Honeywell jump-started its 2006 NBAA Convention appearance by announcing a series of customer support initiatives as the Orlando gathering began. The initiatives are designed to simplify internal processes and improve customer service.
Aerospace Products International announced that it will open a 172,000-sq-ft facility in Southaven, Miss. The location is approximately three miles from the Memphis International Airport and the FedEx hub. API will consolidate four of its warehouse facilities into a recently completed distribution center developed by Industrial Developments International (IDI) early next year.
The Battle Creek, Mich. facility of Duncan Aviation recently christened its newest paint hangar with the completion of a Falcon 2000. The new 19,200-sq-ft hangar adds 40 slots to the facility’s annual paint capacity. It incorporates the latest airflow technology, including automatic monitoring and alarms, and was designed to accommodate multiple aircraft at once by using a two-zone airflow system.
Embraer has tapped DeCrane Aircraft to complete the interiors of its new Lineage 1000 large executive jet. The two companies announced the deal here yesterday. Under the agreement, key interior components such as seating, furniture and entertainment systems will also be supplied by DeCrane. Embraer announced the $40.95 million aircraft, based on its EMB 190 large regional jetliner, in May.
The VLJ juggernaut showed no sign of slowing as Embraer landed another firm order for its line of very light jets, this time from Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair for 20 Phenom 100s. Avantair CEO Steven Santo said he plans to accept delivery of the first airplane in June 2009, and take the balance of the order over the span of about two years. Embraer expects the Phenom 100 to earn FAA certification in mid-2008.
Production line snags have forced Embraer to reduce its delivery forecast this year from 145 to 135, the company revealed last month.
The Nordam Group (Booth No. 5574) continues to expand its MRO business internationally a year after the untimely death of its founder, Ray Siegfried II, last October.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) has successfully completed the maiden flight of its PW617F engine, selected to power the Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet (VLJ).
Not new to supporting airline customers the world over, Embraer must nevertheless convince the business aviation community about its seriousness in competing not only on product quality, but support capability as well.
Spectrum Aeronautical (Booth No. 2142) announced yesterday that it has selected the GE/Honda HF120 turbofan engine to power a new $6.2 million (2006 $) midsize business jet called the S-40 Freedom.