DeCrane Aircraft Systems’ PATS unit recently completed a 42,000-sq-ft expansion of its facility at Sussex County Airport in Georgetown, Del. The two hangars can now simultaneously accommodate up to five Boeing Business Jets. PATS is an authorized BBJ service center and recently began interior completions on a BBJ. PATS is the Boeing-authorized installation facility for BBJ winglets and long-range auxiliary fuel systems.
A General Electric spokesman confirmed the sale of its Garrett Santa Barbara completion center to Yankee Pacific and WestCap Partners Private Equity Fund. The deal is expected to close by the end of the month. The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based facility delivered the second of two Boeing Business Jet completions this year and has a contract with Bombardier for a series of Global Express completions.
The market for business jets–both new and used–has taken on a decidedly more global complexion in the past three years in the estimation of Jay and Josh Mesinger, CEO and vice president, respectively, of Boulder, Colorado-based J.Mesinger Corporate Jet Sales. “It used to be when the U.S. sneezed the rest of the world caught a cold,” said Jay Mesinger. “That’s not so much the case anymore, and we think that’s a good thing.”
Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 261), already a force in the narrow- and widebody completion and refurbishment industry, has just taken on what may be its biggest challenge to date–the executive/VIP outfitting of a head-of-state Boeing 777-200. The San Antonio, Texas-based company had previously done a 767 interior for the same central Asian customer and is working on the client’s Boeing 737-700 cabin.
Boeing (Booth No. 7479) here at EBACE announced that it has begun work this week on the first BBJ3, a new larger business jet based on the 737-900ER. The BBJ3 was launched in October 2006 and is expected to enter service next year with an unidentified customer. Boeing received FAA approval for the 737-900ER in April last year and EASA certification last month. According to Boeing Business Jets, the BBJ3 has 1,120 sq ft of floor space.
While its bigger cousin in the Marines stays grounded, work on the civil tiltrotor is proceeding in the same Bell Helicopter hangars from which the first prototype V-22 Ospreys rolled out some 13 years ago in Arlington, Texas.
In a development that speaks volumes about the ongoing state of new helicopter technology development in America today, Boeing on July 12 revealed the 13th iteration of its much modified, through many variants and sub-variants, military CH-47 Chinook, ironically unveiling the new helicopter on the 40th anniversary year of the first flight of the number-one Chinook prototype.
The 2001 Paris Air Show was no epic in terms of new models unveiled and mega-developments launched. It was nonetheless an exceptionally businesslike event, achieving a record tally for announced sales of some $40 billion. Even so, this grand tally was somewhat down from the $52 billion sales bonanza at last year’s Farnborough Air Show and some chose to interpret this as evidence of the long-anticipated cooling in demand.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Zero Eight Papa Aviation Services has launched a new career Web site.
Boeing continues to add utility to its BBJ series corporate jets, and the latest effort is the addition of enhanced vision system (EVS) capability to the BBJ’s head-up display (HUD). To add safety to BBJ operations, however, Boeing is also working on delivering the EVS display on one of the Honeywell LCDs on the instrument panel, so the first officer can see the same EVS picture that the pilot sees on the HUD.