FLIGHTSAFETY PRESIDENT BRUCE WHITMAN PASSES PEACEFULLY AT HIS HOME
11/10/2018

Bruce Whitman, Chairman, President & CEO of FlightSafety International, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. He was 85. All of us with FlightSafety are deeply saddened by Bruce’s passing and have expressed our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family. Bruce will be remembered with great admiration and affection. He […]

Bruce Whitman, Chairman, President & CEO of FlightSafety International, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. He was 85.
All of us with FlightSafety are deeply saddened by Bruce’s passing and have expressed our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family. Bruce will be remembered with great admiration and affection. He will be missed by us and his many friends and colleagues in the aviation industry and beyond.
Bruce was highly-respected and held in the utmost regard by all who knew him. While his loss will be mourned by us all, we also celebrate Bruce’s remarkable life and accomplishments. We are deeply indebted to Bruce for his many contributions to the aviation industry, his service in the United States Air Force, support of our veterans and those who currently serve, his contributions to Orbis International, and dedication to educate and foster patriotism among young people.
We are thankful for his outstanding leadership of FlightSafety and especially for his friendship, guidance, and vision. In addition to his many business accomplishments, which resulted in FlightSafety becoming the world’s premier aviation training organization, he created a culture within the company of customer service, quality, trust, caring, respect, and family.
All join in expressing our appreciation for our friend, mentor and remarkable leader. We are grateful for his boundless energy, commitment to excellence, and fervent dedication to enhance aviation safety around the world.
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. Over 2,000 highly qualified instructors provide more than 1.4 million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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BENT WING FLIGHT SERVICES OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN NEW TERMINAL AT KFHB
11/10/2018

Bent Wing Flight Services is now operating out of its permanent home at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport—the airport’s brand-new $4.5 million general aviation terminal building. The new terminal was designed to represent the F4U Corsair aircraft in honor of the WWII pilots who flew the “Bent Wing Bird” from the U.S. Navy’s Outlying Forward […]

Bent Wing Flight Services is now operating out of its permanent home at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport—the airport’s brand-new $4.5 million general aviation terminal building.

The new terminal was designed to represent the F4U Corsair aircraft in honor of the WWII pilots who flew the “Bent Wing Bird” from the U.S. Navy’s Outlying Forward Field—built in 1943—which became Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. The building features a nose section, skylight cockpit and tail, as well as the distinctive inverted gull wings for which the “Bent Wing Bird” earned its nickname.

The interior continues the iconic theme with a two-story glass lobby and a museum-quality replica of the F4U Corsair suspended from the ceiling. Another distinctive feature in the lobby is the custom-made reception desk, crafted from the fuselage and wing flap of a WWII T-6 aircraft. The desk features color-changing LED lights behind strips of Marston Mat, the innovative portable runway developed during WWII.
“In addition to allowing our operation to provide superb services, the new terminal building distinguishes Amelia Island’s airport as an iconic aviation landmark,” said Brian Echard, Bent Wing Flight Services’ owner. “As a general aviation facilitator, we serve as the community’s gateway from the sky, bringing additional tourism and commerce to the region. Our goal is to welcome guests with a memorable experience at a first-rate facility during their initial introduction to Amelia Island.”

Though the design is historic, its amenities are anything but. The new terminal building meets modern-day function with features designed to meet pilots’ needs with a designated flight planning room, comfortable pilot lounge and shower facilities. In addition, customers will appreciate the large and airy lobby with aviation-themed leather seating, two conference rooms, the “canteen” coffee bistro and a “shopette” store featuring pilot supplies and local gifts.

Bent Wing Flight Services offers its customers full-service and self-serve fuel options, concierge services, courtesy and rental cars, catering services, hangar space and after-hours services.

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KOPTER SH09 DISPLAYED IN NEW CUSTOMER LIVERY AT HELITECH 2018
11/10/2018

Kopter Group is pleased to present its SH09 single-turbine helicopter on the occasion of the 2018 Helitech Exhibition in Amsterdam, to be held from 16th to 18th October. For the event, P1 (Prototype #1) will be showcased with the livery of a new customer to be discovered on the first day of the event. P1 […]

Kopter Group is pleased to present its SH09 single-turbine helicopter on the occasion of the 2018 Helitech Exhibition in Amsterdam, to be held from 16th to 18th October.
For the event, P1 (Prototype #1) will be showcased with the livery of a new customer to be discovered on the first day of the event. P1 has been restored and then wrapped, promoting the paint scheme of this customer. It will be fitted with the baseline passenger configuration, highlighting the flexibility, space and capacity of its cabin, which is typically seen on light twin-engine helicopters only.
P1 was the first SH09 prototype to fly and demonstrated excellent characteristics that underpin the helicopter’s multi-role capability. P1 was succeeded by P2 that allowed validating the concept and overall layout of the SH09 up to earlier this year. P3 is currently going through extensive ground tests, getting ready to undertake its flight test campaign in Sicily. P3 and pre-series aircraft PS04 will jointly serve to obtain European (EASA) certification and soon after, US (FAA) validation.
The SH09 enjoys a very positive response on the market as it offers the highest standards of safety, mission capability, and cost efficiency, which are unequalled in the single engine category. More news of additional orders will follow shortly.
Also exhibited on the Kopter booth will be the Garmin Avionics suite G3000H that will be integrated into the SH09 from first deliveries. This modern and latest generation of avionics suite will significantly reduce pilot workload, increase situational awareness and boost the aircraft’s operational safety margins.
Join the Kopter team on Booth H20 for the latest updates about the ongoing development of our SH09 program and company.

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GARMIN ADS-B SOLUTION SELECTED FOR THE GULFSTREAM G280
11/10/2018

Garmin is pleased to announce the selection of a complete Garmin Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In solution by Gulfstream for the G280 business jet. For new and existing G280 aircraft, the Garmin GDL 88 ADS-B datalink and Flight Stream 210 provide easy access to the benefits of ADS-B In traffic, which is correlated from multiple […]

Garmin is pleased to announce the selection of a complete Garmin Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In solution by Gulfstream for the G280 business jet. For new and existing G280 aircraft, the Garmin GDL 88 ADS-B datalink and Flight Stream 210 provide easy access to the benefits of ADS-B In traffic, which is correlated from multiple sources, and subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather. This ADS-B In solution also integrates with existing TCAS systems and cockpit displays to provide a cohesive and straightforward upgrade.
Available as a forward-fit or retrofit ADS-B In solution, the GDL 88 and Flight Stream 210 offer Gulfstream G280 aircraft operators a simple path to receive ADS-B In. The Flight Stream 210 wireless gateway can connect via Bluetooth to at least two mobile devices simultaneously, while the GDL 88 receives data from nearby ADS-B ground stations and other aircraft on the ground and in-flight. Because the GDL 88 integrates with the aircraft’s existing GPS and AHRS, pilots can display GPS position data, including velocity, attitude and heading information, alongside ADS-B In traffic and weather utilizing the Garmin Pilot app on iOS or Android mobile devices.
The GDL 88 and Flight Stream 210 uniquely integrate with existing avionics in the cockpit of the Gulfstream G280 to provide pilots with greater situational awareness. For example, ADS-B In traffic is correlated from multiple sources, including the aircraft’s existing TCAS system, offering optimal traffic alerting. Enhancing the traffic picture, patented TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic can also be viewed within Garmin Pilot. Because the GDL 88 is also dual-link, operators with this solution have the capability to see more aircraft – even those operating at small reliever airports where ADS-B ground stations may not be nearby. Aural traffic alerts are also available with this solution. The display of ADS-B In traffic and weather is also available within the FltPlan Go app and ForeFlight Mobile.
In addition to displaying ADS-B In traffic and FIS-B weather, Garmin Pilot provides a comprehensive suite of tools and full-featured navigation for pilots around the globe on both iOS and Android mobile devices. A standalone electronic flight bag, Garmin Pilot also offers worldwide features such as European IFR autorouting and filing, access to Jeppesen charts, as well as Leidos Flight Service ICAO flight plan filing.
As part of this ADS-B In upgrade, Gulfstream G280 customers also receive a five-year subscription to Garmin Pilot U.S. IFR Premium. For additional details regarding this Garmin ADS-B In solution, contact a local Gulfstream Service Center. For more information regarding Garmin’s suite of ADS-B solutions, contact aviation.sales@garmin.com.

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LEONARDO’S 70 YEAR HISTORY: UNDERPINNING THE PRESENT, INSPIRING THE FUTURE
11/10/2018

The name Leonardo has always been synonymous with innovation, research and passion. Having grown and evolved for 70 years at the heart of Italy’s industrial base, the Group which was originally called Finmeccanica and is now known as Leonardo has emerged as a national and international leader in the Aerospace, Defence and Security (AD&S) sector. […]

The name Leonardo has always been synonymous with innovation, research and passion. Having grown and evolved for 70 years at the heart of Italy’s industrial base, the Group which was originally called Finmeccanica and is now known as Leonardo has emerged as a national and international leader in the Aerospace, Defence and Security (AD&S) sector. Today, Leonardo is celebrating these first 70 years with a special stakeholder event, highlighting the Company’s role as a driver of modernisation and technological innovation. As humanity reaches towards the frontiers of the third millennium, the Company will continue to have a unique role to play.
In 2018, Leonardo stands as a global leader in industry with a distinct portfolio of technology. Years of commercial success, combined with effective responses to periodic challenges, have propelled the Company into its current position as Italy’s top industrial group and one of the top ten companies in the AD&S sector. A multicultural, cohesive and dynamic organisation built on professionalism, Leonardo boasts a major international presence and a broad commercial network that is able to respond to the security needs of the global community. This is on top of a major element which underpins the Company’s growth: the drive to integrate sustainable practices across all aspects of business. This approach has created, and will continue to build, long-term value – as well as wider economic, social and environmental benefits for stakeholders.
With a strong heritage and a strategic national role in Italy, Leonardo is a driver of enlightened business culture. This mission is now being reinforced through the establishment of the ‘Leonardo Foundation’, a base to foster dialogue between industry and society, promote business culture across Italy’s regions, contribute to cultural heritage such as museums and disseminate academic studies and research.
“Leonardo’s first 70 years represent a true history of innovation. By recognising our heritage, we’re able to inspire our future.” said Giovanni De Gennaro, Chairman of Leonardo. “By establishing our new Foundation, Leonardo is taking steps to share our precious legacy of knowledge and business culture. We see the Foundation as a tool to spread our principle of ‘technology as a driver of the common good’, under the banner of industrial humanism. This modern management creed looks to the past as a source of inspiration for building the future, both for the Company itself as well as in the regions in which we operate.”
“As we celebrate this anniversary, we are taking pride in the extraordinary wealth of skills we have inherited and our standing as one of Italy’s strategic assets” said Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo. “The position we build from today has only been reached thanks to the commitment, passion, and professionalism of our people, throughout our history. Over the decades, this has led to the Group being able to consolidate its leading role in domestic and international markets and identify the path to sustainable, long-term growth in high-technology and innovation.”
The origins of Leonardo can be traced back to 1948, with the establishment of the “Società Finanziaria Meccanica” (afterwards abbreviated to ‘Finmeccanica’). Since then, the Group has experienced a number of changes in the wake of historic events, both in Italy and around the world. Over the years, the brands that comprised Finmeccanica have themselves been leaders in their own industrial sectors, today they have been merged into one leading company in the AD&S sector. Indeed, the transformation into one company has marked the start of a new phase: not that of a financial holding company, but rather an integrated industrial entity. This entity, with a strong orientation towards high technology, focused on AD&S, has put customers, innovation and sustainability at the core of its growth strategy. The 2016 change of name to Leonardo, reflecting the innovative genius of the great Leonardo da Vinci, is symbolic of the process of renewal which culminated in the Company’s 2018-2022 Industrial Plan.

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NESTE AND AIR BP TO SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE FUEL SUPPLY CHAIN DEVELOPMENT
11/10/2018

Neste, the world’s leading renewable products producer, and Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, have entered into an agreement to explore opportunities to increase the supply and availability of sustainable aviation fuel for airline customers. Through this innovative collaboration, Neste’s knowledge and manufacturing solutions for producing and blending renewable jet fuel […]

Neste, the world’s leading renewable products producer, and Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, have entered into an agreement to explore opportunities to increase the supply and availability of sustainable aviation fuel for airline customers.
Through this innovative collaboration, Neste’s knowledge and manufacturing solutions for producing and blending renewable jet fuel will be brought together with Air BP’s customer relationships, expertise in developing efficient and effective supply chains, as well as their certification and product quality assurance capabilities. One goal of the cooperation will be complementary efforts to bring a co-branded sustainable aviation fuel to market at airports across Air BP’s global network.
Sustainable aviation fuel is made by blending conventional, fossil-based kerosene with renewable hydrocarbons produced from, for example, recycled cooking oil. It is then certified as “Jet-A1” fuel and can be used in aircraft without requiring any technical modifications. Flying on sustainable aviation fuel reduces crude oil consumption and produces lower lifecycle carbon emissions compared to conventional jet fuel.

“I am very happy to announce our collaboration with Air BP. Working together, we can find the best ways of developing robust supply chains to ensure that renewable jet fuel is more widely accessible. We expect our collaboration will not only be able to provide a solution to better matching supply to increased demand for renewable jet fuel, but also delivers distinct advantages to airlines by significantly decreasing their environmental footprint.”
Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President Renewable Products, Neste

“We are very pleased that through our collaboration with Neste, an industry leader in this space, we will be able to continue to support our customers with their low carbon ambitions. The aviation industry’s carbon reduction targets can only be achieved with support from across the entire supply chain and, by bringing our experience and expertise together, we are looking to drive change by promoting and securing the supply of sustainable aviation fuel.”
Jon Platt, Air BP Chief Executive Officer

The aviation industry has set ambitious targets to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from air transportation, including carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and beyond, and a 50 percent reduction of net aviation carbon emissions by 2050. Currently, sustainable aviation fuel offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft. Collaborations between forward-thinking companies like Neste and Air BP will be needed to enable the aviation industry to continue to connect the world, but do so with reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Both companies have already demonstrated their leadership in this area. Neste’s MY Renewable Jet Fuel™ has proven its technical capability in thousands of commercial flights. It can be easily adopted by airlines without the need for additional investments in new jet engines or segregated fuel distribution systems. It is produced from renewable and sustainable raw materials, thus significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the life-cycle.
Air BP has supplied BP Biojet in the Nordics since 2014 at around 10 airports, including Oslo where they were the first to supply sustainable aviation fuel through the existing airport fuelling infrastructure, in an earlier collaboration with Neste and other key Norwegian and industry stakeholders.

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ROCKWELL COLLINS OFFERS THE FULL CABIN EXPERIENCE AT NBAA-BACE 2018
11/10/2018

Rockwell Collins will take attendees at this year’s National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, Florida, through a complete cabin experience featuring the company’s interiors systems, cabin electronics and connectivity offerings. WHAT:  Visit the new Rockwell Collins cabin experience demonstrator at booth 228 for an opportunity to be fully immersed in a […]

Rockwell Collins will take attendees at this year’s National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, Florida, through a complete cabin experience featuring the company’s interiors systems, cabin electronics and connectivity offerings.
WHAT:  Visit the new Rockwell Collins cabin experience demonstrator at booth 228 for an opportunity to be fully immersed in a business aircraft cabin complete with seating options, lighting, entertainment, connectivity, cabin electronics and more.
This year, the company will showcase its newest Pro Line Fusion® upgrades to be announced at the show, in addition to the Challenger 604 Pro Line Fusion upgrade, on display at the company’s static (SD49).
Experts are on hand to discuss the nearing 2019 ADS-B upgrade deadlines, Head-Up Guidance systems, entertainment systems, executive seating and award-winning lighting solutions.
Representatives will demonstrate the new passenger experience portal featuring IPTV and how the collaboration with Stellar Labs, Inc., is turning the next generation of ARINCDirectSM FOS into a suite of integrated, cloud-based applications.
Finally, service representatives will be available to provide insight into the company’s Corporate Aircraft Service Program offerings.
WHEN:   Oct. 16-18
WHERE:  Exhibit #228 and SD49
WHO:   Avionics, cabin electronics, interiors, connectivity and flight planning experts.
Media events and press information:
• Rockwell Collins will be posting news from NBAA at rockwellcollins.com/news-and-events
• Journalists and the public can also connect with the company through its social channels via:
o Twitter – @RockwellCollins
o Facebook – Rockwell Collins
o Instagram  – @RockwellCollins
o LinkedIn – Rockwell Collins
Media Contacts:
Kailen Brant (on-site at NBAA)
+1.301.639.4109
kailen.brant@rockwellcollins.com

Megan Strader (on-site at NBAA)
+1.319.775.2107
megan.strader@rockwellcollins.com
Follow us on Twitter: @RockwellCollins

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PPG RECEIVES EASA STC FOR BEECHJET 400 JET AFTERMARKET WINDSHIELD
11/10/2018

PPG (NYSE:PPG) announced that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its aftermarket glass-faced acrylic windshields for BEECHJET® 400 business jets and their variants. Receiving the STC enables PPG to sell the windshields as an approved design to owners of Beechjet 400 jets and variants who […]

PPG (NYSE:PPG) announced that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its aftermarket glass-faced acrylic windshields for BEECHJET® 400 business jets and their variants. Receiving the STC enables PPG to sell the windshields as an approved design to owners of Beechjet 400 jets and variants who recognize EASA authority.
The windshield is now approved by two of the leading aviation authorities, having received Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2017.
“We are pleased that we can now offer Beechjet 400 jet operators across Europe these new windshields, which are designed for ease of installation, exceptional resistance to moisture ingress and enhanced optical properties,” said Steve Kight, PPG global director, general aviation transparencies. Beechjet 400 jet owners in North America and Europe are able to purchase replacement parts directly from the manufacturer, saving them time and related costs.”
The PPG windshields have an outboard ply of chemically strengthened glass with two stretched-acrylic plies, combining the abrasion resistance of glass with the lightweight benefits of acrylic. They feature a PPG AIRCON® anti-ice heating system that offers enhanced optics during operation. PPG SURFACE SEAL® hydrophobic coating helps shed water for better pilot visibility during wet conditions without the need for wipers.
The windshields also incorporate a weather seal that is used with pre-molded pressure seals on the edge attachment, simplifying installation because there is no need for additional sealant application. The weather seal and a PPG-produced interlayer afford enhanced resistance to moisture ingress that can cause interlayer degradation and hazing.
Visit http://www.ppgaerospace.com/Home.aspx for more information about the PPG aftermarket windshields for Beechjet 400 jets and a list of PPG’s aerospace application support centers through which they can be purchased.
Visitors to the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) can see the aftermarket glass-faced acrylic windshield for the Beechjet 400 jet and its variants at the PPG exhibit in booth 3005. The NBAA-BACE is Oct. 16-18 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
PPG’s global aerospace business offers coatings, sealants, transparencies, packaging and application systems, and transparent armor, as well as chemical management and other services.

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ARGUS RELEASES SEPTEMBER BUSINESS AIRCRAFT ACTIVITY
11/10/2018

September slumps with slow Labor Day flight activity and the impact of Hurricane Florence posting a decrease of 5.2 percent year over year. To view the entire TRAQPak Monthly Aircraft Activity Report, click here.

September slumps with slow Labor Day flight activity and the impact of Hurricane Florence posting a decrease of 5.2 percent year over year. To view the entire TRAQPak Monthly Aircraft Activity Report, click here.

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GEDIMINAS ZIEMELIS: COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT TO REPLACE CURRENT SATELLITES
11/10/2018

A more connected world makes the globe shrink. Increasingly people are gaining internet access at an exponential rate, and it is changing the way of life. Our devices are becoming progressively more connected through the IoT (Internet of things). But this is not some advanced technology that will affect only the first world. Internet access […]

A more connected world makes the globe shrink. Increasingly people are gaining internet access at an exponential rate, and it is changing the way of life. Our devices are becoming progressively more connected through the IoT (Internet of things). But this is not some advanced technology that will affect only the first world. Internet access is becoming the standard rather than the exception, but this has not always been the case. Around the world, there are still 4 billion people without internet access. One of the challenges in bringing internet connection to these people is the prohibitive costs of launching satellites to cover regions that would be of negligible commercial value. There are also other considerations as satellites provide additional valuable services such as aiding navigation or monitoring the environment and meteorological conditions. Despite clear value, there are still large parts of the world that go without proper coverage. With advancements in aircraft payload capabilities and the rapidly growing number of flights, commercial aircraft should fulfill the growing need of satellites within 20 years at nominal costs while yielding excellent results.
Aircraft gaining a new commercial function
At any given time, there are approximately 8000 airborne aircraft providing a combined coverage of more than 2 million m² over all parts of the world. The current global fleet of aircraft is greater than 31 000 aircraft and by 2037, the global fleet of aircraft is expected to be close to 63 000 with more flights forecast to fly over barren parts of the world – where a large portion of the population lacks a solid internet infrastructure. An aircraft equipped with special transmitting devices flying at an altitude of 11 km (normal cruising altitude) will be able to function just the same as a traditional satellite at a fraction of the cost. Retrofitting current aircraft with necessary devices can cost very little compared to the millions satellites cost and due to the frequency of flights can provide uninterrupted coverage. The use of aircraft to provide internet services will improve connections around the globe as they also fly over places, which are not connected today. Since there are few overhead and maintenance costs, the price for the end user will be insignificant, and airlines will benefit from an additional revenue source. The technology needed for this feat is not new, as installing 600 000 USD worth of equipment in aircraft today enables aircraft to send and receive using the internet. The next step in the natural evolution of connecting aircraft will enable them to be transmitters of services and not just receivers.
Astronomical cost of satellites
There are 1 980 active satellites currently in orbit around the earth. With the exception of GPS and Iridium satellites, most are custom built. The process to build a satellite is long, expensive, and can take years from initial conceptualization through to completion. Even GPS satellites that have many copies face a similar path and timeline. Launch into space is not without risks either as the only current options to access space is through hazardous rocket launches. A rocket launch can cost over $400 million and needs to take a geosynchronous satellite up to an altitude of 36 000 kilometers, well beyond the Karman line which marks the boundary between Earth and space at 100 km. Even after a successful launch, the satellite still needs to deploy and become fully operational. A small defect can be catastrophic, as satellites cannot be retrieved. Additionally, satellites have limited abilities to update so the technology used on expensive satellites can become obsolete during the early part of its service life.
Even if everything goes according to plan, the question remains as to whether or not satellites are overkill in some scenarios. While some specialized military missions can only be achieved from space, the argument can be made that satellites are overkill for many civil and commercial missions. With the constant advancement of technology and the miniaturization of electronics, more efficient methods of connecting the globe and providing internet access are becoming available.
Lowering the price
Despite the astronomical costs of launching a satellite, the race is still on for aircraft to replace satellites before satellites become cheap enough to compete with aircraft. The average cost to launch a satellite is 422 M USD, but SpaceX’s reusable rockets have gotten the price down to only 65 M USD providing savings of over 300 M USD. The trend of making space more affordable is opening up new possibilities. Another example of this is the commercial space company Rocket Lab, which has proven its ability to launch small satellites into orbit for 5 M USD. While they have a considerably smaller payload capacity, when compared to SpaceX, Rocket Lab is fulfilling the niche of launching small satellites and CubeSats that have gone mostly unserved by previous launch providers.
New frontier in broadcasting services
Even with the trend of rapid cost savings in the space launch industry, it is questionable whether or not companies like SpaceX and Rocket Lab will even prove profitable when current aircraft can replace the majority of satellite capabilities. Aircraft equipped with the ability to transmit internet and television services will make a large portion of current satellites irrelevant and will do it at orders of magnitude cheaper than current options. The extreme cost of satellites means only the wealthiest companies can offer their services but once that same technology is installed on aircraft, there will undoubtedly be a massive disruption to the industry and will result in a revolution similar to the way commercial aircraft revolutionized global travel.

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GARMIN® ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF THE G700 TXI FLIGHT DISPLAY
11/10/2018

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced the availability of the G700 TXi touchscreen flight display for popular Cessna Citation business jet models. The G700 TXi is exclusively designed to meet the certification requirements of Part 23 Class IV and Part 25 transport category aircraft. The initial Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) […]

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced the availability of the G700 TXi touchscreen flight display for popular Cessna Citation business jet models. The G700 TXi is exclusively designed to meet the certification requirements of Part 23 Class IV and Part 25 transport category aircraft. The initial Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the G700 TXi flight display will be approved for select Cessna Citation II/SII and Citation V aircraft, is available from JETTECH and can be installed across the Garmin dealer network.
“The G700 TXi series has redefined aircraft and helicopter cockpits and we’re excited to extend this modern upgrade to now include this class of business aircraft,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation marketing and sales. “The availability of the G700 TXi is a significant achievement for Garmin as this is the first public validation of the TXi series in this class of aircraft. Alongside JETTECH, we are excited to provide a dedicated upgrade path for some of the most popular business jets in the market.”
This certification of the G700 TXi is comprised of a single or dual 10.6-inch flight display that boasts a bright, LCD touchscreen design and features dual concentric knobs for added convenience and versatility when interfacing with the system. Because the G700 TXi is paired with dual GTN™ 650/750 touchscreen navigators, pilots receive flight management system (FMS) functionality through an intuitive touchscreen interface. The G700 TXi also integrates seamlessly with these navigators, offering even more operational capability, including fully coupled LPV/WAAS approach guidance, as well as the option to display vertical navigation (VNAV) guidance to fly complex RNAV arrival procedures.
Using the latest display technologies, the G700 TXi system improves dispatch rates, reduces aircraft downtime, as well as overall life cycle costs. Modern, solid-state sensors utilized by the G700 TXi system offer improved reliability over heavier, maintenance-prone legacy instrumentation. Flight data logging maximizes aircraft availability and productivity as system parameters, autopilot status and more are recorded on a removeable SD card within the G700 TXi for quick and easy identification and interpretation of maintenance-related issues.
Pilots will appreciate a familiar in-flight experience between the G700 TXi flight displays and the GTN touchscreen navigators as the user interface is harmonious across both products. New features and optional capabilities of the G700 TXi flight display include:
• HSI mapping offers a multifunction display-like perspective map view on the PFD, helping pilots to better visualize traffic, terrain, weather and more as it relates to a flight plan without diverting their attention away from the PFD.
• Customizable crew profiles allow pilots to configure and save settings such as map configurations and audio volume levels so they can easily be recalled prior to each flight.
• Synthetic vision technology (SVT™) is standard and uses sophisticated graphics modeling to present a 3D depiction of terrain, obstacles, traffic and the runway environment on the PFD.
• TCAS II Resolution Advisory (RA) display offers pilots visual and aural instructions to avoid immediate traffic conflicts.
• TAWS-A and TAWS-B are available as options.
• Various global datalink weather products are accessible when paired with the optional GSR® 56.
• Support for Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) operations is available.
• Pilots can view Garmin FliteCharts terminal approach procedures or optional Jeppesen approach charts.
• Connext® wireless cockpit connectivity with added Database Concierge and flight plan transferring via Flight Stream 510 is available with a compatible tablet or smartphone and conveniently uploads and syncs database and flight plan information.
• ADS-B In/Out display is standard, featuring patented TargetTrend™ and TerminalTraffic™.
The G700 TXi flight display is available from JETTECH and select Garmin dealers and will be approved for the Cessna Citation II/SII and Citation V equipped with the Sperry SPZ 500 autopilot. Additional aircraft approvals are expected in the future. Visit the Garmin static display (SD 20) to see a Citation II equipped with the G700 TXi touchscreen flight display system and visit the Garmin exhibit (2695) at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, October 16-18, 2018. For additional information regarding the G700 TXi upgrade, contact aviation.sales@garmin.com or visit www.garmin.com/TXi.

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FLYING COLOURS CORP. DELIVERS 100TH BOMBARDIER CHALLENGER RETROFIT
10/10/2018

Ahead of this year’s NBAA-BACE Flying Colours Corp. has reached a significant milestone as its Peterborough facility re-delivered its one hundredth major retrofit of a Bombardier Challenger model. The Bombardier Challenger 604, delivered in the first week of October, underwent a major overhaul of the cabin, avionics, connectivity and fuselage. Minor maintenance was conducted as […]

Ahead of this year’s NBAA-BACE Flying Colours Corp. has reached a significant milestone as its Peterborough facility re-delivered its one hundredth major retrofit of a Bombardier Challenger model. The Bombardier Challenger 604, delivered in the first week of October, underwent a major overhaul of the cabin, avionics, connectivity and fuselage. Minor maintenance was conducted as the same aircraft had undergone a 96 month check at the Flying Colours Canadian headquarters just over a year ago for its previous owner.
The Peterborough design team worked with the new owner and current operator to create a stylish interior featuring a black and gold palette. In response to the request for a contemporary cabin including seats with improved comfort, the design team adapted Challenger 650-style seat frames, purchased from Rockwell Collins – Interior Systems, to feature molded armrests that arch perfectly to fit the curves of the arm. The six reclining individual seats, and complementary three place divan, were finished using a soft but durable black leather with a perforated insert, medium-beige colored leather accent panels, and a single contrasting seam stitch trim, to bring a modern, yet sumptuously comfortable feel to the cabin. The light trims, buckles and control panels feature a matt gold to contrast with the leather. The customized monuments, including side ledges, panels, and doors are finished with a gloss anigre veneer with each fold out table incorporating a matt-gold inlay accent.
The private owner also took the opportunity to update cabin-connectivity with the Gogo AVANCE L3™ air-to-ground connectivity system installed to provide WiFi access for voice, email, web browsing, moving maps, and a selection of movies and TV programs across the North American region. Passengers will also enjoy inflight entertainment courtesy of the Rockwell Collins Venue™ system with new monitors installed at the front and aft of the cabin. The high-clarity touchscreen displays and intuitive controls optimize management of the cabin environment. Both crew and passengers can control lighting, temperature and entertainment choices, as well as view Airshow® moving maps, from their own personal digital devices. Cabin crew will also benefit from a completely modernized galley which features a new TIA microwave, customized coffee maker, as well as generous storage.
The flight deck was also treated to a major overhaul with Rockwell Collins’ Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) 1/A installed to ensure improved situational and environmental awareness. The upgrade was combined with installation of soon-to-be mandatory ADS-B Out tracking equipment, for which Flying Colours holds the STC on Challenger 604 types.
The dedicated Peterborough paint shop revitalized the fuselage with a paint job refelcting the interior colors. A partial gold stripe sweeps from the tail to midway along the fuselage and sits above a full black stripe that sweeps in an arc to the front of the aircraft.
“The brief from the owner was to deliver an as new aircraft which is what we did. Our design house created a stunning interior, our avionics team upgraded the flight deck and connectivity and our interiors team installed the beautiful new seats and monuments,” says Sean Gillespie, Executive VP Flying Colours Corp. “The owner was upgrading aircraft size and recognized the value in a buying pre-owned jet and customizing it to his style and needs. We’re pleased that our hundredth Challenger project was such an interesting one, it’s a significant achievement for our team.”

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G5000 MAKES PROGRESS TOWARDS CERTIFICATION IN CITATION EXCEL/XLS
10/10/2018

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced progress toward the certification of the G5000™ integrated flight deck program for Textron Aviation’s Citation Excel and Citation XLS. The recent addition of a second aircraft will assist with certification efforts and expedite flight testing and development within the program. After quickly selling […]

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced progress toward the certification of the G5000™ integrated flight deck program for Textron Aviation’s Citation Excel and Citation XLS. The recent addition of a second aircraft will assist with certification efforts and expedite flight testing and development within the program. After quickly selling out the initial 25 delivery positions, a second pre-STC incentive program has been created to allow owners and operators the opportunity to lock in a 2019 delivery. The G5000 integrated avionics suite modernizes the cockpit, increases aircraft utility, addresses airspace modernization requirements, and solves concerns related to parts obsolescence.
“Based on the tremendous reception of our initial early adopter program, which has already sold out, we have now created a new program that allows customers to plan their 2019 installations. Our excitement to deliver a truly modernized integrated flight deck to these operators continues to grow as we near certification of the G5000 in the Citation Excel and XLS,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “With the G5000, aircraft owners receive similar to what’s in a brand new aircraft – a zero-time avionics suite that yields a substantially lower cost of operation, that also solves a broad range of global airspace modernization initiatives and ongoing maintenance challenges.”
Certification efforts continue in collaboration with Textron Aviation as functional testing of the system, software and hardware are in progress. Development flight testing is nearly complete with the final software that meets certification requirements. The recent addition of a second aircraft will further refine the field installation process and expedite certification of the G5000 in the Citation Excel/XLS.
“Development flight testing has progressed smoothly, as we have accumulated over 125 flight hours and thousands of hours in system development and ground testing,” said Grant Wittenborn, Garmin lead flight test pilot for the program. “The flight deck has really modernized the operational capabilities of this aircraft and we are excited to transition from development to certification.”
As the G5000 for the Citation Excel/XLS progresses toward certification in early 2019, a new incentive program provides up to 15 additional owners and/or operators with five years of comprehensive database coverage to those who place a firm commitment, offering a savings of nearly $25,000.
The G5000 integrated flight deck for the Citation Excel and Citation XLS features three landscape-oriented flight displays with multi-pane capability, allowing pilots to simultaneously view maps, charts, checklists, TAWS, TCAS, flight plan information, weather and more. Electronic charts and Garmin SafeTaxi® airport diagrams are geo-referenced and can be viewed across all three displays. The G5000 flight deck for the Citation Excel/XLS is expected to provide a significant weight savings compared to the current system, allowing additional baggage, passenger and/or fuel load flexibility.
The G5000 installation on the Citation Excel/XLS includes a fully digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), offering precise performance throughout the aircraft’s flight envelope. New to the Citation Excel, emergency descent mode is available as a standard feature within the G5000 and is enabled by the autopilot in the event of a loss in aircraft pressurization. Safety enhancing underspeed protection (USP) is an optional feature that allows the autopilot to assist with airspeed management, while also enabling fully coupled go-arounds, greatly reducing pilot workload.
With the G5000 upgrade, the Citation Excel/XLS receives a fully integrated, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rule-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out solution. Additionally, operators gain access to more airports and lower approach minimums throughout the world as the G5000 has PBN/RNP 0.3 with LPV/APV approach capability.
The G5000 integrated flight deck for the Citation Excel and XLS also supports additional options, such as:
• SVT™ synthetic vision technology, which presents a 3D virtual depiction of terrain, obstacles, traffic and the runway environment.
• SurfaceWatch™, which supports visual and aural cues to help prevent pilots from taking off and landing on a taxiway, on a runway that is too short or on the wrong runway based on performance data entered during preflight.
• Link 2000+ and CPDLC support for terminal and enroute FAA DataCom operations.
• Datalink weather, including access to global weather products and text/voice communication through the Iridium satellite network.
As an additional option for this upgrade, Connext® wireless cockpit connectivity via the Flight Stream 510, enables wireless flight plan transfer and more between compatible mobile devices, including Garmin Pilot™, FltPlan Go and ForeFlight Mobile. Owners and operators can more easily manage flight plans with the Flight Stream 510, while also receiving additional benefits such as the sharing of traffic, weather, GPS and more across multiple mobile devices in the cockpit. Flight Stream 510 also enables Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation databases from the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device to the G5000.
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval is targeted for early 2019 and will be available from Textron Aviation Service Centers and select Garmin dealers. For additional information regarding the G5000 upgrade program for the Citation Excel/XLS, contact Dave Brown at (913) 440-1714 or dave.brown@garmin.com. Visit the Garmin static display (SD 20) to see a Citation Excel equipped with the G5000 integrated flight deck and visit the Garmin exhibit (2695) at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, October 16-18, 2018 for additional information.

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USING VIRTUAL REALITY TO DESIGN THE FUTURE OF FLIGHT
10/10/2018

“VR makes possible a number of tasks that Bell’s Innovation Team had never dreamt of before. While it’s impossible to bring a hundred different helicopter platforms and configurations into a sales meeting, VR provides the next best thing.” Bell recently attended the VR/AR Global Summit to discuss the practical use of incorporating Virtual Reality (VR) […]

“VR makes possible a number of tasks that Bell’s Innovation Team had never dreamt of before.
While it’s impossible to bring a hundred different helicopter platforms and configurations into a sales meeting, VR provides the next best thing.”

Bell recently attended the VR/AR Global Summit to discuss the practical use of incorporating Virtual Reality (VR) into future product concepts and customer experiences. Their panel, “Using Virtual Reality to Design the Future of Flight,” drew a large crowd of industry innovators and thrillists drawn to the business case use of VR production. Using VIVE, virtual reality, and partnering with Sector 5 Digital (S5D), an innovative 3D design and production agency, Bell was able to design their revolutionary FXC-001, which debuted at HAI Heli-Expo in 2017, in less time by jumpstarting straight into the design and implementation phase of the customer journey.

The Customer Journey
The team decided to build their mock-ups in VR, and it had a profound effect on their entire concept process. Bell worked with S5D, an innovative 3D design and production agency, to help design and sketch the initial model, then create the aircraft in 3D using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. The model was then transferred into Unity (a real-time game engine) so the design could be experienced and modified in VR on HTC VIVE.

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LUFTHANSA TECHNIK OFFERS 787 LANDING GEAR SERVICES
10/10/2018

Lufthansa Technik AG complements its support portfolio for the Boeing 787 by adding overhaul capabilities and the availability of exchange shipsets for this aircraft type’s landing gears. This decision underlines Lufthansa Technik’s approach of offering an extremely comprehensive support portfolio for this modern commercial aircraft and continuously extending its services for it. Preparations are underway […]

Lufthansa Technik AG complements its support portfolio for the Boeing 787 by adding overhaul capabilities and the availability of exchange shipsets for this aircraft type’s landing gears. This decision underlines Lufthansa Technik’s approach of offering an extremely comprehensive support portfolio for this modern commercial aircraft and continuously extending its services for it. Preparations are underway to initially build up the capability either in Hamburg or at Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services UK. Customers in the Americas will benefit from expanding this capability also to Lufthansa Technik’s Los Angeles-based subsidiary Hawker Pacific Aerospace.
To help with exchanging and repairing landing gears on site, Lufthansa Technik will rely on the mobile Airline Support Team (AST® Landing Gear) service. A new solution to transport the landing gears has also been developed. Lufthansa Technik has designed dedicated transport crates, which will be available to save transportation costs.
As landing gear technology is also advancing, Lufthansa Technik is expanding its technical expertise and creating the required shop capacity. One example of a new landing gear technology is the sliding coating made of tungsten carbide cobalt chrome, which is found on the inner cylinders, among others. This extremely hard and corrosion-resistant layer involves the use of high-velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) spraying, a key technology for working on modern landing gears. The in-house availability of this technology at Lufthansa Technik is the guarantee for reliable, shortened turnaround times and therefore returning best value for money on the provided exchange shipsets as well. Direct access and control of maintenance data will be given through integrating the airline’s operating IT to Lufthansa Technik’s ERP (enterprise resource planning) system.
With its wide range of services for Boeing 787 landing gears, Lufthansa Technik is taking another big step toward expanding its portfolio for one of the most modern and successful commercial aircraft today.

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