German firm QEST (Booth No. 4672) is here at NBAA presenting its line of compact satellite communications antennas with new superconducting sensor and micro-cooling technology. The company said the antennas offer about twice the performance of existing models at half the size.
The world-famous Farnborough International Airshow will mark its 60th anniversary when it is staged next year from July 14 to 20. And once again the UK show will feature a dedicated business aircraft park to give exhibitors a higher profile and greater flexibility over how and when they display their products.
Visit the Air BP booth (No. 2552) to see the custom hunter-green 2007 Mini Cooper convertible that the company will give away at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Eligible participants can fill out and submit entry forms (one per entrant) at the Air BP booth up until 2 p.m. tomorrow. The winner must be present to win and step forward within two minutes of the drawing.
Rolls-Royce earlier this year was the surprise winner in the competition to power a new super-midsize business twinjet from Dassault with engines producing 10,000 pounds of thrust each. The competition launched a new engine family, referred to internally as RB282, after Rolls-Royce beat out competing designs from Snecma, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada and General Electric.
Congress has begun hashing out the final act in the most recent FAA funding battle. Bills in the House and the Senate are scheduled for votes and the differing measures could proceed to a joint House-Senate conference committee for final resolution later this fall. Some Capitol Hill observers expect that a conference agreement could be reached before the end of this month.
Stop by Booth No. 3052 to have a close look at the artwork of Michael Maiden, the Sandy, Ore. sculptor best known for his series of bronze American bald eagles. Maiden is also showing photos of his bronze sculptures of pilots, air and ground crewmen and aircraft.
Embraer has begun construction of three new U.S. service centers for executive jets. The Brazilian airframer broke ground on one facility at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., in late July. It expects to have this center operational by the middle of next year. Last month, work began on its base at Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The National Business Aviation Association presents Pilot Safety Awards each year to member-company pilots with exemplary safety records. To be eligible for an award, a pilot must have flown corporate aircraft 1,500 hours without an accident, but the actual number of safe hours flown by many of the top pilots comes close to 30,000 hours.
Business aviation attracts pilots with wide-ranging experiences, whose career paths may have taken them in a hundred different directions before they landed in the cockpit of a Gulfstream, Hawker or Falcon.
The decision by Spectrum Aeronautical to flip-flop the development schedule for its airplanes by certifying the all-carbon-fiber midsize S-40 Freedom before the S-33 Independence light jet could be judged as a shrewd move in years hence. After all, the market is already flush with diminutive light and very light bizjet offerings from a compendium of start-up and established manufacturers.