Aviation research, consulting and education company Conklin & de Decker (Booth No. 4620) has been busy during this year’s NBAA Convention. The 25-year-old company released its 2012 Aircraft Cost Evaluator, Volume II at the show, which includes 10 additional aircraft, and introduced the AircraftPedia online reference tool, available to the company’s ACE subscribers as a free add-on. AircraftPedia contains more than 2,800 drawings and historical biographies of various aircraft.
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The National Aeronautic Association has been certifying aviation records since 1905, and here the NBAA Convention honors Dassault Falcon, Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft for recent record-setting feats. The top speed reached among the group was 599.63 mph, captured by a Gulfstream G150. This is a far cry from the first record certified–25 mph!– on an Oct. 23, 1906 flight by Alberto Santos-Dumont, the Brazilian aviation pioneer, in his 14-Bis, or Oiseau de proie (French for “bird of prey”), one-of-a-kind biplane.
Those seeking hangar build options may wish to visit ClearSpan Fabric Structures at Booth No. 2925. The Connecticut-based company’s Hercules Truss Arch Buildings offer high clearances without support posts, allowing aircraft to easily be maneuvered inside. The multi-purpose custom structures, which can be built up to 300 feet wide and any length, are constructed of triple galvanized structural steel tubing with a ripstop polyethylene cover that allows natural light to shine through.
CAE and Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) are now working together to provide academic and in-flight upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) to flight instructors and student cadets (ab initio pilots) attending CAE Oxford Aviation Academy flight school programs. Student pilots will receive basic UPRT training with options for an upgrade program, while instructors will go through the professional pilot UPRT program.
Polycast UV-SC is the latest addition that Spartech has made to its growing product line of structural transparencies targeting the aircraft, mass transit, automobile and architectural markets. Polycast embodies the technology to produce cast acrylic sheet in a variety of colors that block significant amounts of ultraviolet (UV) light and the near-infrared solar energy’s heat radiation while maintaining high visible light transmission.
Phillips 66 Aviation (Booth No. 4560) and NBAA jointly presented a check to the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) for $21,000 to support the organization’s efforts providing free flights on business aircraft for cancer patients en route to and from treatment around the U.S. More than 40,000 cancer patients have had transportation arranged by CAN since 1981. The $21,000 donation, awarded on the first day of NBAA’12, is the amount generated by the Corporate Angel Award program, which recognizes flight departments that donate seats on business aircraft for cancer patients traveling for treatment.
Airbus (Booth No. 2128) is offering iPad-based electronic flight bags (EFBs) for Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) aircraft. ACJ chief pilot Robin Pursey said the new EFB delivers more accurate V-speeds and better takeoff weight calculations. “The EFB is essential in today’s world,” Pursey said. “Paper charts are no longer of any value.”
Pursey said the iPad was the ideal platform for EFB data because of its compact size and superior graphics compared to a traditional laptop EFB. Data for the ACJ EFB can be loaded through the Airbus Flight Smart system.
NBAA awarded its 2012 Gold Wing Award for reporting excellence to AIN senior editor Matt Thurber here at the Convention yesterday. The award recognizes Thurber’s article, “Saving Lives, One Flight at a Time,” about business aviation’s role in organ transport, published in the August/September 2011 issue of AIN Publications’ Business Jet Traveler. The article highlights the key role that chartered aircraft and their operators play in the swift and reliable delivery of human organs for transplants.
UK-based provider of engine condition monitoring services Jet-Care has introduced three new engine trend programs as part of its gas path analysis (GPA) engine portfolio.
Based on its most recent statistics and industry member surveys, data provider Jetnet (Booth no. 5099) continues to forecast an upturn in the market. “If you liked the industry over the last 10 or 20 years, we believe its going to get even better,” said Jetnet iQ director Roland Vincent at the company’s “State of the Market” briefing yesterday.