Rotor Blades (RBI) of Broussard, La. (Booth No. 400), a subsidiary of Edwards and Associates of Bristol, Tenn., has arrived at Heli-Expo with an announcement of its expansion into Europe.
Cabin Interior and Electronics
News and developments about everything that goes into the cabin of an aircraft, from floor coverings to headliners, with a special emphasis on in-flight entertainment, communications and other electronics for passengers. If it is in the cabin of an aircraft, it’s covered here.
Air Methods will be working with Mayo Clinic Medical Transport of Rochester, Minn., to provide interior completion services for the clinic’s new Eurocopter EC 145.
Jet Source, a Part 145 avionics installation and airframe maintenance facility at McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad, Calif., has completed installing law enforcement equipment in the second of four San Diego Police Eurocopter AS 350B-3s, according to the company. The package is night-vision goggle capable and includes a Max-Viz infrared enhanced-vision system, Avalex moving map and a custom-designed radio command suite.
Cessna Aircraft opened its new $61 million Citation Service Center multi-use facility in Wichita in December and the interior refurbishment shop is hard at work. Since the start of the year, Cessna has done 10 cabin refurbishment jobs. A spokeswoman at Cessna said the ability to do interior refurbishment while an aircraft is in the same facility for maintenance substantially reduces downtime.
Bizjet International in Tulsa has become the first non-OEM in the U.S. to install an International Communications Group (ICG) satellite fax system. According to manager
Canadian manufacturer Bombardier delivered the first Challenger 300 from its Montreal center in January. Before a restructuring last year, the company had expected to do Challenger 300 interiors at its Tucson, Ariz. facility, but shifted the responsibility to its new integrated manufacturing center in Montreal. The center combines final assembly activities with interior completion and paint for all of its Challenger business jet line.
Midcoast Aviation has a long history of doing interior completion work on Challenger 604s for Bombardier and recently began work on the first of four Global 5000s. The schedule calls for deliveries of finished Global 5000s through June next year–one of them a special mission aircraft for the FAA, two in executive livery for General Electric and the fourth in executive configuration for an unidentified customer.
Denton, Texas, completion center Jet Works Air Center recently opened a new, 12,000-sq-ft paint shop converted from an existing hangar. It’s the company’s first venture into aircraft exterior paint and the shop will hold aircraft as large as the Gulfstream IV.
Even during the worst days of the recent recession, the demand for aircraft exterior paint remained relatively strong. Some completion and refurbishment shops even expanded their paint capability during this period. Elliott Aviation was one such shop.
It’s really, really big, and as an executive transport, the giant Airbus A380–unveiled in Toulouse, France, last month– will be the biggest and most complex challenge ever to roll into an independent completion center hangar to be outfitted for executive or personal use.