Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Honeywell you say?

Twinpilot provided the following:

Aviation International News just reported:

"Eclipse’s Relationship with Avidyne Terminated

VLJ developer Eclipse Aviation announced last week that its relationship with avionics supplier Avidyne has ended. Eclipse plans to announce shortly which companies will supply components for the Model 500’s Avio integrated avionics system.

AIN has been told by a source close to the process that Honeywell will be sharing the job with another specialist, thought to be Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S).

Also, the FAA Flight Standardization Board (FSB) this week released its draft Eclipse 500 report, which specifies “master training, checking and currency requirements applicable to flight crews.”

Certain mandatory training prerequisites include studying jet operations and single-pilot resource management; a Myers-Briggs type indicator test complete with a psychologist’s review of the results; and emergency procedures training (physiological and hypoxia training and upset training in Eclipse’s L-39 jet training airplane).

All Part 91 pilots will be required to participate in Eclipse’s mentoring program. The FSB report noted that the FAA considers the Eclipse a centerline-thrust twin “since no VMC speed is published,” and pilots who are not multiengine rated will have a limitation placed on their type rating specifying centerline thrust only."

Twin pilot added, Honeywell and IS&S can certainly do the job if allowed to but it won't be cheap.


airtaximan said...

sing along...everybody now...

"everything is beautiful, in its own way...."

"don't worry, be happy..."

I feel so much better now -

Nerdy Engineer said...

These might be a stupid questions but here goes. How does "no VMC speed is published" translate into the equivalent of a centerline-thrust twin? Also, how do you get a type rating for an aircraft with two engines without having a multiengine rating?

Isn't part of the multiengine rating learning how to deal with assymetric thrust conditions?

airtaximan said...

from Richard Aboulafia's February...


Poaching jobs isn’t as good as creating your own program. A few years back, New Mexico attracted Eclipse Aviation with a simple incentive: an outright equity injection. Basically, New Mexico decided to invest seed money to create a jet that would compete with jets built in Wichita. When Europe does it the US Government calls it “illegal launch aid,” but apparently New Mexico’s aid is fine because…well, because it comes in dollars. Eclipse’s own website references Molly McMillan’s fine Wichita Eagle piece about New Mexico gaining at Kansas’s expense (“New Mexico, a.k.a. New Wichita”). What’s next, a higher tax on registering those competing Kansas jets in New Mexico? If state governments can erect “import” barriers to out-of-state wine, why not do the same for out-of-state jets?

New Mexico taxpayers will benefit mightily as soon as annual Eclipse production exceeds 1,000 planes, according to its plan. And if Eclipse implodes like a snake oil-fueled pyramid scheme, well, I’m sure New Mexico state officials can recoup their losses through their Nigerian email correspondence program.

Finding Two. If a state plays this game it quickly reaches an absurd level. Just after the LoPresti micro-triumph New Mexico announced a $100 million investment to build…a spaceport (I really wish I was making this up). This will service Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and is obviously a necessary subsidy, because Branson, for some reason, has no cash. (See the December 2005 press release at http://ww1.edd.state.nm.us. Title: Richardson Announces $100 Million Commitment to Build World’s First Spaceport. Implicit subtitles: “Private Sector Baulks At Risky Project; We’re enlisting New Mexico Taxpayers To Provide Generous Help” and “Hooray! We’re Morons!”). Today, Kansas and Florida. Tomorrow, Low Earth Orbit. Who can stop New Mexico from operating like an aerospace banana republic? In search of good government I asked my friend Jeff Schwartz what could be done. Jeff is one of the smartest government guys I know, and he works for the Appalachian Regional Commission, which funds development work in states in their jurisdiction. “We’re on it,” he reassured me, referring me to their code (http://www.arc.gov/index.do?nodeId=1242#chap8). The ARC prohibits its money from going to “(A) Any form of assistance to relocating industries; (B) recruitment activities that place a state in competition with another state or states; and (C) projects that promote unfair competition between businesses within the same immediate service area.”

In short, the ARC helps fight stupid inter-state job poaching. Lamentably, the ARC’s authority doesn’t include New Mexico. Perhaps what the US really needs is its own domestic NAFTA, or a WTO that prevents intra-country subsidization. Or maybe accepting government cash produces its own quick punishment. When Eclipse’s business case smacks into the tarmac, sensible taxpayers will demand accountability.

Jake Pliskin said...

for eb, ken and eo387; when were you made aware of the pending avionics shakeup?

Anonymous said...

I can tell you right now, there are more New Mexico plates on vehicles showing up by the week here in Indy......