Stevens Aviation (Booth No. 3201) has struck a deal to market and support the Cessna Citation 550/S550 engine-conversion upgrade program offered by Clifford Development (Static Display), a Toledo, Ohio engineering firm that holds 35 engine-related supplemental type certificates for the model.
NBAA Convention News » October 20, 2009
Nordam, a global aerospace company serving the business, commercial and military aviation markets, is marking more than 40 years of growth at this year’s NBAA Convention. Part of that growth comes from the wing-to-body fairings and main-landing-gear doors the company has just begun providing for Gulfstream’s G650, which are supplied by Nordam’s interiors and structures division.
As the industry nervously anticipates a tepid buying climate at this year’s NBAA Convention, engine and avionics manufacturer Honeywell sees a serious near-term dip in business jet deliveries but a gradual climb back to the heights reached during last year’s production peak, based on the results of its 18th annual 10-year market forecast.
CharterMatrix (Booth No. 2791) is rolling out Airplanemanager.com, its Web-based aircraft scheduling and quoting system, here at the NBAA Convention. Terry Cooper, president of Huntington Beach, Calif.-based CharterMatrix, says the system has been used in beta test by several companies during the past year.
Dr. Quay Snyder of Aurora, Colo.-based Virtual Flight Surgeons will present a briefing on “Getting, Keeping and Recovering Your FAA Medical Certificate” on Wednesday from 10:30 to noon in Room S310E at the convention center. The company is at Booth No. 1957.
ACSS, the Phoenix-based surveillance and reconnaissance technology division of L-3 Communications (Booth No. 4000), is at NBAA’09 showcasing a number of new developments. These include new TCAS II traffic and collision avoidance system software, selection of its latest TCAS II system by Embraer, enhanced terrain avoidance warning system (TAWS) functionality and progress in its SafeRoute terminal area guidance program.
Hubbard Aviation Technologies of St. Paul, Minn., last week signed a contract with Aeroshear Aviation Services of Van Nuys, Calif., to fabricate and install engine hush kits for the Rolls-Royce Spey 511-8 engines powering Gulfstream GIIs and GIIIs. Called the QS3, “for quiet Spey engines,” according to Stanley Hubbard, CEO of Hubbard Aviation Technologies and Hubbard Broadcasting, the kits are priced at $2.4 million (installed).
In 1983, NBAA convention-goers who happened to be at the static display at Dallas Love Field at the right time witnessed a bit of history when a radical-looking airplane made a flyby. The flyby was the coming-out party for what would become the Beech Starship, an all-composite canard twin-turboprop that looked nothing like any other airplane ever built or even contemplated.
While there are signs of an economic recovery–often difficult to see and even more difficult to interpret–Embraer president and CEO Frederíco Fleury Curado is anticipating that a recovery of the business aviation industry will be long and slow.
High-Speed AirCraft (Hisac), a European research program studying the feasibility of a supersonic business jet (SSBJ), is coming to a close at the end of this year. The research has shown better understanding of the performance such a vehicle could achieve, but it came to no conclusion about the types of engines that would be needed.