Representatives from Japan’s government and Narita Airport are here (Booth No. 3831) to describe recent initiatives to promote business aviation in their country. Japan, with the world’s third largest economy (recently surpassed by China), is home to 68 of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, 52 of which are based in the greater Tokyo area. Yet the country until recently has not embraced corporate aviation.
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Right in the middle of the NBAA Convention is precisely the right time to begin thinking about December’s Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show in Dubai, the fifth edition since the show began in 2005. This year’s event runs from December 11 to 13, but at a new location, Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport (OMDW), a 25-minute drive south of the City of Dubai.
Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) is introducing a new, integrated multifunction standby unit (IMSU) for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft that measures, processes and displays altitude, airspeed, slip/skid and navigation data in a single display. The unit features a high-resolution LCD with LED backlighting that automatically adjusts for cockpit lighting.
Nextant Aerospace founder and CEO Kenn Ricci said yesterday here at NBAA 2012 that his company will announce its next business jet remanufacturing program–dubbed “Project XXT”–in early January. It will be a midsize jet, he told AIN, with service entry scheduled for 2015. Ricci expects a mockup of the aircraft to be at the NBAA show next year, with first flight expected about 15 to 18 months from now.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released a new online course aimed at educating pilots about how to stay safe while volunteering their services for emergency relief.
When a business aircraft completion takes more than 500,000 man-hours, you know nothing was spared on the project. “The principal set very high standards for this elegant interior,” said Bernd Schramm, COO of Amac Group, which delivered the first Boeing BBJ 777-200LR this week to a Middle East-based customer.
Basel, Switzerland-based Amac’s business is split among executive completions, maintenance work and its hangar space, which can accommodate up to three widebodies and six single-aisle bizliners, along with lighter aircraft.
There are more than 1,000 exhibitor booths this year at the NBAA Convention, which is being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
Shell Aviation is showcasing 18 of the fuel dealers from its network of 428 FBOs nationwide here at the NBAA show and is offering a promotion for NBAA attendees looking to find out more about the services they provide. Visitors to the Shell Aviation booth (No. 1940) will be offered a chance to win a Bad Boy Buggy or the $10,000 cash equivalent in the form of MasterCard gift cards. Guests at the booth will be given a Flightplan, which will be stamped each time they speak with one of the FBO Shell fuel dealers.
Three popular Apple iPad applications were central to the first of several education sessions dedicated to the iPad-based electronic flight bag (EFB) at NBAA’12. Speakers featuring Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck, ForeFlight Mobile and WingX Pro 7 all had their time at the podium offering information on how the products can enhance flight safety and efficiency across the business aviation fleet.
Corporate Air Parts (CAPS), in business since 1983, recently signed a new agreement with Phillips Medical products that includes the sale and service of all HeartStart automatic external defribrillators (AEDs). Proper use of these life-saving devices will be incorporated into CAPS’s existing training programs, including Part 135.331 emergency crewmember training, hypoxia recognition and recovery and cabin service and AED/CPR/first aid training.