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  • Western Air targets abandoned Air Jamaica routes

    News | 25 Mar 2010 21:16 | Megan Kuhn

    <p>Bahamian carrier Western Air seeks to grow its scheduled international network beyond two forthcoming Jamaican routes being abandoned by Air Jamaica.</p><p>The...
  • New life for Merlin executive twin-prop

    News | 09 Nov 2005 00:00

    <P><BR>The world’s fleet of 80 remaining twin-prop Fairchild Merlin executive aircraft manufactured between 1979 and 1986 are to be brought into the 21st century.<BR></P> <P align=center><IMG alt=Merlin src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=10324"></P> <P>M7 Aerospace, the OEM license holder of the Merlin aircraft, says it is rolling out a program of extensive refurbishment and announced the sale of the first updated M7 Merlin. This aircraft, MT50, is on display at the static park.</P> <P>“An M7 Merlin is a unique product. With all the available options, it’s as close as you can get to a brand-new airplane,” says Chester Schickling, vice-president. </P> <P><STRONG>Competitive<BR><BR></STRONG>Schickling adds that the new M7 Merlin is more relevant than ever due to its low unit cost, good comfort, competitive fuel economy and a range of 2,000nm (3,700km).</P> <P>Under the program, the company says Merlins or Metros are brought back to its San Antonio factory, where they are carefully
  • Converted ATR to aid African monsoon research project

    News | 04 Apr 2005 23:00

    <p>An ATR 42 twin-turboprop airliner has been fitted with a suite of radar and laser spectrometry sensors to conduct meteorological research on African monsoons.</p> <p>The Safire project is led by France's meteorological office, Meteo, and the ATR is being converted by EADS Sogerma in Bordeaux. The sensors are located on top of and underneath the aircraft's fuselage and on underwing pylons.</p> <p>"We need four to five months to put in the consoles for the internal equipment," says Marc Pontaud, head of Meteo's Safire project. "Hopefully they will be ready [for research] in September." </p> <p>Certification flights are expected to take place at the French air force base at Francazal, 3km (2 miles) from Blangnac, from June. The ATR 42 will replace Meteo's Fairchild Merlin IV A. </p> <p>For the joint UK/French monsoon research, a Falcon 20 is also being converted by Dassault Aviation for Meteo, and the UK Met Office's BAe 146 will aid the work.</p>
  • Meggitt's EFIS upgrade is Magic

    News | 13 May 2002 23:00

    <p>Meggitt Avionics has introduced a digital flight control system (DFCS) for retrofit to twin-turboprops. The Magic 2100 DFCS is a three-axis autopilot based on Mineral Wells, Texas-based Meggitt's air data, attitude and heading reference system (ADAHRS). The solid-state ADAHRS is the heart of the company's Magic electronic flight instrument system (EFIS).</p> <p>Features include an altitude pre-selector and airspeed hold function, voice annunciator and liquid-crystal display. The 2100 is a panel-mounted system, and the company plans to launch a more capable remote-mounted version within nine months.</p> <p>Meggitt is working on several twin-turboprop retrofit programmes, beginning with the Rockwell Commander 690. The Magic flat-panel EFIS is already certificated in the Commander. The company is also planning to certificate the EFIS, Magic engine instrument display system and DFCS in the Cessna Conquest II, Fairchild Merlin, Piper Cheyenne and the Raytheon King Air 90.</p>
  • Belgium replacement

    News | 10 Feb 1999 10:08

    <p>The Belgian air force is to replace three HS 748 transports and five Fairchild Merlin III liaison aircraft by a single type. The Fairchild Dornier 328 is thought to be the air force's first choice, but the Fokker 50 and de Havilland DHC-8 are also being evaluated. The Merlin III and HS748 have been in service for some 25 years with 21 Squadron at Melsbroek AB, near Brussels. </p>
  • Shopping around

    News | 18 Apr 1995 23:00

    <p>With an ageing combat and support fleet, the Thai air force is looking for rejuvenation. </p> <p>Ren‚ van Woezik/BANGKOK </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The countries bordering Thailand are in the process of upgrading their combat-aircraft inventories. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is campaigning to strengthen its own fighter fleet. Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Malaysia are all undertaking procurement programmes, with Western and Russian manufacturers bidding heavily for the work. The question is, to what extent will their decisions influence Thai plans? </p> <p>Malaysia's candidacy to become the first export customer for Russia's RVV-AE (AA-12 Adder) active-radar-guided missile, part of its Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum package, is already having a knock-on effect. Thailand wants the Hughes AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile to counter this. </p> <p>The RTAF receives its second batch of Lockheed F-16A/B Fighting Falcons in June, with the