Boeing announced yesterday that it will place its second final assembly line for the 787 Dreamliner in North Charleston, S.C., ending months of speculation over how and when the company’s standoff with the International Association of Machinists would end. Along with serving as a location for final assembly of 787 Dreamliners, the facility also will have the capability to support the testing and delivery of the airplanes.
Embraer’s plans for the new Legacy 650 signal that the Brazilian airframer is not cowering during the recession but continuing to look ahead at promising market niches that it can fill. The Legacy 650 is based on the ERJ-135 regional jet platform
but has new wings, Honeywell Primus Elite avionics and new 9,020-pound-thrust Rolls-Royce AE3007A2 engines.
To provide Falcon operators throughout the southeastern U.S., Caribbean and South America with the highest level of service and convenience, Fort Lauderdale-based Banyan Air Service (Booth No. 4029) is now offering an extensive array of inspection and upgrade services. “Our commitment to support the Falcon
Flight Options plans to equip most of its fleet of fractionally owned business jets with Aircell’s high-speed Internet system, a decision that will give the company’s aircraft owners and jet card customers in-flight Wi-Fi access anywhere over the continental U.S.
Gulfstream Aerospace of Savannah, Ga., announced the creation of annual Outstanding Flight Awards and its first recipient at a press conference at the NBAA Convention on Tuesday. The awards spotlight flights involving superior airmanship performed in a Gulfstream aircraft in the course of business activity and special-mission operations.
Panasonic Avionics yesterday introduced what it calls a “global communications suite” designed to provide world leader head-of-state aircraft with the ultimate in airborne connectivity. Branded as eXConnect and eXPhone, the Ku-band satellite services will make their debut in a Boeing Business Jet within the coming weeks.
In an effort to continue to meet the broadening needs of its corporate and head-of-state customers, Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (Booth No. 4776) has announced the introduction of its VIP Pass package of specialized services.
Trading conditions for business aviation remain “bleak,” according to ExecuJet Aviation CEO Niall Olver, but in his view the downturn has provided the stimulus for a much-needed “reset” for the industry and its “unsustainable” business models.
Hartzell Propeller’s new Top Prop three-blade propeller upgrade kit for the Cessna 206 is now available. The STC covers most normally aspirated piston floatplanes and landplanes manufactured from 1964 through 1977, as well as most Turbo 206 floatplanes delivered from 1964 through 1973. The STC adds 82-, 84- and 86-inch diameter options to conversion kits already available from Hartzell (Booth No.
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Westcor Aviation has been certified a Turbomeca-approved maintenance center.