Plans are under way to form a Greater Washington Business Aviation Association, patterned after other regional groups affiliated with NBAA across the nation. Companies using airports and airspace in the Washington area should contact GWBAA@ phaneufaviation.com.
Aviation International News » January 2005
The FAA is taking what the Transportation Department inspector general (IG) calls a “long overdue step” with regard to its standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars), trying to decide how best to salvage a program begun in 1996 and still not fully deployed.
MSA Aircraft Products of San Antonio has introduced its Accordia pleated window shade systems for the Embraer Legacy, Gulfstream 200 (as well as an Accordia ultra-light window assembly for all Gulfstreams), Piaggio Avanti and Learjet 35.
Securaplane Technologies and Luminator have signed an agreement to offer a wireless cabin LED lighting system for use in business aircraft and airliners.
The companies expect to capitalize on the growing popularity of the so-called “mood lighting” that allows a change in cabin ambiance through a wireless controller for the shifting of colors and lighting intensity.
Bombardier has reached an agreement with the Tucson Airport Authority that will allow start-up interiors shop DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center to sublease its old completion center at Tucson International Airport. The facilities will total about 32 acres and include a 235,000-sq-ft hangar.
As new and used business aircraft sales continue a steady climb, the completion and refurbishment industry follows suit.
Pats, the DeCrane completions center in Georgetown, Del., recently announced it will be expanding its operation, adding as many as 40 new jobs through this year and increasing the workforce to about 200.
Last month the European Union (EU) Council of Transport Ministers and the European Parliament finally agreed on new common flight time limitations (FTL) for commercial operations. But the new standards have provoked an angry response from pilot unions for being unsafe and for allowing too much latitude for individual EU member states to continue imposing their own limits.
The BBA Group has added yet another European business aircraft handling operation to its Signature Flight Support chain with the December 8 acquisition of FBO Shannon on the west coast of Ireland. BBA purchased the FBO from its private owners for $3 million (E2.5 million).
Portugal’s Air Luxor group has restructured most of its business aviation activities under a new subsidiary called Masterjet. The company decided to abandon the name Air Luxor Corporate Jets, partly due to negative perceptions of the name associated with an incident last year in which a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 operated by Egyptian carrier Luxor Air almost crashed into the French city of Nantes.
Although the use of in-cabin wireless networking has grown rapidly since the 1999 release of the IEEE 802.11b Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) standard, wireless networking in the hangar to support maintenance functions has been slow to catch on, mainly for cultural and regulatory reasons.