November 11, 2009
Oct. 25 - Now that the Sweepstakes Bonanza is back in Mineral Wells, Texas, Mike Keirnan and the S-Tec certification team are completing the FAA documentation required for a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Meggitt electronic flight information (EFIS) system.
Some of the required tests involve human factors, avionics cooling, HERF (high-energy radio frequency), lightning interference, structures, EMI (electromagnetic), and RFI (radio frequency interference). Meggitt/S-Tec is busy preparing detailed procedures for complying with the regulations and advisory information governing the STC process. Some of these tests have been already approved during the Meggitt EFIS installation in The New Piper Malibu Meridian. Keirnan estimates that the flight tests will take 15 hours.
Since the Sweeps Bonanza is going to be front and center at AOPA Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from November 8 through the 10, the Meggitt/S-Tec certification team has been concentrating on preparing for the tests. After the airplane returns from Expo, it will be transferred into the experimental category for the flight test phase of the STC process.
From the NBAA convention in Orlando, a look at some new aircraft that are actually flying. NTSB chairman worries about automation causing a lack of professionalism and diminishing safety. Controlling the aircraft with the sound of your voice.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
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