Bell Helicopter Showcases the Bell 429 WLG’s Capabilities through a Five Month Customer Demo Tour in Latin America
July 31, 2014
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (July 31, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), showcased the versatility and superior performance of the Bell 429 WLG, the aircraft’s wheeled landing gear variant, with nearly 60 demonstration flights between March 2014 to July 2014 in Latin America.
“We received great feedback from our customers about the retractable landing gear for ground taxi operations,” said Jay Ortiz, managing director for Latin America. “Since we introduced the aircraft in late 2013, we have been telling everyone about how well it was suited for this region, but finally had the chance to show firsthand how the proven performance of the Bell 429 easily integrates into a fixed base operations environment.”
Bell Helicopter pilots began demonstration flights at the International Air and Space Fair, FIDAE 2014, and traveled to a number of countries, including Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas over the course of the five month tour. The flights highlighted the Bell 429 WLG’s ability to provide additional flexibility for any mission profile.
The Bell 429 is the only light twin-engine helicopter on the market with true two-litter capability with enough cabin space for two medical attendants and two crew members. The Bell 429 also offers exceptional flight performance with a fully integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system and fully-coupled GPS approaches and IFR capability. Additional safety features include a collective mounted throttle, damage tolerant hub and rotor system, and energy attenuating seats. It is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operators. Bell 429 customers can take advantage of the spacious cabin and extra large 60 inch side doors, as well as Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability certified for single or dual pilot operations to better fulfill their mission.
July 28, 2014
WICHITA, Kan., July 28, 2014 – Cessna Aircraft Company,a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today the successful maiden flight of the first production unit of the Citation CJ3+ from the company’s manufacturing facility adjacent to Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan. Mark Tuttle, production flight test pilot, said all systems performed as expected during the 73 min. flight.
The new aircraft was first announced on March 20 of this year, and Federal Aviation Administration certification is expected this year.
“Response to the CJ3+ has been excellent; customers recognize the value proposition of the airplane with its Garmin G3000 flight deck along with upgraded interiors and systems throughout,” said Chris Hearne, vice president, Jets. “The CJ3+ is engineered for superior reliability without sacrificing efficiency and comfort, and is offered with best-in-class acquisition and direct operating costs.”
The newest aircraft in the popular line of CJ-series jets includes all-new interiors with a redesigned cabin and cockpit, new pressurization and new diagnostics systems. The CJ3+ features the Garmin G3000 avionics suite, which includes turbulence detecting weather radar, TCAS II, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), and the installation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities. The addition of ADS-B capability makes the CJ3+ compliant with a significant aspect of announced Next Generation (NexGen) air traffic control requirements. The aircraft also features a wireless media server, Garmin integrated cockpit and cabin Iridium phone, and high speed internet capabilities.
With its long range cruise of up to 2,070 nautical miles, the CJ3+ can fly passengers nonstop from Washington, D.C., to Mexico City; from San Diego, Calif., to Juneau, Alaska; or from Lima, Peru, to São Paulo, Brazil. The CJ3+ is expected to receive single-pilot certification and has maximum seating capacity for nine passengers.
This milestone reflects the company’s focus on continued investment in general aviation’s most extensive product line up. In addition to the CJ3+, Cessna has recently celebrated market introductions of the Citation M2, Citation Sovereign+ and Citation X+, with the game-changing mid-size Citation Latitude certification expected in Q2 of 2015.
Cessna’s Citation series of jets are the most popular line of business jets ever produced, with more than 6,600 jets that have been designed, manufactured and delivered to customers around the world. For more information on the CJ3+, please visit Cessna.com.
July 28, 2014
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Cessna product launch reinforces commitment to diesel fuel
OSHKOSH, Wis., July 28, 2014 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today confirmed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh its ongoing commitment to developing alternate fuel solutions for the general aviation market with the launch of the Turbo Skyhawk® JT-A®, which will join the Turbo Skylane® JT-A as the latest diesel powered platform in its single-engine product line up. The company is displaying the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A this week at AirVenture.
“We’ve been working for a few years now to find new, reliable alternate fuel solutions for the Cessna Skyhawk to meet changing environmental regulations, particularly in Europe, as well as the limited global supply of currently used 100 low-lead gasoline, and technology has led us to the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A,” said Joe Hepburn, senior vice president, Piston Aircraft. “The recent advances and growing maturity in diesel engine technology in the aviation market now give us the means to satisfy a growing demand around the world.”
The Skyhawk JT-A is fitted with a Continental CD-155 diesel engine and is expected to offer a number of benefits in addition to operating with more widely available JET A fuel. Maximum range is 1,012 nm, a 58 percent increase over the standard Skyhawk, and maximum speed is increased to 131 knots while fuel burn is expected to see a 25 percent reduction.
Textron Aviation plans to offer the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A as a factory option beginning in 2015. The CD-155 is already certified by EASA for retrofit to newer Skyhawks under a supplemental type certificate.
The push to find alternate fuel solutions for the general aviation market stems from a dwindling supply – and resulting higher prices – of leaded aviation fuel in some areas of the world, as well as emerging regulations on leaded fuel and associated aircraft engine emissions. Cessna is an industry leader in making alternate fuel options available.
Like the Turbo Skyhawk JT-A, the Turbo Skylane JT-A features the Garmin G1000 avionics suite but offers greater speed and useful load. FAA certification of the diesel-powered Turbo Skylane JT-A using the Safran-made SMA SR305-230-1 engine is expected soon. Up to six Turbo Skylane JT-A marketing demonstrators will soon be stationed around the world and deliveries of the first production models are ready to begin upon certification.
The Turbo Skylane JT-A has a seating capacity for four and an estimated range at max cruise speed of 1,025 nautical miles. The certified ceiling will be 20,000 feet. The Garmin G1000 avionics suite is pilot-friendly and highly-functional, bringing great levels of situational awareness to the cockpit. The engine diagnostics are shown on the primary and multi-function flight displays. Fuel capacity is 85 useful gallons, with an estimated useful load of 1,000 pounds.
A Airbus Defence and Space completa o programa de modernização do P-3 Orion para a Força Aérea Brasileira
July 28, 2014
Foi entregue a última aeronave
A Airbus Defence and Space entregou a última das nove aeronaves de combate anti-submarino P-3 Orion (CAS) modernizadas com novos sistemas e aviônicos para a Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB). A aeronave foi transportada de Sevilha, Espanha, para Salvador na Bahia, onde ficará baseada.
As nove aeronaves foram adquiridas pela FAB da Marinha dos EUA em 2006, juntamente com mais três a serem desmontadas para peças de reposição, e foram modernizadas em Sevilha e Getafe, perto de Madrid.
As aeronaves foram equipadas pela a Airbus Defence and Space com o Sistema Tático Totalmente Integrado (Fully Integrated Tactical System – FITS) e uma combinação completamente nova de sensores de missão, sistemas de comunicação e aviônicos de cockpit. Além disso, os motores e estruturas das aeronaves foram modernizados, aumentando a vida útil operacional da frota por muitos anos e proporcionando ao Brasil um recurso altamente moderno e eficaz, adequado para execução de atividades militares e civis, incluindo a função anti-submarino, patrulha marítima, busca e salvamento assim como a aplicação da lei na zona de exclusão econômica.
Sob os termos do contrato, o Brasil está se beneficiando de um amplo pacote de offset, incluindo uma gama de projetos industriais, bem como a formação e pesquisa no setor aeroespacial.
“Este foi um programa grande e complexo, e estamos muito orgulhosos do trabalho feito na modernização da frota brasileira dos P-3. A FAB tem agora uma das frotas mais modernas de sua categoria”, disse Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, Chefe Comercial de Military Aircraft na Airbus Defence and Space.
A Airbus Defence and Space modernizou um total de 12 P-3 Orions, nove para a Força Aérea Brasileira e três para a Força Aérea Espanhola.
July 28, 2014
Final aircraft delivered
Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the last of nine P-3 Orion anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft modernised with new systems and avionics for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). The aircraft has been ferried from Seville, Spain to Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, where it will be based.
The nine aircraft were acquired by the FAB from the US Navy in 2006, along with three more to be dismantled for spares, and were upgraded at facilities in Seville and Getafe, near Madrid.
In the aircraft Airbus Defence and Space installed its Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) and a completely new suite of mission sensors, communications systems and cockpit avionics. In addition, the aircraft engines and structures were updated, extending the fleet´s operational life for many years to come and providing Brazil with a modern and highly effective asset suitable for military and civic duties including anti-submarine, maritime patrol, search and rescue, and economic exclusion zone enforcement.
Under the terms of the contract, Brazil is benefitting from a comprehensive package of offsets including a range of industrial projects as well as training and research in the aerospace sector.
“This has been a large and complex programme and we are very proud of the work done in upgrading the Brazilian P-3 fleet. The FAB now has one of the most modern fleets in its class”, said Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, Head of Commercial for Military Aircraft with Airbus Defence and Space.
Airbus Defence and Space has modernised a total of 12 P-3 Orions, nine for the Brazilian Air Force and three for the Spanish Air Force.
July 21, 2014
Fort Worth, TX (July 21, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed purchase agreement for the first two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in the Middle East. The aircraft will be equipped with a fully customized EMS interior and state-of-the-art avionics. The aircraft will be delivered in 2015 and will support medical rescue missions throughout the region.
“We are excited to bring the Bell 429 to the Middle East for HEMS operations,” said Steve Suttles, Bell Helicopter’s managing director for the Middle East and Africa. “In the past few years, EMS operators throughout the world have seen firsthand that the Bell 429 is the most modern light-twin helicopter available. In fact, of the nearly 200 Bell 429s operating worldwide, nearly 20 percent of them operate HEMS and parapublic missions. In recent years, a range of key global customers, including the Swedish National Police, New York Police Department, Turkish National Police, Air Zermatt and Wiltshire Air Ambulance, have all chosen the Bell 429 as the best solution for their mission needs. We expect to continue to see strong growth as more and more customers see firsthand the amazing capabilities of this machine in action.”
The Bell 429 is the only light twin-engine helicopter on the market with true two-litter capability, featuring enough cabin space for two medical attendants and two crew members. The Bell 429 also offers exceptional flight performance with a fully integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system and best-in-class WAAS navigation and IFR capability. Additional safety features include a collective mounted throttle, damage tolerant hub and rotor system, and energy attenuating seats. It is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operators. The Bell 429 also features a spacious cabin and extra large 60 inch side doors, as well as Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability certified for single or dual pilot operations.
“The advanced situational awareness and performance of the Bell 429 will be key for operators in the region to complete missions in this region as safely and effectively as possible,” said David Sale, Middle East regional sales manager for Bell Helicopter. “The total cost of ownership of the Bell 429 provides operators with value not only upon purchase, but also throughout the entire lifecycle of the aircraft. We are looking forward to increasing our HEMS capabilities throughout the Gulf Coast countries in the years to come as we continue to build momentum.”
July 17, 2014
Introducing Premium Worldwide Navigation Data Plus European and Canadian Charts
OLATHE, Kan. /July 17, 2014/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced worldwide coverage of the Garmin Pilot application for iPad and iPhone, which provides flight planning capabilities, comprehensive weather information and full-featured navigation. Pilots also have access to expanded coverage of European charts in a single application, including geo-referenced FliteCharts® and SafeTaxi® airport diagrams. Additionally, new features such as FastFind and Smart Airspace™ offer customers efficient flight planning capabilities, quick waypoint entry and intuitive airspace navigation.
“Flight planning applications in the cockpit continue to grow in popularity and Garmin Pilot incorporates game-changing features like worldwide flight planning, all-inclusive weather coverage and navigation information,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “Customers around the globe have been asking for a premium, feature-rich application and Garmin has delivered, backed by decades of industry-leading experience in navigation. Garmin Pilot incorporates a familiar user-interface and innovative features so pilots have access to the information they need to make informed decisions.”
Flight Planning Capabilities
Garmin Pilot streamlines pre-flight planning, allowing pilots to review weather and flight plan, as well as download and review charts ahead of each flight. Rich, interactive maps integrated within Garmin Pilot offer worldwide coverage using a combination of both Jeppesen and Garmin’s navigation data, so flight planning is simple for pilots around the globe. Highly configurable moving maps allow pilots to choose between track-up or north-up orientation. In track-up mode, labels are always upright and easy to read because map information is displayed in the direction of flight. Further customization allows pilots to tailor maps to their personal preferences including map color, visibility range, display of NAVAIDs and more. Unique to Garmin Pilot, a radial menu provides easy on-screen access to create user waypoints, navigate direct-to, graphically edit flight plans, view weather conditions and airport information at a glance.
Weather information including METARs, TAFs, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, NOTAMs and winds aloft may be displayed graphically as an overlay on the moving map page, within the airport information page and as a widget in split-screen mode using an iPad. Text-based weather products may be viewed in split-screen mode and using the NavTrack feature, so pilots can easily see and intuitively understand weather trends along their route. Additionally, radar and satellite imagery for Western Europe, Canada, Australia and the U.S. provide pilots with even more weather products so its easy to determine if precipitation or cloud cover will impact a particular flight.
Garmin Pilot reduces the amount of paper charts needed to complete a flight, offering pilots electronic flight bag capabilities around the globe. Configurable maps give customers the option to customize the display of charts, weather overlays, terrain and obstacles in split screen view, so a variety of information can be displayed simultaneously. Visual Reporting Points (VRPs), commonly found in Europe are overlaid on the moving map page, allowing pilots to easily report their position. Customers also have access to optional geo-referenced European FliteCharts (terminal procedures) for select countries. Garmin Pilot optionally supports European VFR and IFR charts with VFR data sourced directly from Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) and IFR charts from Eurocontrol. Pilots may easily navigate unfamiliar airports with SafeTaxi, which conveniently displays geo-referenced airport diagrams throughout portions of Europe, directly on the moving map. FliteCharts and SafeTaxi coverage is further extended into Canada and includes approaches, departures and arrival procedures. Global terrain, as well as U.S. and Europe obstacle alerting available within Garmin Pilot, offers an enhanced level of situational awareness in even the most challenging terrain environments.
Similar to features found within Garmin avionics, Smart Airspace is available within Garmin Pilot, so it is easy to identify what airspace lies ahead. Smart Airspace conveniently highlights the airspace nearest the aircraft’s current altitude and de-emphasizes non-pertinent airspace so pilots can quickly identify their location relative to the airspace around them. Additionally, the altitude filter removes airspace above the user-defined altitude. As customers enter flight plan information, FastFind incorporates predictive logic to suggest airports and waypoints using current GPS location so entering flight plan information is faster and easier. Quick flight plan entry is possible with FastFind, which automatically begins searching for the nearest identifier as an airport or waypoint is entered within the flight plan.
Garmin Pilot incorporates sophisticated graphics modeling to create a virtual topographic landscape to create 3D Vision, offering a clear 3D depiction of ground, water, terrain features and more. 3D Vision is transformed when paired with the GDL 39 3D portable ADS-B datalink receiver, which superimposes back-up aircraft attitude information on top of the Garmin synthetic vision (SVX™) display. Outside of the U.S., the GDL 39 3D offers industry-leading GPS, attitude information and air-to-air ADS-B traffic, providing pilots with even more information in the cockpit. Aircraft attitude information is also available on the aircraft panel page, which displays back-up attitude, GPS-derived altitude and airspeed, as well as HSI course guidance.
Garmin Pilot 6.2 is available immediately as a free update, providing existing customers access to Smart Airspace, FastFind and optional worldwide coverage. For new customers, Garmin Pilot is available in the Apple App Store as a free download for the first 30 days. After the 30-day trial period, customers may purchase an annual subscription of Garmin Pilot featuring worldwide coverage starting at $199.99. Pilots may purchase optional FliteCharts, SafeTaxi, DFS and IFR charts starting at $49.99. Garmin Pilot Canada Premium includes Garmin FliteCharts and SafeTaxi diagrams for Canada, text-based weather products, as well as radar and satellite imagery for the U.S. and Canada and is expected to become available in August for $149.99. Visit the Apple App store to download Garmin Pilot and visit www.garmin.com/aviation for additional information.
Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, surveillance, and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and value.
July 16, 2014
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) reveals its innovative Helicopter safety technology, which enables helicopter flight in Degraded Visual Environments (DVE), under all weather conditions.
Today’s helicopter military and paramilitary operational missions typically involve flight over environments with a variety of ground obstacles. Such missions are often hampered by a combination of low-altitude obstacles and poor visibility, which may result in accidents and causalities. IAI’s technology was developed to provide a safe and affordable solution to such operational requirements.
The system features innovative staring radar, advanced processing algorithms and cockpit multi-functional display integration. The technology allows for low-altitude flight under all weather conditions or lighting and visibility, and for safe landing in brown-out conditions by alerting the pilot of electrical power lines and other ground obstacles.
The system generates a synthetic image of the terrain, highlighting flight obstacles such as power lines and their supporting poles or towers. The system achieves a very high probability of 95% for detection of power lines, comprises two compact 30 x 40 cm antennas, requires only 250 W of power, and weighs 30 kg. The system has successfully undergone flight tests and is available for performing real-time demonstration flights.
Yosef Melamed, General Manager of IAI’s LAHAV Division said: “IAI’s new helicopter safety technology is life-saving. It presents a unique business opportunity with potential markets worldwide. We are examining the possibilities for further development and marketing of the product, including cooperation with strategic partners.”
In the picture: Helicopter during landing in Degraded Visual Environment
July 16, 2014
FARNBOROUGH, U.K., July 13, 2014 – Following closely behind its recent FAA certification, the Cessna Citation X+, the world’s fastest business jet, completed its first trans-Atlantic crossing in a normal business flight profile in 5 hours, 33 minutes for an average ground speed of 502 knots. Cessna is a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
“We filed a fairly standard flight plan to demonstrate the capability a customer can expect in normal operations, and it was very impressive,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing for Textron Aviation. “While the operator will realize a huge benefit from the Citation X+ during shorter cross-country flights, long flights like this is where it really shines.”
The Citation X+ flew from the Cessna factory in Wichita, KS to Presque Isle, Maine, then 2,788 nautical miles non-stop to Cessna’s facility at Paris Le Bourget for an event. The Citation X+ then completed its journey at TAG Farnborough Airport. For the trans-Atlantic leg, the aircraft made a direct climb to 45,000 feet, accelerating to an initial cruise speed of .86 Mach, then to .88 Mach for much of the flight to Paris.
“Just as impressive as the speed of the aircraft – and the time saved – is the large cabin, the comfort, and the smart cabin technology that really make this the jet for business,” Shortt said.
The new Citation X+ has seating for up to 12 passengers, a maximum altitude of 51,000 feet, an unmatched maximum speed of Mach 0.935 (617 mph, 536 ktas) and an increased max range of 3,408 nautical miles.
The most distinct outward difference with the evolved Citation X+ is the addition of winglets, allowing the aircraft to cruise efficiently at higher altitudes and to consume less fuel, as well as improving takeoff and landing performance at higher elevations or on hot days. Powered by two FADEC-controlled Rolls-Royce AE3007C2 turbofan engines, the Citation X+ can fly above commercial traffic and some adverse weather at a maximum altitude of 51,000 feet.
The cockpit of the Citation X+ features ergonomic seats designed for transcontinental flights, and a dual-zone temperature control system keeps pilots and passengers comfortable. The flight deck is centered on the Garmin G5000 avionics package with four intuitive, full-color touch-screen LCD control panels and three 14-inch high-resolution displays, as well as fully integrated auto throttles to reduce pilot workload. Standard Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology on the primary flight displays gives the crew a virtual reality view of runways, terrain, traffic and obstacles.
“The pilots were thrilled by the ease of fuel management with the fully integrated autothrottle system used throughout the mission,” Shortt said. “Combined with improved aerodynamics and the addition of winglets, the Citation X+ autothrottle is the key to getting the most efficient use of fuel given the prevailing environmental conditions, and that means you save money.”
Autothrottle is integrated with the Flight Management System and Automatic Flight Control System for computer control of engine thrust, set to maximize either thrust or speed. The system can be engaged prior to takeoff roll to control fuel flow throughout a flight, from takeoff to touchdown, or disengaged for manual throttle operation.
“Under the normal flight profile we flew, air traffic control requires a constant air speed during the crossing and without autothrottle, the pilots must constantly adjust the throttle to maintain that air speed,” Shortt said. “With autothrottle, they set the desired speed and the airplane does the rest, greatly reducing pilot workload.”
The lengthier cabin is built around a proprietary intelligent cabin management and entertainment technology solution integrated with the aircraft’s avionics and electrical systems. Cessna’s ClairityTM provides passengers individual touch screens to control cabin lighting, window shades, temperature, and audio and video entertainment (digital media, MP3/iPhone, Blu-Ray). The interior of each new Citation X+ can be tailor-made to the customer’s specifications in seating layout, color choices and entertainment options that can include global, satellite Wifi connectivity.
July 15, 2014
Integrates Seamlessly with Garmin G1000H Avionics
Farnborough, England (July 15, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has announced a new autopilot kit designed specifically to integrate with the Garmin G1000H avionics suite in the Bell 407GX. The option is currently available as a kit for the Bell 407GX in the U.S. and Canadian markets directly through Bell Helicopter and has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) for VFR (visual flight rule) operations. It features two-axis functionality with cyclic force trim and a Stability and Command Augmentation System (SCAS) available at all speeds with altitude and heading preselects. It can also be commanded to maintain either heading and altitude or navigation course and altitude. Additionally, a Go-Around mode can be activated by a single switch to provide automatic attitude leveling and transition to climb.
“The autopilot option is a logical extension of the fully-integrated glass cockpit offered in the Bell 407GX,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of commercial sales and marketing. “We wanted to provide a product that is not only compatible with the Garmin system, but also make sure that operators could easily integrate and continue to get the best safety, performance and reliability out of their aircraft.”
The autopilot system, which is derived from the Bell 429 digital automatic flight control system, integrates with the Garmin G-1000H’s navigation modes and display and also integrates audio for caution alerts and mode annunciations. It is also compatible with a night vision imaging system (NVIS) and automatically disengages during heavy turbulence or extreme flight altitudes.