Zodiac Aerospace (Hall 2a Stand A254) is here exhibiting its Isis cabin for single-aisle airliners, with new seats, sidewalls and luggage bins that accommodate a claimed 60 percent more bags. Although cabin equipment accounts for two thirds of its $4.4 billion revenues, the France-based company is also active in a number of aircraft systems. It has consistently taken over smaller businesses and may be considering a new, undisclosed target acquisition in the industry, CEO Olivier Zarrouati hinted early this month.
Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., has been recognized for outstanding achievement in airport snow removal and ice control. The general aviation facility received the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airports’ Balchen/Post Award, which recognizes the dedicated efforts of snow crews in maintaining airports in a safe and operational status during the winter. Hanscom Field recorded more than 69 inches of snow during the 2012 to 2013 winter season, significantly more than the airport’s average of 47 inches, and crews responded to 17 storms during that time.
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) are seeking nominations by June 30 for awards that recognize individuals “who fly for the benefit of others and their public-benefit flying organizations.” Nominations are currently being accepted for five categories: distinguished volunteer pilot; distinguished volunteer; outstanding achievement in advancement of public-benefit flying; public-benefit flying teamwork award; and champion of public-benefit flying. Nominees must be either U.S. citizens or U.S. organizations.
NBAA COO Steve Brown has been recognized by RTCA with the 2013 Chairman’s Award, which is the organization’s highest honor. He received the award on Wednesday at the RTCA 2013 Global Aviation Symposium in Washington, D.C. In announcing the award, RTCA president Margaret Jenny praised Brown’s diverse background in the aviation industry, as well as his “levelheaded approach” to working with personnel from across the industry on a variety of challenges.
At last week’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva, Robert Bosch Corporate Aviation and Tyrol Air Ambulance were honored with EBAA’s Platinum Safety of Flight award, recognizing more than 50 years or 100,000 hours of safe flying. Other successes included VistaJet’s gold award for 80,000 accident-free hours and FAI rent-a-jet’s bronze award for 40,000 accident-free flight hours.
The European Business Aviation Association has recognized four European companies for their safety achievements, presenting awards here at EBACE 2013. Both Robert Bosch Corporate Aviation and Tyrol Air Ambulance were honored with EBAA’s Platinum Safety of Flight award for completing more than 50 years or 100,000 hours of safe flying, while a gold award for 40 years or 80,000 hours without an accident was bestowed on VistaJet. FAI rent-a-jet received a bronze award for achieving 20 years or 40,000 hours of safe operation.
In an exclusive podcast, film star and pilot John Travolta told AIN how he’s been helping Bombardier’s flight test pilots to develop the new Challenger 350 jet. Plus how Hollywood high-fliers turn to him for advice on how to get into private aviation.
Rockwell Collins received the top honor–a gold award in the safety category–from the Edison Awards in recognition of the company’s development of synthetic vision on a head-up display (HUD). The awards program is conducted by Edison Universe, which fosters future innovators. The awards were named after prolific inventor Thomas Edison.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has turned to Zodiac Seats to provide economy class seats for its new MRJ70 and MRJ90 regional airliners, after canceling a previous contract with Japan’s Delta Kogyo. According to marketing director Yugo Fukuhara, Mitsubishi and Delta Kogyo mutually agreed to scrap the agreement after failing to agree a plan for certifying the seats.
Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee has granted approval to the Robinson R66 turbine single, clearing the way for deliveries there. Russian customers have ordered nearly 50 copies of the model.