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TRANSITION TO NBAA SHOULD BE SMOOTH...
As AVweb reported Monday, the National
Business Aviation Association (NBAA) last week named current General
Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President Ed Bolen as its
new leader, effective Sept. 7. Bolen's appointment as NBAA's next
president comes after the tumultuous departure of the association's previous
leader, Shelley Longmuir, and a lengthy search, described by the
organization in a press release as "thorough and deliberative." It
also comes with barely enough time remaining for Bolen to get spooled
up in advance of NBAA's 57th Annual Meeting & Convention, scheduled
for Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 12 through 14. However, Bolen -- an
eight-year veteran at GAMA's helm -- will likely need little
handholding to prepare for that event since his old employer is and
has been closely aligned with his new one. All of which means that
NBAA's announcement of Bolen as Longmuir's permanent successor didn't
create much of a stir among Washington's aviation-related alphabet
LEAVES SOME LOOSE ENDS
Some loose ends remain to be tied up, however. One of the first is
what will happen at GAMA. Ron Swanda, a well-respected 20-plus-year
veteran at the association currently serving as its senior vice
president of operations, "will manage the association's day-to-day
affairs until the Board of Directors names a new President and CEO,"
according to a GAMA press release. Unknown at this time is whether
Swanda will be considered for GAMA's top spot or if the organization
will engage in a full-blown search for Bolen's replacement. For his
part, Swanda told AVweb, "I am honored that the GAMA board has
asked me to take on these new responsibilities and excited about this
opportunity to serve the board as interim president. I especially look
forward to leading GAMA's staff, some of the most effective and
knowledgeable professionals I have ever known. I cannot speculate on
what the board may conclude it needs in the way of permanent
leadership. My job is to be the best interim president possible."
FOR THE MASSES
Honeywell's runway awareness and advisory system (RAAS) will soon be
popping up in more and more corporate and charter cockpits. The system
is a software-based solution to runway incursions developed as an
add-on for the companys enhanced ground proximity warning system
(EGPWS), currently deployed on over 20,000 aircraft. According to
Honeywell, the RAAS function can typically be added with no new
hardware or wiring changes needed, just a software upgrade. While the
FAA approved the system earlier this year, few aircraft have received
the upgrade. Now, according to both Gulfstream and Cessna, that's
about to change. Recently, both companies announced availability of
upgrades to Honeywell's EGPWS installations enabling RAAS approvals.
Using GPS data, RAAS provides advisories based on aircraft position as
compared to runway locations stored in the EGPWS database. To
accomplish this, the RAAS software upgrade will activate additional
features in the existing Mk V and Mk VII EGPWS computer with 219-219
software or in those in-service units for which an upgrade to the
219-219 software is available. More...
WATCH: COPTER CLAMPDOWN?
Hidden amid last week's Tom Ridge announcement that financial centers
in New York, Washington and Newark might be attacked was
"intelligence" that helicopter tour operators in Manhattan had been
surveilled by al-Qaida as a possible alternative to fixed-wing
aircraft for terrorist attacks. This news generated a flurry of
security clampdowns at heliports throughout the New York City area and
was in addition to an Aug. 5 TSA "Information Bulletin" alerting
recipients to the possibility that rental vehicles, including (gasp!)
Ryder trucks, might be converted into "vehicle-borne improvised
explosive devices (VBIEDs) as a method of attack." While the TSA
issued a security directive mandating federal employees to do
pre-boarding screening at the heliports, New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg downplayed any threat. Omitted from any public discussion
was the suitability of a helicopter to commit a terrorist act of any
UPDATE: CJ3 INTEGRATES ELECTRONIC CHARTS...
Even though Cessna's Citation CJ3 is not yet FAA-certified, the
manufacturer says it will be the first aircraft in its class to
integrate electronic charts with its flight management system (FMS)
performance database. According to Cessna, the CJ3's Collins Pro Line
21 system will display the airplanes position on approach and
airport diagrams while also showing departure and arrival procedures
as well as enhanced map overlays with airspace boundaries and high and
low federal airways. In other words, the CJ3's avionics system will
display current aeronautical charts and airways, as an option, on an
8-inch by 10-inch multi-function display (MFD). First flight of the
CJ3 prototype was on April 17, 2004; FAA certification and first
deliveries are expected during the fourth quarter of 2004.
MUSTANG PROTOTYPE TAKES SHAPE
Meanwhile, Cessna has begun building the Citation Mustang
prototypes tooling and parts. According to the company, more
than 3,600 parts have been produced for the prototype and ground test
articles. Cessna anticipates the first Citation Mustang prototype to
be completed next year, with the first flight in the second quarter of
2005. "The Citation Mustang program is on schedule," said Program
Manager Russ Meyer III. More...
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UPDATE: A DECORATOR'S DELIGHT...
Even though Eclipse Aviation hasn't completed building all of its
certification and production prototypes, it has gone so far as to
detail the interior designs and optional furnishings for the
forthcoming Eclipse 500. According to a company press release, its
recent decisions "reflect the company's unmatched ability to deliver
personal aircraft to suit owners' needs from practical to luxury, all
at a breakthrough price." Eclipse purchasers will be able to choose
from four interior color schemes, designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA
exclusively for Eclipse for the company. Using names like "Diablo,"
"Sahara," "Slate" and "Cayenne," Eclipse described its interior
designs in tones worthy of home decorating and lifestyle maven Martha
Stewart -- if Stewart did airplanes and if she wasn't awaiting results
of her appeal on a conviction of lying to investigators.
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT LISTED
Meanwhile, Eclipse Aviation also listed some of the optional equipment
it plans to offer for the Eclipse 500, noting that its list of
standard features like autothrottle, a two-zone vapor cycle air
conditioning system and a third EFIS display are options on
competitor's products. Options available on the Eclipse 500 will
include a Part 135 package, an international operations package and a
copilot package -- copilot not included. Avionics available optionally
in addition to the MFD-based standard equipment will include L3s
Stormscope WX500 and SkyWatch HP bundle, Automatic Dependent
Surveillance Broadcast (ADSB) equipment, a Class B
Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) installation and
taxi/recognition lights, with pulse-recognition capability.
FALCON JET OPENS PAINT FACILITY
Dassault Falcon Jet expanded again its Wilmington, Del., facility with
the recent opening of a new 40,000-square-foot paint hangar able to
coat some of the world's largest business jets. According to the
company, the new hangar is an EPA-approved facility, including a
virtually pollution-free environment for paint personnel to apply
coatings. A lighting system is configured to provide a brighter
surface for paint applications and side lighting can be adjusted for
proper lighting of bottom surfaces and to control any shadowing
BREAKS OWN RECORD, SETS NEW MILESTONE
Corporate Angel Network (CAN) last month broke its own record for the
number of cancer patients flown to treatment, with a total of 217
patients transported in July, up from the previous record of 210, set
in October 2003. The national public charity that provides free air
transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment by using the
empty seats on corporate jets set another milestone within a few days
-- flying its 19,000th cancer patient, a 39-year-old woman with
thyroid cancer, to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for
specialized treatment. More...
IN THE DARK: HONEYWELL'S EHSI NIGHT VISION-ENABLED
Honeywell announced today it obtained FAA certification for its new,
night vision-enabled KI 825 Electronic Horizontal Situation Indicator
(EHSI). According to the company, the KI 825 combines traditional
heading and navigation functionality with a moving map display in a 3
ATI format (3.26 inches by 3.26 inches) visible in darkness or bright
daylight. Honeywell said the new instrument "is ideal for military and
law enforcement organizations that utilize night vision goggles."
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