Connect with us


New Company To Help Bizav Reach Environment Goals

4AIR, a new company aimed at helping aircraft operators and customers offset or reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide has launched.



With sustainability and decarbonization a major topic in business aviation, 4AIR launched today to help aircraft operators and customers offset or directly reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and other environmental pollutants. “Aviation directly represents 2 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, but the true impact on climate is closer to 5 percent when considering all emissions and non-CO2 impacts,” said 4AIR COO Nancy Bsales.

The company has established a four-tier rating system, claimed to be the first and only such measure on sustainability in private aviation, that is aligned with industrywide goals and is consistent with international standards. It ranges from Bronze, which allows users to commit to carbon-neutrality by offsetting their CO2 emissions through verified offset credits, through Silver for emissions neutrality, Gold for emissions reduction, and finally Platinum, which involves direct contributions to the non-profit Aviation Climate Fund based on the participant’s carbon footprint.

At the end of the year, 4AIR will evaluate and verify those accomplishments, with those who achieve or exceed their commitments eligible to renew or increase their rating for the following year. “The keystones of 4AIR’s framework are progressive steps, transparent accomplishments, industrywide collaboration, and global acceptance and recognition,” said Bsales. “Through a proprietary framework with ambitious goals, rigorous evaluation, and full accountability, 4AIR’s process not only has effectiveness, but also credibility with industry players.”

Although it is backed by Directional Aviation and its family of companies, 4AIR will operate as a stand-alone company to ensure that all organizations participating in the program have complete confidentiality, exclusive access to their information, and equal competitive standing.



Second Dassault Falcon 6X Joins Flight-test Campaign

With two flying Falcon 6x twinjets, Dassault expects to add a third fully completed copy to the flight program by this summer, on pace for a 2022 TC.



Less than two months after Dassault Aviation’s first Falcon 6X widebody twinjet took to the skies, a second aircraft has joined the flight-test campaign. Flight-test aircraft S/N 2 completed its inaugural flight on April 30, flying for two hours, climbing to FL400, and reaching a cruise speed of Mach 0.85.

The initial flight-test vehicle flew for the first time on March 10 and the third, which will have a finished interior, is expected to join the program in the third quarter. That latter aircraft will test cabin systems and amenities, galley equipment, flight entertainment systems, and options such as high-speed Ka-band Internet capability. The first production aircraft, S/N 4, will be completed to a typical customer configuration and sent on a global tour.

“We are very pleased with the progress of the Falcon 6X test program and remain confident of meeting its target 2022 certification date,” said Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Eric Trappier, adding that both 6X flying test aircraft are “performing as expected and showing a high level of systems maturity for this phase of the program.” Several Dassault test pilots have now flown the Falcon 6X, he added. “All are extremely satisfied with its performance and handling characteristics.”

Announcement of the second 6X first flight comes as Dassault is set to unveil its next Falcon model, with a virtual launch scheduled for tomorrow 11 a.m. EDT.


Continue Reading


US aviation body wants more Boeing 737 electrical data: Report

Following nearly two-year grounding, Boeing faces new questions about electrical systems in its 737 MAX planes.



Following nearly two-year grounding, Boeing faces new questions about electrical systems in its 737 MAX planes.

Air safety officials in the United States have asked Boeing Co to supply fresh analysis and documentation showing that numerous subsystems in its 737 MAX planes would not be affected by electrical grounding issues first flagged in three areas of the jet in April, two people familiar with the matter have told the Reuters news agency.

The extra analysis injects new uncertainty over the timing of when Boeing’s best-selling plane would be cleared to fly by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported Reuters on Tuesday.

The electrical problems have suspended nearly a quarter of its 737 MAX fleet.

US airlines have said they had expected Boeing to release service bulletins as soon as this week that would have allowed them to make fixes and soon return the planes to service, but this latest issue will likely push that timeline back.

“We continue to work closely with the FAA and our customers to address the ground path issue in affected 737s,” a Boeing spokeswoman said.

Asked about the status of the planes, an FAA spokesman said “we are continuing to work with Boeing.”

The cockpit of a Lion Air Boeing Co 737 Max 8 aircraft [File: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg]

Airlines pulled dozens of 737 MAX jets from service early last month after Boeing warned of a production-related electrical grounding problem in a backup power control unit situated in the cockpit on some recently built aeroplanes.

The problem, which also halted deliveries of new planes, was then found in two other places on the flight deck, including the storage rack where the affected control unit is kept and the instrument panel facing the pilots.

The glitch is the latest issue to beset the 737 MAX, which was grounded for nearly two years starting in 2019 after two fatal crashes.

The slew of questions over a relatively straightforward electrical issue illustrates the tougher regulatory posture facing the US’s largest exporter as it tries to emerge from the 737 MAX crisis and the overlapping coronavirus pandemic.

A not-so-quick fix

Late last week, Boeing submitted service bulletins to the FAA for its approval advising airlines on how to fix the problems with grounding, or the electrical paths designed to maintain safety in the event of a surge of voltage, the two people said.

The FAA approved the service bulletins but then, in ongoing discussions with Boeing, asked for additional analysis over whether other jet subsystems would be affected by the grounding issue, one of the sources said. The FAA will review Boeing’s analysis and any necessary revisions to the service bulletins before they can be sent to airlines.

Boeing has proposed adding a bonding strap or cable that workers screw onto two different surfaces creating a grounding path, two people said.

Boeing had initially told airlines a fix could take hours or a few days per jet.

The electrical grounding issue emerged after Boeing changed a manufacturing method as it worked to speed up the production of the airliner, a third person said. A fourth person said the change improved a hole-drilling process.

The FAA issued a new airworthiness directive last week requiring a fix before the jets resume flight, saying the issue affects 109 in-service planes worldwide. Sources said it affects more than 300 planes in Boeing’s inventory.

US airlines have said they had expected Boeing to release service bulletins as soon as this week that would have allowed them to make fixes and soon return the planes to service, but this latest issue will likely push that timeline back.


Continue Reading


A Legacy of Training Innovation

For seven decades, FlightSafety International has been at the forefront of training technology and innovation.



For seven decades, FlightSafety International has been at the forefront of training technology and innovation. Starting with its first manufacturer-approved training devices that captured the flight operations of countless aircraft, FlightSafety has continually expanded and refined the technological resources that aviation professionals depend on.

As the training needs of pilots and technicians evolve, FlightSafety is developing more ways to interact with them virtually and remotely. FlightSafety Customers trust they’re receiving the most advanced training possible, as the company combines its technological advantages with its highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors. The result is a unique training experience that promotes and enhances proficiency and safety.

FlightSafety leverages its years of flight training experience and world-class design and engineering to provide a powerful suite of training products and solutions that meet real-world needs. Here are some of the ways FlightSafety is building on its 70-year legacy of innovation.

The FS1000 Full Flight Simulator and MATRIX

Developed and tested by highly qualified engineers, instructors and subject matter experts, FlightSafety’s mission-ready devices enhance training at every level. That begins with the FlightSafety-developed and manufactured FS1000 full flight simulator. Its lightweight and highly robust modular design offers configuration flexibility and ease of systems integration.

The Level D-qualified simulators support advanced audio, motion and visual capabilities, all built to the industry’s highest standards and approved by OEMs for their compatibility. Built at a state-of-the-art, 375,000-square-foot facility in Oklahoma, FlightSafety simulators are also in the training facilities of airline and government customers, allowing them to offer highly effective, cost-efficient training to their flight crews.

The simulator is part of a larger FlightSafety training experience – the MATRIX integrated learning system. MATRIX brings the realities of the simulator experience into the classroom and to other training devices.

Driven by the same powerful software that drives the FS1000, MATRIX creates a consistent progression of training via its integrated desktop simulator, courseware and graphical flight-deck simulator.

FlightSafety also offers the MissionFit interactive training system, a mobile and modular flight training device engineered to be deployed in almost any location for maximum training accessibility.

VITAL 1150 Visual System and CrewView Display

FlightSafety’s VITAL visual system provides pilots with simulator training that features realistic, detailed, high-resolution views designed to enhance safety. Powered by the VITAL 1150 image generator and the CrewView collimated glass mirror display, FlightSafety provides unprecedented training realism and resolution.

VITAL features industry-leading low-latency host transfer rates, up to 8K resolution and refresh rates up to 120Hz. The result is the highest fidelity for any visual system available.

CrewView is the most crisp, clear, consistent, and dependable display solution available today, offering fields of view in excess of 60 degrees vertical and 300 degrees horizontal. It offers distortion-free, true and consistent images. This superior optical performance is crucial to achieve today’s flight training needs.

The CrewView glass mirror display provides superior optical performance and sharper image clarity with significant advances in fidelity. CrewView fills the entire aircraft window, eliminating ground rush distortions and allowing the greatest level of effectiveness in training.

Online Instructor-Led LiveLearning

Already a leader in online and self-paced instruction, FlightSafety expanded its digital offerings in 2020 to reach customers who were unable to travel due to the pandemic. With instructor-led LiveLearning, pilots and technicians train with industry-leading subject matter experts from their own sites.

These classes offer real-time engagement with peers and instructors, allowing for complex training at a distance. LiveLearning curriculum is designed for online delivery, developed and perfected to maximize the impact of the online training experience.

LiveLearning allows pilots to begin their recurrent training remotely, then complete it in the simulator within 90 days to meet regulatory approval requirements. The courses include live class surveys, recordings, videos, and interactive demonstrations, all optimized for multi-platform compatibility including desktops, tablets and laptops. LiveLearning courses also include general training subjects, in addition to a growing library of type-specific pilot and maintenance training.

3D Virtual Aircraft and Mixed Reality

Beginning with training for Pilatus aircraft, FlightSafety is launching Virtual Aircraft, an immersive 3D learning experience aimed to assist pilots and instructors in exploring the aircraft within the classroom as if they were out on the flight line.

With Virtual Aircraft, students are situated within a real-life contextual environment with the aircraft appropriately scaled in both size and depth. Their interactions with the aircraft’s various components are true to life and happening in real time. This immersive media leads to greater levels of knowledge retention and an increase in transferable skill, building confidence and competency in operation.

Maintenance technicians also benefit from FlightSafety’s new Virtual Engine Trainers, real-time, interactive and animated models of Pratt & Whitney Canada engines. Virtual Engine Trainers allow instructors and students to view the engine and the many individual components in any position or system grouping and even conduct practical maintenance procedures such as part replacement. X-ray and move functionality further enables students to view dynamic cross-sections into nearly every engine part. Borescope inspection training is also available with typical wear and tear simulated throughout the engine, allowing students to practice damage assessment and engine dispatchability. EASA has approved Virtual Engine Training as a method of assessment in up to 50 percent of practical engine training.

FlightSafety has also developed virtual reality training in its Mixed Reality Flight system, which has been utilized by government and defense customers.

The Future of Training

FlightSafety continues to expand its high-tech training offerings to meet the needs of aviation everywhere. Its advances in simulation technology have significantly improved the effectiveness and reduced the cost of training in multiple ways. Trust FlightSafety to continue to lead the way in cutting-edge technology and superior training equipment.


Continue Reading