The National Aviation Hall of Fame (Booth No. 7994) has announced the recipient of its Fifth Annual Combs Gates Award. The Annapolis, Md.-based winner, Jane Birch, will receive a $20,000 cash prize for her soon-to be published book, They Flew Proud. The work was inspired by the World War II experiences of her father, Gardner Birch, a flight instructor in the Civilian Pilot Training Program.
NBAA Convention News » September 25, 2007
Making good on its promise made last year at the NBAA Convention in Orlando when it announced the program, Pilatus Business Aircraft will today present a real Next Generation PC-12 here in Atlanta. The aircraft on display, N47NG, is the second Next Generation PC-12 in the flight test program, which began on October 5 last year when the prototype, HB-FPT, made its first flight.
Canadian training specialist CAE SimuFlite (Booth No. 5813) announced at NBAA’07 that it has launched an expansion of its global training network by adding 16 new business jet training programs to its operations. And with this expansion, CAE will be offering training on 90 percent of all active and in-production business aircraft, the company said.
With new management and the goal of transforming itself from a development company to a lean production aircraft company, Adam Aircraft put a key foundation block in place here yesterday when it signed a 10-year agreement with SaferJett to provide training for the A700 VLJ and A500 at a facility on Alliance Airport, Fort Worth, Texas.
“This high-rate production stuff is hard. It’s not impossible, but it’s hard, and aerospace folks don’t understand it,” said Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn here yesterday, in sharp contrast to the boundless optimism that has thus far characterized his 10-year quest to darken the skies with VLJs.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise is here with its most recent acquisition, the Landmark Aviation and Standard Aero maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses that it purchased for $1.9 billion last month from private-equity firm Carlyle Group.
Formerly a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, Raytheon Aircraft was bought earlier this year by Onex and GS Capital Partners and promptly renamed Hawker Beechcraft (Booth No. 6159). And at its first NBAA show under a “new” brand, president of commercial sales Brad Hatt described a corporate culture in which “we’re going to design, build and service the very best products in the business.”
Cessna Aircraft signed a letter of intent (LOI) yesterday with Columbia Aircraft of Bend, Ore., to acquire selected assets and certain liabilities of the manufacturer of low-wing, high-performance piston airplanes. In conjunction with the LOI, Columbia filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code.
It was one year ago, at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, that Cessna took the wraps off its concept for a large-cabin long-range business jet (code-named LCC) and began a “what do you think of this?” process that continues at this year’s convention, after appearances by the mockup at EBACE in Geneva and the Paris Air Show earlier this year.
In the three years since Garmin introduced the G1000 integrated avionics suite, the Olathe, Kan. avionics maker’s system has largely dominated the glass-cockpit market for general aviation pistons, turboprops and very light jets. Adding to this success, the company yesterday announced more applications for its popular G1000 suite–as standard equipment on production Cessna Caravans and as a retrofit for King Air 200s and B200s.