Lufthansa Technik has selected Jet Aviation as the sole North American authorized sales and service outlet for the German completion center’s Nice (network integrated cabin equipment) system. The Ethernet-based Nice integrated cabin management, communications and entertainment system operates in conjunction with a mobile access router for data and voice communication via satellite or ground-based stations.
Aviation International News » July 2006
HighTech Finishing announced at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition that last year was its best 12 months since 2001. The Houston company, which supplies decorative plating for aircraft fittings, attributes the strong 2005 performance to demand for new aircraft as well as increased activity in interior refurbishment.
It sheds a new light on things. That’s what Emteq says of its new ELW61 “very low profile” LED (light-emitting diode) cabin wash lighting technology. The board is .18 inches thick (.63 inches, including diodes) and 1.13 inches wide. According to the New Berlin, Wis. company, it is ideal for mounting in tight spaces, such as lens-covered headliner lighting. The ELW61 is step-dimmable, with a variable dimming option.
Aviation Fabricators of Clinton, Mo., is awaiting supplemental type certificate (STC) approval from the FAA for a new side-ledge kit for older Beech King Airs. The kit includes tables and sidewall panels and requires “some modification to the airframe for attachment clips.” The kit starts at $17,000 to the OEM or independent refurbishment shop and is delivered unfinished so it can be finished to match the existing interior.
Associated Air Center, a Landmark Aviation company and large aircraft executive/ VIP interiors specialist at Love Field in Dallas, has received FAA designated alteration station (DAS) certification. The authorization permits the center to act on behalf of the FAA to issue supplemental type certificates and experimental airworthiness certificates and to amend standard airworthiness certificates.
One of the major selling points of the business jet seems always to have been the ability to customize and personalize the cabin to fit the customer’s desires and tastes. That flexibility has always commanded a price, to be sure, but it was there, and customers took advantage of it.
The very light jets (VLJs) are coming. Smaller than what have thus far been regarded as entry-level business jets, most VLJs offer a passenger capacity of about six, a range of a little more than 1,000 nm, cruise speed of about 350 knots, and price tags ranging from about $1.3 million to a shade more than $2.25 million.
It is hard not to get excited,” said General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) president and CEO Pete Bunce in April as he reflected on market activity in this year’s first quarter and on new technologies and products still to come.
Almost since its first show in 2003, the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) has struggled to establish its identity as a region-wide Latin American show. The show has recently encountered more turbulence–first with the format and then with the cancellation of this year’s event, which was scheduled to be held next month.
Efforts by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) to force resumption of contract talks with the FAA through congressional maneuverings failed early last month when the House narrowly defeated a bill that would have sent both sides back to the bargaining table.