Jet Aviation St. Louis has become the first company to install Honeywell’s DU-875 flightdeck upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600. “A team of technicians has been trained to support the [Legacy] airframe,” said Chuck Krugh, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation St. Louis. “We have increased tooling, parts and other materials needed to support the aircraft.” The company recently received approval for DU-875 installations in the Legacy 650 as well.
NBAA Convention News » October 31, 2012
Business jet passengers want to experience a seamless transition between their high-tech home entertainment systems and the inflight entertainment (IFE) systems installed on the jets that they fly, but there is an impediment that needs fixing; how to bring the content on their home systems to the aircraft. Rockwell Collins has developed a solution, Skybox, which brings sophisticated airliner audio-video on-demand (AVOD) to business jets.
Phillips 66 Aviation (Booth No. 4560) and NBAA jointly presented a check to the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) for $21,000 to support the organization’s efforts providing free flights on business aircraft for cancer patients en route to and from treatment around the U.S. More than 40,000 cancer patients have had transportation arranged by CAN since 1981. The $21,000 donation, awarded on the first day of NBAA’12, is the amount generated by the Corporate Angel Award program, which recognizes flight departments that donate seats on business aircraft for cancer patients traveling for treatment.
New staff and a fresh premium Platinum program head up Jet Support Services announcements at NBAA’12. JSSI (Booth No. 3711) has added the Rolls-Royce BR725 engine found on the Gulfstream G650 to its Platinum program lineup. Engines covered under the Platinum program also include support for the Rolls-Royce BR710, Tay 611-8 and -8C, AE3007A1E and -A2E, GE CF34-3A, -3A1, -3A2, -3B, -3B1 and -10E7 engines. JSSI provides cost-per-hour coverage programs for engines and airframes.
Representatives from Japan’s government and Narita Airport are here (Booth No. 3831) to describe recent initiatives to promote business aviation in their country. Japan, with the world’s third largest economy (recently surpassed by China), is home to 68 of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, 52 of which are based in the greater Tokyo area. Yet the country until recently has not embraced corporate aviation.
Right in the middle of the NBAA Convention is precisely the right time to begin thinking about December’s Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show in Dubai, the fifth edition since the show began in 2005. This year’s event runs from December 11 to 13, but at a new location, Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport (OMDW), a 25-minute drive south of the City of Dubai.
Nextant Aerospace founder and CEO Kenn Ricci said yesterday here at NBAA 2012 that his company will announce its next business jet remanufacturing program–dubbed “Project XXT”–in early January. It will be a midsize jet, he told AIN, with service entry scheduled for 2015. Ricci expects a mockup of the aircraft to be at the NBAA show next year, with first flight expected about 15 to 18 months from now.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released a new online course aimed at educating pilots about how to stay safe while volunteering their services for emergency relief.
When a business aircraft completion takes more than 500,000 man-hours, you know nothing was spared on the project. “The principal set very high standards for this elegant interior,” said Bernd Schramm, COO of Amac Group, which delivered the first Boeing BBJ 777-200LR this week to a Middle East-based customer.
Basel, Switzerland-based Amac’s business is split among executive completions, maintenance work and its hangar space, which can accommodate up to three widebodies and six single-aisle bizliners, along with lighter aircraft.
There are more than 1,000 exhibitor booths this year at the NBAA Convention, which is being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
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