Three times is definitely the charm for Denise Wilson, president of Desert Jet (Booth No. C10439). For the third year in a row her company has earned the coveted Flying Safety Award from NBAA for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. Just 45 charter companies have ever received this award, out of the 2,000 throughout the U.S. that are eligible each year. NBAA has been rewarding its members for flying safely since 1953.
FBO chain Sheltair has joined the Avfuel network, announcing the rebranding of its 14 locations yesterday here at the show. As the first indication of the new relationship, the company is displaying at the Avfuel booth (No. N5100). “This group here is a very professional group, a very thoughtful group in how they do things, they have super people in the marketing area, great people in operations, we’re really proud to be associated with Sheltair,” said Avfuel president and CEO Craig Sincock.
TAG Farnborough Airport (Booth No. C6726) has outlined some of its plans over the next decade, including new on-site facilities such as upscale office space, a dedicated customer entrance to the airport, additional passenger lounges and other enhancements, it announced here at NBAA 2013.
“We continue to identify better ways to serve our customers and employees,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO of TAG Farnborough. “Our ongoing investment shows our commitment to improve facilities at the airport, maintaining our position as the leading business aviation gateway to London,” he said.
It was a visibly moved Harrison Ford who accepted this year’s Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership yesterday morning at the conclusion of the NBAA 2013 opening session. While more commonly known for roles such as Indiana Jones and Han Solo in Star Wars, the veteran actor in this case was recognized for his continuing role as a philanthropist.
Many of the usual suppliers for Dassault aircraft have been selected for the 5X, although Héroux-Devtek will be the landing gear supplier (Messier Dowty provides the 7X gear). The nosegear will have a “dual-chamber, for comfort.”
Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies company, is providing the electrically started APU (“easy start, all the time”), with Thales AES supplying the new starter-generator system.
Beechcraft said today that it has received official recognition from the U.S. National Aeronautics Association for a record for a “Speed Over a Recognized Course,” set for a transcontinental flight by its special-mission King Air 350ER flying from San Diego, Calif. to Orlando, Fla., last October. The King Air flew the 1,853.97-nm route at an average speed of 331.08 miles per hour.
Equipment manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace is developing two new in-flight icing detection systems (FIDS). Scheduled to be ready for entry-into-service in 2015, the first system will detect supercooled droplets of less than 50 microns in diameter. This size is consistent with current standards for large aircraft (CS-25, Appendix C under EASA rules).
The number of fatal accidents in business turbine airplanes worldwide in the first nine months of 2013 showed no improvement when compared with the same period last year, according to preliminary figures compiled by AIN.
Raisbeck Engineering (Booth No. C7326) is highlighting its new swept-blade propellers for all King Air C90-series turboprop twins here at NBAA 2013. Deliveries of the blades, which sweep on both the leading and trailing edges, will begin in January. Raisbeck has been delivering swept blades for the King Air 200 series since the beginning of this year.
Dallas Airmotive unveiled its new logo here at NBAA 2013. Using the company’s traditional red and blue colors, the new logo morphs spinning turbine engine blades into the shape of a Phoenix.