BLR Aerospace has received an STC from the FAA for its King Air 300 winglet system, the company announced here at NBAA’06. First deliveries of the winglets are expected to begin next month. David Marone, director of sales and marketing for BLR, said, “When we released the King Air 200 system at NBAA last year, the King Air 300 operators made it clear that they, too, wanted a winglet system–and here it is.”
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.
Not new to supporting airline customers the world over, Embraer must nevertheless convince the business aviation community about its seriousness in competing not only on product quality, but support capability as well.
Aviation Partners (Booth No. 876) is expanding its reach in the winglet modification market with new Hi-Mach Super Critical winglets optimized for the high-speed cruise regime. To date, the company’s Blended Winglets have helped operators enjoy lower fuel burn, higher initial climb altitudes and longer range while flying at long-range cruise speeds. The new Hi-Mach winglets have the same effect, but at Mach 0.80 and above.
East Alton, Ill.-based Premier Aircraft, a joint venture between Premier Air Center (Booth No. 2262) and Yankee Pacific Aerospace, has a launch customer for its Falcon 50-4 performance upgrade program. The program is on track for December STC certification and, with support from Honeywell (Booth No.
Duncan Aviation recently christened this 19,200-sq-ft paint hangar. According to a spokesman, the new hangar “significantly increases” the capacity of the Battle Creek, Mich. facility, which expects to turn out some 100 aircraft exterior paint projects next year. The facility adds 40 more paint slots annually and can accommodate aircraft as large as the Global Express–and more than one at a time using a two-zone air-flow system.
Carlsbad, Calif.-based Jet Source (Booth No. 1153) recently completed the first of four Eurocopter AS 350B3s for the San Diego Police Department. The company, which specializes in special-mission aircraft completions for law enforcement, designed and built a custom panel for the AStars. The helicopters are night-vision-goggle capable and have been fitted with a thermal imaging system, an Avalex moving map and a custom radio command suite.
Harrods Aviation at London Luton Airport is preparing to relocate to much larger premises by next summer. The British FBO will move to Hangar 129, which is adjacent to the airport’s existing cargo area and offers its own security entrance from a road that avoids traffic heading for the main passenger terminal.
NBAA Convention visitors have until 5 p.m. today to register at Booth No. 5166 for a drawing by Jet Support Services, Inc. for a 2007 Mini Cooper convertible. The winner will be picked at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the JSSI exhibit.
For the fourth consecutive year readers gave Gulfstream the highest marks for both newer business jets (less than 10 years old) and older business jets (10 years or older) in the 2006 Product Support Survey conducted by Aviation International News.
Dallas Airmotive (Booth No. 1900) is here at NBAA’06 to announce big changes in its services and facilities.