the Eclipse twin-engine light jet.
The IFMS system was developed for
the twinjet by Innovative Solutions
Support of Exton, Pa., and is
offered by Eclipse Aerospace as part of
for Total Eclipse jets complete with the new Avio IFMS are now
being taken with delivery time averaging
60 stated Mason Holland, Eclipse
The IFMS system incorporates dual
WAAS/SBAS Beta-3 GPS receivers,
supporting dynamically calculated top
of decent guidance and coupled LPV
approaches. Flight management data is
presented on a 15-inch, high-resolution
multifunction display. Data entry is performed through integrated bezel pushbuttons and encoders as well as an externally
mounted keyboard, said.
Avio IFMS avionics suite is one
of the most advanced cockpits available
on any said Roman Ptakowski,
president. 13 microprocessors
in the displays control all major aircraft systems. Improvements to e-Chart,
mapping and satellite weather functionality along with FMS precision navigation
give the Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet unrivaled
Honeywell, Aspen MFD
Honeywell and Aspen Avionics, Albuquerque, N.M., said they are collaborating to produce a multifunction touchscreen cockpit display
for general aviation. The companies have
completed a development agreement to
bring Bendix/King KSN
770 multifunction display to the market
before the end of 2011.
The Bendix/King KSN 770, part of
the Apex Edge series, is a 5.7
inch touchscreen display with GPS, communication and navigation capabilities.
Based on a scalable system architecture
and interfaces to most general aviation
aircraft, it will be integrated with
Evolution Flight Display system.
The KSN 770 will have Localizer
Performance with Vertical Guidance
(LPV) and Wide Area Augmentation
System (WAAS) capabilities. It also will
display weather radar, Enhanced Ground
Proximity Warning System (EGPWS),
data link weather, traffic information and
charts and maps.
and Aspen are delivering a level of technical innovation and
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ergonomic functionality previously only
available to business jet said
John Uczekaj, Aspen Avionics president
and CEO. interoperability, expandable architecture and flexible
interface offer a clear alternative to existing
Goodrich Corp. has signed an agreement
to acquire flight-control actuation supplier Microtecnica S.r.l., based in Turin,
Italy, for $462 million.
The agreement, expected to close in
the second quarter, was concluded with
SSCP Aero Holdings S.C.A., a company
backed by the European private equity
firm Stirling Square Capital Partners. The
latter firm acquired Microtecnica from
Hamilton Sundstrand via management
buyout in 2008.
Microtecnica supplies flight control
actuation systems and components for
helicopters, regional and business aircraft
and missiles, as well as aircraft thermal
and environmental control systems. The
company employs 700 people at facilities in Turin, Luserna San Giovanni and
Brugherio, Italy, and Bristol, U.K. Sales
this year are expected to be $220 million.
Microtecnica will become part of the
Goodrich Actuation Systems business.
acquisition supports our business model and fits with our strategy by
increasing exposure to three
growth markets: commercial and military
helicopters, commercial regional, business and general aviation aircraft and
missile said Marshall Larsen,
Goodrich chairman, president and CEO.
The National Transportation Safety
Board (NTSB) was investigating the
cause of an apparent electrical incident
April aboard a United Airlines Airbus
A320, leading to the emergency evacuation of 109 passengers and crew.
United Airlines Flight 497 left Louis
Armstrong New Orleans International
Airport around 7:25 a.m. CDT and
returned 20 minutes later, to electrical difficulties and smoke in the according to an NTSB advisory
issued that day. Upon landing, the crew
described a loss of anti-skid braking and
nose-wheel steering and exited the run-
way 2,000 feet from the approach threshold, NTSB said.
The safety board issued an investigation update April 7. In interviews,
crew indicated that, at about 4,000 feet,
the electronic centralized
aircraft monitoring (ECAM) system
provided an autothrottle-related message,
then an avionics smoke warning message,
accompanied by instructions to land.
Despite receiving this message, neither
crew member recalled smelling smoke or
fumes during the
The captain used the electronic checklist for the avionics smoke warning indication, which included shutting down some
of the electrical system. The first
display screens went blank, the
ECAM messages disappeared, the cockpit to cabin intercom stopped functioning
and the air-driven emergency generator
The captain was able to use the airspeed, altimeter and attitude indicators
on his primary flight display during the
return to the airport.
After landing, the forward
right slide did not properly inflate during
the emergency evacuation. Investigators
later found the aspirator that inflates the
slide partially blocked, NTSB said.
The cockpit voice recorder captured
about minutes and 30 seconds of the
flight, NTSB said. The flight data recorder contained 25 hours of data and captured about 18 minutes of data relevant
to the flight. Both the CVR and FDR
stopped recording prior to landing.
Airbus technical advisors and the
French Bureau et
were taking part in the investigation with
other parties, NTSB said.
The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
completed its first flight March 20,
departing Paine Field in Everett, Wash.,
for a four-hour, 25 minutes flight, landing
at Boeing Field in Seattle.
The first flight of the newest member
of the 747 family marked the beginning
of a 600-hour flight test program. The
aircraft reached a cruising altitude of
19,000 feet and speed of 250 knots.
Boeing says the 747-8 Intercontinental
will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any
large airliner, with 12 percent lower costs
than its predecessor, the 747-400. The
aircraft provides 16 percent better fuel
economy, 16 percent less carbon emis-