An Embraer Phenom 300 set three speed records for its class when it flew from Embraer Executive Jets’ headquarters at Melbourne (Fla.) International Airport (MLB) to Daugherty Field in Long Beach, Calif., with only one fuel stop. On the first leg, the twinjet flew the 1,380-nm route to El Paso (Tex.) International Airport in four hours, 16 minutes and 33 seconds. After a 27-minute fuel stop, it proceeded to Long Beach, completing the 607-nm leg in one hour, 55 minutes and 20 seconds.
As a co-owner of Tastefully Yours, a large Atlanta-based business aviation caterer, Amanda Kraft had for years bemoaned the fact that packaging and storage materials were anything but catering friendly–too big, too bulky, too heavy, too expensive and often “just plain ugly.”
Finally fed up with packing orders in giant plastic containers that were too large to store anywhere but the baggage bay and were available only in quantities of 1,000, she embarked on a voyage of discovery. Her solution is a new business called Airware.
Atlanta-based in-flight caterer Tastefully Yours launched a range of short-flight catering boxes, as the company sees a shift away from menus offering heavy meals with larger portion sizes to lighter fare and smaller servings that require no onboard preparation or reheating. Each menu choice has been planned to consider the increased number of requests for low-fat, low-salt and low-cholesterol diets. The light-fare catering boxes are available with breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items.
Bruce’s Custom Covers (Booth No. N3532) is promoting its line of custom-fitted covers for more than 90 helicopter models, as well as for nearly every airplane ever produced, here at Heli-Expo ’13. “A custom-fitted cover for any aircraft or engine will serve to protect it from climate hazards, both in the hangar and on the ramp,” the company said. For helicopters, the covers can also be fitted to air inlets, pitot and static ports and canopies, among other areas. Design variations are limitless, according to the company.
The new iPad mini kneeboard from PilotMall features a hold-flat leg strap and smart cover that automatically wakes up the iPad when opened. The kneeboard’s cradle rotates 360 degrees for easy switching between portrait and landscape modes while allowing full access to all ports and switches. The case also doubles as a desk stand. A suction cup mount is an option and costs $9.99. The new kneeboard sells for $29.99.
Able Aerospace Services announced the availability of a new Bell 206 main rotor strap fitting and pin PMA replacement part. Operators of the Bell 206 series can now further reduce operating costs by using the exclusive FAA-certified PMA parts. The main rotor strap fitting and pin are components of the Bell main rotor hub. The strap fitting replaces Bell Part Number 206-011-150-105 and the strap pin replaces Bell Part Number 206-011-125-105. Parts are available immediately at up to 50 percent less than OEM parts, according to the company.
Fuel distributor Avfuel has bolstered its network of more than 600 branded FBOs with the addition of four new dealers. London City Airport Centre is the latest location in the company’s recent UK expansion. The dual-use airport, the closest to central London, celebrated several milestones this year, including its millionth flight, 35 millionth passenger and 25 years of operation.
A J Walter Aviation has launched a new exchange service for complete fan blade sets. It offers a selection of CFM56 engine fan blade sets ready to ship and fit immediately. Blades are guaranteed fully overhauled, mapped and moment weighed and ready to fit. The cost of the replacement blades includes repair of the removed set of blades. AJW has stock immediately available for the CFM56-3, 56-5A and 56-7B; the CFM56-5B will be added early next year.
On Saturday at Vero Beach (Fla.) Airport, Piper Aircraft celebrated its 75th anniversary with a fly-in. More than 60 Piper airplanes, ranging from J-3 Cubs to Meridian turboprop singles, flew in for the diamond anniversary event. During the fly-in, Piper announced a Garmin G1000 upgrade for its Seminole and Archer, as well as a launch order from the Florida Institute of Technology for eight G1000-equipped Archers and options for 16 more. Piper and FIT also announced a career alliance to provide enhanced vocational opportunities for FIT aviation program graduates.
Executive Air, the FBO at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va., has reopened its terminal after completion of a major $750,000 renovation that saw the demolition and reconstruction of the facility’s ground-floor interior. Additions to the 4,000-sq-ft guest services lobby included a new airside vestibule and a new interior design featuring locally quarried stone, glass walls and furniture produced in the region.