Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS) manufactures a wide range of braking systems for aircraft in commercial, business and military sectors. The company has been awarded a contract to provide the autobrake system for the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER ultra long-range aircraft. The system will become standard for future production aircraft and introduced via the Gulfstream service network to existing aircraft. Meggitt (Booth 3070) provides the brakes for the entire in-service and in-production Gulfstream portfolio.
As the newest torchbearer for the SJ30 program, San Antonio, Texas-based SyberJet (Booth 4259) brings a little swagger to this year’s NBAA convention with the debut of a mockup of the company’s new flight deck clearly inspired by high-end (and fast) automobiles.
Designed by Jason Castriota, whose portfolio includes work at Ferrari, Maserati and Audi, the look emphasizes sweeping shapes, rendered in high-level materials such as Alcantara faux suede, brushed aluminum and carbon-fiber veneer. Thick red stitching contrasts against black leather along the top of the panel.
Beechcraft has received FAA certification for its new Hawker winglets, which deliver a 3- to 4-percent range increase to Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft, according to preliminary performance data. The winglets can be fitted to either model at Textron Aviation service centers.
Also announced this week is an order for the 400XPR upgrade package, including winglets. Guardian Flight has ordered six upgrade kits for its fleet, which is used for aeromedical evacuation services in Alaska. First deliveries are planned in the first half of next year.
TAM Business Aviation (Booth 408), a Brazilian company with more than four decades of experience, is making its first appearance as an exhibitor at NBAA this year.
The São Paulo-based company operates Latin America’s largest MRO facilities for business aviation and has the capability to support more than 100 aircraft at the same time. Its location at Jundiaí, with 215,000 sq ft, is the largest service center for Cessna aircraft outside the U.S. It includes a large spare-parts inventory, shops for paint, engines, avionics and component repair and other services.
Satcom1, the Denmark-based satellite communications service provider, is here at the NBAA Convention (Booth 4589) as part of a year of globe-trotting international appearances. The company has announced new services, and its research and development department in Paris is working to improve performance for Satcom1 SwiftBroadband customers with recently released new bandwidth solutions.
Russell “Buck” Myers has been named avionics supervisor for Cutter Aviation’s service department where he will be responsible for all operational aspects of Cutter’s Avionics department. Myers has worked in aircraft avionics as a technical inspector and supervisor of electrical component repair for more than 20 years. His background includes experience with the U.S. Army, Boeing, several general aviation facilities and operating his own avionics shop.
Sportsman’s Market (Booth 1357) is here in Orlando highlighting the various products offered by its many divisions, which range from the popular Sporty’s Pilot Shop to the company’s flight school–Sporty’s Flight Center–to airport management, avionics repair and installation, aircraft sales and a seemingly endless cornucopia of general aviation services. One of the products that has long been of interest to the business aviation market is the SP-400 portable radio, which now has a new screen that is easier to read in sunlight and a lower price of $349, down from $399.
Ever since 2006 with the dawn of the Piaggio Aero (Booth 261) Avanti II with its uprated engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, the company has been promising to correct the fast twin pusher turboprop’s shortcomings including high exterior noise levels, erratic environmental control system and locking brakes that have vexed pilots and owners alike since the plane was first introduced in 1990.
Dassault recently wrapped up flight-testing that is expected to see its Falcon 7X become the first certified business jet to operate at the world’s highest commercial airport–14,470-foot-high Daocheng Yading Airport in China’s Sichuan province.
Pilatus Business Aircraft (Booth 4699) is gearing up for the 2017 arrival of its new PC-24 twinjet and continuing to make improvements to its strong-selling PC-12 turboprop single. Plans include completing the interiors for PC-24s destined for North and South America at Pilatus’s Broomfield, Col. campus, a move that will necessitate a significant expansion there.