Aviation International News » December 2012

December 5, 2012 - 3:05am

AAR Composites has a new line of Fiberglas-skinned flat panels for business jet cabinetry that it says feature twice the skin peel strength without adding weight.

According to the company, the new flat panels for interior cabinets and credenzas use a phenolic resin formulation that has shown a 10-percent increase in bending properties.

Also, the surface finish is ready for paint, which reduces labor for the cabinet maker, said Tim Dumbauld, v-p and general manager at the Illinois company’s Clearwater, Fla. composites fabrication facility.

December 5, 2012 - 2:40am

L-3 Integrated Systems has welcomed the first of two Boeing 747-8s to its Waco, Texas facilities for installation of an executive interior for an unidentified head of state.

The work will include detailed exterior paint in the customer’s livery as well as interior modifications to accommodate the interior plan. According to executive v-p Nick Farah, the L-3 design and engineering team began work on the initial 747-8 program in 2011 and delivery is expected in the summer of 2014.

December 5, 2012 - 2:10am

Perrone Aerospace has unveiled two new “royalty” additions to its array of premium leathers and textiles.

The Fultonville, N.Y.-based company’s new Contessa leather is an extension of Perrone’s successful Royalty leather portfolio. Through a proprietary milling process, Perrone craftsmen have created a luxurious feel with the appearance of a subtle “shrunken” pebble grain.

December 5, 2012 - 1:45am

Associated Air Center (AAC), a specialist in bizliner maintenance and overhaul and cabin completion and overhaul, is partnering with Boeing to validate a cockpit noise suppression service bulletin for Boeing Business Jet operators.

AAC has installed the first such system in a BBJ and the supplemental type certificate approval makes it available to other BBJ operators.

December 5, 2012 - 1:40am

Chemical giant BASF is claiming its Basotect open-celled melamine foam is both improving sound insulation and saving weight in the Russian Helicopters Mi-8. Used for an executive cabin refurbishing, it has cut interior noise from 85 to 80 dB. It has also saved 530 pounds, compared with the previous insulation arrangement. The special foam is affixed to “selected noise-intensive points,” at a thickness of 40 mm.

December 5, 2012 - 1:25am

International Communications Group of Newport News, Va., has developed a new “eRouter” series that it describes as “a new, intelligent data management system and communications access point that will be available in three different versions.

The baseline variant–ERT-100 and ERT-120–will perform data routing functions, while the ERT-140 also provides such enhanced features as VoIP, analog and digital telephony and data transfer improvements such as acceleration and compression.

December 5, 2012 - 1:25am

Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has received $74 million from the UK Government Regional Growth Fund to help develop the AW609 civil tiltrotor and future tiltrotor designs. AW said it will work with the National Composites Centre, the University of Liverpool and key UK suppliers on the program. The tiltrotor is slated for certification in 2016. AgustaWestland said it would contribute more than $87 million to the program.

December 5, 2012 - 1:12am

Belgium-based Brabus Private Aviation is offering executive and VIP cabin interior design for helicopters. Completion or refurbishing work will take place at Ruag Aviation’s Munich, Germany facility. France’s Happy Design Studio will provide livery design and the paint job. Finally, Switzerland-based PrivatAir will provide “sourcing, purchasing and aircraft management services.”

December 5, 2012 - 1:05am

Techno Coatings wasn’t exhibiting at the NBAA Convention in November, but the North Miami, Fla. metal plating specialist put quite a shine on the show when it played host to some 200 attendees at a fashion show at Seasons 52 restaurant in Orlando.

Television personality and author Sir Brian Sterling hosted the gala, costumes were created by students from the Calvary Christian Academy and “America’s Next Top Model” personality Lauran Kirkpatrick headlined the selection of models.

December 5, 2012 - 12:45am

Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) has earned IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations) Stage 1 certification, indicating that the company’s safety management system has been documented, approved and resourced. It is implemented at the time of the audit. AAG provides helicopter and fixed-wing charter flights, fractional ownership programs and helicopter maintenance services from Teterboro, New York and Philadelphia. The Sikorsky subsidiary lays claim to operating the Northeast’s largest fleet of S-76C medium twins.

 
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