The TopOwl helmet-mounted sight and display on show here in the Thales pavilion is in service already on five helicopter models in 16 countries. The company has delivered more than 700 copies, and says more than 1,600 will be in service over the next 10 years.
As part of NBAA’s growing tradition of community outreach, the Schedulers & Dispatchers advisory council partnered with the Savannah charity Assisting Working Women In Need (AWWIN) for a business-attire clothing drive. AWWIN supports working women by offering them professional clothing and job training as they prepare for careers or to re-enter the work force.
AeroSea Carpet of Calhoun, Ga. (Booth No. 4009) is making its NBAA convention debut, introducing its new, densely woven New Zealand wool products: Airstream, Runway, Diamonds and Tiger. The contemporary and transitional designs feature AeroSea’s hand-embossed technique.
Tai Ping Carpets of Nanhai in the People’s Republic of China hit a luxury note at the NBAA Convention with its custom recycled yarn lamps and “fabric” stools of silks and wools. The highlight of the exhibit was a richly colored Yukata area rug from the company’s new Haiku collection, inspired by the beauty of the Japanese poetry form and traditional Japanese ornamentation and decorative arts.
Townsend Leather plans to introduce its new Artesano Woven leather at the NBAA Convention this month. The Johnstown, N.Y.-based fine leather purveyor describes the product as an “exquisitely beautiful” new spin on old-world craftsmanship. It is created from lambskin hand-glazed in the U.S. and woven on antique teak looms in the Philippines. The collection is already in stock in colors that include antique lace and black tuxedo.
The FAA (Booth No. 2039, 2606) now requires “direct observation” during drug and alcohol tests. Effective November 1, observers must ask an employee to “raise his or her shirt, blouse or dress/skirt, as appropriate, above the waist; and lower clothing and underpants to show you, by turning around, that they do not have a prosthetic device.” An employee’s failure to cooperate constitutes refusal to take the test.
The FAA has revised drug and alcohol testing procedures, specifically requiring “direct observation” in all return-to-duty and follow-up drug tests.
Banyan celebrated its third annual AMT Day (May 24) by honoring its maintenance and avionics technicians. Dave Valenta, Banyan’s director of maintenance, and Lou Homsher, Banyan’s quality assurance manager, organized the event.
TAG Aircraft Interiors has reached an agreement with B/E Aerospace to offer a haute couture line of designer seats and divans for a variety of large and mid-size business jets. The line will be offered exclusively as part of cabin interiors produced by the partnership of TAG-AI (Booth No. 923) and Gianni Versace of Milan.
Toyota confirmed that the fuselage of its experimental four-seat piston aircraft is a one-piece co-cured (single-molded) unit of a carbon fiber and resin composite material. The aircraft flew for the first time at Mojave (Calif.) Airport on May 31.