• Textron Aviation to suspend Hemisphere development programme

    Textron Aviation has announced plans to suspend the development of its Citation Hemisphere business jet.

    Textron CEO Scott Donnelly pointed to continuing issues with Safran’s Silvercrest engine that was designated to power the large-category business jet. Safran says that the "initial contract" with Cessna has been "terminated with no financial impact for either partner". Safran continued to explain, that while aircraft-engine combination does not currently meet all of the program’s objectives, Silvercrest engine development has made the intended progress over the past 12 months. The engine-maker continues to work on its Silvercrest technology suite as a R&T platform. Dassault Aviation had cancelled its Falcon 5X program due to continuing development problems with the engine.

  • Launch of ADS-C pre-operational demonstration

    Aircraft operated by EasyJet have started exchanging Automatic Dependant Surveillance – Contract (ADS-C) data with air traffic controllers at Eurocontrol’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC).

    Air France, British Airways, Iberia, Novair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Wizz Air will soon join the demonstration. Using ADS-C technology, aircraft log on to the MUAC system and automatically downlink flight management system information, which can be displayed on the controllers’ screens.
    In particular, the flight management system downlinks the Extended Projected Profile (EPP), which consists of up to 128 waypoints in four dimensions, and therefore, provides valuable data to the controllers about the aircraft’s intent. Should it differ from the flight plan available to the air traffic controllers, they will receive a warning. Further information such as the top of descent is made available to the controllers too, so that continuous descent operations can be initiated more optimally. ADS-C has the potential to increase safety and ensure more efficient air traffic management service provision. The project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

  • EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium on 10 – 11 December

    The Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium is the European reference event to discuss developments in the rotary wings domain. This symposium is existing for 12 years and has a growing recognition in the community.

    For this year's edition the scope will be extended in order to cover all types of Vertical Take-off and Landing Aircraft (VTOL). The new edition of the symposium will be organised on 10 - 11 December 2019 at the Pullman Hotel in Cologne, Germany. This symposium provides a unique forum where authorities, industry, operators, pilots, safety investigators, researchers and all those vesting an interest on rotorcraft safety worldwide can share and exchange ideas. This year’s edition will feature a few changes and additions:
    - update on the Rotorcaft Safety Roadmap,
    - dedicated session on VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) to present the status of the future Means of Compliance to support the Special Condition on VTOL released in July 2019
    - a safety promotion workshop aimed to promote helicopter technologies with safety benefits.
    Online registration and further information are available on the EASA website.

  • People: Pete Beilby, new Director of Flight Operations at TAG Aviation

    TAG Aviation has recently announced the appointment of Mr Pete Beilby as Director of Flight Operations for the UK and Malta.

    Pete Beilby Mr Beilby joins TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd directly from Cobham Aviation Services where he has been the Director of Flight Operations, UK Special Mission, for the last three years. Prior to this role he worked for the organization as a Type Rating Instructor and Examiner which involved undertaking secondments to the Far East, Europe and Africa where he was responsible for delivering Operational Readiness Training.
    Mr Beilby’s aviation career started in the Royal Air Force where he trained to become a pilot, spending twelve years serving in the UK and was also deployed on Operational Tours throughout the world, including Iraq. At just 23 he was the youngest pilot to ever fly the Tornado GR4 on flight operations during the conflict. This was followed by being selected for an exchange tour with the Royal Australian Air Force and spending two years living in Australia.

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