Turbine Aircraft Services (Booth No. 3724) announced that The Aviators, the popular PBS program now in its third season, will feature a segment on the Mitsubishi MU-2 turboprop in episode 11. Spoiler alert: Program host and commercial pilot Sara Rependa declares the aircraft “sturdy” and comments on the high quality of its handling characteristics.
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Daher Socata (Booth No. 3973) is displaying its $3.368 million TBM 850 turboprop single with the new Elite interior for the first time here at NBAA. The TBM 850 is parked at the convention center static display.
The new interior’s main feature is its ability to be quickly converted from the conventional six-seat layout to a configuration with four forward-facing seats, with the remainder of the cabin used for expanded baggage capacity. Seats can be removed and repositioned in less than 30 minutes, according to the manufacturer.
Updating older aircraft to “better than new” has become big business, and Butler National Corporation’s (Booth No. 3196) just announced STC for the installation of the Garmin GTN 750 nav/comm into Learjet 35 and 36 series aircraft should make a few NBAA’12 Convention attendees sit up and listen.
BBA Aviation subsidiary Ontic is expanding its capabilities. At its center-of-excellence MRO facility in Houston, the aftermarket support company is adding services for Hawker Beechcraft’s line of King Airs. Among the services offered are repair and overhaul of the turboprop twin’s landing gear, flight controls and ancillary structures including airframe structural and sheet metal work. Other systems such as the environmental and pneumatic control, mechanical power transfer and oxygen containment and distribution are also included in the services menu.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 3160) announced it has enrolled the 4,000th engine in its Eagle Service Plan (ESP) pay-per-hour maintenance program. The tiered program offers operators a choice of maintenance coverage. The basic plan includes parts and shop labor costs for scheduled engine overhaul/refurbishment and hot-section inspection, basic unscheduled engine and line replaceable unit/accessory maintenance and required product-support improvements at shop visits. Over the past two years the powerplant maker has added 1,000 new engines to the program.
Musty Putters (Booth No. 3738) is showcasing at NBAA‘12 its handcrafted wood putters and the ability to laser engrave on multiple locations on the golf club, so the coveted putters can do double duty as golf-related company-branded gifts. “Each of our putters is one of a kind, thanks to the variety of styles available and the unique grains found naturally in wood,” said David Musty, founder of the Signal Hill, Calif. company. “Additionally we are a green company, using environmentally sustainable materials, and our putters are made and assembled entirely in the United States.”
An agreement has been signed between business aviation MRO provider Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 5580) and battery maker EaglePicher Technologies whereby the Nebraska-based Duncan will now provide maintenance for the manufacturer’s line of lithium-ion aircraft batteries. “We were searching for a strategic partner to provide the most comprehensive service and support for our aircraft batteries and we believe Duncan Aviation fits this profile quite well,” said Ron Nowlin, vice president and general manager for aerospace systems at Missouri-based EaglePicher (Booth No. 3740).
For the third year in a row, the Rockford (Ill.) Area Aerospace Network (Booth No. 2930) is attending the NBAA Convention to demonstrate the region’s continuing growth as an aviation manufacturing hub.
Operators flying aircraft equipped with Universal Avionics flight management systems will soon be able to enjoy improved flight efficiency thanks to Universal’s new FlexPerf Trip Performance module. The module will be available for Universal Waas/Sbas FMSs (and also Waas/Sbas-capable military Multi-Mission Management Systems). FlexPerf will be available with the next major software release in the first quarter of 2013.
Advanced Aircrew Academy (Booth 4493) has announced a new online course for flight crew use of iPads and electronic flight bags (EFBs) covering hardware orientation, charging procedures, widely used apps for in-flight use and human factors considerations. NBAA convention attendees can learn more about this and other training available for in-cockpit use of iPads at the Aircraft and Flight Operations training seminar, “Training Solutions for Flight Deck iPad Implementation” at 2:30-4 pm today in room S310EF.