For our final podcast from the 2010 NBAA Convention in Atlanta, AIN talked to Kestrel Aircraft chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier at the show static display area, where he gave an update on his company's all-composite turboprop single project.
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Key Air (Booth No. 7651) is celebrating 25 years of charter/management and FBO operations. The company started with one facility in Oxford, Conn., and has expanded to include three FBOs at airports in Oxford, Conn., Minneapolis-St. Paul and Fort Pierce, Fla. Recent service improvements include a new client support system and company-wide participation in the ServiceElements customer service training program.
We spend all week walking around the NBAA Convention thinking about business aviation, and at times it feels like there’s more King Airs here than scantily clad models at a car show. But there’s one King Air that stands out from the rest, the one Sierra Nevada Corp. has on static display at NBAA this week.
SimCom Training Centers (Booth No. 6656) has partnered with Eclipse Aerospace to provide training in the EA-500 very light jet and will offer training in the JetProp Malibu/Mirage Rocket Engineering conversion. SimCom also has developed a new international operations course.
Bombardier Aerospace is in Atlanta this week highlighting its increased emphasis on worldwide customer service and product support for the entire Bombardier business jet and regional airliner customer base.
In a surprise announcement here yesterday, Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth No. 1526) said that it had reached an agreement "in principle" to make a substantial minority investment in Eclipse Aerospace (Booth No. 6667).
As of late yesterday, the 63rd NBAA convention easily exceeded expectations, with 23,831 visitors logged, surpassing the total of the entire 2009 show. The DeKalb Peachtree Airport static display is full at 93 aircraft with a waiting list, and 1,083 exhibitors filled the Georgia World Congress Center halls.
"Those of us in this room will feel pretty good five years from now," predicted David Sokol, chairman, president and CEO of NetJets. "Time is the friend of good businesses." Sokol made the comment yesterday at Dassault Falcon's annual NBAA "family breakfast," where he was the guest speaker and revealed plans for NetJets to open an outlet in China. Dassault Falcon hosted the event at the Omni Atlanta CNN Center.
Embraer has been awarded certification of its large-cabin Legacy 650 by the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and EASA, the company announced at the NBAA convention's static display yesterday.
The $25.9 million Legacy 650, an upgrade of the Legacy 600, was announced at last year's NBAA show in Orlando, Fla., where the company vowed to have the aircraft certified in a year.
Two Canadian companies, cabin-quieting specialist Silentium Air and completions house Flying Colours, have teamed to provide sound-proofing for green and refurbished Bombardier Challenger 850s and CRJ 200 business jet conversions.
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