Three years ago satellite direct television was “gee whiz” equipment. Today it is almost standard on anything larger than a Falcon 50. Honeywell, with its AIS-2000 multi-region system, provides in-flight coverage in Europe, the Middle East and North America. But best of all, the modular cabinet design now allows the user to download software modules to shift from one coverage area to another in flight.
The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), located on the campus of Wichita State University, is now running at full capacity following several lab renovations and additions. In the past 15 months, NIAR completed major upgrades to its crash dynamics laboratory and wind tunnel, and it opened a new advanced joining laboratory and an aircraft structural testing and evaluation center.
Italian airline Blue Panorama has launched an executive charter division with a pair of Piaggio Avanti P.180 twin turboprops. Flown by the new Executive Blue subsidiary, the aircraft are based at Rome Ciampino Airport.
Multi-billion-dollar airliner orders are back in fashion on the international airshow circuit if July’s Farnborough International ’04 event proves to signal the start of a trend.
Steven Hill will become president of Boeing Business Jets, replacing Lee Monson, who becomes v-p of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Sales for the Middle East and Africa. Hill was formerly business director of Boeing Aircraft Trading. Boeing Business Jets is a joint venture with General Electric. Since the company’s launch in July 1996, Boeing Business Jets said it has received orders for nearly 90 BBJs, and there are more than 75 in service.
For a long time–too long some say–the industry has been struggling to give passengers on corporate aircraft the same business and entertainment tools at 41,000 feet that they enjoy at home or in their offices. And the truth is it’s going to take a little longer.
At the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition early this month in Geneva, Boeing Business Jets president Steven Hill will reveal product development activities, including “the exploration of a new BBJ family member.” Hill also planned to discuss the status of the BBJ 3 (a 4,765-nm executive version of its new 737-900ER) and a VIP version of the 787 (Dreamliner).
The Farnborough International 2006 airshow (to be held July 17 to 23) is set to be a record-breaker, with more exhibitors and aircraft than ever before. The show is
now effectively sold out, and the amount of exhibit space booked is up more than 15 percent over the last Farnborough Show in 2004.
This month will mark the end of Kawasaki Aeronautica do Brasil’s wing production in Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil, as the company transfers work packages for the metallic airfoil sections for the 190 and 195 airliners to Embraer as outlined in a letter of agreement signed by the parties in late May.
The Farnborough International airshow appears to have rediscovered its vim and vigor, refreshed by a new format and site facilities. As this year’s show drew to a close, indications were that the event had drawn record attendance on its trade and public days.
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