Many King Air C90s can now fly faster on less fuel.
Hawker Beechcraft Services announced this week at its Wichita headquarters that it has completed testing and certification on a composite winglet for the King Air 90X.
The composite combines the aerodynamic benefits of a winglet with a gross-weight increase that increases handling, range and payload, a press release said.
The 90X package, first unveiled at last year’s EAA Airventure, now is available at all U.S. HBS service centers.
Read the entire release from Beechcraft here.
On the heels of the volcanic eruption that disrupted air travel in Europe for much of last month, EasyJet has announced it will be the first airline to test AVOID, a radar system to detect ash clouds.
According to the London Daily Telegraph, the Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector (AVOID) will allow pilots to spot volcanic debris up to 62 miles ahead of an aircraft between altitudes of 5,000 and 50,000 feet.
Airbus will attempt the first test in an A340.
EasyJet estimates that the investment to test and install the radar will cost only a fraction of the millions the company lost last month in fares from cancelled flights due to the eruption.
The above video comes from AvWeb and IFR Magazine. It gives some GPS Tricks for VOR Clearances.
Elsewhere in the sky, the FAA granted a supplemental-type certificate just before the Memorial Day holiday for a Garmin glass panel for helicopters. The G500H displays airspeed, attitude and vertical speed in addition to moving maps and terrain, with the option of having PFD on the left or right.
The certificate covers the Bell 206 and Bell 407. Garmin says the G500H takes the best features of the G600 and G500. It is compatible with the GNS 430W/530W series.
You can pick one up for just under $25 grand, including the GDU 620 display/control unit, GRS 77H AHRS, GDC 74H digital air data computer, GMU 44 tri-axial magnetometer, and GTP 59 temp probe. The Garmin HSVT also is has a G500H option for around $8,000.
The Transportation Department today issued its guidelines to manufacturers for NextGen implementation.
“Today's regulations set clear performance requirements for the electronics that will allow aircraft to be tracked with greater precision and accuracy. And by 2020, all aircraft flying over the United States will be broadcasting an ADS-B signal,” states an announcement on Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s departmental blog. “ADS-B will allow pilots to get the same information as air traffic controllers and see the same things on their screens. Pilots will know where aircraft are located and how close one plane is to another. They'll have a clearer picture of what’s happening in the air or on the ground--even in low visibility.”
Read the blog entry here.
Or check out the entire implementation plan in PDF form here.
Michigan company Ricardo recently announced it will launch a new engine for unmanned aircraft that will have military and private uses.
A press release says the Wolverine 3 engine will be tested this summer.
According to the release:
The first engine in the family – the Ricardo Wolverine 3 – is designed to power lightweight aircraft and use military-spec heavy fuels. It is a 3.1-horsepower, two-cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled engine with spark ignition, direct fuel injection and 500 watts of on-board power, thanks to an integrated starter-generator. Ricardo is studying plans to develop Wolverine engines to power UAVs with heavier payload and greater range and endurance requirements.
Read more here.