JetBlue Flies To Cuba
When JetBlue's Flight 387 took off this morning from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, headed for Cuba, it was the first commercial airline to fly that route since 1961. For First Officer Frank Barreras, the trip held an extra level of poignancy -- his father, Frank Sr., fled Cuba 55 years ago, aboard one of the last commercial flights to the U.S. "I never thought this day would come in my lifetime," Barreras told CBS News. "It's an amazing, amazing time."
Drone Pilots Expected To Outnumber Aviators
With new FAA rules now in place, as of Monday, for operators to secure a commercial drone certificate, it's been projected that their numbers will quickly outnumber manned-aircraft pilots. The FAA has estimated the number of certified commercial drone operators could exceed 600,000 within a year, equal to the total number of pilots from student to ATP. More than 3,300 people signed up to take the FAA drone knowledge test on Monday, the first day it was available, according to Bloomberg News.
Charter Pilot Charged With Drunkenness
Police said a first officer's blood alcohol content was 0.3, or seven times the legal limit, when he was tested at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, last Thursday and removed from the cockpit of a Talon Air Challenger 604 charter flight. The captain of the flight, Manny Ramirez, reportedly noticed that the first officer "smelled of alcohol and slurred his speech," according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle. Ramirez called the dispatch office, and police were called to the cockpit.
Report: Small Jets Are Selling
The private-jet market overall has been slumping so far this year, as reported in the latest GAMA tally, but a closer look at the data shows that small private jets are in growth mode, according to a recent analysis by the Wichita Eagle. The Eagle found that shipments of small and midsize jets grew by nearly 11 percent in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year. Included in that category are jets built by Cessna, Embraer, Gulfstream, Honda Aircraft and One Aviation.
Tri City Departure: Cessna 12345, squawk 4305 ... Cessna 12345: Tri City, um, we just noticed we are missing the knob for the last dial on the transponder ... Tri City Departure: What number is it on? ... Cessna 12345: Zero ... Tri City Departure: Standby, let me see if I can get you a code that ends in zero.
Avionica Teams With GigSky to Offer Aircraft Mobile Data
[Avionics Today 08-30-2016] Avionica has partnered with mobile data solution provider GigSky in an effort to become a one-stop shop in aircraft data acquisition and management services for commercial and business aviation operators. Under the new partnership, Avionica now has the ability to sell and manage...
Gulfstream Aerospace Develops “Intuitive” Flight Operations App
G5000 integrated flight deck in the Beechjet 400A. Photo: Garmin [Avionics Today 08-30-2016] Gulfstream Aerospace has developed the first phase of what the company describes as an intuitive mobile application to help Gulfstream operators streamline flight operations. A companion to Gulfstream's PlaneBook...
Garmin G5000 Avionics Suite STC'd for Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP
Gulfstream performance app For G650ER/G650. Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 08-30-2016] The FAA has granted Garmin a Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the G5000 avionics suite in the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP aircraft. According to Garmin, the G5000 modernizes the cockpit, increases aircraft...
Brazil Approves Rockwell Collins for In-Flight Connectivity, Pro Line Fusion Upgrade
Pro Line Fusion for King Air turboprops. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 08-30-2016] Rockwell Collins has been licensed to sell satellite services in Brazil, providing business, commercial and government aviation customers with access to new services from the company. Anatel, Brazil's...
Digital Copilot Aims to Reduce Single-Pilot Workload
[Avionics Today 08-29-2016] General Aviation (GA) pilots flying solo could soon find themselves with a new kind of co-pilot: a virtual one. In an effort to enhance safety and reduce the workload for GA pilots, non-profit aviation organization MITRE has developed a set of digital capabilities, compatible with...