Embraer announced on Oct 20 that the supermidsize Legacy 650 has been awarded ANAC and EASA certification. (L–R) Embraer Executive Jets VP Market Intelligence Cláudio Camelier, Exec VP Luís Carlos Affonso and VP Sales & Marketing Ernest Edwards are seen with the first production Legacy 650—its interior completed by Embraer—at the NBAA convention in Atlanta GA. Externally almost indistinguishable from the Legacy 600, the 650 has larger internal fuel tanks, reinforced wings and more powerful Rolls-Royce AE3007A2 engines providing 10% more thrust than the Legacy 600's AE3007A1s. The Legacy 650 offers a significant increase in max range—3900 nm with 4 pax and 3840 nm with 8 pax. Honeywell's Primus Elite avionics suite makes its debut on the Legacy 650. Starting next year, the same avionics will be installed on production Legacy 600s and will be available as a retrofit on existing aircraft. —Phil Rose
Lufthansa Technik and Panasonic Avionics Corp have agreed to establish a joint venture company for development, manufacture and sale of IFE and communications and cabin management systems for VIP aircraft. Here, Lufthansa Technik Chairman August Henningsen (L) shakes hands with Panasonic Avionics CEO Paul Margis after signing letters of intent.
Jeppesen, in partnership with DW Intl, has developed Jeppesen FlitePlan RNP Predictor. The service lets operators implement real-time GPS-based RNP operations instead of using traditional ground-based waypoint routes and procedures. FlitePlan RNP Predictor is based on receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM) prediction technology. Jeppesen's system calculates an aircraft's actual navigation performance using factors such as aircraft type and configuration at a particular time and place, given current GPS satellite status. RNP Predictor can be implemented either as a standalone service or integrated with commercial flight planning systems.
Garmin has launched a G1000 retrofit program for the King Air 300 and 350, with an STC expected in mid-2011. The G1000 will also be available as a retrofit package for the King Air C90, 200, B200 and Cessna CitationJet. It includes two 10.4-in PFDs and a 15-in MFD with options such as electronic stability and protection, synthetic vision, Iridium datalink, data logger and Wi-Fi datalink—independent systems that offer weather, voice and text. The GFC700 autopilot is also available as an option. Operators may select integrated Class-B TAWS with a worldwide terrain and obstacle database, which does not require an external LRU. Class-A TAWS is available as an option. The G1000 is RVSM compliant.
Duncan Aviation has extended its authorized service center agreement with Bombardier to include its newest maintenance shop, which is at PVU (Provo UT). The PVU facility opened for business on Aug 1 and can perform scheduled and unscheduled warranty and maintenance on the Learjet 40, 45 and 60 as well as on the Challenger 300 and Challenger 600 series, together with major and minor hourly and calendar inspections and line-level engine and avionics support. The company will also provide line repairs and AOG service for the Global Express and Global 5000. Duncan Aviation PVU is also in the process of obtaining service center authorizations for the Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 and the Legacy 600/650.
Cessna has appointed European Maintenance Service (EMS) as Scandinavia's first Cessna-authorized Citation service center (CSC). Located at GSE (Säve, Göteborg, Sweden), Nordic CSC is a 32,000 sq ft facility that can house up to 8 aircraft at a time. EMS will serve the 60-plus Citation operators throughout Scandinavia, northern Germany, Russia, Iceland and the Baltic states by providing AOG support, warranty service and maintenance for the Citation 500, 525, 550, 560, 560XL and 680 series. More than 60 Citations operate in the Scandinavian region.
BLR Aerospace has appointed Heritage Aviation as an authorized dealer for its King Air winglet systems. The winglets are designed to improve King Air fuel efficiency by reducing drag and offering increased climb and cruise speeds, more responsive aerodynamic performance and stability, together with enhanced low-speed handling qualities. BLR winglets are standard factory equipment on the Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90GTx.
CAE shows its training products
AE held a media day at its Dallas training location recently. As a long time corporate pilot I have been to this facility many times for various forms of airplane training, but I was genuinely surprised by the day's events.
The company trains more than 75,000 civil and military pilots and maintenance technicians every year. It has more than 100 sites in over 20 countries. CAE describes itself as number 1 in military virtual air training, commercial training and full-flight simulator sales and number 2 in business aviation training.
It provides a "one-stop shop for all training needs" with 24 aviation training centers worldwide. It is deploying new simulators at a fast pace and has launched a breakthrough product—the CAE 3000 series mission simulator—which offers the most immersive, mission-focused experience ever for the civil helicopter market.
Another topic was CAE's joint venture with Embraer, doing all Phenom 100 and 300 training including recurrent, transition and upgrade. It also does the technical training on both planes at locations in Dallas TX and Burgess Hill, England. It has a state-of-the-art program from Web-based training to instructor-led ground school, and a great simulator. CAE has trained more than 250 pilots in these airplanes and 180 maintenance technicians.
Each pilot is assessed to determine their skill level after which a Web-based program covers ops and systems. Ground school and avionics training are followed by simulator time. We got to see the avionics procedure trainer and I was very impressed with what they can depict.
The Garmin G1000 is full featured with an unbelievable amount of capability and the cockpit procedure trainer gives the pilot a chance to see how everything works before getting into the simulator.
They offer academic-only computer-based, aircraft-only, simulator-only or a combination of all 3. The idea is to be proactive and give the pilot every skill to survive an upset event.
The visual display is also new. Instead of projectors they use HD technology and it is displayed much like a TV display. The result is a great simulator with very realistic feel and displays. —Doug Spiger
BBA Aviation has named Mary Miller vp of industry and government affairs for the company's US operations. Miller joined Signature in 1992 and was most recently vp of customer relations.
Clay Lacy Aviation Pres & CEO Clay Lacy (L) receives his Wright Brothers Master Pilot Certificate pin from FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt during the NBAA Convention in Atlanta on Oct 20.
Hawker Beechcraft has appointed Heidi McNary vp and chief technical officer. She will oversee the company's product development and engineering. McNary joins HBC from DeCrane Aerospace.
Gulfstream has named Bill Colleran dir technical information services. Most recently he was senior site manager for Gulfstream at MCF (MacDill AFB, Tampa FL). Tony Swift is now a Gulfstream field service representative with responsibility for operators in northern New Jersey. He was a member of the Gulfstream contractor logistics support (CLS) team at Chièvres air base in Belgium. Nick Chantorn is now senior scheduler, Gulfstream Product Support, at LGB (Long Beach CA). He was most recently a NetJets owner services representative.
West Star Aviation has promoted Dan McKillips to manager of paint and interiors at the company's ALN (Alton IL) facility. He was previously the regional sales manager and technical sales manager at West Star Aviation.