It’s been an exciting year for Gama Aviation according to company executives. Little more than a year into its relationship with private aviation provider Wheels Up, the company is seeing an uptick among all its business lines in the U.S. The company’s core aircraft management business has seen growth of 20 percent over the past year-and-a-half.
Argus International announced on the eve of NBAA 2014 that Apollo Jets has become the first charter broker to complete its new on-site audit program and be named an Argus Certified Charter Broker. The Argus Certified Charter Broker program was introduced this year in response to calls to create a set of voluntary standards for air charter brokers, an otherwise unregulated industry.
Bryan Moss, vice chairman of hourly cost maintenance program provider Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI, Booth 1206), signed an MOU with Tarek Ragheb, founding chairman of the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), cementing an alliance that should be good for both organizations.
Africa’s business aviation market is expanding, and with that the complexity of the market is ratcheting up. Under the new agreement JSSI will provide educational tools and incentives designed to promote the adoption of industry best practices among AfBAA members.
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.
Dallas-based Aviall (Booth 1885) came to this week’s NBAA convention with announcements of several new distribution agreements, including the expansion of the company’s support portfolio for GE Aviation CF34-3A and -3A2 turbofans on the Bombardier Challenger 601.
Melbourne, Florida-based Extant Components Group Holdings (Extant) announced at NBAA 2014 that it has experienced considerable growth this year with the addition of three product lines through acquisition or license agreements with major aviation OEMs.
Extant signed an agreement on Monday to acquire Rockwell Collins’s Customer Specified Avionics (CSA) product line, which includes more than 100 individual assemblies, including electronic controls, audio and annunciator panels, current sensors and converters used on a wide range of business jets.
Leading Edge Composites (Booth 937) is experiencing significant growth, doubling its work force and tripling its plant space over the last year. The Coatesville, Pa.-based company recently moved into a new 44,000-sq-ft facility and now has more than 60 employees. It was founded 23 years ago by Brian and Charlene Arni. Brian, a former shop supervisor of Keystone Helicopter, also has a background in fixed-wing aircraft composite structures.
Professional resources in system management (Prism), a wholly owned subsidiary of Argus International, has released enhanced features for its online flight risk analysis tool (Frat) software. The new features are designed to align with upcoming FAA regulations governing helicopter air ambulance operators.
Among the items addressed in the forthcoming legislation, and the Prism software are the following, establishing a method for documenting the following:
• the highest obstacle along a planned route of flight;
Seating materials and interior products manufacturer Skandia is showcasing here at the NBAA Convention its recently introduced replacement seat foam for 9-g certified business aircraft seating found on older airplanes. Skandia calls its 9G-EC (engineered comfort) foam “a quantum leap in simplifying and reducing the cost” of replacing or refurbishing seats built to TSO-C39 (9-g dynamic certification) standards.
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.