The London-based Baltic Air Carrier Association (BACA), which claims to be “the largest and longest standing [since 1949] organization focused on the air charter brokerage industry in the world,” has endorsed Argus’ Certified Charter Broker Program. “The air charter brokerage business is largely unregulated,” so users have to do their own due diligence, BACA noted.
Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) of Borgomanero, Italy, is unveiling here at Heli-Expo its new VVIP interior concept for the Bell 429, branded as the Bell 429 MAGnificent. A full-scale mockup of the four-place interior is on display at MAG’s booth (No. 6438). The interior features MAG’s proprietary Silens noise- and vibration-abatement system and hand-stitched premium leather seats and is compliant with all regulatory standards. The interior will be available as an option for new Bell 429s and may be available as a retrofit in existing aircraft, according to MAG.
Italy’s Aerea is debuting its new weapons storage and release carriage for UAVs at the Paris Air Show (Hall 1 Stand F293). The new Ultralight Release Unit (URU) is a smaller version of similar equipment that the Milan-based company has previously developed for the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Aermacchi M346 trainer/light attack jet and the NH-90 helicopter.
Charter operator Fast Air, based in Winnipeg, Canada, did its first Halo 250 gross weight increase modification on a Beechcraft King Air 200 equipped for aeromedical transport. Fast Air also offers aircraft management, maintenance and consulting services. The Halo 250 mod adds 920 pounds of payload capacity by increasing the maximum takeoff weight to 13,420 pounds, up from 12,500.
The Halo 250 mod was developed by CenTex Aerospace of Waco, Texas, and FAA certification was granted last October after three years of effort.
At NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers annual conference in San Antonio this week, private jet charter and aircraft management provider Excelaire announced that it has once again achieved Wyvern Wingman status.
Musty Putters (Booth No. 3738) is showcasing at NBAA‘12 its handcrafted wood putters and the ability to laser engrave on multiple locations on the golf club, so the coveted putters can do double duty as golf-related company-branded gifts. “Each of our putters is one of a kind, thanks to the variety of styles available and the unique grains found naturally in wood,” said David Musty, founder of the Signal Hill, Calif. company. “Additionally we are a green company, using environmentally sustainable materials, and our putters are made and assembled entirely in the United States.”
At EBACE yesterday DC Aviation (Stand 2039) received safety authorization from Wyvern (Stand 843). Wyvern sales director Fredrik Artursson, left, awarded the plaque to DC Aviation CEO Michael Kuhn. Trenton, New Jersey based Wyvern provides aviation safety auditing, consulting and information services. Germany-based DC Aviation provides aircraft charter, management and maintenance services.
Avinode has appointed Brent Moldowan as managing director of Wyvern Consulting, the aviation safety auditing company based in Trenton, New Jersey. Avinode acquired Wyvern when it merged with its parent company Charter X earlier this year."I am very excited to lead Wyvern during the next phase of the company's growth," Moldowan said.
Argus International (Booth No. 4145) has revamped its Charter Evaluation and Qualification (Cheq) system with a new user interface to ease searching and unlimited TripCheqs.
CharterX subsidiary Wyvern Consulting has launched WeFlySafe.com, an online resource for those who fly on chartered aircraft. The site helps charter customers locate vetted, safe air charter operators that meet “The Wyvern Standard.”
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