New Citations are being equipped with the Cessna Diagnostic Maintenance System (CDMS). The system integrates event-driven and full-time data recording that provides maintenance needs on the pilot’s multi-function display and pushes the data to the aircraft’s service center.
Aviation Partners (Booth No. C8114), in cooperation with Boeing, is launching its new Split Scimitar Winglet program for Boing BBJs. Split Scimitar Winglets are already available for 737 NGs.
The Split Scimitar Winglet modifies the existing blended winglet on the BBJ by adding a Scimitar-tipped ventral strake, reinforced internal winglet structure and replacement of the aluminum winglet tip caps with more aerodynamically shaped Scimitar tip caps.
Winglet Technology of Wichita, Kan. (Booth No. C12043), the company that supplies its Elliptical Winglets for the Citation X, is collaborating with the Cessna service center network to offer the winglets for retrofit on the Citation Sovereign. Flight testing is expected to begin this month and the companies are targeting entry-into-service in the first quarter of 2015.
MRO provider Duncan Aviation (Booth No. C8543) is expanding its services portfolio when it comes to engines, accessories, landing gear and interior modifications.
Duncan has opened a 10th Rapid Response engine service location, this one at Flightcraft in Portland, Ore. Duncan’s other Rapid Response location in the Pacific Northwest is in Seattle. The company said it opened the facility in Portland based on heavy customer demand throughout the region.
Pilatus Business Aircraft is displaying a mock-up of its twinjet PC-24, announced earlier this year at EBACE, here at its NBAA booth (No. C12216) near the indoor static display. A prototype is currently under construction and is expected to fly late next year and certification and first customer deliveries are anticipated in 2017. Three aircraft will be used in the flight test program.
BLR Aerospace (Booth No. C7034), announced here at NBAA that it expects supplemental type certificate (STC) approval soon for a King Air 90 Ultimate Performance Package, which will allow operators to realize the full potential benefits that BLR’s winglets can offer in operating efficiency. Approval was delayed by the U.S. government shutdown and furlough of non-essential FAA employees.
Thales is here at the NBAA show (Booth No. N216) exhibiting its Avionics 2020 flight deck demonstrator, a human-machine interface designed to preserve pilots’ cognitive resources, thus enabling them to focus on what they are good at: making decisions. In other words, according to its promoters, this is a cockpit designed for airmanship. The development schedule of Avionics 2020 should suit a business jet program aiming at a 2020 entry into service.
This month Bombardier commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Learjet’s first flight even as the company struggles to launch a larger new flagship, the Model 85, and switch to composite airframe construction. Since 1963, Learjet has become one of the world’s most iconic brands, often generically misused to describe any make/model of private jet, and a conspicuous sign of affluence.
The firm started in 1999 as the HVLS Fan Co., an acronym for high-volume low-speed fans. That name accurately described the design and efficiency of the company’s products, but after three years in business, according to the Lexington, Ky.-based manufacturer, “we finally had to bow to the sentiments of our customers and concede that we do, in fact, design and manufacture some Big Ass Fans.” Hence, the current brand name.
Reno, Nev.-based Aerion is releasing results from recent flight tests of a natural laminar flow (NLF) wing test article this week here in Las Vegas, while the company continues to work to have its supersonic business jet enter service in 2020. The goal of these tests was to measure “real-world robustness” of supersonic NLF, which is a key technology for the Aerion SSBJ, in regards to surface quality and manufacturing tolerances.