Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) received Canadian STC approval for the installation of its King Air aft jump seat kits on the King Air 90/100/200/300/350. AvFab also has U.S., EASA, Brazilian, Mexican and Indonesian STC approval for the aft jump seats, which fold down from the sidewall in the aft baggage compartment. The seats are interchangeable with the OEM jump seat and can use the existing OEM installation hardware. If the aircraft has not been previously equipped, the AvFab kit can be used to make the installation.
Dassault has selected the Thales TopStart electric starter-generator system for the Falcon 5X. The equipment manufacturer claims the unit reduces weight and improves engine durability. The system marks the first time the Paris-based company has combined electric starting and power generation functions in a single unit for a business jet.
Thales (Stand 845) is demonstrating a futuristic in-flight entertainment (IFE) system using eye-tracking and gesture controls here at Dubai 2013. It could enter into service in two to three years from now in business and first classes, according to Christopher Mondragon, product design senior manager.
At the Monaco Yacht Show in September, Eurocopter exhibited a “collectable art” EC135 helicopter with a distinctive zig-zag, blue-on-white livery aboard the 282-foot super-yacht Quattronelle.
If you thought you’d already seen the cabin interior of the Embraer Legacy 450, think again. A new interior has been unveiled.
Pilatus has selected Tactair Fluid Controls (Hall 3A 117A) to supply brake master cylinders for the Pilatus PC-24 twinjet. Tactair has also been selected by Mecaer Aviation Group for the brake master cylinder control system, which includes master cylinders, parking brake valve and reservoir for integration into the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter retractable landing gear. Tactair has also delivered flight test hardware to support the Embraer Legacy 500 and 450 landing gear.
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth No. N6001) a division of Donaldson Company, had plenty of news at Heli-Expo ’13.
On the hardware side, the company announced that its oil filter assemblies have been selected for the Rolls-Royce M250-C30 and -C47 650 to 700-shp engines, powering helicopters such as the Bell 407 and MD600N.
“We believe that our scavenger oil filter assemblies’ design optimizes performance, minimizes weight and provides a balance of operating life and efficiency for aircraft components,” said Mike Trevino, director of sales for Donaldson.
The Bell 525 is flying off the coast of California en route to the main runway at Camp Pendleton. I beep the fingertip switch on the sidestick collective to slow for a smooth landing, thanks to the new helicopter’s coupled fly-by-wire (FBW) controls.
EADS Sogerma (Booth No. 5431) is exhibiting at the NBAA convention for the first time and is showcasing a full-size mockup of a cockpit seat that could fit into a super-midsize to large-cabin business jet.
Iacobucci HF, the Italian maker of galley appliance inserts, is continuing its venture into the aircraft seating business with the introduction at NBAA of a new business unit–Iacobucci Seat Division–to manage that endeavor.
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