Technology

October 21, 2014 - 10:30am

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued type certification approval for Piper Aircraft’s (NBAA static display) M-Class single-engine airplanes, which include the Meridian turboprop, pressurized Mirage piston and unpressurized Matrix piston.

CAAC’s approval is excellent news for Piper and prospective customers in China,” said Piper president and CEO Simon Caldecott. “There is certainly a large potential market for personal and training aircraft in the world’s most populous country.”

October 21, 2014 - 10:20am

Scheduling software specialist SchedAero is launching a new charter quoting tool at the NBAA show this week. According to the Avinode subsidiary, SchedAero Quotation allows charter operators to create client quotes and proposals more quickly by avoiding the need to enter data across multiple pages. The system, which is part of the web-based SchedAero aircraft and crew scheduling software, calculates the price in real-time as the itinerary is developed.

October 21, 2014 - 9:10am

Jetex opened its new North American office in Miami, Fla., on October 20. The international flight-planning and trip-support group is transferring its Dubai-based Eagle Team to the new facility in order to have more direct contact with a growing body of customers from the U.S. and throughout the Americas.

The overall goal is to offer a closer connection with [business aircraft] operators, and our support staff in Miami can deliver the same array of services as our head office,” said Jetex corporate sales manager Heather Satchwell.

October 21, 2014 - 9:00am

The new Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets, unveiled last week at the company’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga., not only ushered in a new era for the OEM, but also provided another validation of the expertise in fly-by-wire (FBW) control systems for Thales. The French avionics company is supplying the FBW systems for both aircraft, building on its work in providing the system for the G650. Thales also provides the FBW system for Gulfstream’s flagship ultra long-range G650ER.

October 21, 2014 - 9:00am

True North Avionics will this afternoon unveil its new Optelity family of inflight connectivity products here at the NBAA show (Booth 2881). The new wireless connectivity platform is being marketed with fixed pricing that covers all costs associated with updating software and hardware for future needs. The Canadian company says this approach is modeled on the power-by-the-hour concepts successfully applied for supporting aircraft engines.

October 20, 2014 - 8:30pm
G600 mockup

Less than a week after the surprise launch of Gulfstream’s new G600 and G500 large-cabin jets, the company is showing off a full-size cabin and cockpit mockup of the G600 at the NBAA static display at Orlando Executive Airport. The G600 and the slightly smaller G500 were announced October 14 following a highly secretive five-year development program. A G500 already is assembled, taxiing and preparing for its first flight early next year.

October 20, 2014 - 7:50pm

Engine condition trend-monitoring specialist Jet-Care has introduced a new version of its webECHO online portal to give aircraft operators easier real-time access to test results and trend reports. The new system is designed to be used on both desktop computers and mobile devices. The improved site brings together analysis and results covering the company’s gas path analysis (GPA) engine trend monitoring, as well as its laboratory testing of oil, hydraulic fluid, fuel, debris and filters.

October 20, 2014 - 7:30pm

When Rockwell Collins (Booth 3099) met with reporters before last year’s NBAA Convention, the avionics manufacturer couldn’t say much about its still-pending acquisition of airborne communications provider Arinc. That transaction–at $1.4 billion Rockwell Collins’ largest ever purchase–closed in late December. Now the company has plenty to say about its plans to grow with Arinc in the business aviation market.

October 20, 2014 - 7:20pm

BendixKing is showcasing its AeroVue integrated flight deck retrofit for King Air turboprops and its AeroWave satcom system for piston aircraft, turboprops and light jets, here at NBAA 2014.

AeroVue, a lower-cost derivative of parent company Honeywell’s Primus Apex system, is a complete glass-panel retrofit built around three 12-inch LCD screens. It includes a flight management system, autopilot, synthetic vision and Honeywell’s INAV functionality with electronic chart displays, as well as Internet connectivity via AeroWave 100.

October 20, 2014 - 6:55pm

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU, Booth 1478) of Boise, Idaho unveiled its new microgimbal camera at the NBAA show in Orlando. The Owls, for observation wide-area, low-altitude sensor, is designed for surveillance, reconnaissance and target detection from lightweight UAVs and it can also be fitted to manned aircraft.

 
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