NBAA Convention News » 2006

November 14, 2006 - 8:29am

Max-Viz, the Oregon company whose only product is forward-looking infrared (IR) enhanced-vision systems (EVS), came to NBAA’06 riding a rising tide of interest in EVS.

November 14, 2006 - 8:24am

Thales announced yesterday that the Gulfstream Aerospace advanced flight controls (AFC) proof-of-concept research program has achieved a successful first flight with Thales fly-by-wire technology aboard a modified Gulfstream V. The event represents a milestone in a flight test series which began September 26 with a mission on which the GV’s hydromechanical spoiler components were replaced with electromechanical actuators.

November 14, 2006 - 8:18am

Universal Avionics invites NBAA attendees to help celebrate its 25th anniversary by greeting staff and assessing its new Vision-1 cockpit at Booth No. 235.

November 14, 2006 - 8:17am

Ground-support equipment manufacturer Lektro sold the first of its new AP8350 towbarless tugs to Monticello Air, Napa, Calif., which will use it to tow an Adam A500 piston twin. The AP8350 is designed for sub-10,000-pound airplanes like very light jets, according to Lektro, but not for heavy-duty users like FBOs or large fleet operators.

November 14, 2006 - 8:09am

Embraer has selected Eaton Corp. to design, develop and manufacture secondary power distribution units and cockpit control panels for the Phenom 100 very light jet. Eaton has already won contracts for the Phenom’s hydraulic power-generation package, flap and landing gear control hydraulic components, throttle quadrant, landing gear control level and flap selector control lever.

November 14, 2006 - 8:07am

Thales’ Integrated Electronic Standby Instrument (IESI) will join the array in the Next Generation Pilatus PC-12, as announced yesterday at the Thales booth here at NBAA’06. Thales Aerospace (Booth No. 3616), with offices in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and West Sussex, UK, will supply the all-in-one standby unit to augment aircraft attitude, airspeed and altitude functions in the turbine-powered business aircraft.

November 14, 2006 - 8:04am

The new Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PW210S turboshaft engine that will power the Sikorsky S-76D successfully completed its first run on Tuesday, the engine maker announced. Walter Di Bartolomeo, P&WC v-p of engineering, said the run at the company’s Montreal area test facility “represents an important milestone in this development program. The engine ran exceptionally well and met all of our performance expectations.”

November 14, 2006 - 8:02am

Pilatus has sold its first $3.35 million Next Generation PC-12 to a Brazilian operator.

November 14, 2006 - 7:59am

Just three weeks into his new job as CEO of Iridium Satellite, Matthew Desch is here in Orlando with a message. “Yes, Iridium is still around, and not only around but enjoying strong growth.”

November 14, 2006 - 7:57am

Saint-Gobain Flight Structures is supplying all the nose radomes for the Embraer Phenom 100 and 300, the company announced at a press conference here on Monday. It has supplied radomes for Embraer aircraft for 30 years.

Adam Aircraft also has chosen Saint-Gobain’s radomes for the Adam A700 jet. A radome has been installed in the test aircraft and will be on production models.