What’s the air capital of the world? Thirteen partners hope you’ll answer “Wichita,” at least after they finish their marketing campaign here at the NBAA show. The campaign claims the “air capital” title based on what its backers say is the city’s position as the number-one site for aviation manufacturing, skilled aviation workers and a robust aviation supply chain.
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Gore Design Completions (Booth No. N5716) is on a roll with a shop full of aircraft. It delivered its first Boeing 777 in early October and recently signed contracts for an Airbus ACJ320-200 and a larger Airbus ACJ330-200.
In November TAG Aviation will complete construction of a new three-bay hangar complex at the London-area Farnborough Airport. The new structure doubles available hangar space by adding 120,000 sq ft and also takes TAG’s total investment in the UK site well beyond $150 million.
Thermal/acoustic specialist 3M introduced a new acoustic demonstrator from its subsidiary E-A-R Thermal Acoustic Systems (Booth No. N5930) here at the NBAA convention. The demonstrator was created to simulate not only interior noise levels of a typical business aircraft, but also the range of noise signatures with varying frequency content.
Stop by the Business Jet Center booth (No. C10620) for a chance to win one of two Apple iPad 2s and to participate in a unique photo contest. The Dallas Love Field-based FBO is taking advantage of social media to create a “virtual Facebook photo contest” with an aviation theme.
Despite the deluge of negative news about Europe’s mounting financial crisis, things are not as bad as they might seem, according to Fabio Gamba, the new chief executive of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
Lord Corp., perhaps best known to many as provider of Lord mounts for aircraft engines, is at Booth No. C11836 to showcase its wide range of products and services to improve aircraft reliability, maintainability and passenger comfort by controlling vibration, shock and noise. The company has developed a variety ways to meet the requirements of business aircraft, from traditional elastomeric products to electromechanical systems.
Aviation services provider TAC Air has unveiled a new product at NBAA (Booth No. C6927) which the Texarkana, Texas-based company said is aimed at helping flight departments protect themselves against drastic fuel cost fluctuations.
As demand ramps up for refurbishment and green completion of Airbus ACJs and Boeing Business Jets, Associated Air Center of Dallas is ramping up to capture a goodly market share.
Corporate versions of the British Aerospace (BAe) 146 and other variants of the regional jetliner will continue to be supported by the OEM following the $187 million disposal of the company’s asset-management division and commercial-aircraft lease portfolio.