National Flight Services has begun expansion of its San Antonio, Texas facilities at New Braunfels Regional Airport. Groundbreaking for an added 20,000 sq ft took place October 5, and construction is expected to be completed by May 2013.
FlyRight, the Concord, N.C.-based Part 142 King Air training provider, will begin providing both King Air 200 and 300 type ratings to Part 91 and Part 135 operators next year both the U.S. and elsewhere. King Air 300-series training will include sessions in the company’s new 350 simulator to be installed at Concord. The King Air 350 simulator features Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics with three displays, including both left- and right-side primary flight displays. FlyRight (Booth No. 3367) says that its recently approved King Air 200 type-rating program makes it the only U.S.
The benefits of employing a safety management system (SMS) in business aircraft operations should no longer be up for question, according to Pete Agur, managing director and founder of The VanAllen Group. Now, he said, “it’s a question of how people want to apply it, whether it’s a single aircraft or a large fleet.”
The leadership at Gulfstream was wearing out their dancing shoes yesterday at media conference. If there had been champagne, it would have flowed freely. The highlight was the presence for the first time at an NBAA show of a newly certified G650 and G280, backed by a $16 billion backlog and news of revenues up 30 percent in the third quarter. Gulfstream expects to begin making customer deliveries of both the G650 and G280 before year-end 2012, further padding a year that saw 78 green deliveries in the first three quarters, 18 more than in the same period in 2011.
L-3 Aviation Products has brought together its four avionics units, branding them under the commercial products banner. “This covers several product lines,” said Larry Ridde, vice president of sales and marketing, business and regional aircraft, for L-3 Aviation Products.
Business aviation in-flight catering provider Air Chef Holdings has rebranded all of its divisions under one new name, Air Culinaire Worldwide (Booth No. 3024) and moved its headquarters earlier this month from Columbus, Ohio, to Tampa, Fla. Air Chef was founded in Columbus in 2000 by Paul Schweitzer, Air Culinaire’s current president, after he departed from NetJets as its vice president of vendor services. While at NetJets, he observed that the business aviation catering business was “fragmented,” so he formed Air Chef to help consolidate this segment.
Esterline CMC Electronics is asking NBAA attendees for feedback on its latest development, a touchscreen control and voice recognition system for its SmartDeck avionics suite. CMC is also showing its newest electronic flight bag (EFB) technology, which includes the ability to share flight plans and aircraft data with Apple iPads using CMC’s Tandem system.
Jetex Flight Support has kicked off its expansion into South America with the launch of fuel supply services in Brazil. The Dubai-based group now says it can supply jet-A to operators at any Brazilian airport, having previously been confined to international airports.
There are milestones and there are milestones in aviation. For Pilatus delivery pilot Roger Engel, Oct. 16, 2012, the completion day of his last delivery flight for Pilatus Business Aircraft will always be remembered as a happy milestone. Pilatus vice president of marketing Tom Aniello made sure that Engel received a traditional waterjet salute from the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport rire and rescue department at the completion of his final, and coincidentally, 200th unremarkable delivery to the company.
Florida-based Professional Aircraft Accessories (PAA) will formally unveil its expanded operation at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville during this year’s NBAA show. The FAA/EASA Part 145-certified repair station offers approximately 57,000 sq ft of production space, significantly bolstering the company’s landing gear repair, accessories, instruments and avionics service capabilities.