The International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) wants agenda topics for the group’s 44th annual meeting next August in Vancouver. The meeting’s theme is “Preparing the Next Generation of Investigators.” Isasi deadlines say that by February 4 authors must submit an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. March 4 is the cutoff for abstract submissions of no more than 300 words to email@example.com.
Turbine Aircraft Services (Booth No. 3724) announced that The Aviators, the popular PBS program now in its third season, will feature a segment on the Mitsubishi MU-2 turboprop in episode 11. Spoiler alert: Program host and commercial pilot Sara Rependa declares the aircraft “sturdy” and comments on the high quality of its handling characteristics.
Duncan Aviation has written HD Cabin Entertainment Upgrades: Requirements, Upgrade Paths and Alternatives, a free, downloadable field guide about high definition-capable entertainment systems for business aircraft that discusses image quality, upgrade alternatives and equipment selection. “There is a lot of confusion about what is required to achieve HD image quality in the cabin,” said Chad Ostertag, avionics installation sales rep. “There’s more to it than simply adding HD monitors.
Business jet passengers want to experience a seamless transition between their high-tech home entertainment systems and the inflight entertainment (IFE) systems installed on the jets that they fly, but there is an impediment that needs fixing; how to bring the content on their home systems to the aircraft. Rockwell Collins has developed a solution, Skybox, which brings sophisticated airliner audio-video on-demand (AVOD) to business jets.
SureFlight Aircraft Completions (Booth No. 3192) recently completed the exterior paint on a Sikorsky S-76B owned by business mogul Donald Trump.
The project was the second S-76 exterior paint job for Trump, but a departure from the usual all-black theme with red striping. According to SureFlight CEO Dan Watkins, the latest helicopter will be based in southern climes, where the weather is much hotter, so the upper half of the aircraft is painted white, with the prominent Trump logo emblazoned in red-on-white on both sides of the tail boom.
Fresh from a limited Broadway engagement, where they celebrated their 50th anniversary, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have arrived in Orlando to entertain NBAA members and guests at the NBAA/Corporate Angel Network (CAN) gala on Wednesday night. The event, billed as an Evening with Angels, will be staged at the Peabody Orlando’s Grand Ballroom from 6 to 11 p.m. Individual tickets, which include admission to the cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and live and silent auctions, are $350. For members who want to attend just the concert, the entertainment-only ticket is $150.
Landmark Aviation hosted an open house this week to showcase its newly remodeled FBO at Roanoke (Va.) Regional Airport. The nearly $1 million project included a terminal remodel with an updated executive conference room and bistro area, as well as hangar updates. Terminal renovations included new paint, carpet, tile, furniture and fixtures.
Someone intimated I was old this week. Well, actually what he said was, “Dude, you’re so a fossil.”
“I have a Facebook page,” I blurted out in my defense.
“Lame,” was the response.
A Boeing 727 was deliberately crashed and filmed–from both inside and outside–for the premiere episode of Curiosity, which airs Sunday on Discovery Channel. This was done to see what actually happens during an airplane crash and to examine the science behind passengers’ best chances for survival. Crash test dummies as well as sensors throughout the airplane were used to reveal the types of forces unleashed in a typical crash.
An article in AIN’s September issue addressed concerns that have been raised about the security of the ADS-B system, which is headed for widespread deployment around the world. ADS-B is designed to replace radar as the primary method for surveillance of airborne traffic.