Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) has successfully completed the maiden flight of its PW617F engine, selected to power the Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet (VLJ).
NBAA Convention News » October 17, 2006
BLR Aerospace has received an STC from the FAA for its King Air 300 winglet system, the company announced here at NBAA’06. First deliveries of the winglets are expected to begin next month. David Marone, director of sales and marketing for BLR, said, “When we released the King Air 200 system at NBAA last year, the King Air 300 operators made it clear that they, too, wanted a winglet system–and here it is.”
Not new to supporting airline customers the world over, Embraer must nevertheless convince the business aviation community about its seriousness in competing not only on product quality, but support capability as well.
Blue Sky Network of La Jolla, Calif., has launched a wireless airborne router extending access to its satcom data or for surfing the Internet. The unit manages not only secure wireless standards but also wired Ethernet via its built-in, four-port duplex hub. The wireless airborne router supports features for multiple cabin passengers–ranging from mapping to multi-player games–and pilots, who can exchange files with electronic flight bags.
Global charter broker Air Partner International has acquired UK executive charter operator Gold Air for around $8.1 million. From its base at London Biggin Hill Airport, Gold Air now operates six new Bombardier Learjet 45s and a British Aerospace HS 125-800 under management contracts for their owners.
Aviation Partners (Booth No. 876) is expanding its reach in the winglet modification market with new Hi-Mach Super Critical winglets optimized for the high-speed cruise regime. To date, the company’s Blended Winglets have helped operators enjoy lower fuel burn, higher initial climb altitudes and longer range while flying at long-range cruise speeds. The new Hi-Mach winglets have the same effect, but at Mach 0.80 and above.
Luigi Mattia, a Canadian mathematician with more than 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry, was recently named vice president of the Business and Regional Aircraft Business Unit of Messier-Dowty, based in Toronto. Mattia will also become president of Messier-Dowty Inc., the Canadian subsidiary of Messier-Dowty International.
Bombardier executives continue to mull over new information gleaned last Thursday during a “fact finding” meeting with negotiators for workers on strike since October 2 from the company’s Learjet plant in Wichita.
A company spokesman here in Orlando said Bombardier collected “a lot of information we weren’t aware of” but that he declined to identify. He characterized the meeting as positive and professional, however.
A partnership between S-Tec and Avidyne offers King Air 200 operators a large-display glass cockpit/autopilot upgrade, with FAA supplemental type certification expected shortly and deliveries to dealers beginning this quarter. The Alliant package should be the first large-display King Air system to receive an STC, although
Universal Avionics developed the first certified retrofit modern King Air LCD system.
CMC Electronics is displaying its latest aviation GPS receiver here at the show, incorporating wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) technology. The IntegriFlight CMA-5024 aviation GPS receiver on view at Booth No. 145 provides space-based augmentation system (SBAS) and GPS primary means navigation as well as GPS approach capability. It is configured for both retrofit and OEM installations.