Manufacturing

December 12, 2013 - 8:15am

OmnAvia, a Winston Salem, N.C.-based distributor of fine leathers and woven fabrics for aircraft interiors, recently introduced its Alcantara aviation collection.

According to OmnAvia, Alcantara is “a material that is impossible to pigeonhole.” The Italian-made product, developed as an artificial substitute for suede, is a combination of polyester and polyurethane that offers the look and feel of suede.

December 11, 2013 - 11:40am

Heli-One has enhanced its website so customers can go to its helicopter Exchange Parts Inventory Channel (Epic) pages. The Epic feature enables customers to do more by connecting them to two searchable databases: Heli-One’s exchange component pool database or its surplus parts inventory database of almost 1,900 items.

December 5, 2013 - 4:10am

Custom Aircraft Cabinets, manufacturer of cabinetry and upholstered components for high-end aircraft interiors, recently doubled its fabrication capacities to 146,000 sq ft.

The Sherwood, Ark. company is equipped to provide precision routing, edge-fill operations and insert production. It also recently added a Thermwood multi-purpose three-axis M43-510 CNC router to its existing Thermwood three-axis M45-510 CNC router. “The addition of the second router provides us much-improved downstream capacity and it immediately gives us superior flexibility in both quality and flow time.”

December 1, 2013 - 6:00am

As the Great Recession moves into its sixth year, the market for used business aircraft remains something of a quagmire, with some models still searching for a price bottom. But there are bright spots where values have stabilized, and inventory overall is headed in the right direction.

November 17, 2013 - 8:00am

U.S.-based AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings, a division of International Paints, has reported qualification of one of its base-coat products to the Aerospace Material Specification (AMS) standard, which governs the use of metals for aircraft manufacture and MRO.

October 24, 2013 - 5:40pm

From the fashion runways to airport runways, Townsend Leather has turned this fall’s fashion trend of lace into a new aircraft interiors product line, which makes its debut here at NBAA. According to the third-generation family-owned company, the new gaufrage-embossed center-cut hide, entitled Lace Weave, combines the delicacy of lace with the durability and performance of its highest-quality leather. The product has no pattern-match lines and can be customized with numerous finishing techniques including hand-dippings and antique effects.

October 23, 2013 - 11:15pm

Liebherr-Aerospace (Booth C11407) may not be a household name in the U.S., but the company is a supplier of numerous components used in aircraft for most of the major aircraft and missile manufacturers in the world, and has been doing so for more than 50 years. In a 58-page promotional magazine created specifically for NBAA 2013 visitors, the company lists 26 aviation customers, from Airbus to Thales.

October 20, 2013 - 7:30am

NBAA 2013 visitors can choose among plenty of leather types and colors, with each supplier offering its own unique features, depending on what the customer can afford. Leather for an entire business jet cabin the size of a Falcon 2000 typically falls into the $40,000 to $60,000 range. Passionate experts in leather crafting at Edelman Leather (Booth No. N5711), Garrett Leather (N213), Green Hides Leather Studio (C10135) and Townsend Leather (N5124) also gave AIN some tricks for proper leather care.

October 20, 2013 - 12:30am
Solid Concepts is making aerospace components, [including this FAA-approved air duct for a DC-10,] using the 3-D printing technique.

Solid Concepts has produced multiple 3-D printed components for aerospace applications that it is highlighting at NBAA 2013 (Booth No. N2011).

The company, based in Valencia, Calif., provides rapid prototyping, digital manufacturing, tooling and injection molding to the aerospace, automotive, industrial design and medical industries. It has more than two decades of experience in 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing technologies, producing parts from prototypes to production components by accurately “printing” layers of material until a 3-D form is created.

October 2, 2013 - 1:15am
Two-year Inventory Trend

For the first time since the used jet market began to unravel, inventory sits below the level of October 2008. Year-over-year for the past four years, more inventory has been departing the market than has been arriving onto the market and this year could prove a continuation of that trend, with inventory already below last year’s 12-month moving average as the market enters what is historically the most active quarter for aircraft sales.

 
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