A record-high 2,600 people are expected to attend the 2014 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which opened yesterday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and runs through tomorrow. This year’s theme is “Take the Lead,” and keynote speaker Betty Shotton, the CEO of LiftOff Leadership, delved into the possibilities and obstacles faced in business aviation careers during yesterday morning’s opening general session. Dozens of other interactive education sessions are planned during the conference.
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) abandoned a radical plan for a commercial company to manage the UK’s defense procurement.
JDA Aviation Solutions (JDA) and Group & Wang Associates (G&W) of Washington, D.C., and Beijing have allied to help aviation companies improve safety and quality management and comply with the U.S. and PRC civil aviation regulations and certification requirements.
Cobham is now Cobham Satcom (Booth No. 1773), an amalgam of Cobham and the Danish satcom company Thrane & Thrane, which it acquired earlier this year, the company said in an announcement at NBAA’12. “As the demand for airborne, land-mobile and maritime satellite communications continues to increase we are working hard to make it easier for customers to buy from us a wider range of satcom equipment and integrated solutions,” said Richard Tyson, president of the Cobham Aerospace and Security division that includes the new company.
Eclipse Aerospace took an important and large step toward resuming new production of its light twinjet yesterday. The company placed a production order Innovative Solutions & Support (Booth No. 4331) for the initial 50 of 300 shipsets ordered of the Eclipse 550 Avio integrated flight management system (IFMS), which includes dual FMS, autothrottles, synthetic vision, integrated Taws and enhanced vision system (EVS). The IS&S suite also features electronic circuit breakers, radios, transponders and radar.
New research from Price Waterhouse Coopers stresses the need for a different kind of mindset to deal with the “intensity” of pressure on aerospace and defense companies to deliver across the board. The new report titled, A New Intensity: Programs Under Pressure, underscores the need for companies to excel in more than one discipline, as opposed to past approaches toward choosing one of three areas: solutions leadership, operational excellence or customer intimacy.
The FAA has cleared all Eclipse 500 very light jets to return to a maximum certified service ceiling of 41,000 feet, contingent upon the installation of recently recertified combustion liners. Eclipse Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney Canada worked together to resolve carbon buildup on the static vanes of a limited number of P&WC PW610F engines.
Pratt & Whitney Canada invites owners, operators and maintenance personnel of its PW200, PT6B and PT6C-67C to attend special maintenance and overhaul sessions at Heli-Expo 2011.
In an effort to better guarantee AOG parts shipments within 24 hours, Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 2704) last month opened a new parts distribution center in Memphis. The new facility's proximity to FedEx's national hub will allow customers to place orders until midnight EST for delivery the next day, according to Raffaele Virgili, vice president of customer service for P&WC.
Pratt & Whitney Canada president John Saabas told Bloomberg Businessweek that the business jet market will return to peak production levels by 2015, reaching the record levels of 2008 in 2014 or 2015. This closely matches a forecast issued in April by Embraer, which uses several P&WC engine models on its executive jets, that said 2008 levels will be attained around 2016.
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