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Editorial   Dear Readers, 

Welcome to our October Edition!  

Despite the fact that it is now Autumn, I have decided to engage in occupying my evenings with Spring Cleaning! I do this in conjunction with the cleaning I would normally be doing were I back home in Melbourne.
As such, I have been finding small trinkets or maps or brochures, most of which are related to travels done over the past year and a half in Switzerland, but I have also found a map and general guide to the Avalon Airshow from 2011. A biennial event held at Avalon Airport, Victoria, the Airshow showcases the Aviation, Aerospace and Defense sectors for Australia and the Asia Pacific Region. I must have meant to bring the show guide to Switzerland with me, as it has a huge picture of an F-111 Aardvark, before they were retired from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Now I have found it, I can put it up in my office!
For the time being, down to business, however!

In the not-too-distant future, there are our courses for the coming year to discover and consider. Please have a look at the open course status and our course updates for further information.

Read about Zodiac Aerospace's take over into the IFE market in this month's main article.
Also included are a couple of
short topics.
This month, QCM is pleased have a few job offers available, and you can, of course, continue to send us your job vacancies and descriptions to be posted in our newsletter.

Here's to keeping warm, and enjoying chocolate!

Warmly yours,

Erika G

Course Updates
I. Open Course Status
November 2014 -  February 2015

II. Open Course Status EASA Part-147 Type Trainings

Main Article


II. Human Endeavor: Global 7000 / 8000

III. Aviation Advances: NASA Technology To Help Alaska Pilots 

IIII. Cessna Upgrades Latitude range, take-off performance 

Job Market

Please find below our open courses with seats available.

If you are interested in participating in these courses, or any other training, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  I. Open Course Status November 2014 - February 2015
  Course Title Date
  Management Systems in Aviation 11.-14.11.14 open Markus Friedli
  Auditor Refresher 19.11.14 open Georg Stöcker
  EASA Part-66/-147 25.-26.11.14 open Georg Stöcker
  EASA Part-M Subpart G 25.-26.11.14 fully booked Paul Baumann
  Airworthiness Review for ARC Signatories 27.11.14 1 Paul Baumann
  EASA Part-145 02.-03.12.14 2 Uwe Kopelke
  FTS/EWIS Refresher 10.12.14 open Paul Baumann
  Maintenance Program 16.-7.12.14 open Markus Willlisch
  EASA Part-21 DOA Basic 13.-14.01.15 open Christian Schusser
  EASA Part-145 03.-04.02.15 open Georg Stöcker
  Maintenance Program 10.-11.02.15 open Markus Willisch
  Management Systems in Aviation 23.-26.02.15 open Markus Friedli
 If not stated otherwise, courses take place in our facilities in Belp/Berne.
Please click on the Course title for detailed information

II. Open Course Status EASA Part-147 Type Trainings
  Course Title Date
  Cessna 560XL 24.11.-12.12.2014 open Chris Tamerius
  Dassault Falcon 900B - 900EX 05.-07.12.2014 open tbd
 If not stated otherwise, courses take place in our facilities in Belp/Berne.
Please click on the Course title for detailed information

Zodiac Aerospace aims to become major player in connectivity 
Zodiac Aerospace is known for a great many things, but inflight connectivity isn’t necessarily one of them. That’s why you might be surprised to learn that the aircraft interiors giant – which supplies everything from seats and galleys to IFE and overhead bins – has been quietly building up its wireless IFE and connectivity proficiencies over the last year, and now fully identifies as an all-round “IFEC” provider.

In 2013 the company acquired a small, but highly respected technology firm called TriaGnoSys, which was already providing cellular and wireless solutions to the industry, and boasted inflight connectivity provider OnAir as its largest customer. “What OnAir has been doing in the retrofit market with GSM and wireless streaming is based on TriaGnoSys hardware,” says Harry Gray, who serves as VP of sales and marketing for Zodiac’s ‘Zii’ unit, which is short for Zodiac Inflight Innovations.

In addition to that, says Gray, “We have also been delivering connectivity software to Thales for their IFE. When you look at who is doing what in wireless, and who is providing the hardware and software, we are now essentially fully self-contained. We do our own server, software, applications; the only thing we don’t build ourselves is the wireless access point.”

Zii is now more focused on selling its wireless products directly to airlines than simply whitelisting them for others. “We’ve got agreements in place today to continue offering our product as an OEM to both OnAir and Thales. But we’re still primarily focused on marketing directly to the airlines,” confirms Gray, who notes that Air Transat is already flying Zii’s wireless IFE product known as RAVE Wireless, a sister product to the firm’s established RAVE Centric seat-centric embedded IFE system.

“We did make a general announcement at the APEX EXPO trade show, where we signed up a large (unannounced) airline customer with 200-plus single aisle aircraft [for RAVE Wireless]. The first aircraft should be in service at the first of the year. That was a major coup for us. It was a huge competition with at least 10 suppliers that were in consideration for that business,” adds Gray.[RAVE]Over 143 aircraft are now flying with Zodiac’s RAVE Centric embedded IFE solution

RAVE Wireless is a stand-alone product but it can also be optionally combined with RAVE Centric, RAVE Cellular, and/or RAVE Broadband, notes the Zii executive. RAVE Broadband, you say? Naturally, our ears perk up whenever we hear the word “broadband” because we’re aware that passengers are nothing short of insatiable for bandwidth.

“We think Ka provides the best opportunity for meeting passenger expectations and service levels as the long-term solution. That includes both ViaSat’s regional Ka and Inmarsat’s Global Xpress,” says Gray. And while he declines to specify just what type of partnerships have been forged in this regard, the Zii executive assures , “We’ve got a lot of connectivity proposals out there today with major airlines that provide a variety of technical solutions to meet their operational criteria. We anticipate some airline decisions taking place, hopefully with our connectivity solution before the end of this year.”

As previously reported by RGN, Zodiac is able to offer “complete cabin” packages to airlines,inclusive of Ka-band connectivity, IFE, seats, lavs, galleys, overhead bins and more.

Though Zii certainly sees Ka connectivity as the future, the company is also working on a couple of projects today where it’s interfacing its RAVE Centric embedded system “with other Ku-band connectivity solutions (not provided by Zii), as the airline had already selected their connectivity supplier”, reveals Gray.

This begs the question – does Zii have any plans for delivering a truly “connected” version of its own RAVE Centric embedded IFE solution with, say, social media applications and live credit card transactions? “We have proposals out there today to major airlines as well as OEMs to offer just that. I am hoping you’ll see an announcement in the not too distant future. And honestly, the TriaGnoSys piece is the brains behind it as well; it brought a lot of intellectual property (people, experience and success) that we are using today in our solutions,” says Gray.

Zodiac faces plenty of competition in the wireless and connectivity space. Big names like Panasonic, Thales, Gogo, Global Eagle and others – including potential partner ViaSat – have a hefty head-start on the firm. But TraiGnoSys and one of its original co-founders, Dr. Axel Jahn, are part of Zodiac’s now not-so-secret weapons for making fast gains in the space.

As for how the inflight Internet business model will shake out, Gray believes a one-size-fits-all pricing structure doesn’t suit the market, but that passengers will ultimately expect to be connected for free.

“Connectivity is one of those subjects that has the attention of the market on a global basis. The major question is – are passengers willing to pay for it? You can look at Starbucks, hotel lobbies, hotel rooms and what the consumer is asked to pay for or what is provided for free …I think it’s still yet to be determined, but at the end of the day, I think the trend is – and certainly with the younger generation – the expectation is that it will be free. I think there are few different business models that can provide services to meet both the airline budget as well as the passenger expectations,” he says.

Thank you to Runway Girl Network for the article; read more on the topic here.
I am always on the hunt for various topics on which to write my article each month. If you have a suggestion, or simply a question you would like answered, please do not hesitate to write me an email. I can be reached by clicking on this link:

Notice of Proposed Amendments (NPAs)


Certification Specifications for Standard Changes & Standard Repairs (CS-STAN) - Phase 1 
06/10/2014 06/01/2015
Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA ETSO-2C153) 
10/09/2014 10/12/2014
New training methods and new teaching technologies 
09/09/2014 09/12/2014
Update of CS ADR-DSN.D.260 Taxiway minimum separation distance
03/09/2014 03/12/2014

 Human Endeavor: Global 7000/8000

The latest additions to Bombardier's Global family - the 7000 and 8000 - are capable of very long flights, so comfort and ergonomics were vitally important for the interior design.

The Interior of the Global 7000 was showcased for the first time at EBACE in May 2014, just over three and a half years after the aircraft's launch alongside the Global 8000 in October 2010.


The 7000 and 8000 extend the Global range, which also includes the 5000 and 6000. The 7000 should enter service in 2016, and the 8000 in 2017. List prices are US$72.4m for the 7000 and US$68.4m for the 8000. "Now we have models that cover a spectrum of passenger comfort and flying range needs," says Sean Johnson, who is in charge of the 7000 and 8000 interior design team at Bombardier.

A key driver for both programs was customer demand for a very long range, which also necessitates a high level of comfort. The 7000 can travel 7,300 nautical miles non-stop, while the 8000 is capable of 7,900 nautical miles. "These aircraft will connect more cities non-stop than ever before," Bassam Sabbagh, vice president and general manager of the 7000 and 8000 program at Bombardier. "They were developed to meet our customers' need for long-range travel in comfort, and have a flexible arrangement that allows passengers to enjoy the cabin while on the 16-hour flight." 

The main difference between the 7000 and 8000 fuselages is the length. The 7000 will be Bombardier's biggest cabin, with four interior zones. The 8000 has three zones in a shorter fuselage, enabling its increased range. The fuselages are very similar in terms of geometry to the earlier Globals, but Bombardier has chosen new suppliers.

"While they are similar-looking aircraft to previous Globals, the 7000 and 8000 embody a lot of new designs and technologies," says Johnson. For example, the overall window area is 80% greater. "It's a huge boost to natural light," says Johnson.


It's also a feature that had to be planned very early. "I am responsible for the interior and I was there very early on in the program," says Johnson. "We took the opportunity to ensure that we spaces the windows  the cabin and we baked that into the aircraft design very early. We created the ideal seating area, with windows in the right locations relative to the seats. We always have a window over a table, we always have a window next to a seat and they are evenly-spaced, so there is a nice sense of symmetry. We designed from the inside out, tailoring the aircraft structure to the way that the interior should be laid out, not the other way around, which is very common in aircraft design."

Read the rest of the article in the September 2014 edition of Business Jet Interiors International, or find all articles online by clicking here.

Aviation Advances 
NASA Technology To Help Alaska Pilots



NASA has developed a new technology to help deliver information to pilots flying in remote areas of Alaska without access to navigation aids and communications. The project, called Traffic and Atmospheric Information for General Aviation (TAIGA), can provide a pilot with customized data sets that can be downloaded quickly via satellite and plugged into a mobile application. For example, the system can send pilots a dataset that shows the altitude of nearby terrain via color, with terrain higher than the airplane's altitude marked in red. "Each data broadcast will go only to the areas that are appropriate for those data," said Joseph Rios, TAIGA engineer at NASA's Ames Research Center in California. "Once a pilot receives a data broadcast, it will be available for viewing on their iPad."

Since sending data via satellite can be expensive, NASA also developed a method for tightly bundling the data to be transmitted, thereby decreasing the cost of satellite transmission. The next step in development of the TAIGA concept will be for engineers with the State of Alaska to take the NASA concept and develop it into an app that meets the specific needs of Alaskan pilots. Alaskan officials hope to distribute a prototype app to general aviation pilots for testing early next year. 


 Cessna upgrades Latitude range, take-off performance   

Cessna has claimed an early edge over its closest competitor after announcing a 200nm (370km) improvement in range and a 9% reduction in take-off roll for the Citation Latitude.

With one-third of the certification programme left to complete, Cessna now lists the still-developmental midsize jet with a 2,700nm range at long-range cruise speed and a take-off distance of 1,118m (3,668ft).

It is the programme’s third announce range increase for the Latitude, which was unveiled with an announced range of 2,000nm.

“The entire team is focused on ensuring we exceed customer expectations with the new Citation Latitude,” says Scott Ernest, president and chief executive of parent Textron Aviation.

Three Latitude flight test aircraft have logged more than 260 flights and 600 flight hours since achieving first flight on 18 February.

The fourth test aircraft – named P-3 – joined the test team on 30 September with a 2.5h first flight.

The programme remains on track to receive airworthiness certification in the second quarter next year.

That schedule means it will enter service simultaneously with the planned arrival of the Embraer Legacy 450, its closest competitor.

Embraer now lists the Legacy 450 with a range of 2,500nm, or 200nm shorter than the latest improvement in the Latitude’s performance. Like many manufacturers, however, the Brazilian manufacturer often increases performance standards as new aircraft approach certification.

Last month, Embraer announced the certification of the Legacy 500 while raising the promise range by 130nm to 3,130nm, as it chases the 3,200nm range of the slightly larger Bombardier Challenger 350.

The $16 million Latitude seats up to nine passengers plus two crewmembers.  





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