FAA Plans To Take Over Monitoring Low-Orbit Traffic
The rapid growth of the commercial satellite-launch industry has the FAA moving ahead to take over some safety oversight duties from the Department of Defense. Someone has to be responsible for overseeing collision avoidance for objects in orbit, and traditionally that has been the military's role. But the FAA and the Pentagon appear to be ready to discuss moving that oversight to civilians, according to a Wall Street Journal report this week.
SpaceX Probes Helium Breach In Rocket Explosion
The ground explosion of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Sept. 1 was likely caused by a "large breach" of the helium system, the company said Friday. SpaceX, NASA and the FAA, among others, continue to investigate the cause of the fiery incident at Cape Canaveral that destroyed the rocket and its payload as it stood at Launch Complex 40 during a pre-launch test.
NTSB: GA Fatalities Drop In 2015
General aviation accident rates dropped in 2015 amid a rise in flight hours, according to figures reported by the National Transportation Safety Board Thursday. There were 276 accidents reported for general aviation flights in 2015, with 376 fatalities. The accident totals for GA added up to 1,209 GA accidents last year, 229 of those accidents involving fatalities, including three people on the ground. The GA accident rate last year was 5.85 per 100,000 flight hours, with a rate of 1.09 for fatal accidents.
New This Week
AVweb's search of news in aviation found announcements from Boeing, King Schools, Future and Active Pilot Advisors and Pacific Propeller International. Boeing has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its industry-leading touchscreen flight displays for all five flight deck displays on the new Boeing 777X. The advanced touchscreen capability will make the flight deck more intuitive for pilots and more efficient for flight operations.
ForeFlight Ending Support For Old Devices
ForeFlight is warning subscribers that it will discontinue support for old iPads and iPhones on Jan. 3, 2017.
Visionsafe Emergency Vision Assurance System Approved for G280 Retrofit
Rendering of the Visionsafe EVAS. Photo: Visionsafe [Avionics Today 09-22-2016] The FAA has approved Visonsafe's Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS) for use on the...
TRU Simulation + Training Offers At-Home King Air 350 Training
[Avionics Today 09-22-2016] Textron subsidiary TRU Simulation + Training is now able to offer participants in its ProFlight pilot training program for King Air 350 the option to train at home through its FAA-approved...
Elliott Aviation Retrofits Hawker 400XP Avionics, Interior
Hawker 400XP. Photo: Elliott Aviation [Avionics Magazine 09-20-2016] Elliott Aviation, a Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP authorized service center, has started their second full 400E interior retrofit that includes Garmin G5000 touch screen avionics. The facility completed its first retrofit on Sept. 12. In...
JetSmarter, XOJet Join Forces to Deliver Real-Time Charter Booking Apps
XOJet. Photo: XOJet [Avionics Magazine 09-20-2016] Provider of on-demand private jet charter services XOJET has announced a strategic alliance with private jet online marketplace JetSmarter, to combine XOJET's service and fleet operations with JetSmarter's digital distribution capabilities. As part of the...
Gulf Coast Avionics Completes CJ1 ADS-B Garmin Touchscreen Upgrade
Cessna Citation CJ1 aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Magazine 09-19-2016] Gulf Coast Avionics has completed an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)-compliant Garmin touchscreen avionics upgrade on a 1998 Citation CJ1. “The aircraft is owned and flown by a Tampa-based businessman who...