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Daher delivers first Kodiak 100 to French customer

Daher delivered a Kodiak 100 utility turboprop to aerial work operator Héli-Béarn. Based at PUF (Pau-Pyrénées Airport,  Pau, France), Héli-Béarn becomes the first French customer for this aircraft.

The Kodiak, built in Sandpoint ID, is a robust, high-payload, and short takeoff and landing platform suited for a wide variety of missions. The turboprop delivered to Héli-Béarn is intended for dropping parachutists.

In this configuration, the Kodiak 100 has a sliding door and benches to take up to 15 adventure seekers. Capable of climbing to 12,000 ft in 9:30, and can provide an average of 4 rotations per hour.

Garmin receives approval for GFC 600 autopilot in select King Airs

Garmin received FAA STC approval for the its GFC 600 digital autopilot in select Beechcraft King Air C90 and E90 aircraft.

The GFC 600 digital autopilot is optimized for turbine aircraft and delivers superior in-flight characteristics and new operational capabilities such as vertical navigation (VNAV), automatic course deviation indicator (CDI) switching when paired with a GTN Series navigator, and enhanced go-around capability.

With this certification, King Air C90 and E90 owners and operators now have an autopilot upgrade that boasts superior integration potential with G600 and G600 TXi flight displays, the GI 275 electronic flight instrument, as well as the GTN and GTN Xi Series of navigators.

The GFC 600 digital autopilot for the Beechcraft King Air C90 and E90 turboprops is available through select Garmin authorized dealers.

Jet Aviation receives IS-BAH Stage II registration for its FBO in San Juan

Jet Aviation SJU (San Juan PR), the first FBO in Puerto Rico to qualify for IS-BAH Stage I registration, has now achieved IS-BAH Stage II registration, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the highest safety standards.

The FBO facility features a pilot suite with a shower and snooze room, flight-planning workstations, an executive passenger lounge, and corporate meeting facilities. Conveniently, Jet Aviation SJU is the only FBO in the island with an onsite US Customs and Border Protection terminal.

Duncan Aviation’s Gogo Avance L5 STCs, amended

Duncan Aviation, in partnership with Gogo Business Aviation, now provides new installation options for Gogo‘s Avance L3 and Avance Smart Cabin System (SCS).

The engineering and certification services teams at Duncan updated 3 existing supplemental type certificates (STCs) for the Gogo Avance L5 WiFi system. Now customers will be able to use those STCs to install the Avance L3 WiFi system or a standalone SCS on Gulfstream IV and IV-X, and Bombardier Challenger 300, 350, 650, 605, 604, 601-3A, and CL-601-3R aircraft.

Duncan has received validation for these STCs from Transport Canada Civil Aviation, and has applied for validation with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

The amended STCs for the Gogo Avance L3 WiFi system will include the installation of the single air card line replacement unit (LRU) and mounting tray, and will cover all other existing architecture for the Avance L3, including the WiFi and terrestrial modem (cellular) antennas.

These amended STCs will also cover design changes for the installation of Gogo’s Avance SCS.

FreeFlight Systems introduces new radar altimeters to mitigate 5G interference

FreeFlight Systems released a new series of radar altimeters designed to mitigate 5G interference for heavy rotorcraft, turboprops, business aviation, and military segments.

The new set of radar altimeters, dubbed the Terrain Series, includes the RA 5500, RA 6500, and RA 7500 radar altimeters for multiple aviation markets, beginning with the RA 6500, which is focused on Part 29 heavy rotorcraft and business jet markets.


Airbus unveils Flightlab to test future helo technologies

Airbus Helicopters started in-flight tests on its Flightlab platform, a flying laboratory dedicated exclusively to maturing new technologies. The machine provides an agile and efficient test bed for applications that could later improve the company’s current  helicopter lineup.

In addition, Flightlab could also yield more disruptive results that could even benefit future fixed-wing aircraft or VTOL and eVTOL platforms.

Flight tests started in April 2020, measuring helicopter sound levels in urban areas. With its Flightlab demonstrator, Airbus intends to test hybrid and electric propulsion technologies, as well as exploring autonomy, and other advancements aimed at reducing helicopter sound levels, or improving maintenance and flight safety.

Bell certifies new flight data monitoring device

Bell earned a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of QuantiFLY. This new aircraft communication unit is powered by Truth Data, a leader in rotorcraft flight data monitoring, and offers a true low-cost, lightweight, and fully automatic flight data monitoring (FDM) solution.

QuantiFLY works with Appareo Systems connectivity hardware, and uses and FDM analytics to enable operators to affordably use the data to be actionable and enhance safety.

The device utilizes cellular (4G LTE/3G GSM) on-the-ground data transmission to offboard aircraft flight parameter and maintenance data via cloud for processing and analytics.

This solution is currently available for Bell 407GXi and 429 helicopters.

GE and Mint Turbines sign MRO provider agreement

General Electric announced that Mint Turbines has become a licensed maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider for GE.

Under the agreement, Mint will perform MRO services on T700-GE-700, -701, -701A, -701C, and -701D turbine engine models.

Mint will focus on T700 engines installed on Sikorsky-manufactured EH-60, HH-60, UH-60, or S-70 helicopters that have a valid Restricted

Category Certificate or Public Use Exemption issued by a Civil Aviation Authority. Work will be accomplished at SUD (Stroud OK).