International FBO operator ExecuJet has expanded its operations at Dubai International Airport to include the former Executive Flight Service terminal, and in the process created the Middle East’s largest FBO facility. The additional 12,300 sq ft will consist of eight lounges, a spacious arrival zone and expanded customs and immigration services, including e-gate service and duty-free shopping. ExecuJet will also manage all ground handling for aircraft using the company’s FBO facilities in Dubai.
Aviation International News » November 2012
French electronics provider PGA Electronics has introduced Smart Touch Cabin, a wireless software application that allows passengers to control cabin functions from any point in the cabin using the iPad or iPhone.
The customized interface, according to the Montierchaume, France-based firm, allows control of virtually all aspects of the cabin, from lighting and entertainment to electric shades.
Aircraft Belts, of Creedmoor, N.C., announced a joint venture with automotive restraint specialist Key Safety Systems of Sterling Heights, Mich., to focus on inflatable restraint systems for aircraft.
The new venture, Aviation Occupant Safety (AOS), is the result of the company’s aim “to be the nose-to-tail solution provider with a full range of products that will enhance cabin safety and [that will meet] emerging FAA regulations,” said ABI president and CEO David Devine.
International Water Guard (IWG) of Burnaby, British Columbia, has received approval from Brazilian aviation authorities for installation of its IWG-A4 potable water treatment unit on Embraer’s Legacy 600 and Legacy 650.
Approval from the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil represents the initial introduction of the IWG ultraviolet treatment system into the Brazilian OEM’s business jet fleet. It is available on new aircraft and as an after-market item on the existing 600/650 fleet. The first installation was done by IWG’s Brazilian partner, Avionics Services of São Paulo.
TrueNorth Avionics’ Stylus cord-and-reel handset is now “ready for purchase and immediate delivery,” with Peterborough, Canada-based Flying Colours as the first of the company’s partners to install the equipment.
A wireless variant is in the works and can be expected in the near future, added a spokeswoman.
TrueNorth, based in Ottawa, emphasizes the “high-definition face-to-face quality calls, a Corning Gorilla glass face and one-button interface. Stylus is enabled by the TrueNorth software-centric Symphonē OpenCabin package.
SR Technics, part of Mubadala Aerospace, has delivered its second executive aircraft cabin refurbishment job, to a Middle Eastern customer.
The project featured an upgraded in-flight entertainment system and additional cabin communications package. Also included were new carpeting, re-upholstered seats and an exchange of multiple materials to follow the existing design and color schemes.
The first executive variant of the Antonov An-148ChS regional airliner is due to enter service by year-end, flying for the government and operated by Russia’s Special Air Detachment.
Three An-148s in executive guise are currently being completed at United Aircraft’s Vasco facilities in Voronezh, Russia. The original contract issued last year was valued at $66 million for two of the airplanes and the government has indicated the final contract may be for as many as six.
AgustaWestland has awarded its annual Cormorant Trophy for Helicopter Rescue to a Canadian Forces SAR team from Squadron 103 for their October 27, 2011 rescue of two walrus hunters who were stranded on an Arctic Sea ice flow near Nunavut. The trophy recognizes the “Canadian civilian, government or military crew that has performed the most demanding helicopter rescue of the year.” The mission required 18 hours of flying and multiple fuel stops in an AW101.
Russian Helicopters and CAE are studying the joint development of helicopter flight simulators and pilot training programs in Tomilino, near Moscow. They will also discuss the joint creation of training centers in Russia and other countries. Russian Helicopters may thus “gain access to CAE’s technologies,” while CAE in turn will “have the opportunity to promote its products for Russian-built helicopters.”
Russian Helicopters is introducing an “advanced after-sales service system” through subsidiary Helicopter Service Company. The “new approach” is built on “integrated logistic support” and uses new procedures to certify service centers. Russian Helicopters pledges maintenance will be easier thanks to the widespread introduction of information technology. Parts will be available for order online and aircraft documentation will become electronic.