Falcon 8X Now EASA Approved
The Falcon 8X is now EASA-certified, Dassault Aviation announced this week, and FAA approval is expected to follow by the end of next month. The design, based on the company's 7X, offers the longest range of any Falcon jet, up to 6,450 nautical miles, and the biggest cabin, almost 43 feet long. "Feedback from the operational trials -- cabin comfort, air conditioning, and in particular cabin noise -- was excellent," said Olivier Villa, senior vice president at Dassault Aviation Civil Aircraft.
NTSB Reminds Pilots To Report Weather
It might seem that in an age of instant online weather, the need for pilot reports, or pireps, would be a thing of the past, but that's far from true, according to a recent NTSB forum. "Pireps done right have enormous untapped potential to make aviation safer for pilots, passengers, and people on the ground," said board member Robert Sumwalt, in opening remarks. The two-day forum gathered a panel of experts to explore the status of the FAA's pireps system and share ideas for improving it.
First Chinese RJ Revenue Flight
China's first regional jet made its first revenue flight on Tuesday but it seems unlikely the aircraft will find any customers outside the country's sphere of influence.
School Kids Build A Plane For Glasair
This year's winners of the annual GAMA/Build A Plane design challenge are at work this week in Arlington, Washington, helping to build a brand-new Sportsman airplane at Glasair Aviation. The four students, plus a teacher and chaperone, traveled from Weyauwega-Fremont High School in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, after beating out 76 other teams from around the country.
G600 Cabin On Tour
Gulfstream is touring the U.S. this summer with a full-scale mockup of the cabin and flight deck for its new G600 business jet. The company unveiled its final plans for the new cabin last year at the NBAA convention in Las Vegas, but the mockup was introduced just a few weeks ago in Savannah, Georgia. The cabin is now on display at Teterboro Airport, in New Jersey, through Friday, and then heads west with stops in Chicago, Seattle, Denver and California, and ends in Texas, in late September.
Dassault Falcon 8X Achieves European Certification, Awaits FAA Approval
[Avionics Magazine 06-28-2016] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded a type certification to Dassault Aviation for its latest flagship business jet, the Falcon 8X. Dassault is expecting to clear the FAA certification process by the early fourth quarter of 2016. Dassault Falcon 8X...
EASA Proposes New CS-23 Rule for Small Aircraft
[Avionics Magazine 06-24-2016] The European Aviation Safety Agency is proposing an update of its current certification standards for small aircraft, which it calls a "reorganization of CS-23." The proposal introduces a new concept for certification, by reducing the...
Solar Impulse 2 Becomes First Solar-Powered Aircraft to Cross Atlantic Ocean
[Avionics Magazine 06-23-2016] The solar/electric-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in Seville, Spain on Thursday January 23, after completing a 71-hour flight with no fuel across the Atlantic Ocean. Covering a distance of 4,203 miles, the landing in Spain marks the first ever transatlantic flight...
NATS Launches New AFPEx Lite service
[Avionics Magazine 06-22-2016] U.K. Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) NATS has introduced AFPEX Lite, which provides a way for small General Aviation (GA) airfields to file and receive flight plans. The new service is designed for small airfields that want to send and receive up to 200 messages a month...
NavWorx Announces ADS-B Price Drop
[Avionics Magazine 06-22-2016] NavWorx has announced a price drop on its Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) offerings. Among the company's offerings included is the ADS600-B, a certified Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) providing ADS-B Out and In that meets...