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Teledyne Continental said on Wednesday
that it has just completed a round of flight and test-cell trials that
suggest that 94UL may be an adequate replacement for 100LL, whose
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SPENDING $600 MILLION ON R&D The world's largest flight
simulator manufacturer says lessons learned in the sim will help it
develop real-world applications and it's investing about $600 million to
develop new technologies. CAE says Project Falcon will last five years
and, in addition to expanding current modeling and simulation
technologies, "increase its capabilities beyond training into other
areas of the aerospace and defense market, such as analysis and
operations," according to a news release issued by the company. Project
Falcon will include "augmented visionics," which sounds a lot like
enhanced vision, new and better sims for future manned and unmanned
aircraft and, in what sounds like the world's coolest video game,
"networking technologies to allow defense forces of many nations to
participate simultaneously in real time training and mission rehearsal
3 Airplanes ... 3 Levels ...
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GETS $1.44 BILLION CSERIES ORDER It would be hard to imagine
a worse time to be launching a new airliner but Bombardier is forging
ahead with its new CSeries single-aisle airplanes and winning new orders
that might otherwise have gone to Boeing or Airbus. The company
announced a $1.44 billion deal with Lease Corporation International
(LCI) on Monday for three of the 110-seat models and 17 of the 130-seat
variants and options for 20 more. Earlier this month, Lufthansa
committed to 30 CSeries aircraft, with options for 30. LCI represents 20
airlines in Europe and Asia and did not say where the aircraft might end
up, but LCI spokesman Tasos Michael told the Montreal Gazette the CSeries offers a
combination of technological advancement (launch customer for Pratt and
Whitney Canada's geared turbofan engine) and a sweet spot in the market
for cabin size. "There are good deals from everybody at the moment. We
went with Bombardier," he told the Gazette. More...
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PICKED FOR VISION JET As expected, Cirrus has announced that
the Perspective avionics suite developed by Garmin will be standard
panel in the SF50 Vision (we're not sure when it changed from SJ50) jet.
Cirrus launched the proof-of-concept Vision with L-3's Smart Deck system
but there were reports late last year that the two had parted ways.
Since it's introduction a year ago as a top-of-the-line option,
Perspective has been praised by the Cirrus community and it has spread
to other models, so from a conformity standpoint it makes sense the jet
would be equipped with it, too. "This is great news for present and
future Vision jet and SR22 Perspective owners because the SR22 and Turbo
with Perspective and known ice protection is the natural training and
transition aircraft in preparation for flying the Vision," said Cirrus
CEO Brent Wouters. A Perspective panel will be installed in the
proof-of-concept, which is still undergoing tests. More...
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INTERIORS ADAPT TO TIMES The high-end business traveler has
different needs in these difficult times and that means there's
opportunity for the aircraft interiors business to meet those needs.
"Don't overreact, innovate," attendees at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in
Hamburg were urged during the first day of the event. Klaus Brauer,
Boeing's director of passenger satisfaction and revenue, told a workshop
at the event that super premium passengers who are looking to step down
a touch as a reflection of the times still have certain expectations.
"You can't let such a time pass without finding the opportunities in
it," he said. More...
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PREDICTS GA GROWTH WILL RESUME IN 2010 In its annual aviation forecast, released on Tuesday, the
FAA said it expects U.S. aircraft operations to decrease almost 6
percent this year compared to 2008 levels but then start to rebound in
2010. Operations overall will then grow at about 1.5 percent per year
through 2025, with general aviation growing slightly faster at 1.8
percent per year. The total GA fleet should continue to grow at the rate
of about 1 percent per year. "A vibrant, efficient and green aviation
system will play a key role in our nation's economic recovery," said
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The report noted that GA
operations at combined FAA and contract towers were down 5.6 percent
last year, the steepest decline since 2003. GA activity at consolidated
traffic facilities (FAA TRACONs) fell 6.3 percent, while the number of
GA aircraft handled at FAA en route centers decreased 7.6 percent. The
number of student pilots decreased 4 percent in 2008, the fourth
consecutive year of decline in this category. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: IS BABBITT GOOD FOR GA? After 18 months without
an official leader, the FAA will need Randy Babbitt to get to work
immediately if he's confirmed as FAA administrator. In the latest
installment of our AVweb Insider blog, editor-in-chief Russ Niles
speculates on which he'll lean and runs down the best- and worst-case
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VIDEO: BENDIX/KING AV8OR DEMO When Bendix/King rolled out its AV8OR
portable GPS last summer, the $749 retail price about $675
discounted caught GPS buyers by surprise. So did the AV8OR's
feature set, which includes a touchscreen interface and automotive
navigation as built-in standard capability. In this video,
AVweb's editors took the AV8OR out for a spin to wring out its
major features. More...
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Duncan Dee has been named chief operating
officer of Air Canada, replacing Bill Bredt, who retired after 36 years
with the company. Dee was formerly in charge of Air Canada's airport
Chris Swan is the
new vice president and general manager of StandardAero's component
services division in Cincinnati. Swan was previously with GE
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