AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 5, Number 40

October 17, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Epic Abroad back to top 
 

Mallya Plans Epic Plant In India

Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya says he intends to build Epic's line of turboprops and light jets in India to serve the Asian and Middle Eastern market. Mallya bought a 50 percent stake in Bend, Ore.-based Epic earlier this year and says he wants to bring the operation, or at least part of it, home. “Once the certification process of Dynasty, Victory and Elite is done in the US, I want to manufacture them in India. The manufacturing base in India will largely target Middle-East and Asia besides the domestic market,” he told The Economic Times The Times story also says that as part of the deal, "Epic Aircraft also got access to Airbus resources to accelerate the certification of its new VLJs — Elite and Victory." What effect the planned manufacturing plant in India will have on Epic's plans in North America isn't known. However, the story does say that building the planes in India is expected to be cheaper than building them in North America.

 
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Watch the Skies ... A Little Better back to top 
 

Thunderstorm Warning System Upgraded

New thunderstorm warning technology will be installed at 11 airports in the U.S., Canada and Thailand by the end of the year. The TWX 300 by Vaisala is a third generation detection system and is designed to warn airports and other vulnerable facilities of pending storm activity. The system gathers information from lightning detection equipment and combines it with on-site electrical field measurements to qualify and quantify the threat of a storm. If it decides there's a good chance that a thunderstorm will hit the designated target area, it presents visual alarms and will even send out an email.It also lets users know when the storm has safely passed. The gear is also being used in research projects in Tucson and Dallas/Fort Worth to study the effects of lightning on ground operations.

 
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Things to Do on a Helicopter back to top 
 

In-Flight Entertainment For Helicopters

Helicopter passengers can now enjoy their favorite tunes, movies and other types of entertainment thanks to what Avionics Innovations calls a "breakthrough" in in-flight entertainment (IFE) technology. The Integrated Cabin Entertainment system is designed to withstand the high-vibration environment of helicopters without skipping a beat. The unit is also mounted vertically to take up less space but the company said that compounded the performance challenges. "A long-standing unmet IFE need, a vertical mounting places more stress on playback units’ tracking ability, but the rugged, high-reliability ICE (Integrated Cabin Entertainment) system player passed all test procedures," said a company news release. The system features a DVD/CD playback system that's also available with Sirius satellite radio, a video amplifier and LCD screen. A passenger control unit is also included.

 
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Dassault Falcon Certification back to top 
 

Falcon 2000DX Certified

Dassault's Falcon 2000DX has been certified by both EASA and the FAA and the first one is already at the company's completion center in anticipation of an entry to service by early 2008. The 2000DX is an update of the Falcon 2000, which entered service in 1989. “The Falcon 2000DX fills an important niche in the Falcon product line,” CEO John Rosanvallon said in a news release “It’s ideal for customers focused on efficiency and low cost of operation but needing the size and performance of a large-cabin business jet.” One of the features of the jet is the ability to land with almost-full fuel tanks. That allows the aircraft to flown on short hops to pick up passengers before heading off on a long-haul flight without refueling. "For instance, the 2000DX can leave New York for Washington DC, pick up more passengers and continue to San Francisco without adding fuel," the news release said.

 
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Silvercrest Engine back to top 
 

Silvercrest Engine Tests Begin In December

Snecma has announced its new Silvercrest engine, destined for super mid-sized business jets, will enter core testing in December. The French engine maker says the Silvercrest will offer numerous cost advantages over existing engines, including a 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption, 20 percent reduction in maintenance costs and also be well within Stage 4 noise limits. The engines will also be be fitted with telemetry equipment that will send real-time performance and engine health data to a central monitoring facility. If any parameters are exceeded, the operator is immediately notified and the required replacement parts shipped to where they're needed. The engines will be offered to OEMs and will also be available as retrofits.

 
XM WX Satellite Weather Uses a Continuous Satellite Broadcast to Deliver Graphical Weather Data to the Cockpit
Pilots view and interact with the data — including radar, winds, METARs, lightning, and more — on compatible MFDs, EFBs, and PDAs from a wide range of industry partners, as well as on laptop PCs. The situational awareness afforded by XM WX Satellite Weather allows pilots to enjoy their journeys with more confidence and comfort than ever before. For more information, please visit XMWXweather.com.
 
NATA, NBAA React to AMI Jet Suspension back to top 
 

Industry Reacts to FAA Action Against Jet Charter Company

The FAA's recent action to suspend operations at AMI Jet Charter was "driven more by arrogance and a failure to understand how Part 135 is different from Part 121" than by any concerns about safety, according to James Coyne, president of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). Coyne, in a letter to NATA members dated October 15, said he was "extremely angered" by the FAA's "shocking" action. AMI operates about 10 percent of the top-of-the-line Gulfstream, Falcon and other large corporate jets in the U.S. charter market, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Tag Aviation owns 49 percent of the company, and it is the issue of ownership, or "operational control" -- and who is responsible for the safe operation of the airplanes -- that is the basis for the FAA's action. AMI filed an appeal last week with the NTSB, arguing that no "emergency" situation exists to justify the FAA's action, and provided a declaration countering many of the FAA's claims against the carrier. AMI's appeal and their response to the FAA's charges are posted at the NATA Web site. AMI CEO Chuck McLeran said he hopes to work with the FAA to resolve the issues. "We are confident that we can demonstrate AMIJC's outstanding safety record to the FAA and our continued commitment to full compliance with all applicable regulations and procedures," he said in a statement.

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen said the FAA action should be viewed as a wake-up call to all charter providers. "This significant action was taken against a company that is among the most highly regarded charter providers in the country," Bolen said. "NBAA urges the charter members within our association to take note of the FAA's recent action and ensure that their operational control practices are in order."

 
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Diamond DA40 A Fleet Favorite
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Names Behind the News back to top 
 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

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Features Editor
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