The completion and refurbishment industry continues to grow. That’s the gospel according to Midcoast Aviation, and the Cahokia, Ill.-based aviation services center is practicing what it preaches. It has announced plans to increase its overall workforce by 100 over the next 12 months, and about half of the new-hires will be directly involved in interior completion and refurbishment.
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.
StarPort USA, the Sanford, Fla., FBO launched in 1995, has survived a bankruptcy and a recession, and with an eye on the slowly improving economy has launched a new completion and refurbishment center.
StarPort is owned by the Cambata family of Virginia, which also owns Cambata Aviation International in India, specializing in airline ground handling. StarPort USA president Nelson Cambata flies a Beechjet.
Emteq is a lighting specialist, but don’t call it “Emteq Light.” The New Berlin, Wis.-based systems integrator and FAA certification specialist is becoming a major player. Most recently it reached an agreement for the purchase of airborne lighting systems specialist Flight Components AG of Bachenbulach, Switzerland.
Business aircraft crews and passengers are generally aware of the danger of prolonged exposure to noise in terms of hearing loss. Now there is a growing body of evidence that prolonged exposure to a combination of high-intensity and low-frequency noise may pose far more serious health threats.
Three-month-old interiors, mods and maintenance shop Montreal Jet Center is preparing to accept its first business jet for interior refurbishment and airframe maintenance. Its Trudeau International Airport facility in Quebec is a consortium of aviation companies, including DEM Capital, a specialist in aircraft maintenance and refurbishment, and Elisen Technologies, an aeronautics engineering firm certified as a design approval organization.
A new self-contained lavatory water system developed by Fullerton, Calif.-based Adams Rite Aerospace has received FAA, JAA and Transport Canada approval for installation in the Bombardier Challenger 300. A similar system, now in development, is an optional item for the Challenger 300 galley. The new design, according to Adams Rite, eliminates the need for heavier, traditional bleed-air/compressor-powered designs.
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.
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.