NBAA 2009: News Clips

 - October 21, 2009, 2:41 PM

MU-2 Refurb Has Glass Cockpit             
Intercontinental Jet Services is in the process of certifying a Sagem glass cockpit as part of the Limited Edition (LE) refurbishment package for the Mitsubishi MU-2-40 and 60 turboprops. Intercontinental Jet (Booth No. 2932) expects supplemental type certificate approval later this year. The LE package includes Honeywell TPE331-10 engines with a 12-month warranty, a six-month airframe warranty, fresh Hartzell propeller overhaul, SimCom pilot training and the first 100-hour inspection. LE upgrades also include premium upholstery, cabin soundproofing, new exterior paint, new cabin windows, TCAS, TAWS and complete major airframe inspections and all current service bulletins.

Banyan Now Offers Major Falcon Inspections
To provide Falcon operators throughout the southeastern U.S., Caribbean and South America with the highest level of service and convenience, Fort Lauderdale-based Banyan Air Service (Booth No. 4029) is now offering an extensive array of inspection and upgrade services. “Our commitment to support the Falcon
customer is alive and well,” said Paul Rose, v-p of technical service for Banyan. “We have made a substantial investment in people, training and tooling to bring this new capability online.” Banyan’s first large airframe inspection is scheduled to begin in late November on a Falcon 2000. Concurrent with the inspection, the company will be installing broadband Internet in the aircraft’s cabin. Banyan has also announced that it is already preparing for a host of special events coming to south Florida in the coming months including the biggest football game of them all, the Super Bowl, in early February next year.

Parker Showcases New Fuel Technologies
Parker Hannifin’s Parker Aerospace division is exhibiting new fuel tank and engine nozzle technologies at this year’s NBAA show, as well as flight control, hydraulic, water and waste-system components that it manufactures for a variety of OEMs. Parker’s fuel-filtration and water-coalescing system eliminates water as it is uploaded in the fuel tanks, uniting the water molecules and removing them. Parker’s Macrospray fuel nozzles are designed to lower engine emissions. Visitors can view an animation of fuel atomization at Booth No. 4829. Parker also has a display that showcases the significance of business aviation and its contribution to the overall economy, including a video highlighting the company’s own use of business aircraft, with interviews of Parker Hannifin executives and the company’s chief pilot.

Honeywell APU Conversions Progress             
Honeywell (Booth No. 2600) said by the end of this year OEMs, including Bombardier and  Gulfstream, will have completed more than 400 conversions of the Honeywell 36-100 auxiliary power unit (APU) to the more quiet and reliable 36-150 APU. Honeywell claims the 36-150 is 50 percent more reliable than the Dash 100 and ten decibels quieter at the APU engine inlet. It is also less sensitive to surge, so the surge valve stays closed in more conditions. The conversion replaces the power section of the APU with a new ported shroud power section that increases airflow and reduces noise. The conversion includes no-cost enrollment in Honeywell’s maintenance service plan. More than 6,500 36-series APUs have been delivered.

Global Aerospace Goes To Online Processing        
Global Aerospace has announced its online insurance certificate processing site, By early 2010, brokers and customers of the Short Hills, N.J.-based company (Booth No. 1845) will be able to issue and print insurance certificates anywhere in the world. “Territorial boundaries or timing issues will no longer prevent Global, or our brokers, from servicing our mutual clients,” said Marilena Sharpell, senior v-p of general aviation underwriting. At its NBAA booth, Global Aerospace is conducting daily demonstrations of the function and capabilities of the new tool.