Paradigm Aerospace has added a second paint booth. The new Garmat booth, which provides improved airflow, fresh-air recovery and better lighting, has a 3 million BTU furnace. Both the booth and its adjacent mixing room are explosion proof and equipped with separate fire suppression units. “We are seeing faster dry times and an even higher-quality finished product,” said PAC paint manager Bryan Fisher.
Phoenix Heliparts, with 1st Source Bank and Southwest Aviation Insurance Group, plans to offer financing and insurance options on its future MD 500 helicopter sales. Phoenix Heliparts (Booth No. C1527) aims for its Mesa, Ariz. headquarters to become the one-stop shop for MD 500 purchases by “providing a total service experience and simplifying the process of restoring and upgrading MD 500s.”
Phoenix Heliparts president Tina Cannon said the goal is “to reduce the challenges that buyers face when undergoing a custom helicopter restoration.”
From the gauntlet of stands that greeted visitors, to displays tucked into corners of the almost finished economy airline terminal that served as MEBA 2012’s exhibition hall, on the event’s last day exhibitors expressed a range of opinions about the show as varied as their display locations.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been busier, said Dave Edwards, managing director, Middle East and Asia, Gama Aviation, at the Dubai-based aviation services provider’s stand just inside the entrance, a spot impossible for attendees to miss.
Flight Display Systems (Booth No. 1911) is employing a mad scientists theme here at its NBAA exhibit, both to celebrate Halloween this week and to highlight the company’s new product development lab at its Alpharetta, Ga. headquarters. Some of the company’s new products featured at its booth include the See3 facial recognition system, 3-D moving map, new Blu-ray player and HD cockpit camera.
Two U.S. companies exhibiting here at the show, California’s Kapco (Booth B13) and Florida’s Aaxico (Booth B01), have announced that they are to merge on February 29.
The companies have a combined age of 100 years: this year Aaxico celebrates its 60th anniversary, while Kapco celebrates its 40th. Aaxico has offices worldwide and distribution centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia, while Kapco has multiple stocking warehouses in the U.S., plus three locations in Europe, making a total of 13 facilities across three countries.
Avtrak, an aviation maintenance tracking and consulting firm based in Englewood, Colo., has announced the addition of three international offices within the past 12 months, in Toluca, Mexico; São Paulo, Brazil; and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The facilities join the company’s U.S. locations, which include Wichita, Boston and Dallas.
This is my first trip to Dubai, so a blog post from me on the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show is appropriate. Because I’ve attended many NBAA shows, people from AIN who’ve been to Dubai before have been preparing me for MEBA, with a note that this is no more than a mini-NBAA. While many of the players are the same people I just saw in Atlanta a little more than a month ago, the way the show is built seems pretty alien to me.
Naaco’s ‘Mercury Mod’ Turns 15
Naasco, the starter-generator MRO specialist, is celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Mercury Mod,” its improvement program for starter-generators.
Rosen Aviation (Booth No. 1438) landed at NBAA 2008 with a broad array of new and improved products, and the announcement that it has expanded its cabin capabilities by acquiring Avion Partners’ Ultra-CMS cabin management system.
DeCrane Aircraft has announced the formation of a new subsidiary called DeCrane Cabin Interiors to specialize in business jet interior refurbishment, including specialized cabinetry. The new company, which will be run by Trey Bryson as v-p and general manager, is based at Tucson, Ariz., and has other facilities at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Montreal.
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