New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg rebuffed local media criticism for using his own helicopter, an AgustaWestland A109S Grand, at his own expense, to travel to a concert at the Meadowlands by the rock group U-2. The concert was held on a Friday night following a day when Bloomberg had a particularly busy schedule. But that didn’t stop a local television reporter from reminding the mayor that turbine helicopters burn more fuel than cars.
Emteq (Booth No. 2289) is unveiling “Easy HD” for its SkyPro and other manufacturers’ cabin management systems (CMS). The system provides high-definition (HD) components that work independently of an aircraft’s existing CMS and requires little or no modification of the CMS. It replaces existing analog bulkhead monitors with SkyPro HD monitors sized from 10.4 to 64 inches.
Seems like the buzz about social media is never ending these days–so much so, in fact, that you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has not heard of a blog or a podcast. That’s the good news. The bad news is that digging a bit deeper, you’ll probably find that most folks are almost clueless about why they should spend any time reading or listening to one, much less building one of their own.
The Meridian Companies at Teterboro Airport come to Orlando epitomizing the old saw that “when times get tough the tough get going.” The Meridian NBAA booth (No. 1890) showcases the four facets of the New Jersey airport business: Meridian Teterboro-FBO Services; Meridian Jet Center, an FAA Part 145 repair station and detailing service; Meridian Air Charter and Meridian Aircraft Management.
Emivest Aerospace, formerly Sino Swearingen Aircraft, on September 23 delivered its first SJ30 light jet and continues to ramp up production at its San Antonio plant. The twinjet, S/N 008, was handed over to owner Harry Mohney of Déjà Vu Consulting of Lansing, Mich., for use in support of his entertainment business. Emivest said five more SJ30s are currently on the production line.
Germany’s Becker Avionics last month introduced a line of mode-S transponders capable of broadcasting ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast)-in and -out signals. The new BXP62XX and BXT62xx transponders, due to hit the market by year-end, will feature ADS-B-out capability. Follow-on models due out sometime next year will add ADS-B-in functionality.
Investigative journalism organization ProPublica filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in December, asking the FAA to release the list of requests for aircraft to be blocked under the NBAA Block Aircraft Registry Request (BARR) program.
Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 1043) is planning updates for its line of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) transponders for business aircraft. The TDR-94D-409, offered primarily as a retrofit solution for the company’s TDR-94/94D transponders which equip more than 15,000 aircraft, is now available to comply with the new ADS-B mandate in Australia and the pending 2009 restrictions in Canada’s Hudson Bay.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended the comment periods for three key notices of proposed amendment (NPA) under which it will assume responsibility for regulating aircraft operations. The deadlines for the industry to respond to NPA 2009-1 (operational suitability certificate) and NPA 2009-02a-02g (air operations) have been pushed back by two months to June 30 and July 31, respectively.