It’s become tradition. No sooner does a manufacturer introduce a new airplane than NetJets follows right behind with an order announcement. This year’s NBAA Convention is no exception. The Woodbridge, N.J.-based fractional jet operator has placed orders and options for 200 of the newest midsize business jets, introduced here by Cessna and Gulfstream, transactions that have a potential value of nearly $2 billion.
NBAA Convention News » September 10, 2002
Eclipse Aviation’s order book has been the subject of much speculation ever since the Albuquerque, N.M.-based startup company announced it had begun taking a slew of orders for its Eclipse 500 minijet. It seems that the warm and fuzzy afterglow that followed the airplane’s first flight on August 26 has loosened the hitherto tight lips of company founder and CEO Vern Raburn.
Pilatus Aircraft announced here an expanding suite of maintenance support choices for PC-12 customers under the umbrella name of ServiceWorx. Options include PlaneTrax Electronic Maintenance & Flight Data Tracking and Diagnostix Propulsion Monitoring. Both programs are offered at no charge to customers of new PC-12s for the first year of ownership ($2,000 annually thereafter for PlaneTrax; $995 annually for Diagnostix).
UVglobal Network, introduced at NBAA 2001 last December, has added five new members to its worldwide group of ground-handling facilities, bringing the total to 40 members with more than 52 individual locations. Australia is the latest addition, announced yesterday at a press conference by Lex den Herder, senior manager, international network development.
Seattle, Wash.-based Pentar Avionics introduced its new Jet LAN AS200 Advanced Airborne Computer at an NBAA press conference yesterday. Certification is expected by October, Pentar president Robert Rodgers told NBAA Convention News, with first deliveries starting October 15. The next-generation file server uses high-performance off-the-shelf PC architecture and computing capability with advanced custom avionics interface technology.
Teledyne Controls, exclusive distributor of Raytheon’s MagnaStar airborne telephone system, introduced its SmartCabin Office concept at a Monday morning press conference here at NBAA.
In spring 2003, Million Air at Van Nuys Airport will break ground on a new $20 million, 250,000-sq-ft facility. The original plans, made a decade ago, were delayed when the 1994 Northridge earthquake hit and destroyed Million Air’s location in the original terminal building. From there until 1998, the FBO operated out of a doublewide trailer, when it moved into an office building in a terminal building.
Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney Canada have agreed to start doing component repairs on some models of each other’s engines. The details of the agreement are still to be formalized, but it is expected that it will cover Honeywell’s TPE331 turboprops and TFE731 turbofans, as well as its 36-100 and 36-150 auxiliary power units. It will also apply to P&WC’s PW100 and PT6 turboprops and its JT15D turbofan.
Orders for the Safe Flight AutoPower automatic throttle for the Challenger 604 have reached 120, the White Plains, N.Y. company announced here at NBAA ’02. The system, which delivers synchronized thrust management from takeoff to touchdown, was introduced to the business aviation community at the 1998 NBAA Convention.
Jet Aviation at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), West Palm Beach, Fla., has done that facility’s first installation and STC approval for Universal Avionics terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) and flight management system (FMS). “Although we have been installing other brands, this is the first time that the Universal (equipment) was installed here at West Palm Beach,” said Brian Wilson, avionics manager.