Winglet Technology of Wichita, Kan. (Booth No. C12043), the company that supplies its Elliptical Winglets for the Citation X, is collaborating with the Cessna service center network to offer the winglets for retrofit on the Citation Sovereign. Flight testing is expected to begin this month and the companies are targeting entry-into-service in the first quarter of 2015.
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Beechcraft provided an update on the company’s fortunes and handed over the keys to the first King Air 350i ordered by membership aircraft access provider Wheels Up on Monday at its static display at Henderson Executive Airport. The Wheels Up order, together with aftermarket support, is worth up to $1.4 billion, according to the parties.
BLR Aerospace (Booth No. C7034), announced here at NBAA that it expects supplemental type certificate (STC) approval soon for a King Air 90 Ultimate Performance Package, which will allow operators to realize the full potential benefits that BLR’s winglets can offer in operating efficiency. Approval was delayed by the U.S. government shutdown and furlough of non-essential FAA employees.
Airline food is the butt of jokes, but the cuisine on business jets is haute. Even snacks need to be several cuts above what your local convenience store has to offer. That’s where Torn Ranch comes in.
Located in Petaluma, Calif., Torn Ranch (Booth No. C7926) has been creating gourmet food and gifts for almost 40 years. At NBAA 2013, the company is showing some of its latest offerings for private aircraft. These products include new dark chocolate, sea-salted caramels, milk-chocolate caramels and items in its corporate gifting line.
The independent Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) of Alexandria, Va., now has a member on the NBAA Safety Committee and NBAA plans to appoint a member to the FSF’s Business Advisory Committee, which addresses the concerns and challenges of corporate and business aviation. Peter Stein, chairman of the Business Advisory Committee, is the foundation’s representative on the Safety Committee. NBAA official has not yet announced who will be its representative on the FSF committee.
Organizers of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Booth No. N423) are here on the heels of a successful 2013 show in São Paulo, Brazil, and promoting LABACE 2014 as “the biggest and best yet.”
Astronics Advanced Electronic System (AES) has been selected by a fifth aircraft manufacturing program to supply its next-generation CorePower electrical power distribution system (EPDS). AES is a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics (Booth No. N5129), based in East Aurora, N.Y.
Janine Iannarelli, president of Par Avion aircraft consulting, based in Houston, Texas, has weathered the storm, but after 17 days with international deals on hold she wasn’t excited by the solutions the U.S. Congress and executive branch came up with to deal with its debt and budget problems.
The way Iannarelli tells it, when the FAA aircraft registry shut down, sales deals shut down with it. “New aircraft couldn’t be delivered and any transactions that needed the registry basically had to wait,” she explained to AIN.
Flight support group Palm Aviation (Booth No. C10816) is laying plans to open an office in the U.S., perhaps in partnership with a local company. The move will be the latest expansion for Dubai-based Palm, which is already represented across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The new U.S. headquarters of international trip support group United Aviation Services (UAS) in Houston is now fully operational and has handled several hundred trip requests since its soft-launch opening on August 26. The office has a staff of 40 people, more than 20 of whom are in the operations department, which operates on a 24/7 basis like the UAS global headquarters in Dubai, arranging services such as fuel, flight permits and ground handling.