Hamburg, Germany, plans to present the first Crystal Cabin Awards at the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, to be held in the city from April 17 to 19 next year. The awards will be divided into several design categories, including comfort and health, environmental, entertainment and communication, innovation, safety and security, and future concepts, as well as an overall winner. Winners will receive a Crystal Cabin trophy.
Bob Pond, who owns the first production Piaggio P.180 Avanti, has ordered a new Avanti II to replace it. He plans to add the superseded airplane to the 25-plus aircraft in the Palm Springs Air Museum in California, which he founded in 1996 after retiring as CEO of Advance Machine Co.
Business aviation is enjoying a higher profile worldwide, as evidenced by the presence of BBC television here at the EBACE show this week to film a documentary for its Fast Track series of business travel reports. The show will be broadcast this weekend on the BBC World and BBC 24 news channels (including 8:30 a.m. on BBC World this Sunday morning).
AgustaWestland (Outside OE2) here announced that the Mexican government has ordered five A119 Koala single-turbine and three A109S Grand twin-turbine helicopters. They will be used in civil protection and emergency medical service roles, among others.
Oxford Aviation is planning to move its aircraft refurbishment business from Oxford County Regional Airport, Maine, to nearby Sanford Regional Airport, where it will open a 93,000-sq-ft building next spring. The 4,601-foot runway at Oxford County has limited refurbishments to aircraft the size of a Citation V or Beech King Air.
Raytheon Aircraft delivered 39 jets and 36 King Airs in the third quarter of this year compared with 29 jets and 27 King Airs in the same period last year, according to figures released last Thursday at Raytheon’s third-quarter earnings conference call. The deliveries bring this year’s nine-month total to 187 turbine airplanes, compared with 158 for the period last year.
Zodiac (Hall 1 Stand B18c) is a phenomenon in the French aerospace industry. It has survived for 110 years and descendants of the founders are still involved in the business. But, now, after 15 years of 14.5-percent average annual profit increases, questions have surfaced about the level of debt that Zodiac carries and where the group will head after 2008, when its chairman and CEO, Jean-Louis Gerondeau, retires after 30 years at the helm.
On Thursday, the FAA plans to release a proposed special FAR (SFAR) mandating recurrent training for all Mitsubishi MU-2 pilots. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) will have a short 30-day comment window.
NBAA’s board of directors yesterday selected Archie Trammell–a weather radar specialist, aviation journalist and lifelong safety advocate–as the recipient of the 2006 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation. The board also chose to bestow FlightSafety International veteran James Waugh Jr. with the 2006 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award.
The recipient of the this year’s NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, given for lifetime achievement in furthering the goals of business aviation, said the great people he has had the opportunity to work with over the years have meant more to him than anything else.