GKN Aerospace Services is promoting its growing capabilities in composites, machining and fabrication. In January, the UK-based group added Boeing’s former fabrication facility in St. Louis with a view to landing more work from U.S. airframers, including business aircraft builders.
NBAA Convention News » October 5, 2001
Messier-Dowty believes that the success of its fully packaged landing gear for Bombardier’s Global Express and Continental and Raytheon’s Hawker Horizon has allowed the system-supplier concept to take root in business aviation. The group has high hopes of being named the landing gear system supplier for both Dassault’s new Falcon FNX program and Raytheon’s Hawker 450.
In a surprise announcement, Leland Snow, president of agplane manufacturer Air Tractor, said his company is developing a new passenger/utility turboprop airplane that will be put to work by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).
Two new programs designed to enhance FBO operations have been inaugurated by Chevron Aviation. One of these, called TotalGA, is designed to be a private online fuel ordering marketplace for customers. The other, the Alliance Program, is a purchase card designed to enhance the ability of FBOs and flight departments to buy Chevron products and services and access accounting data.
DaimlerChrysler Aviation (DCA) reported the first installation of Honeywell’s Primus Epic Control Display System-Retrofit (CDS-R) and other new avionics on an early serial number Gulfstream II.
Last year, Karin Tennstedt was just one of a number of entrepreneurs launching a new business at NBAA; as she put it, “wandering the halls with a net and looking for customers.”
This year, the president of Mach 1 Design and former corporate flight attendant is the head of a successful turnkey completion management company.
With components arriving from Spain and Belgium, Fairchild Dornier has begun component integration of its first 728JET 70- to 85-passenger regional jet at its Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany facility.
Sino Swearingen president and CEO Jack Braly made his first flight in the conforming prototype SJ30-2 in early September from San Antonio International Airport. Braly, who had previously flown the preproduction SJ30-2 before it was retired two years ago, is an accomplished pilot with extensive flight time in Beechjets. He flew the airplane accompanied by Sino Swearingen test pilot Carroll Beeler.
American Utilicraft’s full-size fuselage mockup arrived in New Orleans on September 11, to be ready for display at the scrubbed NBAA Convention. Under development for 10 years, the FF-1080 is designed to carry six fully loaded (2000-lb) LD-3 cargo containers up to 500 mi or four such containers up to 1,500 mi
In its renewed premises at Zurich Airport, Zimex offers executive handling services, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul for various types of aircraft, from the Cessna Caravan and de Havilland Twin Otter up to the Hawker 800, Learjet 45 and Falcon 2000.