MRO Services

Comlux Aviation Services at IND (Intl, Indianapolis IN) has been appointed as a Legacy and Lineage service center by Embraer. This is Embraer's first authorized service center for the Lineage in North America.

 

Powerplant

Raisbeck Engineering and Hartzell have announced the development and certification of the first business aviation turbine propeller.

The new design, developed in secrecy for the past 3 years, culminated in FAA certification for the King Air 200/ B200/B200GT. The technology behind the Raisbeck/Hartzell swept turbofan propeller allows for measurably lower drag on aircraft wings flying at high subsonic speeds when swept aft.

The principle has been incorporated into the new Raisbeck/Hartzell family of turbofan propellers, giving them a look not previously seen outside of military applications. Hartzell is currently manufacturing the blades with deliveries expected to commence on Mar 1, 2013.

Training

FlightSafety Intl (FSI) has received FAA and EASA Level D qualification for its Global Vision 5000/6000 flight simulator. The new simulator became available in January at the company's Columbus OH learning center and features electric motion and control loading technology as well as a newly enhanced VITAL X visual system. It is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion-based Vision flightdeck with 4 high-resolution 15-in active matrix LCD panels. It also features a HUD, integrated cursor control panel, synthetic vision system (SVS), enhanced vision system (EVS), dual integrated flight information systems (IFIS), future air navigation system (FANS), controller/pilot datalink communication (CPDLC) and Multi­Scan and weather detection system.

FSI's cold weather operations course is now available for the iPad. The company announced the release of its 2012–13 rich media course, which can now be taken from either a personal computer or an iPad. A learning management system tracks progress, so if a learner begins the course on a PC, they can log in later to the course from an iPad and continue from their last slide.

Manifest

Markus Bucher has been promoted to CEO at Pilatus effective Jan 1, 2013. He has been with the company for over 25 years and was previously COO. He replaces Oscar Schwenk, who remains the company chairman.

Jet Support Services Intl (JSSI) has announced a change in leadership, with Neil Book named as president and CEO. Book replaces Louis Seno, whose relationship with JSSI spanned more than 20 years before he officially joined the company in 2009 as president and CEO. Seno will now serve as chairman emeritus and special advisor to JSSI's board.

Industry veteran Sam Hill has joined Quest Aircraft as its CEO. The SZT (Sandpoint ID) based manufacturer made the announcement in December, saying Hill will replace Vander Griend, who had been serving as interim CEO since mid-2011. Hill joined Quest after retiring from Honda Aircraft in early 2012. Griend will continue in his role as chairman.
Jet Support Services Intl (JSSI) Co­founder John "Rick" Haskins died in Chicago IL in early December at the age of 67.

Haskins helped start JSSI in 1998 and served as the company's president and CEO until the company was sold in 2007. Most recently, Haskins was CEO of Chicago-based 154 West Aviation, a "boutique investment" firm specializing in sourcing and investment funding, as well as advisory service for developing businesses in the aviation industry.

Last flight

Steven Kanyar, a long-time corporate pilot, has died at the age of 75. Kanyar moved to Canada from Hungary at the age of 19, having little money and unable to speak English. Wanting to become a pilot, he worked as a dishwasher in Ottawa and later at the uranium mines in Elliott Lake to achieve his dream of flying. His first corporate job was flying a Hawker Siddeley HS125 and a Gulfstream for EP Taylor, the Canadian businessman and philanthropist. Through the 1980s and 90s, Kanyar flew aircraft such as the Gulfstream II, Lockheed JetStar, Falcon 50 and Falcon 900 for FiberGlass and Bank of Nova Scotia. He retired in 1998 from Magna Intl.


Legacy 500 makes first flight

Embraer's midsize Legacy 500 made a successful first flight on Nov 27 from SJK (São José dos Campos SP, Brazil). Company Test Pilots Mozart Louzada and Eduardo Camelier, with Flight Test Engineers Gustavo Paixão and Alexandre Figueiredo, described the 1 hr 45 min flight as flawless.

Three prototypes of the Legacy 500 have been completed, with a 4th to follow shortly. Certification is expected by the end of 2013, with entry into service scheduled for 2014.

This latest clean sheet design from Embraer—powered by 2 Honeywell HTF7500E turbofans rated at 6540 lbs thrust apiece—is the company's first fully-FBW business jet. It is also the only midsize jet ever to feature a 3-axis FBW control system.

The Legacy 500's maiden flight had been delay­ed by about a year due to problems with the FBW system. When integrating the control devices with the flight control computer proved a challenge for supplier Parker Aerospace, Embraer brought in BAE Systems as a subcontractor to assist Parker before ultimately taking over the task of integration itself.

Embraer sees its introduction of full FBW into the midsize sector as a market changing move. System highlights include an angle-of-attack limiter, CFIT avoidance and windshear escape.

The Legacy 500 features Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics with four 15-in displays. Sidestick controllers take the place of traditional yokes or sticks. SVS is standard, but customer options include EVS with HGS. Embraer chose Honeywell's Ovation Select for the cabin management system.

Boasting the largest cross section in its class, the Legacy 500 is the only midsize bizjet to possess a 6-ft standup cabin with a flat floor. Designed to compete against the Citation Sovereign, Gulfstream G150 and Hawker 900XP, the Legacy 500 will also be taking on the supermidsize Challenger 300.

Range with 8–12 passengers is up to 3000 nm. High-speed cruise is quoted as Mach 0.82, and maximum operating altitude is FL450.

The Legacy 500 and its 4-ft-shorter sister—the Legacy 450—were launched in 2007 as the MSJ and MLJ, respectively. The 450 is now expected to make its first flight in 2H2013 and enter service a year after the 500. Given their similar characteristics and 95% systems commonality, the Legacy 500 and 450 will share a common type rating. —Phil Rose


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