck and EFVS. The course was designed by FSI jointly with Gulfstream and Honeywell after Gulfstream received FAA approval for PlaneView-equipped aircraft to fly RNP SAAAR approaches. Designed to be taken in conjunction with recurrent training, the course is offered at FSI facilities at DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth, TX), ILG (Wilmington DE), LGB (Long Beach CA), SAV (Savannah GA), and FAB (Farnborough, England).
Aircraft Electronics Assn (AEA) has relocated to a new 12,000 sq ft office facility close to LXT (Lee's Summit MO), a suburb of Kansas City MO. AEA is planning a grand opening celebration on Sep 24, prior to its central meeting Sep 25-27 in Kansas City. AEA says the new office will help the organization offer better member services and benefits. It includes a new training room that can seat up to 100 people. AEA expects to expand the training it offers to regular and academic members. Last year the association opened an office in Cologne, Germany to serve its growing European membership.
Pratt & Whitney (P&W) has announced a new family of next-generation commercial and bizjet engines that it says will provide double-digit improvements in fuel burn, emissions, engine noise and operating cost. The new engines, which P&W has named PurePower, will be capable of operating on alternative fuels. The company says they will begin appearing on such next-generation aircraft as the new Citation Columbus as well as on the new Bombardier C-Series and Mitsubishi Regional Jet. P&W anticipates that the first models will be available in 2013.
According to P&W Pres Steve Finger, the first PurePower engine will be the PW1000G-formerly called the Geared Turbofan-intended for regional airliners. Following in 2014 will be the first engine in the PurePower PW800 series-the PW810, which will power the Citation Columbus. A full-scale PW1000G demonstrator engine has completed 250 hours of ground testing and is now being test-flown on P&W's Boeing 747 flight test aircraft. It will be further tested on an Airbus A340 later this year. Finger says P&W is collaborating with suppliers on component design and that preparations are being made to build prototypes.
Mayo Aviation at APA (Centennial, Denver CO) has added a new Citation Sovereign to its charter certificate. Mayo has provided aircraft charter and management, maintenance and emergency medical transport from APA since 1978.
TWC Aviation of BUR (Burbank CA) has ordered 2 Cessna Citation Columbus business jets for use in its charter operation. Founder Andrew Lessman says he chose the Columbus for its fuel efficiency compared with other aircraft of similar cabin size, range and performance.
K2 Smartjets, a Greek charter provider, has ordered 2 Embraer Legacy 600s for operations serving Europe, Africa and the Middle East. K2 Smartjets already operates 1 Legacy 600, which was delivered in 2Q07. The new aircraft are slated for delivery in 2009.
Cessna is expanding its service capabilities to accommodate the growing fleet of European-based Citations. Cessna's European Service Center at LBG (le Bourget, Paris, France) is moving toward round-the-clock support for AOG aircraft, and the company expects to have 24/7 maintenance available within a year. Mark Paolucci, Cessna's senior VP of customer service, says mobile unplanned maintenance teams will travel within Europe, responding to AOG situations in an effort to minimize down time for Citation owners and operators. He adds, "Within a year we will be offering the level of service that Citation owners experience in North America."
FlightWorks holds open house at HEF
FlightWorks held an open house at its facility at HEF (Manassas VA) on Jul 10 in conjunction with Prince William County Chamber of Commerce's quarterly get-together. (Above) Aircraft on display in the FlightWorks hangar included a Dassault Falcon 2000 (shown), Falcon 10, Gulfstream II and Eurocopter EC120. Catering was by Rudy's. (R) Flightworks Pres & CEO James Lara delivers his opening remarks to VIPs and invited guests.