Industry Round-up, March 1, 2019
This week, AVweb’s news roundup uncovered reports on a sun shade package for Cirrus owners, a new digital audio controller, an acquisition for Southern Airlines and CEFA’s first office outside of Europe. The roundup also found announcements about new FAA PMA approvals for Airforms and 2019 goals for the U.K.’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation.
Jet Shades has announced that it is now offering a sun shade package for Cirrus aircraft. The company’s Total Cirrus Solution includes removable sun-protecting panels for two Cirrus cockpit doors, one windshield, two passenger windows and the rear storage area skylight. Also in the product arena, PS Engineering has introduced a new digital audio controller. The PAC45A accommodates up to four individual control heads, interfaces to eight com radios and eight switched receiver inputs, includes a recording system that allows up to nine customizable audio alerts, and incorporates two built-in speaker amplifiers.
Southern Airways has acquired Hawaii-based Mokulele Airlines. Following the integration of the two airlines, Southern says the combined entity will operate 1,380 weekly flights. Also expanding, flight data animation software company CEFA Aviation will be opening a new office in China. Located in Regus Shanghai Maxdo Center in the Hongqiao development zone, the office will be CEFA’s first outside of Europe.
Airforms Inc. has announced that it has received FAA PMA approval for door hinge halves for Cessna 208 and 208B aircraft. The hinges are approved in two configurations: standard hinge halves and hinge halves with replaceable bushings installed. Finally, the U.K.’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) has launched a list of updated programs including policy objectives to be pursued in 2019. Objectives include campaigning for improved safeguarding of airfields, working toward greater tax relief on flight training, improving the fairness of lower airspace management, opening clearer pathways through education to aviation jobs and lobbying for realignment of the policy on military disposals to support museums and heritage organizations.