Friends and family honored the memory of Dick Friel, 76, the flashy and well-loved marketing executive for winglet maker Aviation Partners, with a missing-man flyover on January 25 at Seattle Boeing Field. A memorial service was held for Friel at Boeing Field’s Museum of Flight, after which a formation of Learjets and a Falcon 900 flown by aviation luminaries passed overhead.
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Aviation Partners (API) has named West Star Aviation of East Alton, Ill.,
Airbus unveiled a much-anticipated advance to its A320 family yesterday when it launched a program to develop new wingtip devices called “Sharklets.” To cost an extra $900,000 installed, the new devices will improve fuel burn on the A320 family by 3.5 percent on “longer” sectors, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of some 730 metric tons per aircraft.
Jet Aviation was recently certified for Continued Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) approval for aircraft registered in Bermuda and the Cayman islands. Management by a CAMO-approved organization has been mandatory in the region since September 2008.
West Star Aviation (Booth No. 2259) has announced its selection as an Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) Blended Winglet installation center for the Falcon 2000. According to API, its winglets increase range, save fuel and cut CO2 emissions. West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction, Colo. facility is already an installation center for API Blended Winglets for the Hawker 800 series and has completed 30 installations.
Technicians at StandardAero’s Springfield, Ill. facility accomplished their first aftermarket Aviation Partners winglet installation on a Falcon 2000. This represents the first of what should be many Falcon 2000 winglet mods, according to Scott Taylor, StandardAero senior v-p of business aviation. “Completing the first Falcon 2000 with aftermarket Aviation Partners winglets is an exciting first for StandardAero,” he added.
Cessna Aircraft in late August delivered the first Citation X retrofitted with elliptical winglets made by Wichita-based Winglet Technology. The winglets were installed at Cessna’s Wichita Citation Service Center under Winglet Technology’s FAA STC.
Cessna Aircraft yesterday delivered the first Citation X retrofitted with elliptical winglets made by Wichita-based Winglet Technology. The winglets were installed at Cessna’s Wichita Citation Service Center under Winglet Technology’s FAA STC. According to Cessna, the patented elliptical winglets optimize lift distribution, which reduces drag and thereby decreases fuel consumption and increases speed and range.
The recently certified Falcon 2000LX claims a 5-percent performance advantage over its predecessor, the Falcon 2000EX, and Dassault Falcon was looking for an opportunity to prove it. As a result, the company let me fly a new green aircraft from the factory in Bordeaux, France, across the Atlantic to Teterboro, N.J., a flight of about seven or eight hours.
Despite the fact that final assembly of the 4,000th example is now under way, the A320 single-aisle twinjet may be only at the midpoint of its production life, according to Airbus. Marketing vice president Colin Stuart has suggested that a 5,000th A320 could enter service in 2011.