NBAA said printed brochures mailed to members for the association’s 37th annual International Operators Conference contain incorrect dates for the event. This year’s conference will be held from March 29 to April 1 in New Orleans, La. For more information on the IOC, go to www.nbaa.org/ioc.
The King Air Book by Tom Clements has recently been released. Available online at www.lulu.com, the $49.95 book compiles 15 years of articles that Clements has published about King Airs based on his 37 years of flying the venerable twin turboprops. It is billed as “invaluable for current or future pilots of King Airs.”
Alongside ostentatious neighbors like the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain has tended to get overlooked as a Middle Eastern hub for air transportation. Yet, the island kingdom in the Arabian Gulf actually lays a fair claim to being the birthplace of aviation in the Middle East. Next month (January 21 to 23) it intends to point the world to its aviation future when it hosts its own airshow for the first time.
The debut of the Boeing AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopter at the Dubai Airshow this month was just the latest iteration in this aircraft’s long and complicated history. The design first flew in the 1960s as the Hughes Model 300. It was adopted by the U.S. Army as the OH-6A and further developed for civilian customers as the Models 500 and 530.
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.