NBAA Convention News - 2012

NBAA Convention News
Tarek Ragheb, founder and chairman of AfBAA

The recently formed African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA, Booth No. 2516) announced at NBAA’12 the launch of new membership categories and a leadership group. “Our vision is to make sure business aviation is recognized as an asset to Africa,” said Tarek Ragheb, founder and chairman of AfBAA.

It was a packed house for the first of several “iPad in the Cockpit” education seminars during NBAA’12. Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro, Foreflight and WingX7Pro applications were featured.

Three popular Apple iPad applications were central to the first of several education sessions dedicated to the iPad-based electronic flight bag (EFB) at NBAA’12. Speakers featuring Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck, ForeFlight Mobile and WingX Pro 7 all had their time at the podium offering information on how the products can enhance flight safety and efficiency across the business aviation fleet.

NBAA released a new study today showing that even during the worst economic times since the Great Depression, companies that relied on business aviation outperformed those that did not. According to NBAA, the companies that use business aircraft have better shareholder value and recovered from the recession more quickly than their peers.

It takes more than a monster storm and a potentially stifling presidential TFR to knock out the 65th Annual NBAA Convention and Trade Show. With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the northeastern U.S. on the Saturday before the annual gathering, airlines began a chain of flight cancellations that eventually topped 8,000 before the storm made landfall in southern New Jersey on Monday evening.

Bombardier mobile response trucks

Bombardier is moving to upgrade its customer product support and training options. To that end, the company announced a major expansion of its service capabilities, including deployment of a fleet of mobile response trucks and three new regional support offices co-located with Bombardier factory-owned maintenance facilities in Tucson, Hartford and Fort Lauderdale.

NBAA 2012

There are more than 1,000 exhibitor booths this year at the NBAA Convention, which is being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Overview of NBAA static display area

The 2012 NBAA Convention static display at Orlando Executive Airport includes some 90 business aircraft, ranging from piston singles to bizliners. Photos by Mariano Rosales.

Cessna Aircraft's “American Patriot” Citation Mustang

The second outdoor static display that was “just a few steps away from the convention center” and made its debut at last year’s NBAA Convention was so enthusiastically received by both exhibitors and attendees that the association decided to do it at this year’s show in Orlando, Fla.

More Stories from NBAA 2012

November 6, 2012, 2:50 PM

Vision Systems is here with two new cabin products, Smart Up, a tablet support arm, and VisiConnect, for in-flight Internet connectivity. Both products are available for all types of business jets.

The Lyon, France-based company has designed a motorized-deployment arm, integrated in the passenger’s armrest. Smart Up can accommodate any type of tablet in portrait or landscape position. The arm weighs 3.3 pounds, according to Vision Systems. Embraer has adopted the new arm for its Phenom 300 light business jet.

November 1, 2012, 1:00 PM

The Lindbergh Foundation chose the first day of the 2012 NBAA Convention to award its prestigious Corporate Award for Balance to Aviation Partners Boeing, a joint venture between Aviation Partners (API) and Boeing created in 1999 to equip Boeing aircraft with API’s blended winglet technology. The winglets have saved billions of gallons of jet fuel and significantly improved the performance specifications of Boeing jetliners.

November 1, 2012, 12:56 PM

International aviation services provider Gama Group has announced a major development project at the UK’s Glasgow Airport. The company will add a new executive FBO providing a 17,000-sq-ft hangar capable of sheltering aircraft the size of the Challenger 600 series, as well as serving as a line maintenance base to complement the company’s engineering facilities in the London area. Gama was recently selected to be the dedicated provider of air ambulance services for the Scottish Air Ambulance service for another seven-year term.

November 1, 2012, 12:48 PM

Continuing its mission to educate the public and elected officials about the importance of general aviation, the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA) held a press conference on the eve of the NBAA Convention in Orlando to highlight the advocacy organization’s recent achievements.

November 1, 2012, 12:45 PM

Safe Flight Instrument’s AutoPower autothrottle system has made its way onto the Gulfstream G150 (and via retrofit the G200). The STCed system, available as a factory-new option or via retrofit from authorized Gulfstream service centers, can extend the aircraft’s range or payload with its fuel savings. “You can take one extra passenger and his bags on a flight because of the fuel savings from the AutoPower system,” said sales manager Ken Bannon.

November 1, 2012, 11:40 AM

Safe Flight Instrument introduced its AutoPower Citation X autothrottle system during the NBAA Convention. The system can operate in speed dominate or power dominate mode. It also has a retard mode for landing. “Passenger comfort is just one of the advantages of this system,” said Ken Bannon, manager of corporate marketing for the company. “The system reduces crew workload, stabilizes approaches, limits airspeed overshoots and contributes to fuel savings.”

November 1, 2012, 11:29 AM

Landmark Aviation held an open house last month to showcase the nearly $1 million eight-month-long facelift it recently completed at its FBO at Roanoke Regional Airport/Woodrum Field in Virginia. Intended to bring the facility in line with other remodeled Landmark locations, the improvements at the facility–the lone services provider on the field–include an enlarged and updated executive conference room with audiovisual capabilities, a new bistro area, upgraded pilots lounge and improvements to the hangar area.

November 1, 2012, 11:27 AM

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based FBO Banyan Air Service will be the launch customer for a new ground accident avoidance system. RampTrack, by Wingspan Systems, will help prevent ramp and hangar accidents by tracking aircraft on the ground and issuing a warning if they are at risk of striking a building, another aircraft, vehicle or person. Using redundant sensors, intelligent software and visual as well as aural alarms, the system reduces the chance of hangar rash due to contact with toolboxes or ground tugs while aircraft are being moved or taxiing.

November 1, 2012, 11:26 AM

Although it has long been a well known name in helicopter circles, Kaman Aerospace made its debut as an NBAA Convention exhibitor this year. A manufacturer with facilities throughout the U.S. as well as in Mexico, the UK, Germany and India, Kaman exhibited a carbon monolithic lightweight door structure, a winglet, an aileron for new business jets, and the company’s flight-control bearing products.

November 1, 2012, 11:25 AM

There are two new iPad apps for the complex world of international flying, released by Scott International Procedures Training. They’re both designed to help pilots keep relevant bits of necessary information close at hand in the cockpit without paper. The first app is Scott’s International Cockpit Reference Handbook, traditionally a spiral-bound text designed for rapid recall of important topics such as special oceanic flight operations, SOPs by phase of flight for oceanic crossings, normal and contingency operating procedures for oceanic and U.S.

November 1, 2012, 11:24 AM


Calgary, Alberta-based FlyHT Aerospace Solutions has received STC approval for its automated flight information reporting system (Afirs) 228 on several business aircraft types, including the Bombardier Challenger 870/890 and Hawker 750/800XP/850XP/900XP. STC approvals are in progress for the Boeing Business Jets BBJ1 and BBJ2, as well as the Airbus ACJ319/320/321.

November 1, 2012, 11:23 AM

Helicopter service provider Associated Air Group is launching a new customer referral program. Existing clients can earn flight refers by introducing new clients to AAG.

AAG has more than 20 years experience providing helicopter and fixed-wing charter flights, fractional ownership programs and helicopter maintenance services for locations at Teterboro, New York and Philadelphia, and it operates and owns a Part 145-approved Sikorsky certified repair center at Dutchess County Airport, New York.

November 1, 2012, 11:21 AM

Italian galley components specialist Iacobucci showed a new line of galley insert items at the NBAA Convention emphasizing simple linear design, intuitive handling, durability and beauty.

According to director of marketing Riccardo Palmeri Lolli, the new design goes deeper than mere appearance. It means the product has a unique design operating philosophy, unique components, design harmony and intuitive interface “to ease use and please the eye.”

November 1, 2012, 11:20 AM

Universal Weather & Aviation has expanded its European emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS) portal to provide better access for operators looking to purchase carbon credits. “For business aviation operators, Phase III of EU-ETS will be the first time they’ve been required to participate in the carbon market,” said Adam Hartley, Universal’s supervisor of global regulatory services. To minimize confusion on the part of customers, the company has selected CFP Energy to serve as a carbon brokerage, and extended its 24/7 support and assistance with ETS monitoring and reporting requirements.

November 1, 2012, 11:18 AM

Bombardier has appointed Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario and its subsidiary JetCorp Technical Services of St. Louis as authorized service facilities (ASF) for the Canadian OEM’s Learjet and Challenger business jet lines.

Flying Colours is known for its new Challenger 850 green completion work for which it works directly with Bombardier as an authorized completion center.

 
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