With the number of wing-collision incidents growing, so has demand for a device to assist pilots in avoiding them. As a result, Securaplane Technologies is developing a wing collision avoidance system (WCAS) for bizjets.
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The DeCrane Cabin Management Group’s seating division had planned to attend the 54th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention in September with a considerable display of its latest technology, including the 16-g divan certified in July.
Air France Industries is set to deliver its first completed Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) this month, with a second aircraft to leave its Toulouse, France completions center during the first quarter next year. Both ACJs are for undisclosed customers.
Jet Aviation’s main strength is in Europe, where 11 major facilities generate 60 percent of its income, and the U.S., with four major facilities and 18 support stations contributing much of the remaining 40 percent of total sales. The company’s major U.S. FBOs with service and maintenance capabilities are in Bedford, Mass. (near Boston), Dallas, Teterboro, N.J., and at West Palm Beach, Fla.
FlightSafety Boeing Training International (FSB) officially opened its new UK training center at London Luton Airport over the summer. The 35,000-sq-ft facility is equipped with a pair of Boeing 737-300 full-flight simulators, a 737-700/800/900 (New Generation) unit and a 757 unit.
British executive charter operator Multiflight was due to take delivery of a green Boeing Business Jet 2 on September 27 at the airframer’s Seattle headquarters. The aircraft, which will cost a total of $60 million, was to be flown straight to Hamburg, Germany, to undergo completion by Lufthansa Technik.
The uncertainty of the near future has reached the big airframers, too. Boeing quietly shelved its plans for the proposed 7,000-nm BBJ3 bizliner based on the 757-200 fuselage and 757-300 wing. When Borge Boeskov, soon-to-retire BBJ president, discussed the BBJ3 last March, he said the big airplane, with a projected price tag of $95 million (complete), could serve customers looking to replace aging VIP 707s, 727s, 747s and DC-8s.
Total Aircraft Services is exploring the possibility of STCs to install BAE Systems’ Matador infrared missile countermeasure equipment on corporate jets such as the Global Express and BBJ. The system uses modulating IR lamps to disarm shoulder-launched heat-seeking missiles.
When Lee Monson joined Boeing Business Jets in fall 1996, expectations for the joint venture of Boeing and engine-builder General Electric, announced that July, were optimistic, but not very high. “We were expecting to sell one BBJ a month,” recalled Borge Boeskov, then president of the fledgling unit.
Community objections to the increased use of Teterboro Airport, and to its use by the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), have pitted Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ) against supporters of the airport and in particular Boeing Business Jet director of regional sales Steve Barlage.