Boeing and Aerion Supersonic announced their partnership today to bring the Mach 1.4 AS2 supersonic business jet to market by 2023, lending serious commercial muscle to the prospect of high-speed executive travel.
After a lengthy certification process, Montana-based uAvionix announced today that it has earned STC approval via AML (approved model list) for installation of its wingtip ADS-B/position lighting system for 272 aircraft models. It plans to ship the product immediately to buyers who have preordered.
After talking with shops immersed in ADS-B upgrade projects, it seems that transponder-based ADS-B Out retrofits are the leading solutions when it comes to ADS-B compliance. uAvionix looks to be aggressively pursuing that market with a new ADS-B chipset that can change the footprint of the GA transponder as we know it.
If you fly an Avidyne Entegra-equipped Cirrus or Piper, you've been waiting a while for the upgrade that puts ADS-B data on the big screens and Avidyne finally released the software to do it. There's also new software for playing ADS-B on Avidyne's smaller retrofit displays.
With a follow-on to the skyBeacon wingtip ADS-B Out product that's been snagged in FAA TSO certification, uAvionix announced what it calls a zero-install ADS-B Out solution. It's called the tailBeacon and it has a 2020 ADS-B manadate-compliant ADS-B Out system packaged in an LED position light that can use some existing tail position light wiring. The TSO'd version is expected late September 2018, while an experimental version is available now.
Flight-path changes implemented due to NextGen have resulted in noise complaints in neighborhoods across the country, but due to the way the NextGen technology works, it may be difficult to address those conflicts, according to an Associated Press story published this week. David Grizzle, a former FAA chief operating officer, said its not possible to redesign procedures to fix the problems without losing out on NextGens advantages.