Flight Display offers wearable controller
Flight Display Systems now lets passengers control their cabin environment and entertainment from a wearable device that looks like a watch.
Acting NTSB chief says automation affects professionalism
Does automation lead to a lack of professionalism? The acting NTSB chief thinks it does, and calls for a new approach to the man-machine interface.
Bellanca AD extends fuselage crack inspections
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive to require continued repetitive inspections of aft fuselage structures for cracks on some models of Bellanca airplanes.
FlightAware offers tracking upgrades
FlightAware, the aircraft tracking website, has made several upgrades including world tracking, tracking of VFR flights, and upgraded tracking displays.
Williams extends FJ44 inspection interval
Williams International says customers in its Total Assurance Program for engine maintenance can extend all FJ44 models to an engine overhaul interval of 5,000 hours.
NTSB: Pilot Error Caused Fatal Jet Crash
The captain of a Beechcraft 390 Premier failed to follow the correct procedures for an anti-skid failure, resulting in a fiery crash that killed five passengers, the NTSB said in its final report on Tuesday. The jet was returning to Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, in Thomson, Georgia, on February 20, 2013, when it failed to slow down after touchdown. The captain initiated a go-around. Nine seconds later, the jet collided with a utility pole about 1,835 feet from the end of the runway, 63 feet above the ground.
Embraer 'Consolidating Position'
Embraer says it has no near-term plans to develop new ultra long-range or supersonic business aircraft. At the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando on Monday, Marco Tulio Pellegrini, the CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, said the company, which didn't enter the business jet market until 2000, has plenty on its plate.
While a young second lieutenant at nav school at Mather Air Force Base in 1983, I was trundling along in a T-37 in the high teens on a training mission. I overheard the following conversation between an Air Force pilot and a controller who was apparently unfamiliar with the Northern California air space and the SR-71s and U-2s that routinely flew from Beale AFB. ... Air Force Pilot: "Oakland Approach, Air Force XX for FL600." ... Oakland Approach: "AF XX, Oakland Approach. If you can reach it, it's yours. Cleared for FL600." ... Air Force Pilot: "Roger that, Oakland Approach. Descending to FL600." ... The pilot and I just looked at each other and laughed! Only in America! -- Chris Fairchild
With New Orders, Gulfstream is Bullish on Growth
Between Qatar Airways and Flexjet, Gulfstream bagged 70 airplane orders just in October. And company officials say it's had a good five years.
Textron Opens NBAA Convention
Textron Aviation launched NBAA's annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando on Monday morning, with a news conference marking their first appearance at the show since uniting the Cessna and Beechcraft lines under one corporate umbrella. The company brought 12 aircraft to the static display at Orlando Executive Airport, with turboprops and jets from both lines, including the newly certified Citation CJ3+ and the Citation X+, which regained for the company the claim to the world's fastest civil aircraft when it was certified in June.