Visitors to Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 1020) can learn of the company’s recently launched In-flight Alerts system designed to keep flight crews apprised of weather hazards or other changing conditions that could affect planned and active flight routes. By means of significant system enhancements, Universal now provides automated alerts of new weather or flight-impacting notifications to one of its 60 staff meteorologists.
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Japan Airlines will equip two government-owned Boeing 747-400s used to carry the country’s emperor and high-ranking officials with the Connexion by Boeing mobile information service, the vendor announced here yesterday. Installation is due to start next February.
A compact satellite communications high-gain antenna system developed by CMC Electronics (Booth No. 1014) will be brought to market in the middle of the year. Dubbed SatLite, the latest generation antenna supports Inmarsat Aero-H/H+, Swift64 and SwiftBroadband satellite communications services and has been optimized for use in business jets and regional airliners.
To address the shortage of qualified business aircraft maintenance technicians, the UK’s Glennair Training Centre is stepping up its capabilities in the provision of both mechanical and avionics courses for executive aircraft operator or service center personnel. Formed in 1980, Glennair (Booth No. 1113) employs specialist instructors who provide training at the company’s headquarters and courses at the customers’ premises.
Evektor-Aerotechnik (Booth No. 1305) has developed a new-generation multipurpose turboprop, the EV-55 Outback. Based in Kunovice in the Czech Republic, Evektor is a major sports aircraft producer, and has sold 400 airplanes in 30 countries.
Maverick Helicopters of Las Vegas, Nevada, has placed an order for nine Eurocopter EC 130 B4 helicopters. The air-tour and charter operator already has 12 EC 130 B4s and six AS 350 B2 Ecureuils. When it takes delivery of the newly ordered nine, it will become the largest operator of the EC 130 in the world.
Flight planning guide publisher Ac-u-Kwik (Booth No. 1036) has announced that its 2006/07 World Edition will be available in early August. The new edition will have over 1,000 pages of updated and expanded airport, FBO and services information, including hotel, telephone and fax numbers and, for the first time, FBO addresses on airport diagrams.
Under a freshly signed contract, Embraer will provide the Indian government with a complete support package for its five Legacy 600 business jets. The 10-year agreement covers a spare part exchange program, a repair program and a number of technical assistance services. The latter include technical publication updates, recurrent training, a rental program for ground support equipment, field support and back-office engineering.
ExxonMobil Aviation (Booth No. 1026) is now using its own equipment and staff to refuel business jets at Milan Linate Airport. The direct operation started in February. The company also announced that it has been awarded a six-year contract to supply aviation fuels to TAG Farnborough Airport in the UK. In addition, ExxonMobil will once again provide fuel and services during the Farnborough International Air Show in July.
Michael Sattler, presently director of quality and technical services at Jet Aviation Basel, will take over as vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Singapore, at Seletar Airport, effective June 15, the company announced here at EBACE. He will replace Thomas Rüdisühli, who will return to Switzerland and leave the Jet Aviation Group.