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.
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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.
Air BP has entered into an agreement to purchase the aviation fuel business, Statoil Fuel & Retail Aviation (SFR Aviation), from Canadian company Alimentation Couche-Tard. The deal will add around 73 new airports in the Nordic countries and Northern Europe to Air BP’s 600-strong global fueling network. SFR is selling its aviation fuel business, comprising supply at 79 airports across Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Finland, the Netherlands and Germany, plus interests at three airports in the UK and Belgium.
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 this afternoon at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The U.S. approval comes just two months after the super-midsize jet earned authorization from Brazil’s civil aviation authority.
Rockwell Collins is now offering Fans 1/A capability for Bombardier Challenger 604s equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics. The upgrade builds on the twinjet’s current flight management system and control display units, while incorporating a new communications management unit. Fans 1/A capability adds to a growing list of Challenger 604 avionics updates that prepare operators for airspace modernization worldwide. The Fans 1/A upgrade for Challenger 604s will be available from Rockwell Collins in the second half of next year, the company said.
Embraer delivered the first Legacy 500 on Friday, less than two months after the fly-by-wire midsize jet obtained certification from Brazilian civil aviation authority ANAC. The launch customer, an unidentified Brazilian company, accepted the aircraft during a ceremony at Embraer headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
Rockwell Collins signed on the 1,500th business aircraft for its Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP) this week, the company said yesterday. The agreement was coordinated by Germany-based Rheinland Air Service, a Rockwell Collins-authorized dealer. CASP offers corporate aircraft operators maintenance for avionics and cabin entertainment equipment. Rentals, exchanges, component repairs, comprehensive reliability upgrades, equipment removal and refit coverage are also included, Rockwell Collins said.
Embraer quietly sold a half-dozen Legacy 500s to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in April, newspaper Valor Econômico reported yesterday. Deliveries are expected to start in 2016. In addition, the FAB signed a technology-transfer contract with Norwegian Special Mission for the supply and integration of systems in the fly-by-wire twinjets for the in-flight inspection of Brazil’s aviation navigation aids.
Rockwell Collins do Brazil announced plans late last week to double the size of its 9,500-sq-ft service center in São José dos Campos, Brazil, to 19,000 sq ft. The company expects to start construction by year-end.
“This expansion will bring new engineering and service capabilities to our customers in the region and will enable Rockwell Collins do Brazil to pursue and capture more commercial and military programs,” said managing director Nelson Aquino.
Embraer Executive Jets has opened new facilities at its contact center to provide operational, technical and maintenance support for its fleet of business jets. Since the center opened in 2009, Embraer’s fleet has quintupled in size to 780 aircraft in 50 countries. The contact center, which is located in Embraer’s São José dos Campos headquarters in Brazil, operates 24 hours a day 365 days a year and provides personalized service from the first contact to the final solution for customer needs, anywhere in the world.
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