Engine maker Rolls-Royce (Stand 348) plans to increase its global network of authorized service centers for corporate aircraft engines and strengthen its relationship with existing centers. The company is expected to announce the appointment of additional service centers here at EBACE this week.
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Hyundai Motor Co. is entrusting the completion of its new Boeing Business Jet to Comlux America. The work will be done at Comlux’s Indianapolis, Indiana facility and will be its second BBJ completion and fifth project overall.
Emteq has announced retrofit specialist Flying Colours as the launch customer for its new eConnect cabin management system. The equipment will feature in Bombardier CRJ aircraft upgraded by Flying Colours and Emteq also now offering it for retrofit on Airbus A320 family aircraft, including the ACJ models.
Evolution may a debatable process in theological terms, but Brazilian business jet manufacturer Embraer embraces it wholeheartedly as part of cabin technology and amenities, said Mariana Santos, Embraer Executive Jets head of product strategy for the Legacy 600/650 programs.
At face value, 2002 was not the most auspicious time for three Swedish college students to launch an Internet-based service for the aircraft charter business, but with Avinode marking its tenth anniversary, history has proven to be on the side of the company founders Niclas Wennerholm, Per Marthinsson and Niklas Berg.
DAC International (Stand 1131) has introduced the GDC64 tablet-to-aircraft interface, a small box that delivers aircraft data to devices such as the iPad and Android tablet computers and provides iPad battery charging. The GDC64 will be approved for Part 25 aircraft and can accept up to four Arinc 429 inputs, eight other discrete data inputs and serial data from a weather receiver.
Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport (Stand 1943) is fast gaining traction as the Middle East’s first and only dedicated business aviation gateway. The former military air base has been reinvented as a business aviation service hub, along the lines airports such as the London-area Farnborough and Biggin Hill, and Le Bourget in Paris.
Business and VIP helicopter sales are recovering, according to Eurocopter. “After the downturn that hit us between late 2008 and early 2010, we are seeing new demand coming from Brazil, Russia, India and China. Moreover, the U.S. is in a healthier position,” Patrice Royer, the manufacturer’s head of business and private aviation sales, told AIN. This segment, however, is deemed fragile, as it is closely tied to the fortunes to those of stock markets, which themselves remain volatile.
Dassault Aviation (Stand 7090) said it received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for steep approaches on all Falcon 900 and 2000 series models fitted with the EASy flight deck, based on Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics suite. Both model series had earlier received steep-approach certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Qatar Airways’s colorful CEO, Akbar Al Baker, has made a name for himself at the helm of one of the Arabian Gulf region’s trio of fast-growing airlines. But alongside his United Arab Emirates rivals Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways he can claim an additional string to his bow that the other two have so far overlooked: the creation of an executive jet division.