• Garmin autoland system for general aviation aircraft

    Garmin International last week announced a revolution in general aviation - the first Garmin Autoland system. In the event of an emergency, Autoland will control and land the aircraft without human intervention.

    The pilot or passengers can activate autoland to land the aircraft with a simple press of a dedicated button. Autoland can also activate automatically if the system determines it’s necessary.
    During an Autoland activation, the system takes into account a breadth of information and criteria. Factors taken into consideration when identifying the most suitable airport include weather, fuel on board, runway surface and length, terrain, obstacles and more. The availability of a GPS approach with lateral and vertical guidance to the runway is also required when the system is considering various airports and runways. Even further, the system will automatically communicate with air traffic control (ATC), advising controllers and pilots operating near the aircraft of its location and its intentions. Throughout an autoland activation, the system provides simple visual and verbal communications in plain-language so passengers in the aircraft know what to expect. Passengers also have the option to communicate with ATC by following instructions on the display using the touchscreen interface on the flight deck. At any time, a pilot can easily deactivate an autoland activation. Piper Aircraft’s M600 turboprop and Cirrus Aircraft’s Vision Jet are to feature this new automatic landing capability in a first for general aviation aircraft.

  • New report explores benefits of urban air mobility for business aviation

    At NBAA-BACE, the association unveiled a new report detailing the financial and economic business case for urban air mobility (UAM) and its benefits for business aviation users.

    The report, titled “Business Aviation Embraces Electric Flight, How Urban Air Mobility Creates Enterprise Value,” was a joint undertaking of NBAA and NEXA Advisors, LLC. It’s a component of a larger study that analyzed 74 cities around the world, forecasting the financial and economic business case for UAM. To determine the ability of metro areas to capitalize on the potential of electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles, the study examined each city’s needs with regards to UAM, including infrastructure, congestion, current transportation networks and dozens of other factors.

  • Jet Aviation, FSI partner to train freelance pilots

    Jet Aviation Staffing announced at NBAA-BACE a new global training program for pilots in partnership with FlightSafety International. This program, offered exclusively through the hullo Aircrew platform, was created in support of the freelance workforce.

    This training opportunity allows pilots to complete recurrent training; Jet Aviation Staffing will ensure payment of the upfront costs for eligible pilots and offer a flexible re-payment plan.
    Hullo Aircrew provides a platform to connect freelance and contract aircrew members with operators in a fast and simple process. In partnership with Jet Aviation, hullo is developing its technology to become a single source for freelancers to access the best trips, receive payment quickly, and easily access a variety of training programs.

  • People: Honeywell names Mike Madsen to lead aerospace business group

    Honeywell recently announced that Mike Madsen, an executive with more than three decades of leadership experience within its Aerospace strategic business group, has been named President and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace, effective immediately. Madsen, 56, succeeds Tim Mahoney, who held the role for the past 10 years and has been named Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation.

    Mike MadsenIn his new position, Mahoney, 63, will have broad responsibilities for Honeywell Digital, the company's global, cross-functional digitization initiative that is driving improvements in customer service and efficiency.
    Most recently, Madsen served as Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, for Honeywell Aerospace, with responsibility for the business group's global supply chain and manufacturing facilities. Previously, he was President, Honeywell Aerospace Defense and Space, a unit that served original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) along with the aftermarket, military, government agency and commercial helicopter customers internationally. He also held leadership positions within the Air Transport and Regional business.
    Madsen began his career at Honeywell as an engine performance engineer supporting the TFE731, ATF3 and CFE738 engines. He also led development activities on a wide range of products ranging from solar dynamic power systems to cryogenic valves, launch vehicle actuation systems and aircraft pneumatic components. He earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from Duke University.

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