Visitors to Alenia Aermacchi, part of the Finmeccanica stand here at Le Bourget, will find the same M-311 lightweight jet basic/advanced trainer avionics demonstrator the company showed two years ago. However, the program has moved forward since then, with advancements in both the commercial and technical fields.
Aviation International News » June 2007
Airbus has made virtue of a necessity with its new A350XWB (extra widebody) airliner. The company admits it was outmaneuvered by Boeing with the rapid success of the rival 787 program and Airbus very much needs to prove to the market that it is offering something more than just a catch-up product.
The board of directors of Brazilian jet manufacturer Embraer has appointed Frederico Fleury Curado president and CEO. Mauro Kern Jr. will replace Curado as executive v-p of the airline market. Antonio Julio Franco and Flavio Rimoli were named executive v-p of organizational development and executive v-p, legal counsel, respectively.
Rosen Aviation introduced an upgrade to its moving-map display and a new DVD player at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2007 in April.
The RosenViewLX features a solid-state hard drive to eliminate vibration issues, a larger hard drive, a custom splash-screen and easier software customization, including languages, aircraft icons, points of interests and colors. The upgrade is optional on several aircraft.
One of the difficulties with natural leather hide is that it doesn’t stretch consistently, making it difficult for upholsterers to work and resulting in more loss than desirable during the cutting process. Tapis’ new “two-way stretch tapisuede” has a polyester and polyurethane composition and comes in a maximum width of 59 inches and 33-yard rolls. According to the Armonk, N.Y.
Aircraft services and systems integrator Emteq has received an initial contract from Hawker Beechcraft for installation of its ne FAA-certified seat heaters in new King Airs. According to Emteq president Jerry Jendusa, Hawker Beechcraft also plans to introduce similar seat heaters for the Hawker, as well as the Baron and Bonanza.
E-Leather, from the company of the same name, is leather, but not in a form that a cow ever wore. It’s a unique blend of untanned leather shavings and textiles that the Peterborough, England company has been developing over a period of 10 years. The product was introduced to the aviation industry at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2007
in Hamburg, Germany.
SMAC, a subsidiary of MontBlanc Technologies Groupe in Toulon, France, put its first “Smacsonic” viscoconstrained layered noise reduction material in a Falcon 50 about six years ago as part of a development program.
The Nordam Group of Tulsa, Okla., has been selected by Cessna Aircraft to provide completion cabinetry for the CJ4, the newest business jet in the Wichita OEM’s Citation stable.
This year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo, the completions event held in Hamburg, Germany, for the past five years, opened to record crowds last month, and at the same time marked its last appearance under the United Kingdom International Press (UKIP) banner.