“Business is looking up,” Western Jet Aviation shop supervisor Jason Mann told AIN during NBAA 2013. “I’ve taken about a dozen phone calls for pre-buy tech inspections just this month,” he continued, explaining that these inspections often turn into refurbishment work for the company. Western Jet recently tripled its avionics shop space and went from two to seven technicians to keep up with the work.
Beechcraft announced that it has certified and begun installations on a range of wireless in-flight connectivity equipment to fit low- and high-occupancy aircraft.
Aircell’s ATG 2000, which provides Gogo Biz in-flight Internet and Text & Talk voice services, is available with certified Wi-Fi as an upgrade through Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) for most Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft. According to the Wichita-based OEM, HBS is offering introductory incentives to operators who purchase an ATG 2000 system through the end of 2013.
Blue Sky Network (Booth No. C13021) is featuring its new HawkEye 7200 portable “multi-national” satellite tracking unit, which also supports Iridium satellite communications for mobile devices.
Twin Commander Aircraft (Booth No. C9432) announced that authorized service center Eagle Creek Aviation Services of Indianapolis has completed a third Grand Renaissance Commander for the Colombian Army. The 690B had sat idle for three years before being ferried to Eagle Creek for the 10-month modification and refurbishment.
Wyvern Consulting announced at NBAA 2013 it has partnered with Aviation Safety and Quality Solutions (ASQS) to offer iQSMS, a web-based safety management system (SMS) program, to customers in North and South America, strengthening its suite of charter risk-assessment and management products and services.
Stevens Aviation introduced a premium maintenance program, called “Buddy and Wizard,” that includes the assignment of a dedicated technical sales representative (buddy) and technician (wizard) who meet with the customer and describe the scope of work required. They will then be in direct contact with the customer while the aircraft is in the facility, weekly or even daily depending on customer preference. Once the work is completed, the pair will sit down with the customer and discuss how the work was completed to ensure it was done to the customer’s satisfaction.
Honeywell added a new feature to its Ovation Select cabin management system that allows flight attendants or passengers to control entertainment and cabin comfort settings from a Samsung smartphone. The system can already be operated using an iPhone, iPad or other tablet devices. The control units allow users to scroll easily through moving-map display options or to change cabin lighting and temperature settings.
Hilton Software’s WingX Pro7 flight planning and navigation app now works with Dac International’s GDC64 aircraft data interface device. The GDC64, certified for use on Part 25 aircraft, can deliver to WingX Pro7 navigation, aircraft and air data information that is available on the aircraft’s Arinc 429 databus. The GDC64 has won EASA approval for installation in the Bombardier Learjet 60 and Dash 8.
The Rosen iPad Mount from Rosen Sunvisor Systems (Booth No. C7913) is making its NBAA debut here at the NBAA 2013. The system clamps on any visor monorail system 5/16” or smaller, allowing pilots to position iPads running aviation navigation apps for easy viewing above the glare shield.
“Everyone wants an iPad mount. We’re adjusting to demand,” said Scott Fowler, director of sales and marketing for the Eugene, Ore.-based company.
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.