The Microturbo e-APU60, a new concept in auxiliary power units (APUs), recently completed a 150-hour block test and is progressing toward certification, Microturbo, a Safran Group company, announced at the NBAA Convention. “These tests gave us the opportunity to validate the reliability and the endurance of this new concept, meeting our expectations and those of our first customer, AgustaWestland,” said Pierre-Yves Morvan, CEO of Microturbo. “This milestone represents a significant step forward for the program.”
Changes are coming for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Booth No. 1185). School president John Johnson and worldwide campus chancellor John Watret have established an Embry-Riddle Worldwide College of Business, which will effectively replace the current Worldwide Department of Business Administration for the university. This more formally structured college will serve more than 4,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students who are participating in eight degree programs.
Odyssey Aerospace Components (Booth No. 1585) continues to solidify its place in the executive aircraft cabinetry business. And to ensure that reputation remains throughout the entire process, the Denton, Texas-based company supports its completion center clients by sending the same artisans and craftsmen who build the cabinets to the center to manage the installation. “This ensures the cabinetry receives the greatest care and handling throughout the completion process,” said Stephen Zurel, installation site manager for parent company Greenpoint Technologies.
Duncan Aviation has announced the promotion of Rodolfo Rodriguez to regional manager of its Mexico facility. Rodriguez, a retired Mexican Navy officer, is authorized as an engineer for piston and turbine engines. “We knew that Rodolfo would transition well into this new role,” said John Slieter, vice president of aircraft service sales for Duncan. “Mexico has long been an important market for us and we see opportunities for additional customer support in the region.”
Scholarship awards may have been the headliner for the annual Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) NBAA luncheon, but networking was definitely the theme of what is becoming one of the more prominent little meetings taking place within this one big meeting of some of the best minds and creative energy in business aviation today.
SyberJet Aircraft plans to resume production of the SJ30 light twinjet in 2014 with a new glass panel cockpit called SyberVision, with core avionics supplied by Honeywell. SyberJet hopes to have the new avionics certified in the third quarter of 2014, with first delivery of the jet in the fourth quarter of 2014. The company announced that it is not taking orders for new aircraft deliveries at this time, but should begin doing so shortly.
A special report released this week at the NBAA Convention by Argus analyzing the last three years of its TraqPak flight activity data found “no clear pattern, in either the upward or downward direction of total flight hours,” but found a consistent year-after-year cyclical peak in activity during the March time frame. Results also validate anecdotal evidence of a shift to the use of smaller aircraft.
In an ever-shrinking world of instant gratification in which going fast is good, then going faster must be even better.
Honeywell didn’t come right out and say it, but the company’s 2012 market forecast introduced a new category devoted to the concept of farther and faster. The forecast calls it the “very high speed/ultra-long range” category and notes the first use of that category in 2010 with the Gulfstream G650.
Boeing has contracted Comlux America to provide maintenance and a cabin upgrade for a pair of its own Boeing Business Jets. The work will include removing the existing interiors and refitting them after modification, as well as a comprehensive upgrade to the inflight entertainment and cabin management systems.
The first of the two BBJs will arrive at Comlux America’s recently expanded facility in Indianapolis, Ind. in early 2013 and the second will follow next summer. The facility works on both BBJs and the rival Airbus Corporate Jets family.
This week at the NBAA Convention, Hawker Beechcraft delivered the 7,000th King Air, an aircraft line that has been in continuous production since 1964. The milestone aircraft, a King Air 350i, was delivered to Herman & Kittle Properties of Indianapolis. “The King Air is still king. We delivered the 5,000th King Air in 1996, the 6,000th in 2005 and now we’ve reached 7,000,” said Hawker Beechcraft executive vice president Shawn Vick.