Aircraft management company and charter operator ExcelAire (Booth No. 1143) announced the addition of a fourth Embraer Legacy 600 to its charter rolls, giving the company the largest fleet of Legacy jets in the Northeast. The added Legacy and its crew will be certified to operate into and out of London City Airport midway through next year, adding to its appeal for transatlantic charters. “We pioneered the Legacy charter market in the U.S., and it has since become one of our most popular aircraft,” said David Rimmer, president of the Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based company.
NBAA Convention News » October 30, 2012
Whelen Engineering (Booth No. 2789), a privately held company based in Chester, Conn., has been manufacturing aircraft lighting for more than 60 years. At this year’s NBAA Convention the company announced that it was chosen to be the supplier for the LED wingtip lighting on the Cessna Citation Sovereign block point winglet upgrade program. The wingtip unit incorporates both anti-collision and position lights using low-draw, extra bright and reliable LED technology. The product is TSOed as a line-replaceable unit. –A.L.
American Eurocopter is doing more than just showing off its offerings at its booth during the NBAA Convention. The company will also offer flying demonstrations of its EC135 and EC155 helicopters during the show.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) has made several additions to its global support staff. In the Asia Pacific region, the maintenance provider (Booth No. 3100) has added Luke Chiang, most recently director of regional jet sales at Jet Aviation, as a regional sales manager of its Singapore-based sales team. The center, which opened in Singapore this year, now includes a territorial director and three regional sales managers. The company also named Wayne Thompson as a regional field service engineer based in Brisbane, Australia.
Sheltair (Booth No. 4253) wants NBAA attendees to know more about its property leasing opportunities, development and construction services. Since the mid 1980s Sheltair has developed, constructed and now manages more than 60 percent of all hangars and airside commercial office space at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), one of the busiest general aviation airports in the U.S. Sheltair said that to date it has built more than 3 million square feet of aviation-related space at 19 properties in Florida, Georgia and New York. The company opens its 15th U.S.
Jet Parts (Booth No. 3970), an aftermarket parts provider located between Florida’s Palm Beach International Airport, Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Miami International Airport, announced here that it recently acquired a cache of ground support equipment inventory, including power carts, tools and hangar support items for Falcon and Gulfstream operations. The company’s climate-controlled facility is maintained in laboratory-like conditions year round.
Pilots looking for aviation-oriented accessories for their tablet computers might want to visit the MyGoFlight exhibit (Booth No. 1091). The Denver-based company, which makes accessories for aviation, marine and land vehicle use, has announced several new products, including flight bags, yoke mounts and kneeboards, all designed for use with iPads and other tablets.
NetJets unveiled its new Bombardier Global 6000 at the NBAA show static display on Sunday. The fractional ownership giant has spent 18 months developing the Signature Series cabin interior for the large cabin aircraft and will also roll out the new design to other new members of its fleet, including the Challenger 605 and 300 models.
Honda Aircraft has started the production line for its $4.5 million HondaJet entry-level twinjet. A handful of initial customer aircraft are scheduled to be completed next year. Honda expects FAA certification of the HondaJet’s GE Honda HF120 engine (2,095 pounds of thrust/5,000-hour TBO) in the middle of next year and aircraft certification in 2013.
The past year has been challenging but also marked a turnaround for Piper Aircraft. CEO Simon Caldecott has been on the job for a year, and the first decision he was faced with was huge: what to do about the single-engine PiperJet Altaire program. While just before last year’s NBAA show Piper had given every indication that the Altaire would continue, Caldecott used the occasion to announce that the program was being put on indefinite hold, although Piper has retained all the intellectual property developed for the Altaire.