In September, Tim Mahoney succeeded Rob Gillette as president and CEO of Honeywell’s aerospace division. Gillette served 13 years with the company, and was named head of its aerospace business in 2005. He resigned to become CEO of solar technology firm First Solar. Mahoney–who joined Honeywell in 1997–was most recently the aerospace division’s chief technology officer.
Rockwell Collins last month announced plans to acquire AR Group and its affiliated companies, which includes business aviation trip support services provider Air Routing International. Under the agreement, Rockwell Collins will acquire all of AR Group’s shares for an undisclosed amount. The transaction was expected to close late last month or early this month.
MU-2 Refurb Has Glass Cockpit
Universal Avionics (Booth No. 4254) unveiled the UL-800/801 communications management system, developed to be compatible with Future Air Navigation System (FANS) and VHF datalink (VDL) Mode 2 capabilities for digital communications between pilots and ATC.
Yesterday just as the NBAA Convention was set to open, engine and avionics maker Honeywell released its annual 10-year business aviation market forecast. Its latest outlook calls for a sharp contraction in business jet deliveries through 2010 but a gradual return in demand starting in 2011.
J.A. Air Center, a Chicago-area FBO, will give away a Garmin GPSMAP 696 here at the NBAA Convention. Attendees can register at the company’s booth (No. 2613) during the show to win the portable navigator, valued at $3,295. J.A. Air Center, based at Aurora Municipal Airport, says the multi-function 696 represents the complete range of services the FBO offers customers.
Deliveries of turbine-powered business airplanes will continue to fall through the end of next year before beginning a slow but steady recovery in 2011, according to a market forecast released on Friday by avionics maker Rockwell Collins.
The Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system took to the air aboard a customer airplane for the first time last month, completing a five-hour initial test flight in a Bombardier Global Express XRS that originated at the business jet maker’s Downsview test center in Toronto on August 3.
Garmin has rolled out a sub-$16,000 avionics system that’s certified for installation in nearly 600 Class I and II Part 23 airplanes (defined as singles and twins weighing less than 6,000 pounds). The Garmin G500 avionics system, introduced at last month’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., includes primary and multifunction displays mounted in a single bezel that can slide into the opening previously occupied by an instrument six-pack.
For the first time since AIN has been conducting its annual product support survey, a company that doesn’t start with Gar- and end in -min has claimed the top overall ranking among avionics manufacturers.