Falcon Pilot Chuck Ratliff wins bike as prize in PP Avionics Survey

Chuck Ratliff, now a contract pilot and until recently a captain at Anheuser-Busch flying various Falcons for Big Bud out of STL, including the 900EX and 50EX-and typed in the 7X-was the winner of a Gotham Citizen 6-speed fold-up-1 of 2 bikes Pro Pilot gave away to participants in the magazine's recent Avionics Mfrs Product Support Survey. Winner of the other bike was Scott Reguin, a line pilot for Falwell Aviation in Lynchburg VA, who didn't have a photo available at the time of this writing. Pro Pilot is continuing to give prizes to survey participants, including fold-up bikes, laptop computers, GPS units, flat screen televisions and digital cameras. Good luck to all survey participants!


Trip support

Air Routing Intl has opened an office at HPN (White Plains NY) to support its trip support operations at TEB. The company notes that these 2 offices will help ensure consistent communications for trip support requests from the northeast US.

Avionics & Navaids

Elliott Aviation is offering an upgraded version of the Universal EFI890R for the Dassault Falcon 10 and 100. This system includes LPV and WAAS capabilities. Elliott has plans to include the Citation I and II and is already offering the newer version as an upgrade to the King Air 300 and 350.

Duncan Aviation has completed its first upgrade and certification of a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 on a Dassault Falcon 50EX. This upgrade adds graphical weather, electronic charting, standard instrument departures, STARs, Notams, EVS, enhanced maps and WAAS to the existing Pro Line 4 avionics package. It also provides space for LPV as a future upgrade.


Sporty's is offering training programs for WAAS approaches. Focusing on the Garmin 430W/530W and G1000, the WAAS Approaches DVDs feature real-world flights to teach pilots how to fly WAAS GPS procedures. Sporty's is selling the DVD for $29.95 or they can be downloaded separately for $9.95 at www.sportys.com.


Reports from General Electric show the powerplant company progressing quickly to its goal of certifying the M601-H80 turboprop engine by the end of 2009. According to H80 Program Mgr Chet Fuller, the new Walter turboprop variant has recently begun hot-section tests and is performing well. With service entry planned for early 2010, GE is consulting OEMs about offering the engine both on new aircraft and as a retrofit. Following H80 service entry, GE will begin work on the H90, but has released no details of this engine.


Cessna has opened Mesa Citation Service Center at IWA (Williams- Gateway, Phoenix AZ). The operation takes over from Cessna's LGB (Long Beach CA) service center which had outgrown the airport. The 101,000 sq ft IWA facility includes 62,400 sq ft of hangar space along with office and backshop areas. Cessna has also appointed Flying_Group at ANR (Antwerp, Belgium), Jet_Alliance Technical Services at VIE (Vienna, Austria) and Taiko Jet at SZB (Subang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) as Citation authorized service facilities. FlyingGroup will service all models except the Citation X, and JetAlliance will service the CitationJet, Sovereign and Citation X. Taiko Jet is Cessna's newest service station in Asia for the Citation Bravo and Sovereign.

LJ Aviation at LBE (Latrobe PA) has added a new hangar. This new 28,800 sq ft facility will house up to 8 aircraft and support the company's maintenance services at its FBO which opened in 2004. LJ has also added 3 aircraft to its LBE-based managed fleet-a Bombardier Challenger 300, a Hawker 900XP and a King Air C90GTi.

Pentastar Aviation is now able to offer maintenance on any all-metal airframes. FAA granted Pentastar FAR 145 Class 3 and 4 ratings for maintenance on Jan 14. Its PTK (Pontiac MI) location is responsible for the repair services.

Midcoast Aviation has opened a completions delivery and technology center at its CPS (Downtown, St Louis MO) facility. As an addition to its recently opened 145,000 sq ft "green" completions hangar, the delivery center provides office space, briefing rooms and a lounge for customers about to take delivery of a completed aircraft. Engineering and certification staff have moved into Midcoast's new 18,000 sq ft technology center.

Imperium, in conjunction with Boeing, has developed a wireless ultrasound-imaging camera for composite airframe fatigue inspections. For aircraft like the Piaggio P180 or Pilatus PC12, this new approach will allow maintenance crews to do onsite inspections instead of repositioning the aircraft and adding to AOG time. Using this device, maintenance crews will be able to send images in real time directly to a service center, without the need for larger standard ultrasound equipment.


Honeywell has appointed Brian Sill as VP business and general aviation aftermarket. Sill previously served as VP of the Gulfstream/IAI customer business team, where he worked closely with Honeywell on the G250 and G650, as well as certification of SVS on Gulfstream aircraft. He replaces John Bolton, who is now Honeywell's pres, air transport and regional business.

Piaggio has appointed Alberto Galassi to CEO. Having joined Piaggio in 2000, Galassi helped re-launch the P180 and was able to bring Mubadala and Tata Ltd as majority shareholders in the company. His predecessor, José di Mase, became CEO in 1998.

Larry Hecht has been promoted to VP operations and dir ops of FlightWorks. He has been with the company for just over 4 years. Hecht holds an ATP license and is rated on the Bombardier Challenger 604, Learjet 20, 30, 50 and 60 and Cessna Citation series. Hecht has over 14,000 hrs TT.

Kip Catlin (L) and John Snyder have received promotions at Northern Jet Management. Catlin, who has been with Northern Jet since 1995, has taken on additional initial operating experience (IOE) training duties as a captain with the company. Catlin holds an ATP on the Cessna Citation line and Bombardier Learjet 40 and 45. Snyder was promoted to captain from first officer. He has been with the company since Apr 2006 and holds an ATP and is rated on the Citation line and Dassault Falcon 10.


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