Barfield has developed the technology to transform any Android tablet into a wireless remote control for the DPS1000, the ground support test equipment used for testing pitot-static/air data systems. In the past line testing often required two operators, communicating with each other by radio; Barfield’s technology requires only one. Moreover, one of the great benefits of a software application is that it can continually evolve with limited development cost.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) has expanded its relationship with Delta Private Jets (DPJ). Since the two forged an alliance last January, DPJ and its clients have enrolled 14 aircraft in JSSI engine, airframe and APU maintenance programs. Last April, DPJ opened a 40,000-sq-ft facility offering comprehensive MRO services at its headquarters at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Cindy Halsey vice president for completion planning and design. She reports to Scott Neal, senior vice president for worldwide sales and marketing. Halsey has 36 years of experience in aircraft completions and interior design. Before joining Gulfstream, she was senior vice president for interior design engineering for Textron Aviation, where she was responsible for leading interior design, industrial design and interior engineering functions for all Textron Aviation products.
Jeppesen (Booth 1298) announced that it will supply navigation and flight data to support the InSight integrated flight deck from Universal Avionics, which is expected to be certified in the second quarter of 2015. The company will supply digital terminal chart data with own-ship position capabilities, airport moving map data, nav data, cultural data and obstacle data on a global basis. All of it will be updatable through the Jeppesen distribution manager.
Signature Flight Support continues to expand its North American footprint with yesterday’s signing of a licensing agreement with Toronto-based aviation service provider Skyservice, which will add the Canadian FBO operator’s three locations to the Signature brand. While Skyservice will remain independently owned, as part of the Signature network they will be able to use the BBA Aviation subsidiary’s systems and services as well as marketing support.
AviationGlass & Technology (Booth 1675), a first-time NBAA exhibitor, offers a certified mirror and optical lens that may change the face of aircraft interior design.
The two-year-old Netherlands-based manufacturer of optically true mirrors and lenses has been finishing its AS9100 paperwork with the goal of EASA certification of its products this fall. AviationGlass & Technology has installed the products in a Dassault Falcon 900 testbed. Typical applications include interior windows, bulkhead mirrors, lavatory glass (showers, for example) and mirrors, and so forth.
Flight operations support group Nexus has acquired aviation risk management and safety audit provider Wyvern Consulting. Online charter portal Avinode (Booth 2279), which sold the company for an undisclosed sum, will continue to provide technological support for its former subsidiary and is also retaining control of Wyvern’s pilot and aircraft data division. Wyvern operator ratings, Wyvern Wingman and Wyvern Registered audits will continue to be available through the Avinode Marketplace.
FAA deputy associate administrator John Hickey handed Embraer Executive Jets president Marco Túlio Pellegrini the FAA type certificate for the fly-by-wire Legacy 500 yesterday afternoon at the company’s booth here at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla.
Business aircraft activity in the U.S. has been climbing for the past 10 straight months and is set to continue this trend in the fourth quarter, according to aviation services company Argus. In fact, the company is predicting that flying in the quarter will rise 0.7 percent year-over-year, which would result in this year besting 2013 by 1.5 percent and making 2014 the “most robust” year for flight activity since 2008.
Deer Jet, Asia’s largest business jet operator, is gradually transforming from a regional operator to a global one as it approaches its 20th anniversary. The Beijing-based company now has a fleet of 85 aircraft, based not only in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, but also in the U.S., Dubai and Moscow. According to Zhang Peng, who was promoted to president of the company in August, Deer Jet’s international flight operations have increased by 80 percent over 2013, now up to 6,800 annual flight hours to more than 300 airports worldwide.