Two weeks ago Honeywell opened a $35 million advanced aerospace systems integration laboratory designed to make next-generation aircraft, including medium and large business jets, more efficient. The unique 100,000-sq-ft facility is located in Mexicali, Mexico, and initially will employ 300 people, said Bob Smith, Honeywell vice president for advanced technology.
Maintenance and Modifications
News and issues about aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), covering all segments of the aviation industry; and modifications for aircraft and engines. Subjects include product support of aircraft, engines and avionics, MRO company mergers, acquisitions, announcements and personnel, Airworthiness Directives, Supplemental Type Certificate approvals and other topics.
Ship It AOG (Booth No. 2848) has signed an agreement with Circle Seal Controls to be the exclusive distributor of the company’s line of business jet wheel pressure gauges and relief valves.
Dallas Airmotive (Booth No. 1400), an OEM-authorized turbine engine repair and overhaul provider, will be relocating its Minneapolis regional turbine center to St. Paul Downtown Airport in December. The company has “outgrown the available space” at the General Dynamics Aviation Services hangar at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said Mike Cumnock, vice president of customer service.
Atlanta-based CareJet Services International has debuted an appearance-enhancing polymer paint protection system that was developed by Dow Corning and Proguard Plus. Applied to new or older aircraft paint, it provides higher luster, easier washing and enhanced UV and contaminant protection. According to the company, the system eliminates the need for regular use of detergents, waxes and abrasives.
3M Aerospace (Booth No. 641) has developed a flame-retardant tape for use in the aerospace industry, the company announced here at NBAA’07.
Cessna said it will offer a TKS “weeping wing” anti-icing system for the Cessna Grand Caravan starting next March, using a system manufactured by Aerospace Systems & Technologies of Salina, Kan. The Cessna system will include laser-drilled titanium TKS panels installed on the leading edges of the wings, wing struts and horizontal and vertical stabilizers.
StarterGenerator.com of The Woodlands, Texas, is at Booth No. 2921 to publicize its aftermarket support for Bombardier Learjet 60 engine and APU starter-generators. As distributor for Unison and its Aircraft Parts Corp. subsidiary, StarterGenerator.com now maintains an inventory of factory-new and factory-overhauled Unison Learjet 60 starter-generators. Units are warehoused in Houston and ready for immediate dispatch worldwide.
Need to monitor the health of your engine? Jet-Care (Booth No. 6641) provides on-condition performance trend monitoring programs with worldwide exclusivity for Honeywell TFE731, ALF502, LF507 and HTF7000 turbofan engines. The company also offers monitoring programs for the GE CF34, Williams FJ44 and Pratt & Whitney series engines.
Each year, NBAA recognizes the top aviation maintenance and avionics technicians with good safety records who work for member companies. Maintaining corporate aircraft or avionics for three accident-free years is the minimum requirement for an NBAA Safety Award but the actual number of years for many of the technicians adds up to four decades or more.
Dassault Falcon Service (Booth No. 1357) has spent much of this year preparing to provide support for the new Falcon 7X. The factory-owned service center at Paris Le Bourget Airport has already made a significant investment in training and tooling, and is expanding its facilities to accommodate the French airframer’s largest model.