New This Week
AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found announcements from Avidyne, Jeppesen, Beechcraft and the National Air Transportation Association. Avidyne Corporation announced that they are offering a new lower-priced IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, starting at $12,399, including mounting tray and installation kit. The new entry-level pricing option allows customers to add wireless (Wi-Fi & Bluetooth) for $1,300 and Forward Looking Terrain Alerting (FLTA/RTC) for an additional $1,300 should they choose. Jeppesen announced that Kevin Crowley is succeeding Mark Van Tine as Jeppesen chief executive officer and vice-president, Digital Aviation, for Boeing. Van Tine will retire June 30, 2016, after more than 35 years with the company. In addition to being Jeppesen CEO, Van Tine also has served in several executive capacities with Boeing, Jeppesen's corporate parent.
Beechcraft Defense Company LLC, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., announced it has signed a contract with Affinity Flying Training Services to provide 10 Beechcraft T-6C Texan II military training aircraft to the U.K. Ministry of Defence's Military Flying Training System program. A second contract has also been signed to include five years of engineering services, parts support, maintenance training and the placement of onsite Field Service Representatives. The National Air Transportation Association released the Safety 1st General Aviation Misfueling Prevention Program – a free, online-based awareness program for pilots, line service professionals, FBO general managers and customer service representatives. NATA developed the program to conform with standards from the Energy Institute and the NATA Safety 1st Operational Best Practices.