Soloy Aviation Solutions’ long-standing relationship with Woodward propeller governors used on its Cessna 206/207 Mk 1 Turbine Pac has ended as a result of Woodward’s transferring its line to Honeywell. “While the Soloy gearboxes seem to last forever, vendor-supplied accessories come and go based on the supplier’s business needs,” said Soloy CEO Dave Stauffer.
Signature TechnicAir has appointed Dan Henchal as director of maintenance for its facilities at Charles B Wheeler Airport (Kansas City, Mo.) and at New Century Air Center Airport (Olathe, Kan.). Previously, Henchal worked at the Signature TechnicAir facility at St. Paul Downtown Airport.
The FAA issued a supplemental type certificate to Banyan Air Service for installation of Honeywell’s Aspire 200LG Wi-Fi-enabled satcom system on the Gulfstream GII/III/IV. The system includes the Aspire 200LG Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcom, optional CNX-200 cabin gateway and Honeywell Sky Connect dual-channel Iridium satcom. “The flexibility and scalable architecture of the Aspire system combined with data acceleration and Wi-Fi allows versatility within our STC to meet the needs of our clients,” said Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics.
The 787 is a veritable showcase for the latest technology from U.S. avionics and aircraft systems group Honeywell.
Soloy Aviation Solutions is offering an AS350B engine conversion kit that replaces the Turbomeca Arriel 1B with a Honeywell LTS101-600A-3A. The conversion reduces operating costs by approximately 20 percent, fuel flow by four to six gph, and may be maintained on an on-condition inspection cycle resulting in less down time and lower operating costs, according to Soloy. “The total kit, including factory rebuilt engine, is $440,000 and takes less than 10 days to install,” Nick Parkinson, helicopter sales director, told AIN.
Avionics pioneer Edward King, Jr., 90, died Sunday at his home near Eugene, Ore. After graduating from college in 1943, King took a job on the East Coast with RCA, designing aircraft radio equipment for the U.S. Navy. He later returned to the Midwest, and in 1948 he borrowed $10,000 from his in-laws and founded his first company, Communications Accessories Corp. (CAC), which in 1956 was purchased by Collins Radio (now Rockwell Collins).
JetTech Aerospace delivered its first BBJ green completion in February and shut its doors not long after. According to the company’s former v-p of completions, Colt Mehler, a stagnant economy was the reason the Spokane, Wash.-based completion and refurbishment center went out of business.
“We had just delivered a great [BBJ] and the owners were happy with it, but there was little follow-on business,” Mehler explained, “and the risk-versus-reward was no longer appealing.”
West Star Aviation recently received FAA approval for a supplemental type certificate enabling Wi-Fi on Falcon 2000s and 2000EXs equipped with Pro Line 4 and Pro Line 21. The project was completed at the West Star Aviation East Alton, Ill. location. The True North Chorus was used for Iridium data via Wi-Fi, while the Inmarsat solution was provided via the EMS CNX-200 and Honeywell HD-710 swift broadband pipe. According to West Start Aviation, the STC is considered to be Wi-Fi tolerant, allowing for other manufacturers’ routers to be enabled.
Joseph Hough has joined Dallas Airmotive as program manager for its HTF7000 service and support operations. Hough will handle sales as well as customer service on existing HTF7000 accounts and will be based in the Phoenix area. Hough joins the company from CTS, where he had been employed since 2009 and had 19 years’ experience before that in engineering and program management functions for Honeywell Aerospace, AlliedSignal Aerospace and Garrett Engines. He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.
Lagging growth in Europe business aviation remains a concern, but encouragement is to be found in greater numbers of flights last year, according to Bombardier Aerospace in its current market forecast for 2011-30. Although utilization levels during 2011 were not back to pre-recession levels, business jet movements continued to improve, relative to the previous year, said the annual document. It noted that business aviation activity in the region 12 months ago was some 12 percent up on the second half of 2009 and 3 percent higher than in 2010.