Representatives of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), the independent international safety organization, are showcasing here at the NBAA Convention the latest initiatives focused on the business aviation community. These efforts include development of a security risk assessment tool, an update of the FSF’s Fitness for Duty standards and setting best practices for inexperienced operators in regions undergoing rapid growth in business aviation activity.
Joël Frugier has been named general manager of the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) in Toulouse, France. The facility, which employs about 270 people, specializes in servicing and maintaining ACJs, including those in the A320, A330 and A340 series. It has delivered 27 VIP cabins for ACJ319s and ACJ320s to customers in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
During the NBAA show, turbine-engine-overhaul and repair specialist Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation subsidiary, is rebuilding a PT6A engine live at the BBA Aviation booth (228). The company is also overhauling its corporate structure to accommodate its recently opened full-service PT6A service center. The new shop is established in a renovated and enlarged 10,000-sq-ft hangar at Dallas Love Field. At a party there last month, Dallas Airmotive celebrated its 50th anniversary, as well as its half-century involvement with the legendary Pratt & Whitney Canada turbine powerplant.
Meridian, a private aviation company headquartered at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport, has named Greg Johnson as director of business development. His responsibilities will include expanding the company’s West Coast aircraft-management business and overseeing development of an FBO to be built at Hayward Executive Airport in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Satcom Direct (Booth 980) is seeking to boost knowledge of satellite communications and connectivity technology with a series of training programs aimed at aircraft operators. The Satellite Beach, Fla.-based company is arranging classes and seminars in Farnborough, UK; Geneva; Hong Kong; and Dubai with a view to boosting technological awareness in growing international markets. In 2015, it intends to introduce classes aimed more specifically at customers in the Americas.
The March 2014 merger that created Textron Aviation brought together three deeply rooted brands, Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker, and, at least for now, the group is committed to maintaining the separate identities of these product families. That's not to say the company will not contemplate changes in its line up, with Textron Aviation senior vice president of sales and marketing, Kriya Shortt, acknowledging that it is “evaluating our product line to ensure we’re bringing the best possible products to customers around the world .”
Italian fabric manufacturer Alcantara is well known in the luxury aerospace, yacht and automobile industries for its cabin coverings, and here at NBAA 2014, OmnAvia Interiors is exhibiting the Milan-based company’s “Discovery” collection of aircraft interior fabrics in the U.S. for the first time.
Aviation tax firm Wolcott & Associates, debuting as an exhibitor at the NBAA Convention, is showcasing its proprietary web-based Flight Tax Systems (FTS) software here in Orlando. FTS helps users identify, protect and preserve tax deductions for their aircraft, and this year a new data import function has been added to the software.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) last month issued a report that examined the effect that rising fuel prices have had on civil aviation in the U.S. The government’s interest lies in the excise taxes imposed on the sale of aviation fuel and their contribution to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which was created in 1970 as a dedicated source of funding for the nation’s aviation system including the FAA’s capital improvement programs and a sizable portion of the agency’s operating budget.
NBAA Convention attendees are invited to join the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) for a panel session on trends and changes affecting new and used aircraft sales. The session, “Current Trends Impacting Business Aircraft Sales,” is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, at 3 p.m. in Room S320E and is part of the Management and Aircraft Ownership educational track session.