The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted a parts manufacturing approval (PMA) to Stevens Aviation for an avionics upgrade to Bombardier’s Learjet 60. The supplementary type certificate covers the installation of the Universal Avionics EFI-890R multifunction display system with the application server unit and the optional Vision-1 synthetic- vision system.
EBACE Convention News » May 13, 2009
One year after the first major upgrade since its inception in the early 1990s, the Pilatus PC-12 NG remains the best seller in the pressurized single-engine turboprop class of aircraft which the Swiss manufacturer helped to create. Pilatus (Booth No. 7031 and on the static display) delivered 97 PC-12s last year, of which about three quarters were the New Generation versions.
U.S.-based AvFuel is once again exhibiting at EBACE, promoting its worldwide network of fuel and service suppliers. The company supports operators via a network of more than 600 affiliated FBOs, several of which are exhibiting under the AvFuel banner here at Booth No. 227.
Going forward, Stephens said satellite communications will help, too, for example by allowing on-board WiFi to give broadband Internet access via SwiftBroadband. Universal also is working to integrate with third-party scheduling software “so that clients can run a flight plan within our software and then upload it to their aircraft.”
Caterers providing food for business aircraft flights from UK airports are being forced to meet security requirements previously applied only to airlines. Next year, the European Commission intends to introduce new regulations to apply the same standards throughout the 27 states of the European Union.
Britain’s newest FBO, Marshall Business Aviation Centre, has been open for almost five months and is already fulfilling its owner’s hopes of drawing more traffic to Cambridge. The £5 million facility combines a new executive terminal with two adjoining hangars providing more than 50,000 sq ft of space for aircraft maintenance.
MedAire has returned to its roots providing remote medical solutions, on-board medical equipment and crew education in emergency medical procedures, serving a core market in the aviation and maritime industries.
Elliott Aviation has installed the first Garmin G1000 integrated avionics glass cockpit suite in a Beechcraft King Air B200. After a successful test flight on April 6, the aircraft entered Elliott’s completion center at Quad Cities International Airport for installation of a new interior and a fresh paint job.
Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 227) is back at the EBACE show looking to add to its base of foreign customers who already account for about 15 percent of the U.S. group’s business. “The services we provide include large multi-shop work scopes where we are able to offer very efficient turn times, as well as more specific accessory and engine repair work or parts sales,” Duncan president Aaron Hilkemann told EBACE Convention News.
Satellite communications capabilities on board commercial aircraft have advanced rapidly in recent years with airline passengers using broadband Internet, WiFi, text messaging and mobile phones in flight and now business aircraft users are starting to reap the rewards.