Safe Flight Instrument announced that West Star Aviation has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install Safe Flight’s AutoPower automatic throttle system on the Hawker Beechcraft 750/800/850/900 business jet series.
NBAA Convention News » November 1, 2012
On the list of private jet cabin items, the vacuum waste system rarely gets top billing. Designers find it a slightly embarrassing topic of conversation, fraught with smirks and potty humor. The engineers just want to get it over with as quickly as possible so they can get on to grander projects. And all the owner wants is one that works. At B/E Aerospace’s Ecosystems division, the waste disposal system gets more attention–a lot more, as can be seen at the company’s exhibit here (Booth No. 2059).
Online charter portal Avinode (Booth No. 2120) has introduced an improved search engine to allow operators to generate price quotes more accurately and quickly. With new pricing and aircraft performance profiles built into the company’s Marketplace software, operators can run multiple pricing profiles for each aircraft by selecting variable factors specific to a charter request.
Universal Weather and Aviation’s new Safety Management & Integration (SM&I) program makes it easier for clients to manage a safety management system (SMS). The SM&I program is designed for any size of part 91 or 135 operator and includes a software component called SMS Manager. Demonstrations of SM&I are available at the Universal Weather and Aviation booth (No. 2516).
Inflight connectivity and services provider Aircell (Booth No. 510) announced that charter and management provider Avjet has passed the mid-point in a program to equip its charter fleet with Aircell’s Gogo Biz inflight Internet service.
Gogo Biz offers coverage over the continental U.S. and most of southeast Alaska above 10,000 feet. Data transfer rates of up to 3.1 mbps allow passengers and crew to access the Internet through personal Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, tablets, smartphones, electronic flight bags and other mobile devices.
Aircraft management, brokerage, charter and jet card provider TWC Aviation (Booth No. 5334) announced a new program providing six months of aircraft management at no charge for clients who purchase an aircraft through TWC.
Aviation research, consulting and education company Conklin & de Decker (Booth No. 4620) has been busy during this year’s NBAA Convention. The 25-year-old company released its 2012 Aircraft Cost Evaluator, Volume II at the show, which includes 10 additional aircraft, and introduced the AircraftPedia online reference tool, available to the company’s ACE subscribers as a free add-on. AircraftPedia contains more than 2,800 drawings and historical biographies of various aircraft.
The National Aeronautic Association has been certifying aviation records since 1905, and here the NBAA Convention honors Dassault Falcon, Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft for recent record-setting feats. The top speed reached among the group was 599.63 mph, captured by a Gulfstream G150. This is a far cry from the first record certified–25 mph!– on an Oct. 23, 1906 flight by Alberto Santos-Dumont, the Brazilian aviation pioneer, in his 14-Bis, or Oiseau de proie (French for “bird of prey”), one-of-a-kind biplane.
Those seeking hangar build options may wish to visit ClearSpan Fabric Structures at Booth No. 2925. The Connecticut-based company’s Hercules Truss Arch Buildings offer high clearances without support posts, allowing aircraft to easily be maneuvered inside. The multi-purpose custom structures, which can be built up to 300 feet wide and any length, are constructed of triple galvanized structural steel tubing with a ripstop polyethylene cover that allows natural light to shine through.
Polycast UV-SC is the latest addition that Spartech has made to its growing product line of structural transparencies targeting the aircraft, mass transit, automobile and architectural markets. Polycast embodies the technology to produce cast acrylic sheet in a variety of colors that block significant amounts of ultraviolet (UV) light and the near-infrared solar energy’s heat radiation while maintaining high visible light transmission.