Jet Aviation has joined the Paragon Aviation Group, a network of FBOs that is committed to providing “premium customer service.” As such, Jet Aviation’s six U.S. facilities–at Boston/Bedford, Mass.; Dallas and Houston; St. Louis, Mo.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Teterboro, N.J.–are part of the network, which now encompasses 23 locations in North America.
Independent FBO network organization Paragon Aviation Group is launching Paragon Preferred, a program that will allow flight departments to receive customized fuel pricing from each participating Paragon network location. The program becomes operational on October 1, but customers can register now for Paragon Preferred. Customers can receive the preferred pricing data through the Paragon website, as an attached spreadsheet in a weekly email or via Fuelerlinx.
Tactair Fluid Controls has launched a new technology program that gives OEMs the option of installing electro-mechanical, optionally actuated landing gear and door uplocks. The focus of the program is to offer a choice between an electro-mechanical release and the traditional mechanically actuated release. Tactair says the new electro-mechanical alternative uplock release offers increased flexibility and opportunities for significant weight savings.
The Gorgon Stare wide-area surveillance system has overcome early integration problems and is delivering actionable intelligence to warfighters in Afghanistan as envisaged.
MD Helicopters today at Heli-Expo unveiled a new composite main rotor blade for the MD500F, co-developed with Van Horn Aviation of Tempe, Ariz. The blade is projected to increase internal gross weight from 3,100 pounds to at least 3,350 pounds, lower operating costs, reduce acoustical noise signature, decrease fuel burn and have three times the life of the metal blade currently certified for the aircraft (10,000 hours versus 3,430 hours).
Grizzly Mountain Aviation, of Prineville, Ore., has taken delivery of a second Kaman Aerospace K-Max, for use on logging, firefighting and power-line construction. The aircraft is currently supporting a large power-line project in Ontario, Canada, before heading home to the Pacific Northwest.
Universal Avionics invites NBAA attendees to help celebrate its 25th anniversary by greeting staff and assessing its new Vision-1 cockpit at Booth No. 235.