London Oxford Airport recently installed what it says is a “latest generation” radar system and has had its runway’s weight-bearing strength verified. It also took delivery of a new fire tender, an investment of £500,000.
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Aircraft management and charter company Talon Air introduced a new chief operating officer at NBAA 2011, announced the addition of an aircraft to its fleet and revealed the impending opening of a new hangar at its Farmingdale, N.Y. base.
Aviation research specialist Conklin & de Decker (Booth No. N2317) has awarded its fourth annual Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management scholarship prize to Embry-Riddle senior Christine Dow. She will receive $5,000 toward her studies, having won the award for her passion for aviation.
Goodrich has acquired privately held Winslow Marine Products, maker of aircraft life rafts. Winslow was founded in 1941 and employs approximately 70 in Lake Suzy, Fla. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Days earlier, Sikorsky and Pratt & Whitney parent United Technologies announced its intent to acquire Goodrich for $16.5 billion.
In-flight connectivity specialist Aircell (Booth No. N3527) has been selected by Gulfstream to provide the Aircell Axxess communication system for the new large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650.
Aircell Axxess provides global voice service and narrow-band data capabilities via the Iridium Satellite network. Integrated cabin handsets allow passengers and crew to place calls to, and receive calls from, anyplace in the world.
While most FBO chains go to great lengths to emphasize their branding and the extent of their network, one marches to the beat of its own drum. Denver-based Ross Aviation has quietly assembled a portfolio of 14 locations, but not a single one has the name Ross in its title.
Elbit Systems of America’s Kollsman Commercial Aviation unit is celebrating delivery of its 1,000th infrared enhanced vision system (EVS), which went to Gulfstream Aerospace. Pres Henne, Gulfstream senior v-p for engineering and test programs, accepted a plaque commemorating the event from Roy Gentry, Kollsman Commercial Aviation vice president.
The idea of a “living wall” in a business jet cabin was something designer Edese Doret says he had been thinking about for about a year. After running the idea by a designated engineering representative (DER) and several engineers, he suggested it to a client, and he said, “and he loved it.” So New York-based Edese Doret Industrial Design was off and running. The end result is four Living Walls to be built into a privately owned Boeing 787-9–one wall each in the stateroom, the passageway, the lavatory and the lounge.
Like a monster that keeps coming back to life in a bad horror movie, user fees have returned in the form of a mandatory surcharge on every flight of a business or commercial aircraft proposed in President Obama’s jobs creation/deficit reduction plan unveiled in September.
Charles Edelstenne, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, and Kong Linshan, chairman of the board of Minsheng Financial Leasing, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 10 Falcon 7X and 10 Falcon 2000S business jets this morning at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas. Zhang Bo, vice president of Minsheng Financial Leasing also signed the agreement, which Dassault Falcon officials expect will be finalized in the coming weeks. The non-deposit MoU follows firm orders for five Falcon 7Xs that Minsheng Financial placed earlier this year and a sixth order for a Falcon 900LX. Some of these five 7Xs have been delivered.