North American Surveillance Systems introduced a sliding, air-operable cargo door for the Cessna Caravan. According to the Deland, Fla.-based company, the enhanced door requires no modification to the aircraft and installs in place of the standard two-piece cargo door. Installation of the new door, which adds about 45 pounds but has the same exterior profile as the original, takes about one hour, the company said. The air-operable feature enables parachute and bundle-dropping operations, it noted.
There are plenty of sensor options available for mounting on the ubiquitous C-130 Hercules, but an innovative new technology called Sabir (Special Airborne Mission Installation & Response System) is being presented here at the show by Highland Integrated Surveillance Systems (Hiss).
Hawker Beechcraft C90A, Bismarck, N.D., July 23, 2009–The cabin entry door opened while the aircraft was climbing through 500 feet. The pilot returned to the departure airport and landed without incident. The door remained attached to the aircraft at the hinge and lost half of its skin, resulting in substantial damage to the airplane’s pressure vessel.
A Hawker 900XP crew recently discovered after landing that a slightly out-of-tolerance closing mechanism can render the cabin door unopenable from inside the airplane, leaving the emergency hatch the only exit. The pilot radioed a lineman to grab the keys through the pilot’s side window and unlock the door handle from outside.
Air Concepts International of Teterboro, N.J., had two examples of its Cocoon wall panel noise-reduction system on display in two AgustaWestland AW139s at Heli-Expo 2008 in Houston. According to company president Pat Cesaro, the package reduces cabin noise to 69 dB. It has been certified for installation in the AW139 in either the one- or two-door sliding door configuration.
Starting this month, retro crown doors will be available for the King Air 200/B200/300/B300. According to a spokesman for Raisbeck Engineering, the doors are designed to be compatible with the company’s nacelle wing lockers for the King Air 200 and 300. The initial price for the retro crown door kit is $9,250 not including installation.
Midcoast Aviation of Cahokia, Ill., has received a special regulatory exemption for installation of a mid-cabin door on the Falcon 900B and 900EX. The hard-surface, manually operated pocket door would replace the current curtain separator. A flight-deck annunciator signals the crew when the door is closed, and an emergency decompression panel provides passenger access to an exit door.
Enflite, Inc. (LifePort Booth No. 4620) is at NBAA’06 with a new line of products and improvements for the business jet cabin.
The Georgetown, Texas company is especially well known for its cabin pocket doors, and is introducing a slide-rail system and counter-balance spring said to ensure smooth and consistent operation.
Aviation Fabricators of Clinton, Mo., is awaiting supplemental type certificate (STC) approval from the FAA for a new side-ledge kit for older Beech King Airs. The kit includes tables and sidewall panels and requires “some modification to the airframe for attachment clips.” The kit starts at $17,000 to the OEM or independent refurbishment shop and is delivered unfinished so it can be finished to match the existing interior.