Flight planning and support group Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 2516) has largely built its reputation on its 50 years of experience and harnessing technology to make life easier for business aircraft operators. But now the U.S.-based group is looking to upgrade the quality of its ground handling facilities in some 20 countries around the world, starting at London Stansted Airport, where it last month took the wraps off a comprehensively refurbished FBO.
NBAA Convention News » November 1, 2012
Legacy Aviation (Booth No. 5385) of Yukon, Okla. is showcasing its turboprop and jet repair and refurbishment capabilities here at NBAA’12, including its readiness to handle Service Bulletin 241 for inspection of Twin Commander aft pressure bulkheads. “Legacy Aviation is a fairly new company, but we have a professional staff with more than a hundred years of accumulated aircraft experience,” said Legacy president R.J. Gomez.
Embraer’s Legacy 500 program is gathering pace as the new midsize business jet is prepared for its maiden flight.
Jeff Carrithers, president and CEO of Globalair.com, is back at the NBAA show (Booth No. 5311) with a new program providing real-time analytics of aircraft sale histories. Globalair.com delivers a wide range of aviation-related data and services, including aircraft for sale, FBOs, aircraft parts and maintenance center information, weather, fuel prices, aviation financing and insurance.
Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) is introducing a new, integrated multifunction standby unit (IMSU) for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft that measures, processes and displays altitude, airspeed, slip/skid and navigation data in a single display. The unit features a high-resolution LCD with LED backlighting that automatically adjusts for cockpit lighting.
In the upcoming movie Flight, starring Denzel Washington, the only way the captain can save everyone aboard his crippled airliner is to complete an aileron roll just before bellying it in. Sure the story is pure Hollywood hokum, but there have been a number of accidents where pilots, faced with unusual attitude or control situations, reacted either incorrectly or too slowly to save their aircraft. And, unfortunately, life didn’t imitate art.
It was on a severe clear flight from Philadelphia to an island in Long Island Sound just off the Connecticut coast in the early 1970s that retiring National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president and CEO Jim Coyne got hooked on general aviation.
Coyne, his new wife Holly and a friend had chartered the single-engine, four-seat Grumman American for the trip that took them over New York City to the tiny airstrip on Fisher’s Island. Then and there the Coynes decided to become pilots. Soon they were renting airplanes and eventually bought an old Piper Arrow.
FlightSafety International is revamping its classroom curricula to be more participatory and less pedagogical. The company says students learn more and faster by doing as opposed to listening to a traditional lecture. The theory is not new, but its application to typical ground school instruction, combined with high-tech training devices, is. “It’s a new approach to the way we deliver training,” said Greg McGowan, FlightSafety International (FSI) senior vice president of operations.
Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 5580) has always provided customers with rapid-response access to technical road crews, but the company has recently expanded the capabilities and the number of technicians so that it can now provide its customers with maintenance at their preferred location.
“This saves the customer fuel and travel time and makes maintenance-only events less disruptive to their overall schedule,” said Chad Doehring, airframe services manager for Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb. location.