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Aimed at growing airport capacity beyond today's current, a recently completed study by a European Commission determined the feasibility of utilizing a single circular or "endless" runway. Conceptually, the circular runway allows continuous approaches into the most favorable winds, and reduces taxi times to airport infrastructure- such as gates or parking stands by a reported 40-90%. Using Charles De Gaulle Airport CDG (Paris France) as a comparative model in their study, a circular runway airport of similar size would permit up to 146 movements per hour compared to CDG's approximate 115. The concept, while novel, isn't new or untested.
During World War II, though the more standardized "triangle" runway configuration at Army Air Force bases and auxiliary landing fields became the norm, Naval Air Station Glenview just outside Chicago IL counted 2 "landing circles" among its 5 runways. More in line with the European Commission's Endless Runway Project were tests completed in the 1960s using an enormous circular track — the General Motors Proving Grounds near Mesa AZ. The study was conducted by the Bureau of Naval Weapons to determine "the feasibility of flight operations from a circular runway." Conducted using a variety of aircraft, including a T28, an A1E, an A4B, and a C54, the trails concluded the concept was not only feasible, but superior to a straight runway in many respects. Published in Feb 1966 by Cdr Lloyd Smith, the study determined that "When landing on a circular runway aircraft lateral and directional stability are both more positive on a flat runway. Tangenital approaches are no more difficult than approaches to a straight runway and low visibility approaches are much simpler than to a straight runway."





Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASUS) announces Ecliptus night vision recording system. Originally offered as the N16HT Pro System, the rebranded Ecliptusis a wireless , recording and image sharing system that marries a GoPro Hero 4 camera to a intensified night vision equipped device. Ecliptus offers a 40-degree field of view, weigh less than 1lb, is integrated with GoPro Hero 4 and captures images at 12 megapixels with a burst mode of 30 frames per second. ASU has created a kickstarter campaign to support the development of the product.




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Embraer delivers 2 Legacy 450s on 2 continents. Aircraft mgmt co Smart Air took delivery of the first European-based Legacy 450 on Dec 30, 2015 in Luxembourg. New trade show technology provider LMG accepted delivery of the first Legacy 450 in the US on Dec 20, 2015 in Orlando.

GV and GIV operators can now install Gogo's cabin connectivity system UCS 5000. When the media server is connected with Gogo Vision paxs can access inflight entertainment. When harnessed with Iridium and SwiftBroadband, Gogo Text & Talk allows multiple users to have smartphone access for calling and texting. Gulfstream is working on STCs for connectivity on G550 and G450 aircraft.

Amid softening offshore helo sector, Lockheed Martin is committed to commercial helos. Lockheed Martin completed the $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky from UTC on Nov 6, 2015. Sikorsky produces the S76D series and heavy lift S92 for civil applications.

UK study to plan military helicopter procurement strategy through 2045. Tasked with consolidating the rotorcraft needs of 3 services the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC), a triservice org of the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, will be evaluating what capabilities are needed and how to best meet that need with focus on investment and operational effectiveness.

FlightSafety makes Cessna training more accessible for customers. Atlanta gains a Sovereign sim. Orlando adds a CJ4 training program and sim to its mix. Wichita adds 2 Caravan sims and a Latitude as well. Columbus will gain sims for the Latitude and XLS+ next year.

EC145 Level D full motion sim lands at Metro's Helicopter Flight Training Center. First of its kind in North America, the EC145 Level D sim was engineering through a joint venture between Metro Av and FlightSafety Intl. Also located in Shreveport are a FSI EC135 Level D sim, an AS350 Level 7 FTD and a Frasca Bell 407 Level 7 FTD.

JSSI celebrates 20 yrs of assoc with FAA. Jet Support Services Intl, an independent alternative to OEM power by the hour programs, signed a 5-yr agreement to support 26 of the FAA's diverse fleet of aircraft, including a King Air 300, Challenger 601, 604 and Gulfstream GIV.

Aero Electric Aircraft Corp's Sun Flyer participated in electric engine noise tests with National Park Service at APA (Denver CO). Branch Chief of Science and Engineering for the National Park Service Kurt Fristrup reported the difference in noise level was on the order of 30 dB, meaning the Sun Flyer radiates roughly 1/1000th the noise of a conventional aircraft. Sun Flyer is designed to be a 2-place trainer.

SkyVector announces ForeFlight, Garmin and Dynon compatibility. Aeronautical chart and flight planning activity SkyVector has created an "export and share" feature that allows pilots creating flightplans via SkyVector to send a flightplan to their ForeFlight account, or save it with use of an SD card and upload it directly to their Garmin or Dynon avionics-equipped aircraft.

NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference hosted 517 exhibitors and 2800+ attendees. Conference was held in Tampa Jan 19-22.

Banyan FXE (Ft Lauderdale FL) offers 2 programs in Feb. On Wed Feb 17 Banyan hosts a 1-day G5000 retrofit open house for Beechjet and Hawker operators. On Feb 18 Banyan hosts a NextGen upgrade and educational event from 10 am to 4 pm at Hgr 62. ADS-B, FANS-1A, EFIS and IFE upgrades will be featured along with avionics from Rockwell Collins, Universal Avionics, Garmin and CMD Flight Solutions.

Static display aircraft will include the King Air 250, 350 and a Quest Kodiak.

World Fuel Services to undertake IS-BAH certification of its Air Elite Network. Accreditation requires FBO staff to attend an IS-BAH workshop, incorporate SMS and receive a 3rd party audit. A voluntary standard among FBOs and Business Aircraft Handlers, IS-BAH incorporates the NATA Safety 1st Program with an industry best practices SMS program.

Napa Jet Center APC (Napa CA) is accepting reservations for Super Bowl XL. Napa Jet Ctr is encouraging operators planning to fly to the Bay Area for the game to reserve slots now. Among the major area airports slotted between Feb 4 and 8, APC is situated approx 80 miles from Levi Stadium.

Shell brands Talon Air FRG (Farmingdale NY). Parent activity is known for its charter, management and mx services. FBO opened in early Jan and features guest and office space, heated hangar space, 3 acres of ramp space, a fuel farm and VIP helo transfer service to Manhattan.

Avflight acquires Gunnison Valley Av GUC (Gunnison CO). Now named Avflight GUC the FBO offers full passenger, aircraft and pilot services, hangarage, office space, airframe and powerplant services, Avfuel contract fuel and Avtrip reward programs. Avflight is part of the Avfuel-branded network of 600 worldwide FBOs.

Stevens Aviation selected to install new Sandel Avilon avionics. Avilon is developed for operators of the King Air 200 and above series of aircraft. It meets all 2020 NextGen regulations and installs in as little as 5 days.

Air Culinaire acquires SkyTop Catering HPN (White Plains NY). Purchase increases the number of Air Culinaire kitchens to 21 in the United States. SkyTop team members at HPN will be retained and will go through an Air Culinaire training program.

EPIC Aviation adds Konect Av MMV (McMinnville OR). Konect was recently awarded the RFP as both the FBO and airport operator at McMinnville, and specializes in helicopter flight training.

Clay Lacy Aviation adds 7 aircraft to charter fleet. The planes include a Global Express, Gulfstream G550, Falcon 900EX EASy, Phenom 300 and Hawker 800XP, all based at VNY (Van Nuys CA). Two Lear 60s will be based at CRQ (Carlsbad CA), and SNA (Santa Ana CA) respectively. All the aircraft feature high speed WiFi among other cabin appointments.


West Star builds 13-pax config for Falcon 2000. East Alton IL facility has reconfigured a Falcon 2000 cabin to accommodate 13 pax compared to the normal 8-10 pax capacity. Changes include fabricating a new, reduced size RH galley and LH aux galley, shifting the forward cabin bulkhead/door forward and extending all the side ledges and window panels. Final touch is the addition of new veneers, soft goods, countertops, plating and switch panels for the cabin. http:www.weststaraviation.com.


Terrafugia to do R&D tests with model of TF-X. Terrafugia has received FAA approval to operate its VTOL flying car as a small-scale unmanned aircraft system (UAS) model for research and development. This research will test the sustained stabilized hovering capability and aerodynamic soundness of the model before a full-scale version is built. Dates for the testing are to be determined. TF-X is on the drawing board to carry 4 pax with a nonstop range of at least 500 nm and cruise speeds up to 200 mph. It will take off vertically from a level clearing and will be legally approved to drive on roads and highways. Hangarage can be a standard single car garage. Timeline on producing the TF-X is about 8 — 12 years. Click here to view video: http://www.terrafugia.com



Ed Stockhausen is new dir of safety at Metro Av in Shreveport LA. He will oversee safety initiatives at Metro's completion center at Shreveport and its 34 op bases around the US. Stockhausen began his career in 1977 as the crew chief and load master for the U S Army parachute team, the Golden Knights. Since 2005 he served with Air Methods.

Greg Labbs is named director of FBO Services at Banyan. Laabs has over 36 years of experience in positions at various top flights MROs around the US.

Marc Medeiros appointed sales director at Mid-Continent Instruments. Twenty years industry veteran Marc Medeiros was appointed to lead Mid-Continent Instruments sales stratregy in January.



Unemployment statics underscore the strength of a country and is just 1 indicator in evaluating the status of the world economy. Most countries listed below have some aviation manufacturing, and many receive government support. Timeframe for the data is listed. Source: Trading Economies. For more info: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/country-list/unemployment-rate.


When a bunker has a name you can bet it's a beaut. It's called the Himalayas on the Church Course at St Enodoc Golf Club in Cornwall England. Hole 6 is a 376-yarder and features a hidden fairway bunker that is 40 ft deep and 25 ft wide. Want to see it for yourself? Closest airport is Newquay Cornwall Airport NQY and FBO Weston Aviation is on site.


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