In a landscape increasingly dominated by artificial intelligence (AI), concerns about its safety and reliability loom large. Michael O’Connor, a former Air Force flight test engineer and current U.S. Space Force Fellow, steps forward with an insightful perspective, drawing crucial parallels between the world of aviation and the challenges of AI. His article, “The Right […]
Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies (BAT) has completed the STC for the Installation of the new Garmin GI-275 Electronic Standby Instrument System for the Citation 500/501/550/S550/560/560XL series aircraft. The AML STC is applicable to all serial number aircraft for these Citation models. The current Standby Instrument System in these aircraft have become difficult and very costly to […]
EDMO Distributors, Inc. is pleased to announce they have teamed up with Aviation Design and Supply (ADS) in Melbourne, FL as the exclusive distributor for their new Garmin GFC Autopilot Hardware Kits. EDMO now offers these meticulously organized, airframe-specific autopilot hardware kits, carefully crafted to save valuable labor hours hunting for the “best source” hardware […]
GE Aerospace announced that their Flight Management software is the first in the industry to achieve conformance to the latest FACE Consortium technical standard, enabling faster innovation and integration with GE Aerospace Flight Management Systems (FMS). “This milestone helps to position operators to be in control for future application growth, accelerating development time resulting in […]
Airbus Helicopters’ uncrewed VSR700 rotorcraft has successfully concluded an extensive flight test campaign, showcasing its autonomous takeoff and landing capabilities aboard a French Navy frigate. This remarkable achievement unfolded over the course of a week, from October 2 to October 9, aboard the Provence frigate off the picturesque Mediterranean coast. During these tests, the VSR700 demonstrator completed more than 8 hours of flight over seven missions, the most extended of which extended close to 2 hours.
Tecnam has announced that the P2012 STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) aircraft is on course to complete its certification process with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), with type certification expected by the end of 2023. This aircraft is specifically designed for operations at challenging commercial airports and offers outstanding STOL capabilities. It […]
Airbus Helicopters has made significant progress in the development of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, particularly the CityAirbus NextGen prototype. In a recent milestone, the company successfully tested an electric flight control system using their demonstrator FlightLab. This innovative system simplifies pilot controls by replacing the conventional cyclic, pedals, and collective with a single piloting stick, capable of controlling all aircraft axes. The electric flight control system not only streamlines pilot workload but also enhances mission safety. Combined with a revised human-machine interface (HMI), the single stick provides improved visibility and a selection of information tailored to eVTOLs. Airbus is committed to advancing urban air mobility and reducing aviation emissions through their eVTOL initiatives.
Embraer has announced a new autothrottle feature for the Phenom 300E aircraft, aimed at enhancing the pilot-centric cockpit with Garmin G3000 avionics. The autothrottle offers advanced automation technology, providing pilots with greater control during different flight phases and increasing cabin comfort for passengers. This feature will be available as an option for new Phenom 300E […]
The aerospace industry’s gradual adoption of automation faces unique challenges due to its strict safety standards and complex regulations. While automation could improve efficiency and profitability, the industry must grapple with concerns such as return on investment, part tracking, and the retraining of workers. The integration of automation systems can enhance worker safety by handling repetitive and physically demanding tasks. Tailoring automation solutions to individual shop needs, considering support and training, and fostering ongoing conversations between suppliers and manufacturers are essential for successful implementation in this highly specialized field. Collaboration and customization are key in the journey toward aerospace automation.
Gulfstream Aerospace has achieved certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next-generation Gulfstream G500 to perform steep-approach operations, allowing access to some of the world’s most challenging airports. The G500 demonstrated its low-speed handling and short-field capabilities with successful landings at airports like London City Airport and Lugano Airport in 2021. This certification enhances the G500’s already acclaimed performance and efficiency, offering optimized speed, wide-cabin comfort, and advanced safety features, including the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck.