If past is prologue, expect an uptick in business aviation flight activity next March. That’s one of the conclusions drawn from an Argus Market Intelligence report released at the NBAA Convention. The report analyzes the last three years of the company’s TraqPak flight activity data, including its FlightView aircraft movement and JetNet aircraft ownership information.
NetJets aircraft charter and management arm Executive Jet Management launched a new program that provides flight departments and aircraft owners with a “comprehensive suite” of services that offer cost savings on fuel and crew training and VIP access to FBOs.
World Fuel Services officially launched the new Ascent fuel brand for FBOs this week at the NBAA Convention. The company brought one of its refueler trucks, complete with new global fuel brand logo, to Orlando to show attendees what they can expect to see over the next year as the company rolls out its global branding. Ascent will also offer equipment leasing, credit card processing, contract fuel, FBO marketing assistance and training and product liability insurance protection.
As it celebrates its 30th year of business, aftermarket aviation parts supplier CRS Jet Spares has been has been named as Meggitt subsidiary Securaplane’s sales and service center in Brazil. Fort Lauderdale-based CRS will establish a sales, logistics and service facility there that will support the aftermarket needs of Gulfstream, Hawker, Dassault Falcon and Bombardier Challenger and Learjet aircraft.
Cobham is now Cobham Satcom (Booth No. 1773), an amalgam of Cobham and the Danish satcom company Thrane & Thrane, which it acquired earlier this year, the company said in an announcement at NBAA’12. “As the demand for airborne, land-mobile and maritime satellite communications continues to increase we are working hard to make it easier for customers to buy from us a wider range of satcom equipment and integrated solutions,” said Richard Tyson, president of the Cobham Aerospace and Security division that includes the new company.
BBA Aviation subsidiary Ontic is expanding its capabilities. At its center-of-excellence MRO facility in Houston, the aftermarket support company is adding services for Hawker Beechcraft’s line of King Airs. Among the services offered are repair and overhaul of the turboprop twin’s landing gear, flight controls and ancillary structures including airframe structural and sheet metal work. Other systems such as the environmental and pneumatic control, mechanical power transfer and oxygen containment and distribution are also included in the services menu.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 3160) announced it has enrolled the 4,000th engine in its Eagle Service Plan (ESP) pay-per-hour maintenance program. The tiered program offers operators a choice of maintenance coverage. The basic plan includes parts and shop labor costs for scheduled engine overhaul/refurbishment and hot-section inspection, basic unscheduled engine and line replaceable unit/accessory maintenance and required product-support improvements at shop visits. Over the past two years the powerplant maker has added 1,000 new engines to the program.
For the third year in a row, the Rockford (Ill.) Area Aerospace Network (Booth No. 2930) is attending the NBAA Convention to demonstrate the region’s continuing growth as an aviation manufacturing hub.
Advanced Aircrew Academy (Booth 4493) has announced a new online course for flight crew use of iPads and electronic flight bags (EFBs) covering hardware orientation, charging procedures, widely used apps for in-flight use and human factors considerations. NBAA convention attendees can learn more about this and other training available for in-cockpit use of iPads at the Aircraft and Flight Operations training seminar, “Training Solutions for Flight Deck iPad Implementation” at 2:30-4 pm today in room S310EF.
Bell Helicopter broke ground October 15 on its new Fort Worth, Tex. headquarters building.
Bell’s new, energy-efficient 210,000-sq-ft headquarters will house administration, support functions, program offices, a customer center and an integrated training facility. The Bell Helicopter training facility, currently located at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, will be moved to the new global headquarters.