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October 23, 2014, 10:50 AM

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS) manufactures a wide range of braking systems for aircraft in commercial, business and military sectors. The company has been awarded a contract to provide the autobrake system for the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER ultra long-range aircraft. The system will become standard for future production aircraft and introduced via the Gulfstream service network to existing aircraft. Meggitt (Booth 3070) provides the brakes for the entire in-service and in-production Gulfstream portfolio.

October 23, 2014, 10:45 AM

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.

October 23, 2014, 10:45 AM

Beechcraft has received FAA certification for its new Hawker winglets, which deliver a 3- to 4-percent range increase to Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft, according to preliminary performance data. The winglets can be fitted to either model at Textron Aviation service centers.

Also announced this week is an order for the 400XPR upgrade package, including winglets. Guardian Flight has ordered six upgrade kits for its fleet, which is used for aeromedical evacuation services in Alaska. First deliveries are planned in the first half of next year.

October 23, 2014, 10:45 AM

As the newest torchbearer for the SJ30 program, San Antonio, Texas-based SyberJet (Booth 4259) brings a little swagger to this year’s NBAA convention with the debut of a mockup of the company’s new flight deck clearly inspired by high-end (and fast) automobiles.

Designed by Jason Castriota, whose portfolio includes work at Ferrari, Maserati and Audi, the look emphasizes sweeping shapes, rendered in high-level materials such as Alcantara faux suede, brushed aluminum and carbon-fiber veneer. Thick red stitching contrasts against black leather along the top of the panel.

October 23, 2014, 10:45 AM

Bombardier announced yesterday that it will be doubling its fleet of customer response team (CRT) trucks with a planned total of 14 trucks in operation by the end of the year.

“Our customers are learning to love the small jobs that can be done right in the hangar, eliminating a flight to a maintenance facility,” said Stan Younger, the OEM’s vice president of customer support and training. “We’re going from 2,100 unplanned maintenance events in 2011 and this year we’ll see 4,500 and so customers are starting to learn how to use that CRT truck as a tool.

October 23, 2014, 10:45 AM

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.

October 23, 2014, 10:35 AM

TAM Business Aviation (Booth 408), a Brazilian company with more than four decades of experience, is making its first appearance as an exhibitor at NBAA this year.

The São Paulo-based company operates Latin America’s largest MRO facilities for business aviation and has the capability to support more than 100 aircraft at the same time. Its location at Jundiaí, with 215,000 sq ft, is the largest service center for Cessna aircraft outside the U.S. It includes a large spare-parts inventory, shops for paint, engines, avionics and component repair and other services.

October 22, 2014, 11:50 PM

Leading Edge Composites (Booth 937) is experiencing significant growth, doubling its work force and tripling its plant space over the last year. The Coatesville, Pa.-based company recently moved into a new 44,000-sq-ft facility and now has more than 60 employees. It was founded 23 years ago by Brian and Charlene Arni. Brian, a former shop supervisor of Keystone Helicopter, also has a background in fixed-wing aircraft composite structures.

October 22, 2014, 11:45 PM

Professional resources in system management (Prism), a wholly owned subsidiary of Argus International, has released enhanced features for its online flight risk analysis tool (Frat) software. The new features are designed to align with upcoming FAA regulations governing helicopter air ambulance operators.

Among the items addressed in the forthcoming legislation, and the Prism software are the following, establishing a method for documenting the following:

• the highest obstacle along a planned route of flight;

October 22, 2014, 11:40 PM

Flight Display Systems is here (Booth 2008) promoting ultra-high-definition (4K) video displays and what it bills as “significant” upgrades to the JetJukebox, which connects directly to an aircraft wireless cabin router and streams media content to as many as eight personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets or laptop computers. JetJukebox can now interface with the Smart Cabin CMS to control cabin functions such as lighting, video and audio, and video can now be streamed to a bulkhead monitor as well as to personal devices.