For some years now, business jet manufacturers have been offering their customers a standard choice of cabin configurations and amenities, along with a list of standard options.
Aviation International News » July 2006
Sikorsky Aircraft this spring announced it has signed position assignment agreements with Premier Aviation Services of Ireland for two executive S-76Ds. This, said the helicopter OEM, represents the first European customer for the S-76D. Premier Aviation plans to operate the two aircraft out of Weston Airport, near Dublin.
There it was at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, bearing an amazing resemblance to the deadly ray-emitting “eye” of the alien creatures from the film War of the Worlds.
But unlike the eerie alien eye, its function is far more benign. It’s the new flex-arm, LED reading light introduced by B/E Aerospace at the EBACE show, and it emits nothing more terrifying than a soft, white glow.
Oxford Aviation is planning a major move from Maine’s Oxford County Regional Airport to Sanford Regional Airport, about 50 miles south, where it will open a 93,000-sq-ft building next spring.
Gore Design Completions of San Antonio is the second U.S. independent completions center to be qualified by Airbus to do executive/VIP cabin completions work on its aircraft line. The other is Associated Air Center, a Landmark Aviation company, based in Dallas. Airbus-approved executive/VIP cabin outfitters outside the U.S. include EADS Sogerma in France, Jet Aviation in Switzerland and Lufthansa Technik in Germany.
Midcoast Aviation earlier this year delivered the first Global 5000 to be completed outside Bombardier’s factory completions center in Montreal. Midcoast, an independent completion center based at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Ill., is approved by Bombardier to do highly customized cabins in the Global 5000, as well as in the Global XRS and Challenger 605. “Customized” is hardly an adequate description for this latest Global 5000.
Extending paint life and preventing corrosion is the aim of Granitize, and liquid-formula Xzilon is the product. The South Gate, Calif. company notes that Xzilon has been approved for use by major airframe manufacturers Airbus and Boeing.
There is no airplane so beautiful that a good paint job won’t help it look even better, maybe a lot better. So says Jim Burress, manager of Landmark Aviation’s paint department in Springfield, Ill., and veteran of more than 28 years in the business.
DeCrane Aircraft Seating has received STCs from the European Aviation Safety Agency for its new-generation 16-g model 6004 single and model 6005 double executive aircraft seats. The new seats feature a redesigned positive locking brake mechanism, infinite swivel adjustment and linear bearing tracking. According to the Pestigo, Wis.-based seating specialist, the new seats have fewer parts and weigh less than the earlier models.
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., has signed a new sales and service agreement with Midwest Aircraft Products to provide cabin interior products such as hot and cold water containers, warming ovens, ice drawers, waste containers and carts. Duncan will stock common repair parts and will be able to repair and service most of the units provided by the Mansfield, Ohio-based supplier.