Cessna's Air Response Team (ART) celebrates its first anniversary in October. The team uses a dedicated Citation Ultra (above) to field technicians and parts for emergency AOG repairs for Cessna customers. The special service is restricted to AOG events where no other option is available, but still averages 2 flights per week.
Gulfstream has launched CMP.net, a Web-based maintenance scheduling program for its customers. Access to CMP.net is through the company's customer support website, Mygulfstream. com, which allows users to track their fleet record and plan for upcoming maintenance. Use of Mygulfstream. com is not restricted to operators of Gulfstream aircraft.
Rockwell Collins is offering a software upgrade to its Airshow 4200 and 4200D flight information system. The upgrade adds a moving atlas, point-of-interest panels, real-time 3D day/night animation and increased resolution. The atlas function includes major roadway details and topographical information. As the flight progresses, the map presents points in the area.
Jeppesen's Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) prediction report has been granted FAA approval and is now a step closer to being required for RNAV flights. The reports show potential GPS signal outages or areas where the signal could be inaccurate. With this information, pilots can be aware of possible inaccuracies in their course.
DAC Intl has received parts manufacturer approval from FAA to offer its Gen-X EFB as a Class 3 device. Previously, the EFB was only approved as Class 2, but the new classification will allow for a paperless cockpit and a removable EFB.
ARINC is to offer Inmarsat SwiftBroadband as an option for connectivity service. This will increase bandwidth on ARINC's onboard Internet (OiTM), making it capable of streaming video and pay-per-view. The company has also expanded its satellite coverage to the Caribbean, Central America and parts of South America.
Meggitt Fluid Controls has been selected to supply the pneumatic bleed air system for the Embraer Legacy 450 and 500.
Rolls-Royce and Goodrich have formed a joint venture company for the development of engine controls. Goodrich has also announced it will supply landing gear systems for the Cessna Citation Columbus. The system also includes brakes and controls. Cessna will take delivery of its first landing gears in mid-2009.
Delta AirElite Business Jets has taken delivery of the first US-based charter operated Dassault Falcon 7X. The aircraft will service the Rocky Mountain region from its base at BZN (Bozeman MT).
FirstFlight has taken delivery of a Gulfstream IV. The new aircraft will be deployed for operations along the west coast. According to the company, it will be based at VNY (Van Nuys CA). It will also be the first aircraft added to the west coast fleet of FirstFlight managed aircraft.
CAE has promoted Tom Stelter to VP, CAE training services and innovation, North America. Other CAE promotions include Bill Dolny to VP and general manager of the company's Dallas TX training center and Michael Fedele to VP and general manager of its Morristown NJ training center.
Universal Avionics has promoted Andy Seaton to director of product support. He was previously manager of Midwest regional product support.
TrueNorth Avionics has appointed Chris de Hoog avionics product program manager for sales and support of the Simphone airborne telecommunications systems. He worked previously for EMS Satcom and Mitel.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul has announced that Max Allen will now be director of continuous improvement and component repair. He was previously operations director at the company's Dallas TX overhaul facility.
Bell Helicopters has promoted Jacques St-Laurent to president of its European operations. Eric Cardinali succeeds St-Laurent in his previous position as president of Bell Canada. Cardinali comes from E-Z-Go, another of Bell parent company Textron's operations.
Bombardier has appointed Brad Tolbard director of business development for its service center network. Prior to this appointment, Tolbard held a similar position at Atlantic Aero and had worked previously for Bombardier.
Greenwich AeroGroup has appointed Gerry Goguen as executive vice president. Goguen joins Greenwich AeroGroup after serving as senior VP of global customer relations for Dassault Falcon.
Key Air has hired John Mason as its new senior VP of nationwide and global FBO services. For the past 23 years, Mason has helped establish Jet Aviation's PBI (Intl, Palm Beach FL) and has worked as its director of FBO services.
Reno Air racing pilot Erica Simpson was killed during qualifying trials for the Sep 6 Reno Air Race at 4SD (Stead, Reno NV). According to an AP report, the wings of her Cassutt IIIM broke off while she was performing a roll as part of the pre-race check process. Simpson was not only a professional race pilot but also a captain with CitationShares, where she flew a Citation 560XL. She was also Southwest regional director of the International Aerobatics Club. On her website, she attributed her love of aviation to her father and grandfather's encouragement and to her annual trips to EAA AirVenture.
Oct 16-18: Chevron Advanced Safety Training (spill prevention and containment), Richmond CA. Chevron, 866-557-3456 or e-mail email@example.com.
Oct 20-23: Bombardier Safety Standdown, Kansas City MO. Bombardier, 316-946-7876 or visit www. bombardier.com.
Oct 20-28: AAMS (Assn of Air Medical Services) Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC08), Minneapolis MN. AAMS, 703-836-8732 or visit www.aams.org.