Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) of Borgomanero, Italy, is unveiling here at Heli-Expo its new VVIP interior concept for the Bell 429, branded as the Bell 429 MAGnificent. A full-scale mockup of the four-place interior is on display at MAG’s booth (No. 6438). The interior features MAG’s proprietary Silens noise- and vibration-abatement system and hand-stitched premium leather seats and is compliant with all regulatory standards. The interior will be available as an option for new Bell 429s and may be available as a retrofit in existing aircraft, according to MAG.
D’Shannon Aviation has developed new engine baffle systems for Beechcraft Barons and Bonanzas, designed to eliminate any loss of cooling air through the cowling and maximize engine cooling. The new Baffle Cooling Kits consist of engine-mounted aluminum baffles with high tear-strength silicone, and these mate with composite inserts attached to the upper cowling. During development the new baffles were flight-tested in ambient temperatures as high as 100 degrees F. The new kits fit Continental IO-550, IO-520 and IO-470 engines on the Bonanza and Baron.