Gulfstream G150 Lands at London City
Gulfstream’s midsize G150 made its first landing at London City Airport (LCY) late last month, after securing approval for the downtown airport’s steep approach. To earn approval to fly in and out of LCY, an aircraft and flight crew must demonstrate proficiency in the 5.5-degree approach and be able to operate from the airport’s short runway. Gulfstream pilots Brett Rundle and Earl Leonard were at the controls for the flight.
Airops Unveils New Management Software
Software firm Airops (Booth No. 383) is this week showing Airops 5, the company’s latest operations management software for aviation. The UK company, which is part the Farnborough Airport-based Gama Group, is providing demonstrations of Movement-Exec, the complete “booking to invoicing” airport
and FBO management software.
Key features of the new Airops 5 software include an aircraft and route cost calculator, crew flight duty and certification administration, redesigned graphical displays and the ability to interface with third-party applications and online services. The software will be available free of charge to all existing users of the Airops 2000 system.
Meanwhile, Gama Group announced that the relocation of the Lees Avionics design team to Farnborough Airport has progressed on schedule. The increased hangar space has allowed the company to offer “a one-stop design and installation service for cockpit avionics and cabin entertainment systems at a single location.”
General aviation installations continue at the company’s Wycombe Air Park facility, while several helicopter upgrades have been completed in Austria.
Inmarsat Expands Reach with SwiftBroadband 200
Aircraft operators that need airborne communications and Internet access will soon be able to install a lower-cost, lighter weight and smaller alternative available from satcom provider Inmarsat. The new SwiftBroadband 200 (SB200) system operates in the same footprint provided by the existing three Inmarsat-4 satellites in geosynchronous orbit, with IP data rates of up of 200 kbps, circuit-switched voice telephony and streaming data up to 16 kbps.
The SB200’s cost-effective features will allow hardware manufacturers to build smaller and lighter systems with smaller antennas that can be installed on a wider range of aircraft. SB200 systems are expected to be available at the end of this year, according to Inmarsat. “SB200 will bring the proven benefits of Inmarsat and SwiftBroadband to support IP connectivity in parts of the market that we have not specifically targeted before,” said David Coiley, Inmarsat aeronautical business director.
JSSI Enrolls 1,000th Pratt Engine, Adds Staff in Europe
Jet Support Services (JSSI) recently enrolled the 1,000th Pratt & Whitney Canada engine on its hourly cost maintenance program. JSSI provides coverage for business aircraft engines and airframes, helping owners and operators smooth out budget costs by paying an hourly fee that covers scheduled and unscheduled maintenance expenses. The company’s programs cover more than 300 turbine engine models, including the P&WC PT6 and PW535E, as well as many others.
JSSI also announced new appointments in its European operation. Martin Muellner, based in Vienna, was appointed technical advisor for Eastern Europe and Austria. Brian Wells, formerly a U.S. Air Force crew chief and general manager of two repair stations, was appointed technical advisor for Switzerland. Account manager James Carroll is the new central point of contact for JSSI clients in Europe and is based at JSSI’s new European headquarters at Farnborough Airport in the UK.
In yesterday’s edition of EBACE Convention News we incorrectly reported the name of JSSI’s chief administrative officer. We are happy to confirm that she is Susan Marr and we apologize for the error.