Volume 2, Number 22 -- November 24, 2004

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GULFSTREAM CREW WARNED OF LOW ALTITUDE
The crew of a Gulfstream II on approach to Houston’s William P Hobby Airport early Monday was warned by a controller that its altitude was too low about two minutes before it crashed, killing both pilots and a flight attendant. The jet was inbound to Hobby to pick up former president George H.W. Bush for a flight to Ecuador. The Gulfstream was being operated by Jet Place, a Tulsa, Okla., charter operator and departed Dallas’ Love Field earlier that morning for the short hop to Houston. More...

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ARE YOU READY FOR DRVSM?
Ready or not, domestic RVSM (DRVSM) is coming soon, to a flight level near you. In this case, “soon” means Jan. 20, 2005, at 901 UTC and, despite what you might have heard, the FAA’s postponement of this date isn’t likely. After Jan. 20, your aircraft must be RVSM-compliant if you want to use major chunks of the high-altitude airspace. Most turboprops and just about all piston-powered FLIBs need not apply. The goal of RVSM is to reduce the vertical separation between FL290 and FL410 inclusive from the current 2000-foot minimum to 1000 feet in airspace over the continental U.S., Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic High Offshore Airspace (including Houston and Miami Oceanic airspace) and the San Juan FIR. On the same date and time and at the same flight levels, Canada and Mexico will implement RVSM. More...

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IS YOUR AIRPLANE READY FOR DRVSM?
On its face, RVSM sounds simple enough -- compress the distance between aircraft operating in the high-altitude en route environment. But it’s not that simple, or easy. For one thing, there are very good reasons previous standards at those altitudes called for 2000 feet of separation. Among them are the unreliability of altimetry and autopilot systems installed in older airplanes. Additional challenges are related to limitations of existing ATC equipment, Mode C altitude-reporting resolution and how quickly a seemingly minor altitude deviation can quickly become a major loss of separation with closure rates of 1100 knots or more. As such, RVSM airspace throughout the world and, beginning in January here in the U.S., will be considered “special qualification airspace,” according to the FAA. Both the individual operator and the specific aircraft type or types in use must be FAA-approved before the operator conducts flight in RVSM airspace. More...

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EASA AWARDS G450 TYPE CERTIFICATE
Gulfstream Aerospace last week said the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awarded a type certificate for the company’s G450 business jet aircraft. The EASA action allows the G450 to be registered in any of the 25 European Union countries and follows FAA type certification on Aug. 12. Presently, Gulfstream says the first G450 will enter service in the second quarter of 2005. Introduced last year, the G450 is a refinement of the Gulfstream GIV/GIV-SP and features the exclusive PlaneView cockpit, Honeywell's Primus Epic Avionics and Visual Guidance System and Gulfstream’s Enhanced Vision System. More...

ECLIPSE CUSTOMERS TO TRAIN WITH UNITED AIRLINES
Eclipse Aviation last week announced it had inked a deal with United Airlines (UAL) to provide pilots of its forthcoming Eclipse 500 very light jet with a comprehensive flight training program. The deal with UAL is a reversal of Eclipse’s original strategy for its to-be-certificated jet, in which it planned to perform training in-house. Under the expanded program, Eclipse says its customers will receive both their initial flight-skills assessment, as well as their type-rating transition training, at UAL’s flight training center in Denver, Colo. A full-motion simulator will be used under a curriculum jointly developed by Eclipse and UAL. For its part, UAL has done a separate deal with Boeing’s Alteon subsidiary to provide the pilots and other instructors for the Eclipse training program. More...

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CAN YOU SURF ME NOW?
It’s just the thing for the gearhead who has everything, including his own GV: Gulfstream last week said it received the necessary certification to offer its exclusive ultra-high-speed Internet connection in the company’s long-range business jet. Gulfstream says the FAA issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the GV allowing the company to install its Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) system on all 186 GVs in the fleet. The latest STC follows one awarded in October for Gulfstream’s GIV. Instead of a really long wire, Gulfstream’s BBML system consists of a dish antenna mounted under the tail radome of the aircraft, an antenna control unit, a transceiver router and a server. More...

CHASING MARINE ONE
When the U.S. president travels, his trip usually begins and ends aboard a helicopter designated as Marine One, a reference to the operator -- the U.S. Marine Corps -- and the importance the service places on the passenger. The equipment is always a product manufactured by U.S.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.; usually, it’s a VH-3D Sea King operated by HMX-1, Marine Helicopter Squadron One, based at nearby Andrews AFB. The president also rides aboard a Sikorsky VH-60N, an executive version of the company’s workhorse Blackhawk, but its cabin is smaller. Unfortunately, those VH-3Ds are getting a little long in the tooth, the type having first flown in 1959, although current models entered service in 1976. For years, though, the Marine Corps has had in mind a replacement for the VH-3D; the only problem is which airframe to choose. More...

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EMBRAER ECHOES MARKET PROJECTIONS
Echoing similar projections by other companies in recent months, Brazil-based Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. (Embraer) recently released the results from its own study of corporate aircraft demand, which estimates an overall market for 7560 business aircraft in the next 10 years. According to Embraer, the super-midsize business jet segment is expected to reach 1485 units over the next decade while anticipated sales of bizjets in the “large” segment should reach 945 units in the same period. More...

DELTA ADDS TWO BIZJETS
No, not that Delta. Instead, it’s Delta AirElite Business Jets -- a subsidiary of the scheduled carrier -- that announced last week it will add two jets, a Learjet 31A and a Hawker 700A, to its Part 135 charter operating certificate. The Learjet 31A will be based at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and the Hawker 700A at the Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. Delta AirElite Business Jets is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines and provides aircraft charter, aircraft management and a fractional ownership program. Now in its 20th year, Delta AirElite is the only business jet operator owned by a major U.S. airline, despite United Airlines’ aborted attempt to enter the market. More...

MODERNIZING YOUR TRANSPONDER DOESN'T GET ANY EASIER!
Narco Avionics is proud to announce the introduction of the AT165/K Transponder, a digital plug-and-play replacement for the old mechanical KT76A.  The all-digital AT165/K is competitively priced with the current crop of mechanical transponders. Also available is the AT165, a plug-and-play replacement for the Narco AT50, AT50A, AT150, or AT155. Coming Soon: The plug-and-play replacement for the Cessna RT-359A. SPECIAL: Purchase an AT165 and get an AR850 for $99.  For more information on these innovative Narco Avionics products, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/narco/biz.

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