Air Charter Operator ExcelAire Adds Falcon 50
U.S. air charter operator ExcelAire (Booth No. 749) recently added a Dassault Falcon 50 to its fleet. The jet is based at Morristown Airport in New Jersey, making it easily accessible to both the New York and Philadelphia areas. “The Falcon 50 can take off and land on shorter runways and at more demanding airports,” said David Rimmer, executive vice president of ExcelAire. The company, which also operates Gulfstreams, Hawkers, Learjets and Embraer Legacy 600s, bases airplanes at its headquarters at Long Island MacArthur Airport, where it operates an FBO, and in Wilmington, Delaware. It maintains an office and hangar space at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
Aero Dienst Approved for HUD-IIIA Ops
German charter operator Aero Dienst (Booth No. 1051) has been approved for HUD-IIIA operations with its Dassault Falcon 900EX EASy aircraft. The new license, which is the equivalent of the Cat IIIA clearance for airlines, allows landings down
to a ceiling of 50 feet and a runway visibility of 570 feet.
The crew uses a head-up display to land manually in such weather, providing the airport is properly equipped. In announcing the approval, managing director Martin Bauer explained that his customers “often use Munich Airport, where weather conditions are not always ideal.” Nuremberg-based Aero Dienst claims to be the only executive charter operator to hold this license in the country.
Jet Aviation Dusseldorf Opens New Facilities
Jet Aviation’s FBO in Dusseldorf, Germany, has opened its newly refurbished crew and executive lounges and expanded services to include courtesy vehicles for customer use. The 474-sq-ft crew lounge has a large-screen television, a serving counter and business area. The executive lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows, leather sofas and a serving counter. Senior vice president and general manager Johannes Turzer said the lounges provide “a comfortable environment for relaxation
and entertainment, as well as flight preparation.”
AeroEx Showcases SMS Software
AeroEx (Booth No. 493) has added to its portfolio a new service aimed at guiding operators through creating a safety management system (SMS). At EBACE the company will be demonstrating its SMS Pro software, a Web-based tool to help manage documentation, risk management, safety assurance, internal evaluation and system analysis and monitoring. In addition, at its booth the company is providing information about its safety management systems seminars and courses. ICAO requires commercial operators to have an SMS in place, and large and turbojet non-commercial operators must have such a system implemented by November.
Townsend: Shows Italian-inspired Leather
Townsend Leather (Booth No. 1085) has on display here its latest Milano collection of upholstery leather–in four patterns in 14 colors each from rich creams to pewter, all inspired by the ancient Italian design.
The Johnstown, New York-based firm also has a demonstration of its new Gerber hide-cutting machine, which allows digitized cutting to ensure the best yield from any hide. And a little added spice at the display comes from Townsend’s latest venture: women’s shoulder bags. “It’s a new direction for us and we thought we would use EBACE to launch the line,” said Alison Maloney, Townsend marketing coordinator. At the show, the company is not only launching the line, but is raffling off a bag each day.