Sherwin-Williams has introduced its JetFlex interior aircraft finish, a solvent-based polyurethane enamel and water-reducible polyurethane dispersion coating that adheres to plastic, metal and composite surfaces. It is a low volatile organic compounds formula that contains no free isocyanates, lead or chrome. Further, the single-package formulation does not require a catalyst for application and can be air or force dried.
AvSupport’s PartsLogistics aircraft parts sourcing system has a new feature that allows users to conduct batch searches. A batch can include more than 20 search items, and results are delivered in text file format. PartsLogistics also added an online forum where users can post available parts or parts needed and discuss industry issues or seek answers to questions.
There’s usually more than a little one-upmanship to business aircraft interiors. Why settle for those so-last-year man-made or leather furnishings when you can have natural mohair or Alpaca fibers provided by rare breeds of goat?
Mitsubishi will fly its new 86- to 96-passenger MRJ90 for the first time in 2011, the Japanese industrial giant said here. Development of a smaller version, designed to seat between 70 and 80, lags by roughly one year.
Parts supplier Turbine Engine Consultants (TECI) has announced the availability of a consignment program called Excess Inventory Management. TECI says EIM gives customers an easy, reliable and profitable solution for excess and surplus inventory. TECI owns a 75,000-sq-ft secure and climate-controlled warehouse for EIM inventory that has multiple loading docks and a variety of shipping methods.
Sikorsky’s Keystone Helicopter division is gearing up to produce both the S-76D and the S-92 at its Coatesville, Pa. Heliplex campus. The first S-76D is scheduled to fly by year-end, but Keystone’s president, David Ford, acknowledges, “That’s going to be a challenge.” Keystone has received three S-76D fuselages from Aero Vodochody and hopes to ship the first completed S-76D to Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, Fla.
Hawker Beechcraft late last week completed the sale of the majority of its wholly owned fuel and line operations to Signature Flight Support parent company BBA Aviation. The transaction included operations in Atlanta; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Indianapolis; Tampa, Fla.; Wichita; and Van Nuys, Calif.
Custom Cupholders of North East, Md., has introduced a new line of cupholders designed specifically for the luxury market, including business aircraft. According to company president Jim Moffett, the lowly cupholder should reflect the same elegance found in the rest of the cabin. Moffett said Custom Cupholders can provide the unfinished satin aluminum for plating by the OEM.
Seeing the North Carolina state flag hoisted in an exhibit at a major international air show isn’t all that surprising considering that the area is home to more than 160 aerospace companies and has attracted hundreds of million of dollars worth of major contracts in the last two years.
In a continuing expansion of its presence in aerospace, UK firm ENL (Hall 4 Stand E14) has opened an injection molding center in Slovakia with the support of BAE Systems. The company supplies precision injection molded and machined components to Airbus, Thales, BAE Systems and Raytheon, and soon plans to begin manufacturing composite parts.