NBAA announced that Clay Lacy will receive the 2011 NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, while Don Spruston will get the 2011 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award. The Meritorious Service to Aviation Award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions advancing aviation interests.
With assumption of the CEO position by Meredith Siegfried, the Siegfried family has again taken on a leadership role at long-time aviation components provider Nordam. “This [leadership change] is in accordance with Nordam’s long-term succession plan to return leadership of the company to a member of the Siegfried family,” said Bill Peacher, who stepped down as CEO following a board meeting on July 12.
The FAA issued an amended supplemental type certificate for the VoiceFlight Systems VFS101, adding new units to the company’s approvals for voice command of Garmin GNS navigators. The amendment adds the GNS430W and 530W, allowing pilots to use speech command instead of knobs to control a wider variety of Garmin navigators.
Kestrel Aircraft selected Honeywell’s TPE331-14GR to power its all-composite single-engine turboprop. The Brunswick, Maine-based company was founded by Alan Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft, to bring the former Farnborough Aircraft F1 Kestrel turboprop to market.
NBAA is mourning the death of Walter Pague, 96, a former director of aviation for Armco Steel who was among the 13 people who gathered at the Wings Club of New York in 1946 to establish the Corporation Aircraft Owners Association, the precursor to NBAA. Pague, who would have turned 97 on Thursday, died in his sleep last Friday at his home in Middletown, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Betty.
Surveillance of aircraft by ground radar in proximity of wind farms is an increasing concern and Terma (Hall E E2) claims to have the answer with its Scanter 4002 radar system.
Aeroconseil (Stand 126, Hall B2), a provider of aeronautical engineering and air transport services, is making its second appearance at Le Bourget. This year it is demonstrating a system for the rapid prototyping of avionics suites, another for optimizing aircraft fuel consumption and its solution for integrating onboard mobile telephones and the Internet.
At the NBAA convention in October, Hawker Beechcraft announced the King Air 250, the predecessor to the King Air B200GT. Here at EBACE, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support made its first major King Air announcement, King Air 200GTR. Quite simply, this is the aftermarket upgrade of the 200GT that gives it the performance improvements of the King Air 250.
Hawker Beechcraft’s King Air 250 made its public debut last month at the Sun ’n’ Fun International Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla. The $5.79 million turboprop twin, a replacement for the King Air 200GT, was unveiled at the NBAA Convention in October.
In the first quarter of this year U.S.-registered business turbine aircraft suffered three more accidents and two more fatalities compared with the same period last year. According to AIN research, nine jets and 11 turboprops were involved in accidents in the first quarter compared with four jets and 13 turboprops in the first three months of last year.