Global deliveries of turbine business airplanes increased 7.2 percent in this year’s first quarter over the first quarter of 2013, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. The jump in deliveries will most likely mean a boost to business at centers that perform aircraft completions and refurbishments and companies that provide interior components.
Duncan Aviation is moving its Duncan Intelligence Live tech support function to the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Nashville, which begins today. Duncan Intelligence Livewill feature Duncan Aviation avionics tech reps Curt Campbell, Dan Magnus, Scott McKenzie and Larry Troyer working one-on-one with avionics dealers, aircraft owners and operators (at Booth No. 604) during open exhibition hall hours. In addition, Troyer and Campbell will each present basic troubleshooting seminars on autopilot maintenance and Magnus will give a presentation on radar troubleshooting.
High-end cabinetry and upholstery specialist Custom Aircraft Cabinets (CAC) recently doubled the fabrication capacity with the addition of a second multipurpose Thermwood, three-axis CNC router for more precise, ready-to-assemble cabinetry components.
Oregon Aero (Booth No. A40-42), makers of comfort seat augmentation and custom upholstery for dozens of aircraft, is introducing its SoftSeat Posture cushions cut specifically for the Daher-Socata TBM 700 and 850 turboprop singles this week at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. The cushions, custom fit for pilot-right, pilot-left, forward- and rear-facing passenger positions, are available in every upholstery style and color that Daher-Socata offers for its aircraft interiors.
Snap-on Industrial has developed a new line of toolboxes designed for rolling on rough ramps, over hangar tracks and back and forth to flight lines. The new Flight Line Roll Cabinet series come in five- or six-drawer configurations. The “Phantom Caster” wheels feature a kingpin-less design to prevent possible FOD and solid rubber wheels to absorb shock. The cabinet top includes a wraparound stainless-steel cap that excludes moisture and dirt. A keyless T-bar mechanism allows locking of drawers for movement without a key, also to prevent FOD.
JetFlite International’s (JFI) Long Beach, Calif. facility has launched an aircraft refinishment program that repairs and refinishes existent components and materials with minimal replacing.
JetFlite International of Long Beach, Calif., has launched an aircraft “refinishment” program that repairs and refinishes existing components and materials with minimal replacement.
List Components of Austria (Stand 165) has selected Ontario, Canada-based Flying Colours (Stand 1935) as its preferred completion center in North America for its stone flooring and countertops in all aircraft types. Flying Colours recently installed a List stone floor in a Bombardier Global 5000 and has been chosen to install a similar floor in a Bombardier Challenger 601.
Cabin interiors specialist Lantal is probably best known for its carpets and upholstery, but the Swiss company also has just launched its new Pneumatic Comfort System, which it says makes seats more passenger-friendly. The system’s pressure-adjustable cushions have been in service with Swiss International Airline’s business and first-class long-haul aircraft for the two years and are now available for more widespread use.
PAC Seating Systems has introduced a new seat of modular design that the Palm City, Fla. company says “incorporates the best ideas” of completion center customers, upholsterers, and the PAC design and engineering teams.
An easy-pull manual control handle has a new ergonomic design that releases the track and swivel lock more smoothly and with minimal pressure.
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