For a market that company president and CEO Scott Ernest describes as remaining soft, Cessna is continuing its product development schedule. During the company’s press conference here yesterday he announced that the Wichita airframer has launched a new version of its midsize Citation Sovereign, and invited show attendees to visit the new aircraft, which has been under development for the past year-and-a-half, at the static display. Three of the upgraded Sovereigns are currently flying and have thus far accumulated approximately 800 flight-test hours.
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TrueNorth Avionics is featuring its new Stylus cord-and-reel handset at this year’s NBAA show (Booth No. 1375) and has already begun shipping the first units to partner Flying Colours. The Canadian outfitter is installing the Stylus handsets as part of its range of CRJ200 ExecLiner makeovers and green Challenger 850 completions.
Each year, the National Business Aviation Association recognizes the top aviation maintenance and avionics technicians with excellent safety records who work for member companies. AIN interviewed some of the top technicians for 2011 to learn about their backgrounds and safety philosophies.
Nathan Schumacher, manager of aircraft maintenance
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Flying Colours regards its 13th and most recent CRJ conversion as its most ambitious–“an aircraft completely personalized to [the client’s] requirements.” The company worked with Harry Schnaper (the private owner’s designer), lead in-house designer Kate Ahrens and its engineering team to create “externally and internally, its most complex, bespoke ExecLiner yet.”
Astronics is forging ahead after purchasing enhanced vision system (EVS) maker Max-Viz in early August and recently signed an installation agreement with Hawker Beechcraft. Under the agreement, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support will have the opportunity to install Max-Viz infrared EVS in any King Air equipped with an MFD that can display video images, according to Astronics president and CEO Peter Gundermann.
Dassault Falcon is introducing yet another new version of its popular super-midsize twin. The Falcon 2000LXS combines the range and amenities of the Falcon 2000LX with the short field capabilities of the Falcon 2000S. The new aircraft is expected to cost $500,000 more than the 2000LX (2012 $) and gain certification in 2014 when it replaces the 2000LX.
With more than 25 ExecLiner corporate conversions of Canadair CRJ200 regional jets contracted and an expanding clientele in the Asia Pacific region for work on other Bombardier products, Flying Colours (Booth No. 912) is close to selecting a Far East partner.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics has received a number of new product approvals and selections on a variety of business jets. Crane’s FAA-approved SmartStem wireless tire pressure monitoring system now allows Part 135 pilots to check tire pressures on all certified aircraft. “There are presently no other products on the market that allow a Part 135 pilot to check his own tires,” the company noted.
Danish satcom system manufacturer Thrane & Thrane, which was acquired by UK avionics manufacturer Cobham in June, believes that there is massive untapped potential to create data “pipes” to connect thousands of aircraft around the world. These aircraft miss out on the advantages of broadband connectivity, including WiFi in the cabin and operational connections for the crew that can enhance efficiency and safety. Thrane & Thrane also believes that people assume satcom is more expensive than it actually is.
Parker Aerospace (Booth No. 5028) is celebrating the certification of its fly-by-wire flight-control system on the new Gulfstream G650 ultra-long-range jet and announcing EASA and Brazilian ANAC approval for new wheel and brake kits for several versions of the King Air turboprop.